Baltazar throws 166-1 in discus
April 29, 2013, 10:00 am by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls senior Rey Baltazar said he was feeling his best heading into the Region IV-4A track and field championships at San Antonio’s Heroes Stadium.
His feelings proved solid as he turned in the best discus throw of his life.
He threw 166-feet, one inch, bettering his previous best by six and a half feet.
Baltazar advanced to the state meet in Austin May 10-11. The senior will be one of three Marble Falls athletes advancing to the state meet.
Marble Falls has had athletes advance to the state meet in 23 or 24 of the last 28 years,’’ said Marble Falls coach Kyle Futrell.
Baltazar’s effort was more than two foot better than second place Marcellus Henderson of Austin Crocket. Henderson threw 163-10.
Sarah Lewis will join Baltazar at state after taking second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.65. Autym Scales of San Antonio Brennan won in 44.55. Teammate Natalie Schulz did not make the finals for the Lady Mustangs.
Senior Cody Schulz advanced to state for the second straight year. Last year he advance in the long jump.
This year the Angelo State-bound athlete made it to Austin the 400 meters. Schulz ran a 49.39, finishing second behind Medina Valley’s Steven Champlin. Champlin ran a 47.81.
Marble Falls’s Carson Bowen took fourth in the long jump with a 21-5 ¼ effort. Baltazar as fourth in the shot put with a 52-0 effort. P>J. Hall of Seguin won the shot.
Marble Falls 4x400 girls relay team set a school record with four underclassmen running a 4:05.33. Rival Leander Rouse won the relay with a 3:55.63. Running on the relay for the Lady Mustangs were Lewis, Schulz, Sarah Stripling and Chase Martin.
Rouse’s girls won the regional meet with 78 points to beat Schertz Clemens with 73 points.
Stripling made the finals in the 800 meters, but finished eighth.
Marble Falls girls finished 12th with 16 points.
Jordan Wright was 10th n the 3200 meters for Marble Falls.
Marble Falls boys finished were eighth overall with 26 points. San Antonio Highlanders won the boys division with 58 points followed by Corpus Christi Flour Bluff with 53, Cedar Park with 47, San Antonio Breckenridge with 46 and San Antonio Brennan with 40 points.
The state meet will be held at the Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas-Austin.
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