Perfect weather helped the Marion boys’ cross country team to a perfect first-place finish Tuesday at Eureka for the second week in a row.
“Everyone ran very well,” said coach Rebecca Hofer. “The weather we had to run in was perfect. The course was not too hilly, but because of the dry conditions and the construction the runners had to watch where they stepped.
“This was the first time we have run at Eureka, and the first time we have had a meet on Tuesday (at least since I have been involved with Marion cross country) so it was an adventure.”
Senior Jordan Hett came home with an easy first-place finish in the boys’ varsity 5K race with a time of 17 minutes, 29 seconds.
Patrick McCarty earned a solid fifth-place finish in 18:30, Timothy Knolla took sixth with a personal record time of 18:43 and Jacob Cope placed eighth in 18:46 for a season personal record.
Also competing were Quinton Hett (21:39), Clark Kroupa (21:46) and Jared Hague (21:58). Nicholas Davies competed in the junior varsity race (27:22).
Leading out the girls was freshman McKenzee Remmers, who placed 14th in the varsity 4K in 17:30, an 18-second improvement over last week. Shyla Harris competed in the junior varsity race, placing fourth (20:44).
Coming—Marion is scheduled to compete at Bennington Thursday in the Heart of America league meet.
Races are at 4:30 p.m. for the girls and 5 p.m. for the boys.