MARBLE FALLS — Members of the Marble Falls High School track-and-field team were given lane assignments for running events and jumping orders for the long jump for the Class 4A state meet May 9.
The meet is at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus, 707 Clyde Littlefield Drive in Austin.
Natalie Schulz will be the final athlete to compete in the long jump at 10:30 a.m. Nine athletes have qualified.
Chase Martin runs in Lane 1 of the 100-meter hurdles, which starts at 6:45 p.m., and in Lane 7 in the 300-meter hurdles, which is set to begin at 8:05 p.m.
Martin, Schulz, Maddie Johnson and Sarah Lewis are in Lane 1 for the 1,600-meter relay, which is slated for 9:05 p.m.
The University Interscholastic League used a random drawing to determine jumping orders and lane assignments, Marble Falls head coach Kyle Futrell said.
“The conditions in every region is different,” assistant coach Anthony Torns said. “And that’s the only way to give you a fair drawing.”
One advantage for Martin is she gets a full hour of rest, according to the schedule, between the 300-meter hurdles and the 1,600-meter relay.
“Because of Chase’s training, she should be able to handle the time frame,” Futrell said. “Collectively, if each of them can take a second off their times, it makes for a dramatic change and improvement.”
Marble Falls enters the race after clocking 3 minutes 59.44 seconds, a new school record, at the Class 4A Region IV meet April 26.
Futrell said the Lady Mustangs will have some advantages.
First, as the last athlete, Schulz will be able to see the other competitors’ marks before attempting a jump.
And, second, being in Lane 1 means the Lady Mustangs on the 1,600-meter team can see where the competition is to start the race.
The track at Myers Stadium is more like a European shape, Futrell said.
“It’s more oval. The turns are wider, and the straits are shorter,” he said. “Lane one is about what lane four is (at Leonel Manzano Track at Mustang Stadium). I would rather be chasing in the mile relay.”
Ultimately, coaches are telling athletes the order and lane assignments should not be the focus.
“When all is said and done, you have to go out and do your best,” Futrell said. “All the other things will take care of themselves. It’s the big meet of the year, so you should run your best race of the year.”