LHHS boys take 1st, girls take 5th at Panther Relays


Liberty Hill’s Joseph Pezold (left) and Grant Ornelaz (right) pass off the baton during Saturday’s Panther Relays. Pezold and Ornelaz competed in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays, taking first place in both with the help of their relay teammates. (Brenda House Photo)


The Liberty Hill track teams kicked off the season at the Panther Relays over the weekend, where the boys ended up with a first-place finish with 164 points and the girls finished in fifth. There were no field events held at the meet.

Shane Gonzalez took third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.67. Grant Ornelaz (22.94) and Shane Gilbert (23.23) took second and third in the 200-meter dash. Brandon McKissick (51.26) finished second in the 400-meter dash and Kelly Robinson (52.34) took fourth. Ethan Barre (2:11.60) won first in the 800-meter run and Kaleb Lorance (2:14.48) finished in third place.

Liberty Hill swept the top three spots in the 1600-meter run, as Alex Albarran (5:14.58) was first, followed by Gabriel Diaz (5:18.22) and Kevin Berber (5:20.99). Albarran (10:34.38) finished second in the 3200-meter run, as well, followed by Diaz (10:39.16) in third and Berber (11:00.01) in fifth. Benjamin White (15:21) finished second in the 110-meter hurdles. White was also second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.44. Joseph Pezold, Ornelaz, McKissick and Elijah Davis teamed up to take first place in the 4×100 relay. Robinson, Pezold, Ornelaz and Gilbert also finished first in the 4×200 relay with a time of 1:31.82. Robinson, Pezold, McKissick and Walker Gilbert won the 4×400 M relay with a time of 3:27.63.

“I felt like we ran and competed really well for the first track meet of the season,” said Head Boys’ Track Coach Kent Walker. “It’s going to be an exciting year for track and field.”

For the girls, Allison Van Klaveren (14.63) finished sixth in the 100-meter dash. Haley Polser (28.79) finished fourth and Emily Huppee (28.87) took sixth in the 200-meter dash. Huppee (1:06.08) finished second and Polser (1:06.46) finished third in the 400-meter dash, as well. Hannah Brown finished the 1600-meter run in second place with a time of 6:07.26. Eliana Luna took third in the 3200-meter run. Mickayla Shaw (50.90) finished fifth and Lizzy Montes (51.83) took sixth in the 300-meter hurdles. Huppee, Polser, Shaw and Montes finished fifth in the 4×400 relay with a time of 4:30.

“It ended up a great day to run,” said Head Girls’ Track Coach Gretchen Peterson. “It’s early, so we know times will get better, but we have to start somewhere. For our freshmen, this was a great way to get the nerves out. For our upperclassmen, it was good to see how much they’ve improved. Many of them had times where the finished the season at last year, so to be at that point now is very exciting. It was a great meet, and we had the best help making sure the meet was run great, too.”

The Panthers’ next track meet will take place Saturday at Fredericksburg High School.