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Marble Falls track athlete advances to state meet on final throw in discus event

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

SAN ANTONIO — Headed into the Class 4A Region IV track-and-field meet April 26, Marble Falls High School senior Rey Baltazar was predicted to qualify for the state meet.

Just not in the discus.

Still, Baltazar, on his final attempt, threw 166 feet 1 inch to set a new personal record by 8.5 feet. The way the Mustang won the event illustrated the kind of competitor he is, head coach Kyle Futrell said.

“He probably didn’t start as good, but he competed well,” he said.

The thrower reached the finals in the shot put thanks to his first attempt that went farther than 52-0, but he suffered two fouls. One was especially critical since it came on his best heave of the day, the coach said.

“He barely found the edge of the line,” Futrell said. “That’s just part of it.”

Because Baltazar won the discus on his last throw, coaches hoped he could do the same in the shot, but it wasn’t meant to be.

“If he’s guilty of anything, it’s that he tried too hard,” the Mustangs skipper said.

Junior Carson Bowen was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 21-5.5, a half inch from third and 1.5 inches from second.

“Carson jumped better today than he did at area,” Futrell said.

Conditions were challenging, the coach said, because the pits were wet.

Junior Jordan Wright was 10th in the 3,200 meters in 10 minutes 3 seconds. He had been faster going into the regional meet, but there was a change in strategy from what he did at the district and area meets, Futrell said.

“He was quicker his first two laps,” the coach said. “He took a chance of improving his time. At this meet, it’s really about placing. He went out aggressive. He just didn’t finish quite as well.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

RESULTS: Boys — 3,200: (10) Jordan Wright, 10:02; discus: (1) Rey Baltazar, 166-1; shot put: (4) Rey Baltazar, 52-0; long jump: (4) Carson Bowen, 21-5.5

UP NEXT: Class 4A Region IV Meet at Alamo Stadium, 110 Tuleta Drive in San Antonio. The running preliminaries begin at 4:30 p.m. April 26 with the finals April 27 at 12:50 p.m.