DALLAS Already known as one of the best teams in the state, Ellison track established itself as one of the nation's elite as the Eagles won the 46th annual Jesuit-Sheaner Relays on Saturday at Haggar Stadium.
With world-class senior sprinter Prezel Hardy leading the way with three gold medals including helping win the 400-meter relay with a time of 40.66 seconds, the fastest in the nation this year Ellison ran away with the Class 5A team title. Tallying 111.5 team points, the Eagles edged runner-up finisher Lancaster the two-time defending Class 4A state champion who moved up to face better competition who had 85 points, and DeSoto, who took third with 65 points.
Hardy paced the Ellison squad by anchoring the champion 400- and 800-meter relays (1:26.34) as well as winning individual gold in the 100-meter dash (10.45) by beating out teammate Michael Bryan (10.81) by .36 seconds. Among those earning second-place honors were fellow 400 relay runner Larry Brooks, who took silver in the 200-meter dash (22.28) and Silvester Harrison in the 3200-meter run (9:38.06), who also finished sixth in the 1600-meter run.
Salado 5, Florence 1 At Salado, Bubba Luna struck out 10 batters and walked just two in a complete-game effort, adding two doubles as the Eagles (11-5) evened their District 25-2A record with the four-run win. Clint Scarborough started Salado's four-run sixth inning with a solo homer, while the Eagles capped the rally with four straight singles, the last three each bringing home a run.
Florence's Josh Herring went 2-for-2 with a homer.
Harker Heights 5, Temple 1 (Friday) At Temple, a four-run fourth inning helped the Knights pull away from the host Wildcats, evening Heights' District 12-5A record to 2-2. Heights goes to 10-8 overall, while Temple falls to 7-10-2 overall and 2-2 in district play.
Irvin Santamaria led off the game with a solo home run, while Sean Hansen picked up the win.
Cove's Barragan reaches semifinals At San Antonio, Louis Barragan reached the semifinals at the state bowling championships at the Bandera Super Bowl before falling in the single-elimination tournament bracket.
The Copperas Cove senior, who won the Centex district and Region V singles titles earlier this season, posted a 657 series during qualifying. Barragan beat Harker Heights' Javon Stanford in the first round. The two battled for the regional title two weeks ago, with Barragan edging Stanford by six pins.
Salado 8, Florence 2 At Salado, Kirstie McGillick, Jenna Franz and Lorna Payne combined for 12 strikeouts in the Lady Eagles' win, pushing their record to 9-11 overall and 4-2 in District 25-2A.
Franz, who struck out three batters in two innings, and Payne, who struck out two in one inning, both made their pitching debuts after recovering from knee injuries.