Lady Panthers track clinches district title

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The Lady Panthers track team won the district championship with six individuals earning first place in their events, and two relay teams taking the gold medal at the district track meet held at Burnet High School April 13-14. The top four finishers in each event advance to the area meet, hosted by Liberty Hill today, April 21. (Laura Coleman Photo)

The Lady Panthers track team won the district championship with six individuals earning first place in their events, and two relay teams taking the gold medal at the district track meet held at Burnet High School April 13-14. The top four finishers in each event advance to the area meet, hosted by Liberty Hill today, April 21.  (Laura Coleman Photo)

By Lauren Jette

BURNET — The Lady Panthers track team clinched the district championship on April 14, while the boys also qualified several athletes for the area round at the district meet at Burnet High School.

Individuals earning district titles included Alex Albarran in the boys mile run; Rachel Gallander in the girls 400m dash; Mckynzie King in the mile run; Danielle Rimann in the two-mile run; Bethany McLeod in the 100m hurdles; Ashlee Perkkio in the high jump and Kristin Cox in the discus. The girls 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams also won district champion honors.

“The girls did a great job. They always step up and do what the team needs them to do, but their performances went above and beyond,” said girls head coach Gretchen Peterson.

“They really pushed themselves and we are so very proud of them. As far as the area meet, it’s a new day. They will need to carry over the confidence gained from the district meet, but it’s going to be about stepping up on that day. We will be competing against very strong athletes, and it will be challenging, but as always, we know our girls will rise to the occasion and take the challenges head on.”

The top four finishers in each event advance on to the area meet at Liberty Hill today, April 21.

Results from the meet:

Varsity Boys

100m dash: Jon Shannon, third place in 11.42

200m dash: Grant White, second place in 22.44

400m dash: Justin Zuhn, second place in 51.20

800m run: Ryan Ray, fifth place in 2:09

1600m run: Alex Albarran, first place in 4:36

3200m run: Alex Albarran, second place in 10:31

300m hurdles: Keylan Herman, third place in 43.77

4x100m relay: The team of Dyllon Joiner, Justin Zuhn, Grant Ornelaz and Grant White took third place in 43.47

4x200m relay: The team of Dyllon Joiner, Grant Ornelaz, Joseph Pezold and Grant White took second place in 1:31

4x400m relay: The team of Mario Hidalgo, Ryan Ray, Joseph Pezold and Justin Zuhn took fourth place in 3:36

Long Jump: Derek Benzer, sixth place with a jump of 18 feet, 10 inches

Triple Jump: Justin Zuhn, fifth place with a jump of 39 feet, 7 inches

Shot Put: Dakota Corbut, third place with a throw of 45 feet, 5.50 inches

Varsity girls

100m dash: Lainey Slocum, fifth place in 13.16 Kennedy Coleman, sixth place in 13.49

200m dash: Lily Miller, second place in 25.51 Victoria Kelley, fifth place in 26.91

400m dash: Rachel Gallander, first place in 59.79 Shaylin Vickers, fifth place in 1:03

800m run: Cassidey Weems, second place in 2:35.32 Esther Vineyard, third place in 2:35.74

1600m run: Mckynzie King, first place in 5:23 Danielle Rimann, second place in 5:25 Molly Cowart, fourth place in 5:50

3200m run: Danielle Rimann, first place in 11:44 Mckynzie King, second place in 11:47 Molly Cowart, fifth place in 13:18

100m hurdles: Bethany McLeod, first place in 15.61 Angelica Mena, fifth place in 17.26

300m hurdles: Ana Rodriguez, third place in 48.81 Carson May, fifth place in 50.89 Miriam Powell, sixth place in 50.93

4x100m relay: The team of Hannah Smirl, London Smith, Lainey Slocum and Kennedy Coleman took second place in 52.34

4x200m relay: The team of Hannah Smirl, Victoria Kelley, Rachel Gallander and Lily Miller took first place in 1:44

4x400m relay: The team of Lily Miller, Ana Rodriguez, Shaylin Vickers and Rachel Gallander took first place in 4:02

High Jump: Ashlee Perkkio, first place with a jump of 5 feet Rachel Gallander, second place with a jump of 4 feet, 10 inches

Long Jump: Bethany McLeod, fourth place with a leap of 15 feet, 7.25 inches

Triple Jump: Bethany McLeod, sixth place with a leap of 32 feet, 10.75 inches

Shot Put: Kristin Cox, second place with a throw of 36 feet, 9 inches Amanda Mena, third place with a throw of 35 feet, 9 inches Allie Child, fourth place with a throw of 34 feet, 1 inch

Discus: Kristin Cox, first place with a throw of 105 feet, 11 inches

Top finalists at the area meet will advance to the regional tournament at Texas A&M Kingsville April 29 and 30.

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