The Marion cross country teams fared well at Council Grove Thursday, with the boys placing second and the girls placing third.
Running in a field of 66 entrants, the Marion boys were led by Ryan Jones, who placed second in a personal-best time of 18 minutes, 12 seconds. He finished three seconds behind the top finisher.
He was followed by Louis Holt (7th, 18:52), Elliot Hett (11th, 19:05), Isaac Hett (15th, 19:21), Corey Seacat (33rd, 20:32), Brandon Meierhoff (35th, 20:34) and Michael Kirkpatrick (49th, 22:22).
“A lot of the boys dropped 30 seconds off their time,” coach Bethany Carlson said. “That was very exciting.”
In the girls’ race, Camille Christensen placed sixth among 60 runners in 18:36. She was followed by Amanda Richmond (16th, 19:30), Tacy Taylor (17th, 19:36), Jaclyn Deforest (20th, 19:49), Brooke Johnson (33rd, 20:55), Bridgett Lundy (37th, 21:09) and Lucy Collett (48th, 22:20).
Coming—Marion travels to Chapman for its next race. The varsity is scheduled to run at 4 p.m.