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Marble Falls track-and-field athletes qualify for area meet

Marble Falls High School freshman Lauren Loader (left) and sophomore Kaitlyn Rhodes are the silver and bronze medalists in the high jump at the District 25-4A meet April 9. Loader cleared 5-2, while Rhodes had a flop of 5-0. Loader was third in the long jump with a mark of 16-10. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

AUSTIN — Several members of the Marble Falls High School track-and-field team qualified for the area competition with top three finishes at the District 25-4A meet April 9.

Jordan Wright is the district champion in the 3,200 meters, finishing in 9 minutes 47 seconds, which was 20 seconds faster than the rest of the field.

“I had time to catch my breath, turn around and see how other people were finishing,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve won district in anything. I feel like the longer the race, the better. Of all the track events, the two-mile is definitely my strongest.”

In the girls high jump, Lauren Loader finished second by clearing 5 feet 2 inches, while teammate Kaitlyn Rhodes was third at 5-0. Both called the results shocking.

“It feels amazing,” Loader said. “I’m a freshman. I didn’t anticipate to get this far.”

“I think it’s amazing,” Rhoades said. “I won it in junior varsity last year. This year, I get to go to area.”

Loader finished third in the long jump with a leap of 16-10. Natalie Schulz was second in that event with a mark of 17-0.5 and the triple jump with a leap of 35-2½.

At the throwing pits, Ryan Becker and Hanner Shipley finished third and fourth, respectively, in the discus with throws of 129-6 and 125-9. Shipley was third in the shot put with a heave of 43-8½.

“You always want to win,” he said, “but qualifying is enough for me today.”

Marble Falls High School freshman Lauren Loader (left) and sophomore Kaitlyn Rhodes are the silver and bronze medalists in the high jump at the District 25-4A meet April 9. Loader cleared 5-2, while Rhodes had a flop of 5-0. Loader was third in the long jump with a mark of 16-10. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro
Marble Falls High School freshman Lauren Loader (left) and sophomore Kaitlyn Rhodes are the silver and bronze medalists in the high jump at the District 25-4A meet April 9. Loader cleared 5-2, while Rhodes had a flop of 5-0. Loader was third in the long jump with a mark of 16-10. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Teagan Hall placed second in the discus with a throw of 113-6.

Another opponent with which competitors had to contend was the wind. Most of the runners and jumpers said it played a factor.

“My split times were consistent,” Wright said. “I’ve never liked wind. It makes me a better runner. I’m more conditioned to run it.”

“It was hard when I was jumping at 4-5,” Loader said. “The wind wasn’t cooperating. I think we should be able to work through any type of conditions.”

The preliminaries for the running events start at 3 p.m. with the finals April 10. The meet is at Leander Vandegrift, 9500 McNeil Drive in Austin.

jfierro@thepicayune.com