BURNET — Burnet High School girls track coach Doug Messer called the Wells Fargo Burnet Bulldog Relays “a challenge,” with the Lady Dawgs turning in sterling across-the-board performances for a runner-up finish.
The Bulldog Relays were conducted March 27, coming on the heels of the Lampasas Meet just days earlier.
“We are making strides every meet,” Messer said. “We are very young but talented.”
The Lady Dawgs compiled 66.5 points in the six-team meet that included Fredericksburg, Liberty Hill, St. Michaels, Brownwood, Lampasas and host Burnet.
“There were good performances all around for the Lady Dawgs as times continue to drop and we improve,” Messer said. “I’m very pleased where we are at, to this point. We have a long way to go but as a program, we are heading in the direction we want to go.”
Messer said the team’s performance was highlighted by sophomore Taylor Rowe and senior Kerstyn Towslee.
Towslee took top honors in the pole vault with a jump of 9 feet, while Rowe placed in four events, including a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 300-meter hurdles (49.2 seconds) and the triple jump (32-6).
Rowe also set a new personal best in 100-meter hurdles (16.18) to capture third and was a member of the 4×400-meter relay that also included Bryanika Grady, Riana Bond and Sydney Olson. The team placed fourth with a time of 4:22.4.
Kathryn Drake picked up sixth place in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13:11.3, while teammate Lidia Rodriguez finished at 13:22.
Drake and Rodriguez were joined by Makayla Adair in the 1,600-meter run finishing, respectively, with times of 6:17, 6:10 and 6:43. Adair also placed sixth in the pole vault with a jump of 8-0, cleared 4-4 in the high jump and was clocked at 2:46 in the 800 meters and 13.79 in the 100 meters.
In the 4×200 meter relay, the Burnet team of Riana Bond, Leah Cotton, Grady and Sydney Olson raced to a fifth-place finish with a time of 1:54.29.
Grady cleared 4-8 in the high jump and added a third place in the 400 meters with a time of 1:02.8 with Sarah Blakeney (1:06.4) and Kerstin Williamson (1:08.2) on her heels.
Throwers Eden Sultemeir and Jessica Robinson placed in both the discus and shot put. Sultemeir heaved the shot 35-11 and flung the discus 104-4 to finish third in both events. Robinson had a personal best in the shot with a throw of 34-4.5 for fourth place and secured sixth place in the discus with a distance of 97-0.
Pole vaulter Kimberley Kyle jumped 8-6 for third place.
The Burnet coach said his young squad displayed intensity and commitment in their preparation and performances; also, his veterans are coming along in good shape.
“Sultemeir and Towslee are getting in track mode now from an extended basketball season and progressing nicely,” Messer said. “Robinson is improving weekly in the shot and discus, and Rodriguez has started out this season in much better form than the past and is headed for her best year yet. Blakeney has knocked time off of her quarter and is making a good push on that mile-relay squad. Courtney Crouch is playing softball at the same time, but will play a vital role in our success in our relays and maybe also in the open 100 or 200.”
In the junior varsity division, the Lady Dawgs placed second with 114 points. Mariah Qualls, Kaylee Adams, Kelly Ellett, Dakota Luevanos and Kristian Simpson all contributed double-digit scoring for Burnet.
JV Events and Scoring:
4×100 relay: Katarina Solis-Mariah Qualls-Haylea Smith-Kendra Klose, 55.4, third place
800: Jalee Hill (2:45.4)
100 hurdles: Kelly Ellett, 18.42, second place; Dakota Luevanos, 19.91, fourth place
100: Mariah Qualls, 13.46, first place; Karina Ramirez, 14.72, Kayla Jones, 13.95; Laura Everett, 15.1; Megan Davis, 14.5.
4×200 relay: Katarina Solis-Mariah Qualls-Haylea Smith-Kristian Simpson, 2:00.6, fourth place
400: Hayley Ellett,1:09.5, sixth place; Jaymie Hein,1:13.1
300 hurdles: Kelly Ellett, 55.94, second place; Dakota Luevanos, 57.02, third place
200: Kristian Simpson, 29.93, fifth place; Haylea Smith, 30.37; Megan Davis, 33.56; Karina Ramirez, 34.11; Laura Everett, 35.8.
1,600: Jalee Hill, 6:59; Claire Carpenter, 7:05; Brittany Crawford, 7:16
4×400 relay: Haley Ellett-Jaymie Hein-Kendra Klose-Madeline Parker, 4:34.9, second place
Shot put: Lauren McGinty, 26-5, fifth place; Kaylee Adams, 28-1, second place
Discus: Kaylee Adams, 75-9.5, first place
Long Jump: Mariah Qualls, 13-10, fourth place; Jalee Hill, 12-6.5; Jaymie Hein, 13-0
Triple jump: Mariah Qualls, 30-4, third place; Haley Ellett, 24-7.5; Jaymie Hein, 28-3
High jump: Kristian Simpson, 4-4, fourth place