For the first time in school history, Melissa’s girls and boys track and field teams are Area track and field champions in the same season. The feat occurred at the Area meet in Canton, Texas, on Thursday, April 20, against some of the top athletes in Districts 11-4A and 12-4A. The Lady Cardinals and Cardinals each bested 12 other teams to earn their titles. Melissa’s girls topped second-place Celina, 126.5 to 122, while third-place Kaufman came in at 88.5 points. The boys also bettered Celina for the championship, 113 to 106, with Crandall’s 100 points running a close third.
In each event at Canton, the top four finishers advanced to the Class 4A Region II meet at Texas A&M-Commerce, April 28-29.
Of the 16 Cards competing on Thursday, 12 advanced to the Regional meet.
“What an amazing job by the boys track team,” Melissa boys head coach Travis Roberson said. “There were so many great accomplishments from the entire team. I am extremely proud of the effort and heart of all my boys. They rose to the challenge and represented Melissa in a great way.”
Gold-medal performances were numerous for the Cards. Distance-runner Elijah Mackey swept both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races with first-place times of 4 minutes, 31.12 seconds and 9 minutes, 52.26 seconds, respectively. Cole McCraw claimed gold in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 2 inches, and won the triple jump with an effort of 43 feet, 11.75 inches.
Gabe Rodriguez bested the pole vault competition, tying his personal-best mark of 13 feet, 6 inches, while Gunnar Murphy grabbed gold in the shot put with a toss of 53 feet, 7 inches. Murphy also earned a bronze medal in the discus throw, with a heave of 145 feet, 10 inches.
Ja’Bray Young took silver in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.06 seconds and added a bronze medal in the 200, finishing in a personal-best time of 22.58 seconds. The Cards’ 200 relay team of Marvin Jordan, Kennedy Lewis, Young and McCraw earned silver with a season-best time of 1 minute, 30.45 seconds.
Jackson Scribner took bronze in the 3,200 meters with personal-best time of 10 minutes, 9.21 seconds. Matt Hahn, Brendon Lansford, McCraw and Lewis placed fourth in the 400 relay with a season-best time of 3 minutes, 31.44 seconds. Cale Hayes’ shot-put throw of 45 feet, 11.75 inches earned fifth place, while Blake Chaloupka placed sixth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 48.71 seconds.
“The Lady Cards came up big with a 4A Area championship at Crandall,” Melissa girls head coach Theodore Mackey III said. “Each of our student-athletes represented our school and community with a pride that could not be matched.”
Advancing to the Regional meet are eight Lady Cards competing in 10 events.
Gill Gray took first place in the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, 1.5 inches and came in second in the 400 meter dash, clocking in at 59.4 seconds. Erin Eichel finished sixth in the 400 with a time of 1 minute, 3.07 seconds. In the 100 meters, Karrington Lewis and Bryanna Hernandez won gold and silver, respectively. Lewis completed the distance in 12.38 seconds, while Hernandez posted a 12.93. Maddie Kane earned finished first in the 300-meter hurdles in a season-best time of 45.8 seconds.
Priscilla Adejokun placed first in both the shot put and the discus with throws of 42 feet, 7.75 inches and 132 feet, 6 inches, respectively.
Both the 200- and 400-meter relay teams won gold medals, with Natalie Courtney, Gray, Hernandez and Karrington Lewis posting a time of 1 minute, 43.49 seconds in the 4x2, and Gray, Lewis, Hernandez and Kane finishing the 4x4 in 4 minutes, 5.12 seconds. Brenna Sheriff claimed silver in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.85 seconds and Alison Kocsis advanced in the 3,200-meters, placing third with a personal-best of 12 minutes, 13 seconds. She also finished seventh in the 1,600 meters.
Marisa Brunson placed fourth the pole vault, clearing 8 feet, 6 inches, while teammate Lillian Rogers came in fifth with a vault of 8 feet even.