AUSTIN – In the best showing by the Melissa boys athletic program at the state track meet, Elijah Mackey capped it off by adding to the history.
The Melissa senior closed his outstanding senior season with his second silver medal of the weekend as the state runner-up in the Class 4A 1,600 on Saturday night.
Levelland’s Isaac Vargas proved to be Mackey’s nemesis and stand in his way for another state title. Vargas won gold in 4:23.03 as Mackey took second in 4:28.23. Burkburnett’s Sloan Lewis earned bronze at 4:29.69.
On Friday morning, Mackey pushed Vargas, the defending champion, in the 3,200 but was unable to pass him on the final two laps and took silver.
Mackey made school history with his first runner-up finish as the best showing by a Melissa boy athlete at state. Later on Friday Gunnar Murphy matched him with silver in the shot put.
But Mackey then added to his legacy by becoming the first Melissa athlete to win multiple state medals in his or her career, let alone the same meet.
“It’s nice to do something that’s never been done before,” Mackey said. “It was great to run for Melissa.”
He jumped to the lead in the 1,600, much like he did in his first race, and held the lead over Lewis after the opening lap. Vargas passed him early in the second lap and was sitting fourth at the midway point.
“I got boxed in early in the race and then boxed in again,” Mackey said. “I thought I’d go out and get the win.”
Mackey quickly made a move to get back into second behind Vargas and maintained that position the rest of the way.
“I was going to sit back and see how it played out,” Mackey said. “But the last 600 meters, I had to move up as much as I could.”