MARBLE FALLS — Several performances highlighted the unique Marble Falls Daybreak Rotary Mustang Relays on Saturday. That’s according to head track coach Kyle Futrell.
“The kids ran really well,” he said. “It’s probably the best we’ve run in a first meet. You can tell the kids who’ve been getting training.”
The track meet was entirely relays, including the field events. Schools received points based on how each of their athletes’ cumulative distances and times finished compared to opponents.
The Marble Falls boys finished fourth overall out of nine teams.
“The girls competed hard and had only been out there for two days,” the coach said.
The distance medley team of sophomore Anjel Guerrero (1,600 meters), junior Ralph Woods (400), sophomore Johnny Garcia (1,200) and sophomore Bryce Pilley (800) finished third.
“It was the first time we’d ran it in a while,” Futrell said.
The 4×400 team of junior Stephen Castillo, senior Cooper Bowen, senior Willie Nelson and Woods finished third overall.
“My relays ran almost as good as they did at the end of last year,” the coach said.
The discus team of junior Payce Goldsmith, senior T.J. Crawford and sophomore Cody Miller was third.
“They missed second by three feet,” Futrell said.
Junior pole vaulter Amber Lecates cleared 7-0.
“It was drizzling at that time,” Futrell said. “It’s an opening height. They were vaulting in the worse part of the day.”
The best part of having a true relay meet is that it allowed coaches to put athletes in different events and see how they do, the coach said.
“I obviously wanted to experiment with some people,” he said. “Obviously other people did, too. The results were 10 pages long. We had so many people.”
Futrell said he received many compliments on the format as well as the new Mustang Stadium.
“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “For the kids, it was different. It gave some kids who don’t always fall in line with medals a chance.”
He noted a middle school meet was conducted Thursday before the high school meet.
“Everybody who came really liked our facilities,” the coach said. “Just the way it all fit together. They were all talking about how much they really liked it.”
Marble Falls athletes will run in the facility five times this season. The District 25-4A high school meet will be conducted at Mustang Stadium as well.
Futrell was happy with the way the first two events finished.
“It was a chance for us to get started,” he said.