Trio of McMullen County runners selected to super elite team


TOP: Camie Taylor (left) and Isabella Billingsley (right) push through the second half of their 3200-meter race at the UIL State Track meet last month in Austin. BOTTOM: Brandon Timms competes in the 3200-meter run in his second state appearance last month at the UIL State Track meet. CADE ANDREWS | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

TOP: Camie Taylor (left) and Isabella Billingsley (right) push through the second half of their 3200-meter race at the UIL State Track meet last month in Austin. BOTTOM: Brandon Timms competes in the 3200-meter run in his second state appearance last month at the UIL State Track meet. CADE ANDREWS | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Wrapping up her freshman season, Isabella Billingsley amounted to a lot of success on the track in a short period of time. The runner qualified for state in track to follow up her state appearance in the cross country season in November. Billingsley’s debut in the state track meet saw her finish sixth in the 3200 and eighth in the 1600. Her season led her to being named to the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) Super Elite Track team.

Billingsley joins teammate Camie Taylor, who was selected to the THSCA super elite team for cross country after a strong freshman season. The underclassmen duo competed together not only in practice but also paced each other to finish on the podium in their area and regional meet.

With a 10th place finish at his second state cross country meet, Brandon Timms rounded out the trio of McMullen County runners to be selected to the super elite team. The sophomore followed up his strong season on the cross country team with a return to the state track meet where he ran in the 3200 and 1600. Though a deep playoff run in basketball led to a late start to the track season for Timms, he managed to turn in some solid times and finished fifth in the 1600.

 

Billingsley, Taylor and Timms will all return to the cross country scene this fall where they’ll look to reclaim another district team title and possibly claim a spot on the podium at the state meet under head coach Gary Billingsley.

“Awards are good because it shows that people notice or have noticed your abilities,” said Billingsley. “These three have had a great running year. We are looking forward to the upcoming year to see where the program can go.”

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