MARBLE FALLS — A traditionally tough stretch for the Marble Falls High School boys track and field team yielded solid results when the Mustangs competed in the Wimberley Texan Relays and the San Angelo Relays last week in back-to-back days.
The varsity boys placed third at the Texan Relays by scoring 89 points. Smithville won the meet with 156 points followed by Dripping Springs with 142. Ten schools competed in the meet.
At the San Angelo Relays, the Mustangs scored 41 points to finish eighth.
Head coach Kyle Futrell said he was pleased with the results, particularly from senior runner Jesùs Manzano and sophomore runner Anjel Guerrero.
“Our distance kids ran well Thursday at Wimberley and in San Angelo,” the coach said. “Jesùs and Anjel ran six miles in three days. They placed in all of them and ran their personal bests in the 3,200 at Wimberley.”
At Wimberley, Manzano finished the event in 10 minutes, 14.91 seconds for second place. Guerrero completed it in 10:21.77 for third.
Futrell said Guerrero was at least 8 seconds faster, while Manzano was 5 seconds quicker.
Senior Willie Nelson placed second in the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.98 seconds at Wimberley.
Junior Dominic Downey won the pole vault at Wimberley by clearing 12 feet at both meets.
Sophomore Johnny Garcia finished second in the 800-meter run in 2:10, while
Junior Michael Rowsey was fourth in 2:12.33.
Junior Cyril Lemon placed second in the shot put with a heave of 48-4 1/2 and second in the discus with a toss of 121-1 1/2.
Junior Ronnie Boatwright was fourth in the discus with a throw of 108-1.
Junior Shane Minnick was sixth in the high jump thanks to clearing 5-8.
The 4×200-meter relay team of sophomore Aaron Hinojosa, junior Steven Castillo, Nelson and senior Cooper Bowen placed third.
Futrell was happy to have Bowen in the lineup.
“They ran well in Wimberley,” the coach said. “They ran the best time of the year.”
The 4×400-meter relay team of Castillo, junior Ralph Woods, Bowen and Garcia finished fourth in 3:36.89.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Hinojosa, Bowen, Castillo and junior Tarron Machen placed fifth in 45.35 seconds.
While in San Angelo, Guerrero was third in 10:32.21 and Manzano came in fifth in 10:36.17.
In the 1,600, Manzano placed fourth in 4:47.59, while Guerrero was seventh in 4:57.09.
Rowsey was fifth in 2:08.39, and Garcia finished 10th in 2:13.42.
Nelson was third in the 110 hurdles in San Angelo in 16.17 seconds and third in the 300 hurdles in 42.03 seconds.
“He performed well in the 110 hurdles and is doing equally well in the 300s,” the coach said.
Downey tied for second in the pole vault by clearing 12-0.
Lemon finished second in the shot put with a throw of 50-1 1/2.
“Cyril threw well,” the Mustangs skipper said. “He had two good competitions.”
The varsity girls finished eighth with 21 points. Dripping Springs finished first with 193 points followed by Wimberley with 91.
Sophomore Priscilla Martinez was third in the high jump thanks to clearing 4-10.
Sophomore Whitney Ulbricht placed third in the 200-meter dash in 27.58 seconds and fifth in 400 in 1:03.09.
“She ran particularly well in the 400,” the coach said.
Ulbricht also ran in the 800. Because the sophomore runs so well, Futrell said the challenge is to find the right races for her.
Freshman Katelyn Corley finished third in 3,200-meter run in 12:58.63.
“Katelyn Corley ran well in the distances,” Futrell said.
The junior varsity girls finished second at the meet with 90 points.
Junior Whitney Pittard won the 1,600-meter run in 6:10.84, while sophomore Sara Holden was fourth in 6:14.54.
Holden was third in the 800-meter run in 2:45.37.
Freshman Stephanie Garcia was first in the 300-meter hurdles in 50.07 and fourth in the long jump in 14-7 1/2.
Freshman Tori Robertson was third in the shot put with a heave of 25-7 1/2 and fourth in the discus with a toss of 68-10.
Freshman Katie Bartels placed fifth in the 100-meter dash in 14.00.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Robertson, freshman Kelsey Bauers, Garcia and Bartels was second in 55.71.
The 4×400-meter relay team of Bauers, Robertson, Garcia and Gloria Angel also was second in 4:33.71.
The junior varsity boys were fifth at the meet with 69 points.
Junior Crockett Savage finished second in the 300-meter hurdles in 45.61 seconds.
He completed the 110-meter high hurdles in 18.37 seconds for fourth place, while
freshman Jonathan Sharp was fifth in 19.66 seconds.
Freshman Cody Schulz won the long jump with a leap of 18-6 1/4.
Junior Shiloh Ribera was second in the pole vault thanks to clearing 10-0.
Sophomore Bobby Hall finished third in the triple jump with a leap of 32-10 1/2, while sophomore Jake Cox was fourth with a mark of 32-8 3/4.
Freshman Rey Baltazar was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 34-10.
Sophomore Layo Zurita was sixth in the discus with a toss of 99-9.
The 4×400-meter relay team of freshman Brian Shruber, Schulz, Cox and senior Kyle Lavca was second with a time of 3:48.09, while the 4×200-meter relay team of Hall, Schulz, Savage and Shruber placed fifth in 1:41.49.
“Our JV boys and girls are doing a good job,” Futrell said. “The young kids are performing well.”