MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School track team took full advantage of a tri-meet the Mustangs hosted Thursday.
“Overall, I’d say we had a pretty good night,” head coach Kyle Futrell said. “We tried a few people here or there in a few events. We had that luxury since we could use as many as we wanted to.”
IN PHOTO: Marble Falls senior hurdler Willie Nelson steps over a hurdle during track practice. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro
Overall team scores were not kept because the meet included only Marble Falls, Llano and Fredericksburg.
The 4×400-meter relay team of junior Steven Castillo, sophomore Johnny Garcia, junior Tarron Machen and senior Cooper Bowen came in first in 3:33.92.
“We beat Fredericksburg at the end,” Futrell said. “All of our mile relay runners ran well. They ran their season best.”
Junior Shane Minnick won the high jump by clearing 5 feet 8 inches.
Senior Willie Nelson won the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.56 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 40.70.
“Willie ran his best time in the 300 hurdles,” Futrell said. “Willie ran well in the 110 hurdles.”
Junior Crockett Savage was third in the 110 high hurdles with 17.28 and finished fourth in the 300 hurdles in 44.83 seconds.
Freshman Jonathan Sharp finished sixth in the 110 high hurdles in 18.98.
Junior Michael Villa was second in the 100 dash in 12.03.
Machen finished second in the 200 dash in 24.36 seconds, and sophomore Jake Cox was third in 25.45 seconds.
Senior Jesùs Manzano was second in the 800 run in 2:04.87, while sophomore Anjel Guerrero was third in 2:08.41.
Manzano finished fourth in the 1,600 in 4:44.50, and Guerrero was sixth in 4:59.21.
“Jesùs ran a pretty good 1,600,” Futrell said. “With Anjel, I could tell he was struggling a little bit. When he ran those events, he wasn’t quite on.”
Garcia was third in the 400 run in 54.09 seconds.
Senior Thomas Crawford finished second in the discus with a toss of 125-1 1/2, and junior Cyril Lemon was in fifth in 116-09.
Lemon was second in the shot put with a heave of 47-2. In the first flight, Crawford came in third with a throw of 38-6 3/4, freshman Nathan Short was fifth in 36-6 1/2, and freshman Rey Baltazar was sixth in 35-4 3/4.
Junior Shiloh Ribera was second in the long jump by leaping 19-5 1/4, and sophomore Zed Woerner finished third by marking 18-4 1/4.
“Shiloh started long jumping to find out where he can compete,” Futrell said. “He did real well. With a little more work, we’ll get him out there.”
Freshman Dominic Downey was fourth in the pole vault by clearing 11-6, and Ribera came in fifth by vaulting 11-0.
Woerner was second in the triple jump with a leap of 38-6, while junior Ralph Woods finished third with a leap of 27-2 3/4.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Villa, Bowen, Castillo and Machen was second in 44.63 seconds.
The 4×200 relay team of Villa, Castillo, Bowen and Woods came in second in 1:34.07.
“That was the best time of the year,” the coach said.
Lady Mustang sophomore Whitney Ulbricht was second in the 100 dash in 13.06 and third in the 200 dash in 28.19 seconds.
Sophomore Whitney Pittard won the 800 run in 2:28.90, and freshman Katelyn Corley was forth in 2:42.19.
Pittard finished fourth in the 1,600 meters in 6:06.15, and freshman Kaitlyn Naumann was sixth in 6:23.21.
Freshmen Stephanie Garcia finished fourth in 300 hurdles in 50.22 seconds, and Jessica England was fifth in 59.91.
“Stephanie has a new personal best,” the coach said.
England finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in 20.89.
Sophomore Priscilla Martinez came in second in the high jump by clearing 4-10, and Ulbricht was fourth thanks to clearing 4-6.
Garcia finished fourth in the long jump by leaping 13-5 3/4, and freshman Kelsey Bauers was sixth in 12-9 1/2.
Garcia was sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 27-6 1/4.
Junior Amber Lecates came in third in the pole vault by clearing 8-0.
The 4×100-meter relay team of freshman Tori Robertson, Bauers, Garcia and freshman Katy Bartels was third in 55.22 seconds.
The 4×200 relay team of Garcia, Ulbricht, Robertson and Martinez finished third in 4:30.79.
Futrell said the meet served the athletes well as they prepare for their district competitions Wednesday and Thursday. Marble Falls will host the District 25-4A meet and the regional qualifiers meet the following week.
“For the ones competing to move on to regionals, it was a great opportunity for them to get one last tune-up before the district meet,” he said.