Track teams compete at Vista Ridge in last meet before district


By Lance Catchings

All four Liberty Hill track teams competed at the Vista Ridge Ranger Relays March 28. The Vista Ridge meet was the final track meet before the Panthers travel to Taylor April 3-4 for the 27-4A district track meet. Liberty Hill was the only 4A team in attendance and managed a strong showing at the Ranger Relays, where the varsity girls took third and the varsity boys took sixth.

The varsity girls’ team finished in third place with a team total of 99 points while the junior varsity girls took fifth with 56 points. The varsity boys team finished sixth at the Ranger Relays with a team total of 70 points and the junior varsity finished eighth with 22.5 points.

Head Girls’ Coach Gretchen Peterson said her team’s performance was inspiring and they felt good headed into the district meet.

“It was a big meet with us being the only 4A school there,” Peterson said. “Our kids did a great job of competing and represented our school extremely well. We used this meet as a trial run for district, and I thought it was a great way work out the nerves and a few kinks. It was also our last chance to play with the relay orders.”

Peterson, her team and coaching staff are looking forward to a strong showing at the district meet.

“We are working towards a district championship on both levels, and the key to that is scoring points in each race or event,” she said. “We may not get first, but if all three of our girls place in the top six, then we have a real chance. Our relays are looking good, as well. Ultimately, we want our kids to go out, compete and have confidence in the work they have done themselves and one another.”

Varsity girls’ running results
Maddie Ornelaz finished fourth in the 100-meter dash in 12.89. Delaney Foster finished second in the 200-meter dash in 27.80 and Megan Sims finished fifth in 28.49.

Lindsee Miller finished third in the 400-meter dash in 1:03.52. Tyler Goode finished sixth in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:37.49. Madison Sears finished second in the 3200-meter run in 12:50.85. Madison Walker finished fifth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 50.68, followed by Regan Walker in sixth with a time of 50.78.

Nikki Threet, Sims, Foster and Maddie Ornelaz finished fourth in the 4×100 meter relay. Madison Walker, Megan Sims, Ornelaz and Foster won the 4×200 meter relay in a time of 1:49.52. Regan Walker, Kennedy Coleman, Madison Walker and Dejanae Thompson finished third in the 4×400 meter relay in 4:15.77.

Varsity girls’ field events
Taylor Sims finished sixth in discus with a throw of 91-08.50. Brooke Wright won the pole vault, clearing 10-0, and Greta Coker took third, clearing 9-0. Madison Walker won the long jump with a leap of 16-06.25.

Varsity boys’ running results
Walker Gilbert won the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.77. Gilbert also won the 400-meter dash in a time of 50.38, followed by teammate Kelly Robinson in second place at 50.95. Joseph Pezold finished fourth in 52.25. Gabriel Diaz finished second in the 800-meter run in 2:00.86. Diaz also took fourth in the 1600-meter run in 4:38.28. Kevin Berber finished third in the 3200-meter run in a time of 10:21.97.

Kyle Harrison, Brady Brewer, Grayson Ramey and John Cearley finished fifth in the 4×100 meter relay in a time of 42.10. Gilbert, Brewer, Ramey and Cearley finished sixth in the 4×200 meter relay in 137.22.

Varsity boys’ field events
Justin Montgomery finished third in the shot put with a toss of 46-02.50. Austin Levee took fourth in discus with a throw of 123-03. Noah Kelley finished fifth in high jump clearing 5-06. James Mixson and Gavin Bailey tied for sixth in pole vault by clearing 10-0. Ramey finished sixth in triple jump with a leap of 41-04.

Following the district track meet, the Panthers will host the area round track meet at Liberty Hill High School’s Panther Stadium April 15.