At the UIL state track and field meet in Austin, May 12-13, the Melissa’s boys posted the school’s best-ever team finish for the event, claiming fifth place among Class 4A schools and notching 30 points. Both marks are the highest for Melissa in school history. The Cardinals were the Day 1 leader, in fact, with 22 points and wound up only 13 points behind 4A state champion Atlanta.

“I am so very happy and proud of my boys and the way that they competed at the state meet,” Cardinals head coach Travis Robertson said. “We will lose four seniors from this year’s team and they will be hard to replace, but we will reload with several younger kids and I believe we will be in a position to compete for the state championship again next season. This team has far exceeded my expectations this year. It was an incredible ride this year.”

Roberson reported that senior Elijah Mackey “set the tone” Friday morning by taking the silver medal in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9 minutes, 36.78 seconds.

“It was a two-man battle for the gold and Elijah gave everything he had and put us high on the leader board early,” Roberson said.

Later that day, junior Cole McCraw took bronze in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 5 inches against a tough field. Finally, on Friday, senior Gunnar Murphy earned a silver medal in the shot-put with throw of 53 feet, 4.25 inches, on his fourth attempt. On Saturday, Melissa’s other two-event state-qualifier, freshman Ja’Bray Young, took seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 10.80 seconds and ninth in the 200 with a time of 22.6 seconds.

“What an amazing accomplishment for a freshman,” Roberson said.

Saturday night, Mackey claimed his second silver medal of the meet, completing the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 28.23 seconds.

“Overall, it was one heck of a state meet for the boys,” Roberson said.