The Melissa Cardinals romped to a first-place finish at the Melissa Invitational track meet on Thursday, March 22, at Cardinals Stadium. The boys claimed nine gold-medal finishes, with eight silvers and five bronzes in their school-record performance. “It was a great night with lots of medals for our kids,” Cardinals head coach Travis Roberson said. “The varsity scored an amazing 243 points which is the highest point total ever for the boys in an invitational meet. I am extremely pleased with the times and distances and especially how the boys competed overall.”


Class 5A Denison placed second with 117 points, followed by Bonham, Frisco and the Home School Athletic Association. First-place finishes for the Cards were turned in by Kennedy Lewis, Ja’Bray Young, Matt Hahn, Jackson Scribner, Ty Graham, Cale Hayes, Cole McCraw and two relay teams.


The Lady Cards, with 151 points, placed second to Denison at the meet, ahead of Anna, Bonham and HSAA. The girls earned five gold medals, three silvers and five bronzes. First-place finishers included Kaylee Lewis, Sally Clemmons and two relay teams.


“I thought the Melissa Invitational went really well for the Melissa girls,” Lady Cards head coach Clay McCarter said. “We had a couple of our soccer athletes who were able to come out and compete so that definitely gave us some flexibility in our relays which are obviously super important anytime you’re wanting to chase a team championship.


“Our 4x200 relay has gotten faster at every meet and I think we are still leaving some time on the track. I’m really excited to see how that progresses. This was the first meet we’ve been able to field a 4x400 relay so it was nice to see where we stand in that event, not to mention we won that relay.


“Kaylee Lewis had another great meet in the 100 and 200, winning both of those events. Sally Clemmons and Mia Ellis also did a great job in the 300 and 100 hurdles, respectively, taking gold and silver in their events. I look for them to improve in the upcoming weeks. I think the biggest thing we had going for us is that some kids were able to run who haven’t been available in the past so any time you’ve got more events filled it generally helps what’s going on in the big picture.”


The next meet for both the boys’ and girls’ squads is Thursday, March 29, at the WT White Longhorn Invitational in Addison.


Top Melissa performers/point-getters at Thursday’s Invitational are listed below.


BOYS


100 meters


1. Kennedy Lewis


5. Junior Castleberry


6. Chase Mapps


200 meters


1. Ja’Bray Young


6. Mason Enniss


400 meters


1. Matt Hahn


4. Jaylynn Jones


6. Josh Wood


800 meters


2. Dion Galbreath


4. Jayden Smith


1,600 meters


1. Jackson Scribner


2. Blake Chaloupka


3. Lucas Tauch


3,200 meters


1. Ty Graham


110-meter hurdles


2. Kelvin Moore


300-meter hurdles


2. Kelvin Moore


4x200-meter relay


1. Jason Baker, Kennedy Lewis, Mason Enniss, Ja’Bray Young


4x400-meter relay


1. Dion Galbreath, Cole McCraw, Jaylynn Jones, Matt Hahn


Shot put


2. Caleb Kroese


3. Cale Hayes


5. Trevor Duggan


Discus


1. Cale Hayes


3. Caleb Kroese


5. Trevor Duggan


Pole vault


2. Mason Enniss


Triple jump


3. Cole McCraw


4. Jaylynn Jones


Long jump


2. Josh Wood


3. Junior Castleberry


High jump


1. Cole McCraw


2. Josh Wood


4. Brendon Lewis


GIRLS


100 meters


1. Kaylee Lewis


6. Abigail De La Cruz


200 meters


1. Kaylee Lewis


400 meters


2. Natalie Courtney


6. Alisha Nicholas


1,600 meters


3. Alison Kocsis


5. Madeline Graham


3,200 meters


2. Alison Kocsis


4. Madeline Graham


100-meter hurdles


2. Mia Ellis


6. Peyton Martin


300-meter hurdles


1. Sally Clemmons


3. Mia Ellis


4x100 relay


4. Abi De La Cruz, Alisha Nicholas, Mia Ellis, Ashanti Johnson


4x200 relay


1. Natalie Courtney, Ashanti Johnson, Sally Clemmons, Kaylee Lewis


4x400 relay


1. Natalie Courtney, Ashanti Johnson, Reagan Eichel, Sally Clemmons


Shot put


5. Rachel Adejokun


Pole vault


3. Marisa Brunson


3. Lillian Rogers


6. Kaitlyn Ward


Long jump


3. Sally Clemmons