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MANVEL — While some Marble Falls High School athletes are gearing up for a June full of activities, one group already has started.

Several Mustang football players recently placed seventh overall in the Lineman Challenge.

The team included freshmen Chance Armstrong, Josh Robles, Sean Paris and Nathan Deitchler, sophomores Nathan Short and Kevin Reed, and juniors Chris Reaves and Vincent Campuzano.

IN PHOTO: Members of the Marble Falls High School Lineman Challenge team include Nathan Short (sitting); Kevin Reed (first row standing, left), Chris Reaves, Vincent Campuzano and Sean Paris; and Josh Robles (back row, left), Chance Armstrong and Nathan Deitchler. Courtesy photo

“They did great,” coach David Woods said. “Four out of our nine were freshmen. I thought they did well for the first meet of the year.”

The Mustangs were second in the hand-over-hand pull in 35.66 seconds; third in the harness pull with nine wins; fifth in stone stack in 93.86 seconds; fifth in the obstacle course in 110.42 seconds; sixth in the truck push in 39.19 seconds; sixth in the tire flip in 84.21 seconds; seventh in the farmers walk in 51.55 seconds; seventh in the sled push in 71.73 seconds; eighth in tug versus tug with four wins; and fourth in the bench press with 60 reps.

“In the bench press, we want to average 10 reps per guy at 185 pounds,” Woods said. “We’re working on that right now. We’re working on getting our times down.”

The meet was beneficial in other ways, too, he said. The Mustangs competed against other Class 4A and 5A programs.

“You can’t get that feeling unless you’re getting in the trenches and seeing,” the coach said.

The Mustangs will compete May 28 in the Arlington Colts Lineman Challenge.

“This one will be very close to state requirements,” Woods said. “The best teams in the state are going to be there. Perennial state champs will be there. I wanted our guys to go up against some really good, talented teams.”

In addition, Woods said some of the Mustangs will attend lineman camps at Stephen F. Austin and Abilene Christian during the summer as well as work with Calvin Richard of Verus Strength and Fitness.