LHHS track teams bring home district championships


By Lance Catchings

The varsity track teams brought home district championships on both sides at the 27-4A district meet April 3-4 in Taylor. The varsity boys scored a team total of 189 points to grab first place. The junior varsity boys finished in second with a team total of 143.5.

The varsity girls’ track team blew out the competition, earning 170.5 team total points and a first-place district championship. The junior varsity girls’ team took third place with 130 total team points. Head Girls’ Coach Gretchen Peterson said her team gave their best effort across the board, which was the goal they had established beforehand.

“Our goal going in was to score points in every event,” Peterson said. “We wanted to get multiple finishers in the top six coming out of field events, and we did exactly that. We felt we were sitting in pretty good shape coming in to the prelims. The kids did a great job of getting in the top eight, so that helped our chances going into Thursday. They showed up and did a great job of performing. We have multiple area round qualifiers and set some personal records.”

Varsity boys running results
Grayson Ramey finished fifth in the 100-meter dash in 11.56, followed by Brady Brewer in 11.66. Walker Gilbert took third in the 200-meter dash in 22.66. Gilbert won the 400-meter dash in a time of 49.47, followed by teammate Kelly Robinson in fourth with a time of 50.50. Gabriel Diaz won the 800-meter run in 2:00.30, followed by Kevin Berber in second place in 2:03.12 and Ryan Davis in sixth place in 2:07.86. Diaz finished second in the 1600-meter run in 4:39.56, and Berber finished third in 4:39.82. Berber also finished second in the 3200-meter run in a time of 10:38.80, and Diaz took third in the event in 10:47.06, followed by Gregory Miller in sixth in 10:59.69. Benjamin White won the 110-meter hurdles in 15:01. White also took third in the 300-meter hurdles in 40.37.

Kyle Harrison, Robinson, Joseph Pezold and Brady Brewer won the 4×100-meter relay in 44.10. Blake Simpson, John Cearley, Ramey and Brewer finished fourth in the 4×200 meter relay in 1:32.71. Pezold, Robinson, White, and Gilbert teamed up to win the 4×400 meter relay in 3:19.53.

Varsity boys field events
Justin Montgomery won the shotput with a toss of 45-08 and Walker Baty finished second with a toss of 44-08. Austin Levee finished third in the discus with a throw of 126-08 and Lakota Lawrence finished sixth with a throw of 118-04. Noah Kelley finished second in the high jump, clearing 5-08. James Mixon cleared 11-06 in the pole vault to claim fourth place and Gavin Bailey cleared 10-06 for sixth place. Ramey won the triple jump with a leap of 43-05.5, Simpson took fourth with 41-08 and Collin Lyons took fifth with a leap of 41-05.

Varsity girls running results
Maddie Ornelaz took third in the 100-meter dash in 13.21. Delaney Foster finished second in the 200-meter dash in 27.02. Lindsee Miller won the 400-meter dash in 1:02.34, Dejanae Thompson finished third in 1:02.56 and Kennedy Coleman finished sixth in 1:05.00. Tyler Goode won the 800-meter run in 2:26.72, followed by Coleman in sixth in 2:32.82. Goode also finished fourth in the 1600-meter dash, followed by Madison Sears in sixth in 5:45.83. Sears also took fourth in the 3200-meter run in 12:32.28 and Goode finished sixth in 12:59.24. Regan Walker won the 100-meter hurdles in 17.54. Madison Walker finished third in the 300-meter hurdles in 49.07, followed by Regan Walker in fourth in 49.45 and Eliza Homrodi in sixth in 50.97.

Nikki Threet, Megan Sims, Delaney Foster and Ornelaz finished third in the 4×100-meter relay in 51.65. Madison Walker, Sims, Ornelaz and Foster finished third in the 4×200-meter relay in 1:48.08. Regan Walker, Thompson, Madison Walker and Miller finished third in the 4×400-meter relay in 4:06.58.

Varsity girls field events
Jamaya McKay finished fourth in the shotput with a toss of 33-01. Taylor Sims finished fifth in discus with a throw of 80-04 and McKay finished sixth with a throw of 78-06.50. Kenzie Wise won the high jump, clearing 4-11 and Lauren Hagerman finished fourth, clearing 4-08. Ashley Nelson tied for fifth clearing 4-04. Brooke Wright took second in pole vault, clearing 10-0 and Greta Coker finished third, clearing 9-09. Madison Walker finished third in long jump with a leap of 16-00 and Ashley Nelson finished sixth with a leap of 15-01.75. Saber Prado finished second in triple jump with a jump of 33-08.25, followed by Bella Brethower in third with a jump of 33-06 and Megan Sims in fourth with 33-05.00.

Liberty Hill will host the area round track meet Monday and Peterson said it should make her team feel a little more confident going in.

“We have a lot of first-time area qualifiers, so running at home will definitely help ease some nervous energy,” she said. “The girls should go in feeling more confident and comfortable.”

Liberty Hill will be looking to qualify runners for the regional track meet held April 26-27 at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.