Against Class 5A and 6A competition, Melissa track and field athletes shined at the tenth annual Boyd Relays, held at McKinney’s Ron Poe Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 25. Both the Lady Cardinals and Cardinals impressed with strong individual and team finishes.
Among the girls’ top performers was senior Priscilla Adejokun, who took the gold medal in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet 6 inches. Senior sprinter Karrington Lewis claimed silver in the 100 meters, equaling her school record time of 12.19 seconds along the way. In the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay, Melissa’s team of Lewis, junior Natalie Courtney, senior Maddie Kane and senior Gill Gray set a new school record with a time of 4:27.13. And in the 3,200 meters, freshman Alison Kocsis, coming off a state-qualifying cross country season, beat 12 other runners with a time of 12:52.91.
As a team, the Lady Cards finished 13th out of 18 teams in the mostly Class 5A/6A field.
On the boys’ side, junior Cole McCraw and senior Gunnar Murphy each took gold in their field events, with McCraw clearing 6 feet-2 inches in the high jump and Murphy tossing the shot put 50 feet, 6 inches. Senior Elijah Mackey also set a new school record in the 3,200 meters, completing the distance in 9 minutes 45.94 seconds, for the silver medal.
In the discus, Murphy’s throw of 148 feet 6 inches claimed third place, while sophomore Trevor Duggan’s 103-foot, 10-inch effort took sixth. Darrion Sherfield won fourth in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet 4 inches, and pole-vaulter Gabe Rodriguez cleared 12 feet 6 inches for fifth place.
“There were over 20 Class 5A and 6A schools at the meet and I am very proud of all of the boys’ efforts,” head coach Travis Roberson said. “I really like competing against these bigger schools because it shows our boys if they can compete against those bigger schools, we can compete with anyone in 4A.”
As a team, against an all-Class 5A/6A field, the Cards finished in the top 10, with 36 points.