TEMPLE — Wolf Mahler’s day was not over until he handed off the baton.
The Belton senior, who signed with Texas as a decathalete, led off the Tigers’ 1,600-meter relay team and waited and watched as his teammates won him one more gold medal, his fourth Friday at the District 8-5A track and field meet at Wildcat Stadium in Temple.
Mahler won the pole vault, the 110-meter hurdles and the 400 to go along with mile relay win and his fourth-place finish in the discus Thursday.
“I’m always proud of my pole vault; I always put so much time into that because it’s such a time-consuming sport, but this stood out, this last race with my team,” Mahler said of the 1,600 relay. “To be able to step up and be a leader with these guys is important to me.”
Mahler cleared 16 feet in pole vault to win his favorite event and then ran away from his competition in his wins in the 110 hurdles (15.08 seconds) and the 400 (48.29). And the mile relay he led off convincingly won in 3:18.95, nearly two full seconds ahead of second-place Waco Midway. He finished just out of a medal in the discus Thursday with his throw of 147-8 1/2, but still qualified for the area meet next Thursday at Midway’s Panther Stadium.
“It’s a lot like a decathalon — I did two days, just like a decathlon, of intense competition,” Mahler said. “I need to get as many of these types of competitions under my belt before this summer. I’m happy that I competed consistently, which is what the decathlon is about and to be able to hit my mark of 16 feet in the pole vault and throw 150 feet in the discus, just to be consistent is what I’ve found is important and I’m glad that I did here.”
Mahler’s wins totalled 39 points for Belton, which finished third overall behind team champion Copperas Cove and runner-up Shoemaker. He finished with 11 more points than eighth-place Ellison and won more gold medals Friday than Copperas Cove’s two.
“It’s been the perfect district track meet, just advancing in everything I came here to do,” Mahler said.