The Muenster track program continues to pump out athletes and this year is no different as three athletes qualified for Saturday’s state track meet in Austin.
All three athletes have a chance to do some damage at the meet, including sophomore Annie Anderle, who advanced to state with two first-place finishes.
Anderle scored first place in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 15.74 seconds, which was eight-tenths of a second faster than second-place Alvord.
Anderle also advanced to the state meet with first place in the 300-meter hurdles. Her time of 47.63 was four-tenths of a second better than second-place Harleton.
Still, as well as Anderle ran at the regional meet, Muenster head coach Mark Stevens said state is a whole other animal.
“She was a freshman and she was injured, but this year, she’s healthy and her time has really been cut by a half of a second during the season, but she’s sitting middle of the pack at state,” Stevens said. “So she’s gonna have to run better than what she’s been running. She was a regional champion in both of her events, but she hasn’t really been pushed as much with somebody right there with her. She could run faster. She’s gonna have to run really good.”
Warren Williams qualified for Saturday’s state meet with his second-place finish in the pole vault. Williams’ throw of 13 feet, 9 inches was 6 inches better than the third-place finisher from Beckville.
Hico’s Casen Conlee took first place with his throw of 14 feet, 6 inches.
“He works really hard,” Stevens said of Williams. “ He works in the summer and is a little stronger in the weight room. He takes a lot of pride in the sport. He works extremely hard at it, so I’m real happy for him. He did a really good after kind of getting off to a slow start. But we feel like he’s peaking at the right time. I think he’s got a really good chance to get a gold medal.”
In the discus, Kody Walterscheid pulled home a second-place finish with his throw of 165 feet, 8 inches. Walterscheid beat third-place Big Sandy by 8 feet while Valley View’s Cameron Byrom took first with his throw of 172 feet, 6 inches.
“It’s pretty neat that he’s carrying on a tradition family tradition,” Stevens said. “Not only his brother, but his sisters made the state track. As the youngest sibling, there was a little bit pressure on him to make it there.”
Stevens said Walterscheid made a change to his throw, adding the sport’s traditional spin into his approach.
With the evolution of his form, Stevens said he has seen much better throws.
“It’s going to be whoever has one leave their hand just correctly,” Stevens said of the state meet. “It gets a bit more momentum as before he was just kind of coming across. He changed his technique, basically. At some point, he kind of realized why everyone else does it this way.”
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