Lewis, Lady Cards excel at Farmersville meet

Senior sprinter Karrington Lewis claimed two gold medals at the Farmersville Spring Break Relays on March 16 to help lead Melissa’s Lady Cardinals to a second-place finish in the 13-team field. Karrington took first place in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.34 seconds and she beat all challengers in the 200 meters with a season’s-best time of 25.45 seconds. Senior Gill Gray also nabbed gold in the 400 meters with her season’s- best time of 1 minute, 0.26 seconds. She also claimed second in the triple jump with a leap of 34 feet, 0.5 inches.

Other top Lady Card performers included freshman Alison Kocsis, who grabbed gold with a late charge in the 3,200 meters, finishing in a personal-best time of 12 minutes, 35.51 seconds. Kocsis also took silver in the 1,600 meters with a personal-best time of 5 minutes, 55 seconds.

Senior sprinter Bryanna Hernandez earned silver in the 100 meters with a time of 12.78 seconds and bronze in the 200 with a personal-best time of 26.72 seconds. In the pole vault, junior Marissa Brunson took silver, clearing a height of 8 feet, 6 inches.

Freshman Brenna Sheriff nabbed silver in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 16.82 seconds. She also claimed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles. Sophomore Sally Clemmons earned fourth place in the long jump with a personal-best effort of 15 feet, 4 inches. In the 4x400-meter relay, Hernandez, Lewis, Gray and Clemmons earned bronze with their season’s-best time of 4 minutes, 9 seconds.

Other athletes earning points for Melissa this day were: Clemmons, Natalie Courtney, Patti Sparks and Ashanti Johnson, who took fifth and sixth place, respectively, in the 200 and 100 relays; freshman Camille Bogdan, who took fifth in the 3,200 meters; and junior Erin Eichel, who placed sixth in the 1,600 meters with a personal-best time of 6 minutes, 25 seconds.

The competing teams included Atlanta, Celina, Clarkesville, Daingerfield, Farmersville, Honey Grove, Ferris, Nocona, North Hopkins, Redwater, Blue Ridge and Anna. Celina’s 131 points earned first place, with the Lady Cards next at 111.

Cardinals take first place at Farmersville meet

The Melissa Cardinals track and field team topped the 13-team field at Farmersville’s Spring Break Relays on Thursday, March 16, besting second-place Celina, 196-137. The Cards particularly ruled in distance-running and in the high jump, sweeping first through third place in each event. In the 3,200 meters, senior Elijah Mackey ran away with gold in a time of 9 minutes, 46.19 seconds, followed by sophomores Jackson Scribner in second and Blake Chaloupka in third. Scribner then claimed his first varsity win, taking gold in the 1,600 meters in a time of 4 minutes, 42.87 seconds, as Chaloupka claimed silver and Ty Graham nabbed bronze in the event.

Meanwhile, junior Josh Wood bested the high-jump field, clearing 6 feet, as fellow Cards Cole McCraw and Taner Bigbee took silver and bronze, respectively. McCraw also took second in the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 1.5 inches, his season-best, and Wood earned third in the long jump with a 19-foot, 6-inch effort.

Senior Gunnar Murphy and junior Cale Hayes took first and second place, respectively, in the shot-put, with Murphy’s throw traveling 51 feet, 1.75 inches and Hayes’s flying a personal-best 44 feet, 5.25 inches. Murphy also grabbed gold in the discus with a toss of 140 feet, 10 inches. Senior pole-vaulter Gabe Rodriguez nabbed another first place medal for Melissa with a school-record vault of 13 feet, 6 inches.

Freshman Ja’Bray Young added to Melissa’s gold haul with an 11.3-second time in the 110-meter hurdles, with senior teammate Tarek Wallace on his heels in third, with a time of 11.61. The Cards’ 4x200-meter relay team of Young, McCraw, Marvin Jordan, Kennedy Lewis also earned silver with a time of 1 minute, 32.67 seconds. Jordan also claimed third in the 200-meter dash, clocked at 23.77 seconds.

In the 4x100 relay, Jordan, Tarek Wallace, Jason Baker, and Kenneth Castleberry tied for fourth with Celina in a time of 44.6 seconds. Lewis, McCraw, Matt Hahn and Brendon Landsford claimed fourth in the 4x400 in a time of 3 minutes, 41.25 seconds. Others point-earning efforts for Melissa included Lansford, fifth in the 400 meters, Joey Vasquez, sixth in the 800 meters, and CJ Tenney, sixth in the pole vault.

Teams competing in the event included Atlanta, Celina, Clarkesville, Daingerfield, Farmersville, Honey Grove, Ferris, Nocona, North Hopkins, Redwater and Blue Ridge.

Melissa’s JV team also earned first place this day.