Boys take 2nd, girls take 7th in Marble Falls track meet


MARBLE FALLS — The Liberty Hill varsity boys’ track team took third place at the Marble Falls Daybreak Rotary Mustang Relays Saturday.

The 4×400-meter relay team had a solid first-place finish in the meet. Ben White picked up two medals in the hurdles, as well, and senior Brandon McKissick set a personal best in the 400-meter run with a time of 49.53.

Head Coach Kent Walker said the team is showing consistent improvement.

“We are continuing to get better each week, and that’s exciting,” Walker said.

Alex Albarran (10:37.92) finished seventh in the 3200 M run and Kevin Berber (10:56.86) finished 13th. In the 800 M run, Berber (2:10.67) finished 11th, Ethan Barre (2:12.32) finished 12th and Albarran (2:14.71) finished 14th. In the 110 M hurdles, White finished in third place with a time of 16.05. In the 100 M dash, Joseph Pezold (11.39) finished fourth, Grant Ornelaz (11.40) finished fifth and Elijah Davis (11.80) finished 13th. McKissick finished second in the 400 M dash with a time of 49.53. Kelly Robinson (51.01) finished third and Walker Gilbert (51.99) finished eighth. White took second in the 300 M hurdles with a time of 43.08. In the 200 M dash, Ornelaz (22.82) finished second, Robinson (22.99) finished fourth and Gilbert (23.36) finished sixth. In the 1600-meter run, Albarran (4:44.48) finished fifth and Gabriel Diaz (4:49.32) finished seventh. The team of Pezold, Kelly, Gilbert and McKissick won the 4×400 relay in a time of 3:24.08.

In the field events, Ornelaz (20-05.5) took third in long jump and Hunter Oncken (19-09) took fourth. In the discus, Aiden Kubesh (126-05) finished third,

Lakota Lawrence (95-07) finished 13th and Carter Legereit (82-03) finished 15th. In high jump, Oncken finished sixth, clearing a height of 5-6. In shot put, Justin Montgomery (43-05) finished third, Oncken (39-10) finished ninth and Austin Levee (39-09) finished 10th. In the triple jump, Oncken (40-06.50) finished fifth, Ornelaz (39-02) finished ninth and Robinson (37-03.75) finished 13th.

The boys’ track team is back in action Thursday at Vista Ridge. Liberty Hill will also send its 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams to Austin this weekend to compete at the Texas Relays. Walker said he is looking forward to how his teams compete.

“We are looking forward to see what our teams can do this weekend at the Texas Relays against some great competition,” he said.

Head Girls Track Coach Gretchen Peterson said her team, which finished the meet seventh, overall, is continuing to work hard and improve against larger schools.

“This was another big meet for us where we ran against some larger schools,” Peterson said. “Competing against the larger schools will only make us better in the long run. We have our times coming down and we are working everything out for district in the next two weeks.”

The girls’ track team is back in action Thursday at Vista Ridge, as well.

In the 3200 M run, Eliana Luna (13:04.89) finished in seventh place. The team of Emily Huppee, Brooke Wright, Katy Gibson and Dominique Berzin finished sixth in the 4×100 M relay in a time of 55.19. In the 800 M run, Sarah Bitner (2:41.88) finished 12th, Madison Sears (2:47.19) finished 16th and Hannah Johnson (2:50.44) finished 17th. In the 100 M dash, Gibson (14.73) finished 13th. In the 400 M dash, Rachel Gallander (61.53) finished fifth, Lindsee Miller (64.17) finished ninth, and Sears (72.49) finished 17th. In the 300 M hurdles, Lizzy Montes (51.80) finished sixth and Mikayla Shaw (52.32) finished seventh. Haley Polser (28.36) finished eighth in the 200 M dash. Kennedy Coleman, Miller, Polser and Gallander teamed up for a fifth-place finish in the 4×400 M relay in a time of 4:31.76.

In the field events, Lizzy Montes (92-02) finished 10th, Miranda Vazquez (79-11) and Emily Layton (70-08) finished 15th in the discus. In the long jump, Ashton Dirner (14-04) finished eighth. In the shot put, Jamaya McKay (31-03) finished ninth, Marissa Ezzo (25-11) finished 17th and Kindsee Escamilla (25-07) finished 19th. Ashton Dirner (31-00.5) finished 11th in the triple jump.