At Thursday’s Princeton Panther Relays at Jackie Hendricks Stadium, Melissa Cardinal sprinters won gold medals in the both the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relay races. The 4x100 team of Ashton Mitchell-Johnson, Kennedy Lewis, Chance Holiday and Ja’Bray Young finished in a near-season-best time of 42.5 seconds. The 4x200 team, comprised of the same runners, clocked in at 1 minute, 28.52 seconds, breaking Melissa’s school record by 2.5 seconds.
Two other Cardinal medalists at Princeton were Caleb Kroese, who took silver in the shot put competition with a toss of 45 feet, 2.5 inches; and Ryan Johnson, who cleared 5 feet, 10 inches to claim high jump silver.
Nine teams were represented at the meet, including Class 6A programs McKinney and McKinney Boyd; Class 5A McKinney North, Princeton, Wylie East and Royse City; and Class 4A Melissa, Anna and Celina.
The Cards’ varsity finished fifth overall with 61 points. McKinney took first place with 160 points.
As this was the last meet before the District 11-4A meet in Aubrey, April 3-4, many athletes were limited to one or two events, Melissa head coach Travis Roberson noted.
Friday afternoon in Austin, Judson Greer represented the Cards at the 92nd-annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Competing in the 1,600-meter race in a field of 28 of the top distance runners in the state, Greer placed 13th with a time of 4 minutes, 21.19 seconds.
Greer holds Melissa school records in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, and also owns the Class 4A state-record time in cross country.
Boys Varsity Team Finishes
Princeton Relays, March 28
1. McKinney High 160
2. McKinney North 94
3. Celina 87
4. Princeton 76
5. Melissa 61
6. Royse City 61
7. Anna 51
8. McKinney Boyd 26
9. Wylie East 4