The Marion track and field team participated in the Hesston Invitational, which was postponed from Thursday to Friday because of weather.
The boys won the team title with 156 points, well ahead of Hesston (85) and Garden Plain (84). The Marion girls placed sixth with 56 points. Hesston won the title with 103.
“Obviously, we were pretty happy with the boys’ team,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “We scored points in almost every event and had numerous (personal records).
“James Jones had a huge day in the jumps, and then proceeded to run his best 200 of the season. He is ready for some big stuff late in the year.”
Jones placed first in the long jump (21 feet, 9 inches) and the triple jump (44-3.75; nearly 2 feet ahead of second place) to lead the Warriors in scoring.
Also earning gold medals were Zach Hammond in the high jump (5-6), Jordan Hett in the 3,200 (10:37.7) and the 4×400 team of Patrick McCarty, Brody Carroll, Tyler Neufeld and Jones (3:38.9).
Marion was aided by eight second-place finishes: Nick Meyer in the shot put (43-9), Kyle Palic in the discus (137-8), Hammond in the pole vault (13-7), Jones in the 200 (23.28), McCarty in the 400 (53.7), Hett in the 1,600 (4:52.2, missing first by two hundredths of a second), the 4×100 team of Neufeld, Hammond, Seth Snelling and Carroll (48.73), and the 4×800 team of Hett, Neufeld, McCarty and Carroll (9:23.9).
“Jordan Hett ran pretty well, running three tough races in a matter of less than two hours,” Thierolf said. “Our throwers had an alright day. Each of the throwers had their moments, and we scored a bunch of points in those areas.
“Zach Hammond had another huge day in the pole vault, clearing a new PR at 13-7.”
These athletes placed third: Morgan Wheeler in the discus (137-0), Nicholas Stuchlik in the high jump (5-4), Snelling in the pole vault (10-7), and Carroll in the 300 hurdles (43.5).
“I was very pleased with our young kids,” Thierolf said. “Brad Stone, Quinton Hett, Nicholas Stuchlik and Seth Snelling all had their best days of the year and scored some points for us.”
For the girls, Alicia Maloney claimed the only Warrior gold by clearing a school record 10-3 in the pole vault.
“She has gotten much better at that event, and it is helping Kirsten Hansen get better as well,” Thierolf said.
Marshelle Mermis claimed second in the 400 (1:01.9), while these Warriors placed third: Kirsten Hansen in the pole vault (8-6), McKenzee Remmers in the 3,200 (13:49.4), the 4×100 team of Emily Schneider, Katey Ehrlich, Hansen and Julia Hall (55.04), and the 4×400 team of Ehrlich, Hansen, Kelli Hess and Mermis (4:27.6).
“Marshelle Mermis ran a very nice 400 and had a PR in the 200, which was nice to see,” Thierolf said. “Our young girls did some nice things throughout the meet as well. Erika Hess and Emily Schneider ran their best sprints of the year and Erika scored some points in the high jump.
“Kristen Herzet threw pretty well in some tough competition and Kaelyn Thierolf had three PRs in her throws. Also very pleased with Katey Ehrlich as she ran great legs in the relays and a very good 300 hurdle race.”
Coming—The Warriors will participate in the Heart of America league meet Friday at Bethel College with events beginning at 3 p.m.