Melissa’s boys and girls track and field squads had superb outings at the Melissa Invitational track and field meet at Cardinal Stadium on Thursday, March 23. The Cardinals topped their closest team-competitor in the eight-team field, Celina, by a margin of 195.5 – 161, while the Lady Cards placed a strong second to Celina in a nine-team field. The Cards’ JV team also took first place in their division.


“Fighting 25-mile-per-hour head winds in most races, the times weren’t quite as fast as last week,” Cards head coach Travis Roberson said. “But the results were the exact same (as at Farmersville): two trophies. And the best thing is it was at our home meet. The large crowd at Cardinal Stadium got to witness some amazing young men do some amazing things.”


“The Melissa Lady Cards came to compete,” girls head coach Theodore Mackey III said. “Though we fell a little short of winning the meet, our girls represented our community with great honor.”


During the running events, time was set aside at midfield to recognize Melissa’s seniors, who were participating in their final home meet. They included Lady Cards Karrington Lewis, Gill Gray, Priscilla Adejokun and Bryanna Hernandez, as well as Cards Gunnar Murphy, Gabe Rodriguez, Tarek Wallace, Jose Malpica, Taner Bigbee and Elijah Mackey.


In the boys events, Murphy, Jackson Scribner and Cole McCraw all claimed double-gold this day. Scribner dominated in the 3,200 meters, finishing in a time of 10 minutes, 38.11 seconds before taking first in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 51.41 seconds. Murphy swept the shot put competition with a toss of 51 feet, 6 inches, after throwing the discus a meet-best 143 feet, 6 inches. McCraw was first in the high jump competition, clearing 6 feet, 4 inches, and outdid the triple-jump field with a distance of 41 feet, 9.25 inches.


Other Cards claiming gold were: Ja’Bray Young in the 200 meters with a time of 23.05 seconds; Rodriguez in the pole vault with a jump of 10 feet; and the 200-meter relay team of Young, McCraw, Marvin Jordan and Kennedy Lewis, who finished in a time of 1 minute, 32.88 seconds.


Other Cardinal medalists and point-getters included:


Jason Baker, Wallace, Jordan and Lewis — silver in the 100 relay with a time of 44.34 seconds;


Blake Chaloupka — silver in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10 minutes, 51.79 seconds; silver in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 51.71 seconds;


Cale Hayes — silver in the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, 9 inches; bronze in the discus with a of 124 feet 3 inches;


Young — silver in the 100 meters with a time of 11.46 seconds;


Rodriguez — silver in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet;


CJ Tenney — bronze in the pole vault, clearing 9 feet;


Josh Wood, Taner Bigbee — tied for bronze in high jump, topping 5 feet 10 inches;


Joey Vasquez — bronze in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10 minutes, 57.43 seconds;


McCraw, Matt Hahn, Ty Graham, Brendon Lansford — fourth in the 400 relay with a time of 3 minutes, 42.57 seconds;


Matt Hahn — fourth in the 400 meters with a time of 55.45 seconds;


Wallace — fifth in the 100 meters in a time of 12.04 seconds;


Lansford — sixth in the 400 meters with a time of 55.67 seconds;


Graham — sixth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 59.01 seconds;


On the girls’ side, Adejokun claimed gold in both the shot put and discus, with a new school-record shot-put throw of 43 feet, 8.75 inches and a discus-toss of 133 feet, 1 inch. In the pole vault, Marissa Brunson topped the competition with a vault of 8 feet, while Gray grabbed a gold medal in the triple jump with a 35-foot, 5.5-inch effort. Hernandez won the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.15 seconds and Lewis captured gold in the 200 meters with a new school-record time of 25.2 seconds.


Brenna Sheriff earned yet another gold for Melissa in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 17.04 seconds. Both the 200- and 400- relay teams grabbed first-place honors as well: In the former, Natalie Courtney, Gill Gray, Hernandez and Lewis beat the competition in a time of 1 minute, 45.15 seconds; and in the latter, Ashanti Johnson, Hernandez, Gray and Lewis ran a 4-minute, 5.24-second race for the win.


Other Lady Card medalists and point-getters at Melissa included:


Alison Kocsis — silver in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13 minutes, 4.7 seconds


Lilly Rogers — tied for silver in the pole vault, clearing 7 feet


Caroline Kasson — silver in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, eight inches


Sally Clemmons — silver in the long jump with a personal best leap of 15 feet, 6.5 inches


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Lady Cards headed to Texas Relays


Melissa girls track and field head coach Theodore Mackey III has announced that the following Lady Cardinals have been invited to compete in the 90th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, held March 29-April 1 in Austin:


Karrington Lewis and Bryanna Hernandez in the 100 meters;


Priscilla Adejokun in the discus and shot put;


Maddie Kane in the 300-meter hurdles;


The Lady Cards’ 200- and 400-meter relay teams will also attend, though those members have not yet been determined.