AUSTIN — The Marble Falls High School girls track-and-field team continued its winning streak at the District 25 and 26-4A area meet April 16.
The Lady Mustangs captured the title with 129 points. Second-place finisher Leander scored 84, while Leander Vandegrift had 78 and Leander Rouse finished with 69.
“I think they repeated what they did last week at district,” Marble Falls head coach Kyle Furtrell said. “They’re getting a reputation from the people who know them — competitors. I guarantee you they competed like crazy.”
Just like they did the week before at the District 25-4A meet, the Lady Mustangs wrapped up the team title after the 300-meter hurdles. The runners finished in the same order as they did in district: Chase Martin was first followed by Natalie Schulz and Sarah Lewis.
By the start of the 1,600-meter relay, Marble Falls had a 20-point lead. But the Lady Mustangs were second in the event.
“That might not be the worst thing in the world,” Futrell said, “because we competed well.”
Distance coach Anthony Torns agreed.
“That was not all bad because it keeps them humble and hungry,” he said, “and that’s what will be needed to close the season out with a state meet berth.”
Even the athletes who didn’t advance to regionals helped the overall team standing by finishing in the top five of their respective events including 200-meter sprinter Lauren Loader, who set a new personal best by a half second, and shot-put thrower Reann Hall, who had a mark of more than 34 feet.
“That’s been the most satisfying,” Futrell said. “Lauren was exciting because of how fast she was running. She ran faster, so that wasn’t a worse performance.”
The only disappointment was the disqualification of the 400-meter relay team because one of the runners stepped out of the zone.
“I could tell we left a little too early,” Futrell said. “It was a good call (by officials.)”
Torns said he was pleased to see the athletes bounce back from that disappointment and not allow it to define the meet.
As for the boys, Jordan Wright took gold in the 3,200 meters and bronze in the 1,600 meters. Hanner Shipley was third in the shot put and the discus, while Ryan Becker earned the silver medal in the discus. All three advanced to the regional meet.
“Jordan obviously ran really well,” Futrell said. “We’re excited for his finishes. Hanner and Ryan’s performances were new personal records. They were the only guys to set personal bests on their first throws.”
RESULTS:Boys (top four advance to the regional meet)— 1,600: 3, Jordan Wright, 4:35; 3,200: 1, Jordan Wright, 9:40.31; shot put: 3, Hanner Shipley, 46-11¾ (personal best); discus: 2, Ryan Becker, 151-0 (personal best); 3, Hanner Shipley, 142-0 (personal best).