Marble Falls girls track second at regionals; 5 going to state

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

SAN ANTONIO — Five Marble Falls High School girls track-and-field athletes qualified for the Class 4A state meet thanks to top-two finishes at the Region IV meet April 25-26 at Heroes Stadium.

The Lady Mustangs finished tied for second in the team standings with 54 points. San Antonio Brennen won the meet with 73 points.

The 1,600-meter relay team of Natalie Schulz, Sarah Lewis, Maddie Johnson and Chase Martin clocked 3 minutes 59.44 seconds for a new school record to finish second and stamp a trip to state. It’s the seventh time the team has broken the school record in the past two years. Sarah Stripling took Schulz’s place on the team in the preliminaries.

“We were never deep enough where we could cover something like that,” Marble Falls head coach Kyle Futrell said.

Meanwhile, Schulz helped the 800-meter relay team turn in its fastest time of the year at 1:46.03 for ninth. She didn’t compete in the 300-meter hurdles. Futrell said the rest time between the events played a factor in the decision.

“The 300 hurdles looked tougher,” he said. “We looked at the whole load.”

Schulz finished second in the long jump. She and the winner had the same mark of 17 feet 5 inches, so officials used a tiebreaker to determine first and second. The other girl’s second-best jump bested Schulz’s jump.

Futrell said fatigue might have played a factor in her placing 14th in the triple jump.

“It was 90 degrees,” he said. “She wasn’t able to stay with the girls who were fresher.”

Chase Martin won gold in the 300-meter hurdles and silver in the 100-meter hurdles to advance to the state meet in both events.

Freshman Lauren Loader was third in the high jump at 5-2 and is the first alternate for the state meet. Kaitlyn Rhodes was ninth with a jump of 4-10.

Both Wright and Stripling ran their fastest times in the 1,600 and 800 meters, respectively. Wright clocked 4:27.02 for fifth in the 1,600, while Stripling ran a 2:22.38 for ninth in the 800. Teagan Hall was ninth in the discus with a throw of 106-4. Blanca Fonseca was 14th in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.36 seconds. All four are seniors.

Futrell said there were tears from them because it was the last time they would represent Marble Falls as athletes.

“It felt good the way they ran,” he said. “It was a pretty tough field. Hats off to them for their four years. Really appreciate them and their loyalty.”

The state meet is May 9-10 at Mike A. Myers Stadium, 707 Clyde Littlefield Drive in Austin.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

RESULTS: Boys1,600: 5, Jordan Wright, 4:27.02 (new personal best); 3,200: 8, Jordan Wright, 9:42.38; discus: 10, Ryan Becker, 133-4; 11, Hanner Shipley, 131-7; shot put: 13, Hanner Shipley, 45-3½

Girls (top 2 finishers qualify for state) — 800: 9, Sarah Stripling, 2:22.38; 100 hurdles: 2, Chase Martin, 14.90; 14, Blanca Fonseca, 17.36; 300 hurdles: 1, Chase Martin, 43.86; 4, Sarah Lewis, 46.08; 4×200 relay: 9, Marble Falls, 1:46.03 (fastest time of year); 4×400 relay: 2, Marble Falls (Natalie Schulz, Sarah Lewis, Maddie Johnson, Chase Martin, Sarah Stripling {alternate}), 3:59.44 (new school record); discus: 9, Teagan Hall, 106-4; high jump: 3, Lauren Loader, 5-2; 9, Kaitlyn Rhodes, 4-10; long jump: 2, Natalie Schulz, 17-5; 8, Lauren Loader, 16-¼; triple jump: 14, Natalie Schulz, 33-08.

UP NEXT: May 9-10, state meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium, 707 Clyde Littlefield Drive in Austin.