SAN ANTONIO — Marble Falls High School sophomore Cody Schulz finished fifth in the 200-meter preliminaries of the Class 4A Region IV Track and Field Meet May 2.
Schulz will run in the finals at 2:55 p.m. May 3 at Alamo Stadium.
The Mustang was four-tenths of a second behind the top qualifier. That’s the equlivent of three yards.
“He started really well,” head coach Kyle Futrell said. “There’s a little uncertainty when you’re in lane eight. No one was in six or seven because of a scratch and a false start. He was 100 meters into the race before he was aware of anyone else. He really ran well and finished well.”
Schulz is the only Marble Falls athlete who still has a chance at reaching the state meet.
Seniors Cyril Lemon and Austin Sparks and sophomore Rey Baltazar threw consistently in the shot put and discus, Futrell said, but not well enough to advance.
Lemon was fourth in the shot put with a heave of 55 feet 4 inches, behind Alex Garza of Rio Grande City, who finished first with a mark of 62-11 and Corpus Christi Flour Bluff’s Francisco Brito, who was second with a throw of 56-8 1/2.
Garza was the Class 5A state champion, while Brito was the Class 4A state champion.
Garza also won the discus with a toss of 158-11, while Robert Ward of Corpus Christi Gregory-Portland was second with a mark of 158-10.
“Our region will probably win all of the throwing events because of Garza,” the Mustangs skipper said. “His discus throw was uphill with the wind at his back. In discus, that’s bad.”
Junior Priscilla Martinez finished no worse than tied for ninth in the high jump by clearing 5-0, while Schulz scratched on all three of his leaps in the long jump.
“(Long jumpers) were jumping directly into a headwind,” Futrell said. “The whole deal is consistency. There’s a real strong wind, 20-30 mph, and it’s gusty. You’re trying to be consistent and running into something that’s not consistent. Cody has jumped as far as the third-place guy (20-8 1/2) but not into a wind like that.”
Martinez, Lemon and Ribera all competed at the same time in different parts of the stadium, while Sparks and Shulz followed 90 minutes later in different locations.
This marked the first regional meet for Sparks, Shulz and Baltazar.
“You don’t ever know (how they’ll react),” Futrell said. “It’s a big event.”
The coach said he was proud of his athletes, adding they tried as hard as they could.
“We wanted to compete, to see what we could do, to make it to the next level,” he said. “It wasn’t in the cards.”