The Marion track team is off to a positive start, participating in two meets last week.
Marion Relays—Despite a blustery spring wind, both Warrior teams gave strong performances at the Marion Relays Friday.
The Warrior boys won the meet with 126 points ahead of McPherson (118) and Southeast of Saline (97) in a field of 10 schools.
“Once again, our field events were the base of our scoring,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “Our throwers came up big with Nick Meyer leading the way.
“He had a very good throw in the discus, and his shot put is starting to come around. Kyle Palic and Morgan Wheeler are starting to put together some good performances and that is good for us.”
Marion swept the first three places in the boys’ discus, courtesy of Meyer (139-6), Palic (136-4) and Wheeler (136).
The boys were aided by six first-place victories: Jordan Hett in the 1600 (4 minutes, 54.7 seconds) and 3200 (10:48.2), Zach Hammond in the pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches), James Jones in the long jump (21-7.5) and Meyer in the shot put (44-11.25) and discus (139-6).
Three Warrior events placed second: the 4×400 relay of Patrick McCarty, Brody Carroll, Tyler Neufeld and Jones (3:38.2), the 4×800 relay of Hett, Neufeld, McCarty and Carroll (8:55.9) and Palic in discus (136-4).
Marion had five third-place finishes: Seth Snelling in pole vault (10-6), Jones in triple jump (42-11.5), Wheeler in shot put (42-9) and discus (136) and Palic in javelin (142-9).
The Warrior girls, meanwhile, came up nine points short of top honors, coming in second with 103 points behind McPherson (112) and ahead of Southeast of Saline (100).
The girls were led by two first-place finishes: Marshelle Mermis in the 400 (1:01.2) and Alicia Maloney in the pole vault (8).
“We were pleased with our pole vaulters, another great group led by Zach Hammond and Alicia Maloney,” Thierolf said. “They scored some very big points for us on both sides of the meet.”
Four girls’ events placed second: the 4×400 relay of Katey Ehrlich, Kirsten Hansen, Kelli Hess and Mermis (4:21.8), Kelli Hess in the pole vault (7-6), Mermis in the long jump (15-6) and Corey Shields in the discus (103-10).
Four Marion girls placed third: McKenzee Remmers in the 3200 (13:20.1), Hansen in the 100 hurdles (17.26), Ehrlich in the 300 hurdles (51.3) and Erika Hess in the high jump (4-6).
“A great way to start the season,” Thierolf said. “We have a long ways to go, but this was a very good first meet for us.”
Berean—Marion was the site of the Berean CKTL meet Tuesday. Complete results were not available at press time.
Coming—Marion was scheduled to compete at Goessel Tuesday in a Central Kansas Track League meet and will participate in the Smoky Valley Invite Friday at Lindsborg with action beginning at 4 p.m.