DALLAS — Four local high school athletes medaled at the prestigious, invitation-only Jesuit-Sheaner Relays in Dallas on March 24-25, alongside teammates who performed admirably, as well. The annual event, now in its 53rd year, attracts some to the top Class 5A-6A competition in Texas and Oklahoma. Grabbing medals for Melissa were seniors Elijah Mackey, Priscilla Adejokun and Gunnar Murphy, and for Anna, senior Elijah Smith.
In the 3,200 meters on Friday, Mackey smashed his own school record by 16 seconds with a time of 9 minutes, 29.8 seconds to earn first place in the 5A division. On Saturday, he claimed more 5A gold, this time in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 26.1 seconds — another school-record-breaking performance. That effort broke Mackey’s previous school-record mark by nearly 9 seconds.
Murphy nabbed a bronze medal in the 5A shot-put division on Saturday with a throw of 51 feet and he placed fifth out of 12 competitors in the discus with a toss of 139 feet.
“I thought both boys represented Melissa very well,” Cardinals head coach Travis Roberson said. “They competed against a loaded 5A field and both came home with medals. Gunnar is ranked No. 1 in 4A in the shot and Elijah is ranked No. 1 in 3,200 meters and 2nd in the 1,600 meters in Class 4A in the entire state.”
Adejokun earned silver in the shot put with a throw of 43 feet and claimed bronze in the discus with a new school-record heave of 135 feet, 8 inches. Lady Cardinal senior Karrington Lewis finished 12th in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and senior teammate Gill Gray finished 13th in a strong triple-jump field. Gray also competed in the 400-meter dash.
“The Lady Cardinals represented Melissa in powerful way at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays,” Lady Cards head coach Theodore Mackey III said.
Anna’s Smith claimed silver in the 5A triple jump with a leap of 44 feet, 5.25 inches and he placed sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.27 seconds. Both were season-best times for Smith.
“He was facing the No. 1 triple-jumper in the nation who qualified with a 50-foot jump, and many Junior Olympians in the 400,” Coyotes head coach Jeremy Patton said. “Elijah’s times have gone down each week, but we all know he has more to give. He hasn’t quite put together the perfect 400 yet. He is one of those special kids that can excel in a number of events, but we have been focusing on his 400 time.”
Lady Coyote senior Raye Moran finished 14th in the 800 meters “in a field of mostly elite 6A runners,” girls head coach Hoot Jones said. “She ran a good race in a field that was very difficult. She gained some valuable experience and is now focusing on the district meet.”