The Melissa Cardinal Track and Field team finished 5th overall in the team standings at the UIL State Track and Field Championships last weekend in Austin.
The boys finished with 30 points, which marks the highest team finish, and the most points, for any Melissa track team at the state meet. The Cardinals were the day one leader with 22 points, and came within 13 points of winning the state championship.
Elijah Mackey set the tone early Friday morning, earning the silver medal in the 3200m run with a time of 9:36.78. It was a two-man battle for the gold. Mackey’s performance put the Cardinals high on the leader board early.
Later on Friday, Cole McCraw competed in the high jump against a stacked field of jumpers. His jump of 6’5” sealed the deal for the bronze medal and that put the Cardinals in the lead in points halfway through the day.
Gunnar Murphy competed against a stacked field Friday night in the shot put. Murphy had his best throw of 53’ 4 ¼” on his fourth throw of the competition. This would eventually earn Murphy the silver medal in shot and bring the team total to 22 points at the end of day one.
On Saturday it was freshman Ja’Bray Young’s turn to compete in front of about 20,000 people at Mike Myers Stadium. Young ran extremely well in the 100m with a time of 10.80 that earned him 7th overall in that event.
Young competed next in the 200m and this time finished 9th with a time of 22.60.
Elijah Mackey competed Saturday night in the 1600m, earning the silver medal with a time of 4:28.23, and upping the Cardinals’ team point total at 30.
“What an amazing weekend for the boys track team,” said Coach Travis Roberson. “I am so very happy and proud of my boys and the way that they competed at the state meet. 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.”
Contributor: Travis Roberson
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