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Midlothian High School track team competes in TCU Invitational

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The Ellis County Press

MIDLOTHIAN - The track at TCU was full of spectators and participants as the university hosted a weekend Track and Field Invitational March 20-21 at the Lowden Track and Field Complex.

Sixty-six high schools from all over Texas and beyond, and several colleges, brought a combined total of 1,086 athletes to Fort Worth to compete.

The Panthers of Midlothian High School sent several outstanding athletes to the meet. Under the direction of first year coach Christina Gann, the Panthers show real promise at a successful season.

Cann comes to Midlothian after seven years with the Maypearl ISD and a prior one-year stint in Waxahachie.

In their last outing at the Kennedale Wildcat Relays, the Varsity Girls team took third place overall.

One of the key members of the girls’ team is freshman Ashley Cunningham.

At the TCU Horned Frog Invitational, Cunningham took ninth place out of a field of 46 in the Women’s 100 Meter Dash with a time of 12:53.

Another outstanding individual on the girls’ team is sophomore Carly Kitts who placed fourth in a field of 34 in the Women’s 1600 Meter Run with a final time of 5:16.92.

After an excellent showing at the Kennedale meet, Midlothian Senior Neal Ellis continued to excel at TCU.

Ellis finished ninth out of 39 in the Men’s 1600 Meter Run with time of 4:33.67.

Coach Cann stated that, "Neal has a good shot to do well this season in good competition." Ellis was a state qualifier in Cross Country and has already signed with Oklahoma Baptist University.

When asked about her expectations for the season, Coach Cann commented that, "My kids are working hard and they are very competitive.

"I think we will do well in district.

"The vaulters have a great chance to get past everyone else and make it to state.

"The distance runners are a strong group and have a great chance at state as well."

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