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JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

AUSTIN — District championships sometimes are decided on the final attempt or with a photo finish. And then, there are athletes who are simply better than the competition.

The Marble Falls High School track-and-field team experienced both during the District 25-4A meet April 10-11.

Sarah Stripling won the 800 meters in one of the closest races of the meet, said head coach Kyle Futrell. Stripling set a new school record in 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

“She won it on the last step,” he said. “It was something else. I couldn’t tell who won until the automatic time popped up on the board.”

Sarah Lewis and Natalie Schulz finished first and second, respectively, in the 300-meter hurdles, while Teagan Hall claimed the district title in the discus.

And though the 4×400-meter relay team didn’t win the event, the Lady Mustangs set a new school record in 4:06.

“I think our girls had an outstanding meet,” Futrell said.

Carson Bowen, who spent most of his spring at center field on the baseball team, won the long jump on his last attempt.

“Carson just started jumping,” Futrell said. “We’re really pleased. He’s a fine young athlete. He’s a competitor.”

Rey Baltazar won gold in both the discus and shot put. He is undefeated in the discus, and the only meet he didn’t win in the shot put was the Texas Relays, where he was ninth.

“Real pleased with Rey in winning the district championships,” Futrell said. “He really had a good season all the way through.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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Varsity boys — 100: 8, Carson Bowen, 11.69; 400: 3, Cody Schulz, 49.9; 800: 5, Cody Skipper, 2:06.6; 1,600: 5, Jordan Wright, 4:36.39 (new personal record); 3,200: 2, Jordan Wright, 9:56.83 (new personal best); 4×100 relay: 5, Marble Falls (Keith Jerome, James Bryer, Aidin Parnell, Carson Bowen), 44.12; 4×200 relay: 6, Marble Falls (Keith Jerome, James Bryer, Aidin Parnell, Carson Bowen), 1:33.28; 4×400 relay: 7, Marble Falls (Lucas Ashby, Austin Jones, Cody Skipper, James Bryer), 3:47.16; discus: 1, Rey Baltazar, 157-4, 14, Jacob Bryer, 110-10, 15, Brennan Parker, 110-4; shot put: 1, Rey Baltazar, 55-7.25, 9, Jacob Bryer, 40-0.25, 13, Chace Fry, 36-9; long jump: 1, Carson Bowen, 22-3.25, 10, Steven Petrosky, 19-5.5; triple jump: 6, Aidin Parnell, 40-8; high jump: 5, Aidin Parnell, 5-8; pole vault: 4, Jesùs Perez, 11-6

Junior varsity boys — 800: 1, Colten Hagood, 2:13.42, 2, James Ramos, 2:16.26; 4×100 relay: 5, Marble Falls (Christopher Carter, C.J. Childers, Ricky Mintz, J.T. Watson), 45.43; 4×200 relay: 5, Marble Falls (Christopher Carter, C.J. Childers, Bryce Fry, J.T. Watson), 1:35; 4×400 relay: 7, Marble Falls (C.J. Childers, Fred Filsoof, Ty Coffey, Cody Seelig), 3:47.89; high jump: 2, Cody Seelig, 5-8, 3, Fred Filsoof, 5-6, 7(t), Danny Rivara, 5-4; pole vault: 3, Rafael Villareal, 10-0; long jump: 6, C.J. Childers, 18-1; triple jump: 1, Ty Coffey, 39-5.5, 5, C.J. Childers, 36-8.5, 8, Ryan Becker, 35-9.25; shot put: 3, Ryan Becker, 38-7.5, 6, Christopher Carter, 35-1.25; discus: 2, Ryan Becker, 111-11

Varsity girls — 200: 5, Chase Martin, 26.64; 800: 1, Sarah Stripling, 2:20.76 (new school record), 10, Tess Johnson, 2:32.41; 1,600: 13, Tess Johnson, 5:44.62; 300 hurdles: 1, Sarah Lewis, 46.55, 2, Natalie Schulz, 46.61; 4×100 relay: 3, Marble Falls (Chase Martin, Sarah Lewis, Maddie Johnson, Natalie Schulz), 51.04; 4×400 relay: 2, Marble Falls (Sarah Lewis, Natalie Schulz, Sarah Stripling, Chase Martin), 4:06.46 (new school record); high jump: 6, Sarah Lewis, 4-8, 8(t) Chase Martin, 4-6, 8(t), Meghan Gonzales, 4-6; discus: 1, Teagan Hall, 107-3; shot put: 7, Reann Hall, 31-3.5, 8, Teagan Hall, 31-3.5; triple jump: 3, Natalie Schulz, 34-6; long jump: 5, Natalie Schulz, 16-4; pole vault: 6, Tiffany Winters, 7-6

Junior varsity girls — 400: 5, Emma Sharp, 1:07.66; 800: 1, Darby Hibbs, 2:30.64, 3, Emma Sharp, 2:36.10; 1,600: 1, Darby Hibbs, 5:45.51; 100 hurdles: 2, Blanca Fonseca, 17.25, 3, Siobhan Patterson, 17.67; 300 hurdles: 1, Siobhan Patterson, 50.71, 2, Blanca Fonseca, 51.34; 4×400 relay: 4, Marble Falls (Blanca Fonseca, Emma Sharp, Siobhan Patterson, Darby Hibbs), 4:33.02; high jump: 1, Kaitlyn Rhodes, 4-10; long jump: 2, Siobhan Patterson, 14-11

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The top three finishers in the varsity boys 400 meters were under 50 seconds: winner Cole Perry of Cedar Park at 49.49, second-place finisher Caleb Woodward of Leander at 49.80 and Cody Schulz of Marble Falls at 49.90. Only a quarter of an inch separated the varsity girls long jumpers. Leander Vandegrift’s Megan Mitchell was third at 16-4.5, Torrey’ana Smith finished fourth at 16-4.25 and Natalie Schulz of Marble Falls was fifth at 16-4.

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“I think our kids really got after it and worked hard. There were some disappointments for sure. Some people had a chance and didn’t make it. But we got after it. We weren’t quitting,” Marble Falls coach Kyle Futrell said.

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District 25 and 26 Area Track and Field Meet on April 18 with field events at 10 a.m. and running finals at 3 p.m. at the Tony Burger Activity Center & Stadium, 3200 Jones Road in Austin

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