Weather factors caused the Marion track and field team to take part in one of two scheduled meets last week.
Halstead—With Sterling’s CKTL meet canceled last Tuesday, the Warriors traveled Friday to Halstead for the Conrad Nightingale Invitational.
“We had a good meet,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “The boys’ team barely hung on for a win, with our throwers and field event people once again leading the way.”
The Warrior boys claimed first place among 15 schools with 86 points ahead of Berean Academy (81) and Hutchinson-Trinity (76).
The boys were aided by a number of top-three finishes. Earning gold medals were: Nick Meyer in discus (140 feet, 11 inches), James Jones in the triple jump (42-8.5) and Zach Hammond in pole vault (12-6).
“Nick Meyer had another big day in the discus and shot, Morgan Wheeler is right behind him in each of these throws, and Kyle Palic made the finals in all three throws for another big day for the throwers,” Thierolf said. “Zach Hammond had another good day in the vault, and James Jones dominated the triple jumping field.”
Placing second for the boys were Morgan Wheeler in discus (135-5) and the 4×400 team of Patrick McCarty, Brody Carroll, Tyler Neufeld and Jones (3:36.6) with the team’s best time so far.
Kyle Palic finished third in the javelin (147-9).
The Marion girls were led by Katey Ehrlich with a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles (50.59).
Marshelle Mermis led the girls in points scored with a fourth-place finish in the long jump (15-2) and two fifth-place finishes—in the 200 (27.97) and 400 (1:03.5).
The 4×400 team of Ehrlich, Kirsten Hansen, Kelli Hess and Mermis placed fourth (4:22.2).
“Our girls had a good day in a very tough meet,” Thierolf said. “Katey Ehrlich and Kirsten Hansen ran very well in the hurdle races and gave us a couple of medals in those events.
“McKenzee Remmers ran well in the distance races. The girls’ 4×400 relay ran well and placed fourth in a very tough field.
“All in all a good learning day for us, but it was good to get back out on the track and compete.”
Coming—Marion was scheduled to host a CKTL meet Tuesday, then will travel Friday to Beloit for the Beloit Relays beginning at 10 a.m.