The Marion boys placed third and the girls sixth as a team Friday at the Beloit Relays.
“It was great to get a nice day to have a meet,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “The competition was great, and we came away with a bunch of career-bests and a new school record.”
The boys finished accumulated 65 points to trail only Beloit (153) and Sacred Heart (151).
Two Warriors won gold for Marion. James Jones won the long jump by a quarter inch (21 feet, 63⁄4 inches) on his last jump of the day, Thierolf said, and Zach Hammond won the pole vault (13-0).
The Warriors claimed three silver medals: Jones in the triple jump (42-11), Nick Meyer in the discus (146-4) and the 4×800 team of Jordan Hett, Tyler Neufeld, Patrick McCarty and Brody Carroll (8:48.2).
“Nick Meyer put up a big throw in the discus early and watched other throwers try to catch up,” Thierolf said.
The Warriors were aided by two third-place finishes: Hett in the 3,200 (10:19.8) and the 4×400 team of McCarty, Carroll, Neufeld and Jones (3:37.4).
“Jordan Hett ran his best 3,200 of the year and improved his time by quite a margin,” Thierolf said. “Our boys’ 4×400 had a nice run and can cut some time off that performance with some more practice, and the same can be said of the boys’ 4×800.”
The Marion girls, meanwhile, took sixth with 42 points. Beloit won with 123.
The best Warriors performances resulted in three silver medals: Alicia Maloney in the pole vault (10-0, a new school record), Marshelle Mermis in the 400 (1:01.9) and the 4×400 team of Katey Ehrlich, Kirsten Hansen, Kelli Hess and Mermis (4:19.4).
“Alicia Maloney had a great week of practice, got a few things worked on, and had her best day of the year,” Thierolf said. “She and Zach Hammond kind of push each other in the vault, and both had great performances at Beloit.
“The girls’ 4×400 got closer to the school record and placed second in a very tough field.”
Two Warrior events took third: Kristen Herzet in the discus (100-2) and the 4×100 team of Emily Schneider, Ehrlich, Hansen and Maloney (52.77).
“Kristen Herzet had a solid throw in the discus,” Thierolf said. “The girls’ 4×100 team cut two seconds off its time and moved up nicely into contention in the league and regional seedings.”
Marion was scheduled to host a CKTL meet April 23, but it was canceled because of weather and will not be rescheduled.
Coming—The Warriors are scheduled to participate in the Hesston Invitational Thursday beginning at 4 p.m.
The Heart of America league freshman and sophomore meet will be Monday at Moundridge, with action set to begin at 4 p.m.