A first-place finish for the Marion boys’ cross-country team at Halstead Thursday was fueled by personal records from two of its runners.
“We had a perfect day for running and everyone ran very well,” coach Rebecca Hofer said. “Clark (Kroupa) was recovering from being sick and didn’t race, so we were down our normal fifth runner. However, everyone did so well they still took first.”
Leading the boys was Jordan Hett, who took gold in the 5-kilometer in 17 minutes, 30 seconds. Following him were Patrick McCarty (fifth, 18:41), Jacob Cope (eighth in a personal-best 18:53), Timothy Knolla (seventh in a personal best 18:52), Jarred Hague (51st, 22:36) and Quinton Hett (55th, 24:26). Nicholas Davies (52nd, 25:57) ran in the junior varsity race.
McKenzee Remmers earned a medal by placing 14th in the girls’ varsity 4K race with a time of 17:48. Also competing were Kaelyn Thierolf (18th, 18:12) and Erin Meierhoff (39th, 20:02) in the varsity race and Shyla Harris (fifth, 20:44) in the junior varsity race.
“The girls ran well too,” Hofer said. “No one got a personal record today, but I was still pleased with their effort. They all ran solid races.”
Coming—Marion was scheduled to compete Tuesday at the Eureka Country Club, with the varsity girls’ running at 5:25 p.m. and boys at 5:50 p.m.
“There are 17 teams attending this meet, several of which will be new competition to us this year,” coach Rebecca Hofer. “ So it should be a good meet for us.”