The Marion track and field teams sent athletes to Smoky Valley and Goessel Friday as the Goessel CKTL meet scheduled for Tuesday was postponed because of weather.
Smoky Valley—The Warrior boys claimed second place in a field of 11 schools with 76 points behind Sacred Heart (136).
The girls, meanwhile, finished seventh with 43 points. Concordia won the meet at 112.
“The Smoky Valley meet was a great learning experience for us,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “We did some things very well, and we found out that we have a whole lot of work to do in the coming weeks.”
For the boys, Zach Hammond paved the way by winning the pole vault (12 feet, 1 inch).
“Zach Hammond had another great day in the pole vault, as did Alicia Maloney and Seth Snelling,” Thierolf said. “This group of vaulters will get better every week, and that is fun to watch.”
The Warriors earned three second-place finishes: James Jones in the triple jump (41-11), and Jordan Hett in the 1,600 (4 minutes, 48.1 seconds) and 3,200 (10:43.2).
Coming in third for the Warrior boys were: Nick Meyer in discus (142), Kyle Palic in the javelin (152-5), Jones in long jump (19-10.5), and Seth Snelling in pole vault (10-6).
“James Jones gave another very solid performance in the horizontal jumps,” Thierolf said. “Nick Meyer had another strong day in the throws.
“Morgan and Kyle threw pretty well, and we expect that group of throwers to really do great things as the weather gets nicer.”
For the girls, Marshelle Mermis finished second in the 400 (1:03.4), and Erika Hess tied for second in the high jump (4-4).
“Marshelle Mermis had a good day of work on the track and in the long jump,” Thierolf said. “She is working her way into some very good times and distances, and we look forward to more great things from her.
“Erika Hess and Julia Hall are coming along in the jumps, and it was nice to get some points out of the high jump.”
Three Warrior earned third place: Kristen Herzet in the discus (95-8), Alicia Maloney in the pole vault (8-6), and McKenzee Remmers in the 3,200 (13:07.9).
“We had a very good day from McKenzee Remmers, who set a PR in the 3,200,” Thierolf said. “She really raced well in a good field.”
Goessel—The Warriors also took a team to the Goessel quint Friday. The Marion boys placed fifth with 14 points.
Clint Kroupa led the way for the Warrior boys, earning second place in the discus (119 feet, 3 inches).
“(We) were very happy with the throwing of Clint Kroupa,” Thierolf said. “He gives us one more option in the discus, and that will only help us as we go down the road.”
Kaylie Waner was the only Warrior girl to place, finishing sixth in the pole vault (6-6).
Coming—The Warriors were scheduled to compete at the Sterling CKTL Tuesday and will participate in the Conrad Nightingale Invitational at Halstead Friday at 3 p.m.