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MARBLE FALLS — Several Burnet County high school track-and-field athletes are making their way to Corpus Christi for the state meet of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation.

The meet starts July 27 and includes running preliminaries at the Cabaniss Multi-Purpose Complex, 3062 Pecos Drive in Corpus Christi.

Representing the county are Burnet High School athletes Brock Foster and Cole Woodrum and Marble Falls High School athletes Natalie Schulz, Chase Martin, Lauren Loader and Cody Schulz.

Their summer coach, Anthony Torns, credited the athletes for giving up part of their vacations to attend workouts each week and compete. And though this group might not face the top athletes in the state because of other track-and-field organizations such as the Amateur Athletic Union and USA Track and Field, Torns pointed out that Texas is a big state with plenty of talent to go around.

“It’s still very stiff competition because of the numbers in Texas,” he said. “Our region isn’t the strongest, but, when you get to the state meet, you have very strong competition.”

Cody Schulz will run in the 400 meters and possibly in the 200 meters. Natalie Schulz and Chase Martin will compete in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.

Loader qualified for the high jump, while Foster will be in the long jump and 200 meters. Woodrum is in the 300-meter hurdles.

“You never know what kids can do,” Torns said. “They’ve done everything they need to do to get ready.”