Track teams shine at Panther Relays


By Lance Catchings

Liberty Hill held its annual Panther Relays last Saturday and all four of the Liberty Hill High School competing teams had strong finishes.

The varsity boys team took first place at the meet with a team total of 147 points. The junior varsity boys finished in second place with a total of 161 points.

Head boys track coach Kent Walker said despite the conditions the Panthers performed strongly.

“It was a small meet for us but a good one,” Walker said. “The kids went out and ran well even with the weather the way that it was. It was a chilly day with a slight mist all day. Walker Gilbert has done well for us the first two meets and continues to improve. I am excited to see how he ends up doing this year. Ben White, our hurdler, is running much better times this year than he finished last year, and Gabe Diaz is still running very well for us. We are excited for the mile relay this season. It should be an exciting year.”

In the 100-meter dash John Cearley finished sixth in a time of 11.54. Kelly Robinson took second in the 200-meter dash in 23.03. Walker Gilbert finished first in the 400-meter dash in 49.93. Gabriel Diaz won the 800-meter run in 2:03.14 followed by Kevin Berber in second place at 2:03.17. Diaz finished fifth in the 1600-meter run in 4:59.65. Berber finished second in the 3200-meter run in 10:25.57 followed by Gregory Miller in sixth in 11:00.19. Benjamin White won the 110-meter hurdles in 15:18 and the 300-meter hurdles in 40.87. Cearley, Blake Simpson, Trey Seward, and Kyle Harrison finished second in the 4×100 meter relay in a time of 45.28. Robinson, Cearley, Simpson and Gilbert finished third in the 4×200 meter relay in 1:33.02. Gilbert, Diaz, White and Robinson won the 4×400 meter relay in 3:30.40.

Cearley finished second in the long jump with a leap of 19’-8”. Montgomery won the shot put with a toss of 46’-8” and Austin Levee came in third with a toss of 39’-3 ½. Montgomery finished third in discus with a throw of 116’-2”. Lakota Lawrence finished sixth with a throw of 107’-7 ½. Roberts, Mixson and Bailey all tied for fifth in the pole vault clearing 10’-6”.

The varsity girls team placed second with 178 total points and the junior varsity girls also finished in second place with a team total of 196 points. Girls Track Head Coach Gretchen Peterson was very pleased with the performance her team turned in.

“We were really impressed by our girls, especially in our jumps this meet,” Peterson said. “We have some young kids this year that are making contributions early and that’s exciting. Some of the times we are running right now are ahead for where we were last year. Our relays have real potential to do well this year. We need to work on cutting time through better handoffs, getting the right order and getting our chemistry right. We had lots of surprises from our younger kids in the field events as well. We have time before district, and we are looking forward to it.”

Maddi Ornealz won the 100-meter dash in 12.03 and Dominque Berzin finished sixth in 13.55. Delaney Foster finished third in the 200-meter dash in 27.52. Lindsee Miller took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:05.06. Tyler Goode finished fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:29.06. Good also finished third in the 1600-meter run in 5:40.23. Madison Sears took sixth in the event with a time of 5:56.73. Sears finished second in the 3200-meter run in 12:40.20. Reagan Walker finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.38. Reagan Walker finished third in the 300-meter hurdles in 51.64 and Madi Walker finished fourth in 51.76.

The team of Ornealz, Foster, Sims and Berzin took second in the 4×100-meter relay in a time of 52.05. Foster, Ornealz, Sims and Haley Polser finished second in the 4×200-meter relay in a time of 1:46.44. Miller, R. Walker, Thompson and Polser took second in the 4×400-meter relay.

Sims finished second in the long jump with a leap of 14’-11” followed by Bella Brethower in third (14’-8 ½) and Saber Prado (14’-7 ½). Jamaya McKay finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 28’-5” and Kindsee Escamilla finished sixth with a toss of 26’-11 1/2”. McKenzie Coleman finished third in the discus with a throw of 68’-5”. Rachel Koble finished sixth with a throw of 63’-8”. Sims won the triple jump with a leap of 32’-9 ½. Brethower was second with a jump of 32’-2” and Prado was sixth with a jump of 30’-6”. Lilli Wilkins tied for fourth in the high jump clearing 4’-6”. Brooke Wright won the pole vault clearing 9’-0” and Greta Coker took second clearing the same height.

Due to the Runnin’ Panthers playing in the state basketball tournament, Liberty Hill canceled this week’s meet, but will be back in action the following Thursday at Lago Vista.