Boys take 2nd, girls take 6th at Viking Relays


By Lance Catchings

The Liberty Hill varsity boys’ track team took second place last Thursday, scoring 94 points at the Lago Vista Viking Relays.

Walker Gilbert and Ben White both had strong showings for the Panthers, each of them setting personal records.

The varsity girls team finished in sixth place with a team total of 46 points. The Liberty Hill junior varsity girls’ team finished in fifth place with a team total of 38 points. The junior varsity boys’ team finished in seventh place with a team total of 28 points.

Head Coach Kent Walker said he was very pleased with how the team performed after missing the previous meet to support the Runnin’ Panthers at the State Basketball Tournament.

“I think we competed well, the bright spots being Walker Gilbert and Ben White,” Walker said. “Both had personal records at this meet. Walker ran a 49.6 in the 400-meter dash, and he won the 200-meter dash, as well. He ran extremely well and is continuing to get better. Ben White ran a personal record in both the 300-meter hurdles and the 110-meter hurdles. White ran 14.96 and a 39.6, so that was big for him.”

Walker said it’s still early in track season, but the team is progressing exactly how he anticipated.

“We are moving in the right direction, we just need to get a couple kids healthy,” he said. “I don’t feel like we skipped a beat missing the meet that we missed. It allowed us to heal a little bit with the few injuries we had, and we are not trying to rush anybody back.”

Last season, the Panthers set a school record in the 1600-meter relay, and with three of those team members back, Walker has set his expectations high for that group.

“We have really high expectations for the 1600-meter relay team this year,” he said. “We have to get a couple guys healthy, but we have three guys returning from last year’s team that ran a 3:19 at regionals. That was a school record by three seconds that was set in 1982. We are hoping to better that, and we want to break the school record this year. Our goal is to run at the state meet in the event. The 1600-meter relay and 400-meter dash is a tough race. You must be tough to run it.”

Varsity Boys Running Event Results
Grayson Ramey finished sixth in the 100-meter dash in 11.54. Walker Gilbert won the 200-meter dash in 22.38 and Ben White finished sixth in 23.20. Gilbert won the 400-meter dash in a time of 49.6 and Gabriel Diaz finished third in a time of 52.65. Diaz finished second in the 800-meter run in 2:03.33. White finished second in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.96 and won the 300-meter hurdles in 39.61. Kyle Harrison, John Cearley, Ramey and Blake Simpson finished fifth in the 4×100 meter relay in 45.13. Simpson, Cearley, Ramey and Gilbert finished third in the 4×200 meter dash in 1:34.09.

Varsity Boys Field Event Results
Ramey finished second in the long jump with a leap of 20’-9”. Cearley finished in sixth place with a leap of 19’-6”. Justin Montgomery finished second in shot put with a toss of 46’-0” and Austin Levee took sixth with a toss of 41’-3”. Collin Lyons finished second in triple jump with a leap of 40’-6” and Ramey took third with a leap of 40’-5”.

Varsity Girls Running Event Results
Madi Ornelaz finished third in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.96. Madison Walker, Ornelaz, Delany Foster and Nikki Threet finished fourth in the 4×100 meter relay in a time of 52.25. Ornelaz, Kennedy Coleman, Foster and Regan Walker finished fourth in the 4×200 meter relay in a time of 1:51.88.

Varsity Girls Field Event Results
Jamaya McKay finished fifth in the shot put with a toss of 28’-7 ¼”. Taylor Sims finished third in discus with a throw of 92’-1 ½”. Brooke Wright took first in the pole vault, clearing 10’-0” and Greta Coker finished in third place, clearing 9’-6”.

The Liberty Hill coaches took a small group of runners to compete in Burnet Thursday. Both teams are prepping for the 27-4A district meet, which will be held April 4-5 at Taylor. Liberty Hill will host the area track meet April 15.