Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:56
Marion put up a solid performance at a strong Smoky Valley meet Friday, with the boys’ team taking third with 66 points and the girls seventh with 41.
“We had some very good performances today in a very tough early season track and field meet,” said coach Grant Thierolf.
Colten Johnson had 22 points to lead the boys in scoring for the second week, clearing 13 feet in the pole vault for first and taking third in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles in 16.43 and 42.32 seconds.
Johnson anchored the 4x400 relay team, also including Patrick McCarty, James Jones and Brody Carroll, to earn a come-from-behind third-place finish (3:32).
Taking second for Marion was Jordan Hett in the 3200 (10:28) and Zach Hammond in the pole vault (12-0).
Jones came in third in the triple jump (40-4.5).
“Jordan Hett ran very well in a loaded field in the 1600 and 3200,” Thierolf said. “His 1600 time was very fast for this early in the year.”
He also said the 4x400 team ran a great race and he looks forward to reducing that time this season.
Whitney Gordon set the pace for the girls’ team with 16 points and a first-place finish in the high jump, clearing five feet.
She earned third and a personal record in the 100 hurdles (16.67) and Alicia Maloney also took bronze in the pole vault (8-6). Kaelyn Thierolf took second in the 3200 (5:53).
“We are trying to find another event for (Gordon) to compete in so we can maximize our points for the league meet,” coach Thierolf said. “(Kaelyn) Thierolf ran very well in the 1600, showing a good kick, then coming back and placing high in the 3200. She is a good, tough runner.”
Coming —Marion was scheduled to compete at its home CKTL April 17 before traveling to Halstead Friday.