Shorthanded track and field teams gain experience

By Joseph Garcia

Liberty Hill’s Allee Nix shows perfect form as she leaps over a hurdle in the 300-meter hurdles on Saturday. (Photo by Doug Germann)

Liberty Hill’s Allee Nix shows perfect form as she leaps over a hurdle in the 300-meter hurdles on Saturday. (Photo by Doug Germann)

ROUND ROCK — The Liberty Hill track and field teams headed to Round Rock March 2 for the Round Rock Invitational at Dragon Stadium. However, while Liberty Hill was invited, not all of its athletes were in attendance as many were attending the prom.

While some Liberty Hill athletes were getting ready for the dance, others slipped on their track shoes and did their best fleet of foot routines while gaining valuable experience against 5A and 4A competition.

On a cool, windy day in Round Rock, the best team finish of the day came from the Liberty Hill JV girls with a fourth-place finish with 71 points, followed by the varsity girls in sixth (41), the varsity boys in seventh (50) and the JV boys in 11th  place with six points.

“We actually were missing a lot of our kids this week due to prom,” said Liberty Hill track and field Coach Gretchen Peterson. “It wasn’t a great day for running. (It was) really windy and cool. But overall, our kids are stepping up.”

While the Liberty Hill teams did not place in the top three, there were plenty of individual accomplishments of note from Saturday’s meet.

Participating in his first meet of the season, senior Jadon Durity-Boatright was the top athlete in the varsity boys category, netting 20 points for the Panthers. Durity-Boatright, last year’s state bronze medalist in the triple jump, took out the competition in the triple jump with a leap of 44-6 to claim first place. He also went on to earn first place in the long jump with a measurement of 22-3.

Senior Jordan Skinner improved on his bronze medal throw of 43-8 from last week’s Chap Relays, earning the gold in the shot put with a throw of 46-2 3/4 in Round Rock.

Also for the boys, for the second week in a row Will Fromme won the 110-meter hurdles with a 14.95 seconds, improving from the Chap Relays where he ran a 15.11. The hurdler also took third place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.67.

On the girls’ side, freshman Danielle Rimann placed second in 3200-meter run with a time of 12:06.00 and took third in 1600-meter run clocking a time of 5:27.52.

Senior Cera Dixon earned a silver medal in the triple jump with an attempt of 33-6 and Allee Nix earned second place in the pole vault with a 9-0 attempt.

A couple of standouts for the JV girls were Kelsey Hamerick, who won the triple jump with a 31-5 and earned 20 points overall, and Haylee Park who earned gold in the long jump with an attempt of 15-5 1/2. She earned 14 points for the Lady Panthers.

It was encouraging for Coach Peterson to see some excellent finishes, but she said there is still work to be done.

“We are still working on conditioning and getting in better track shape so we are ready for April,” Peterson said. “That’s the goal. (It is) nice to have high place finishes now, but we would rather have our focus on getting those things done for district.”

The Panthers’ track and field teams will head to Lampasas, the site of the District Meet, on Friday, March 8, for the Badger Relays before taking a week off for Spring Break.