Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 01 May 2012 15:23
The Marion girls and boys track teams competed at the Beloit Invitational Friday after competing at the Berean CKTL at Marion April 24.
“At Beloit, we got a taste of what a day at the State Track Meet would be like,” said coach Grant Thierolf.
“The meet was delayed by a timing system and then by the weather and we were very pleased by how our athletes kept their focus and performed well.”
Beloit—Marion earned several top-three finishes against a tough field at the Beloit Invitational Friday.
“It was good to compete in the rain, wind and delays,” said coach Grant Thierolf. “It was a good meet to prepare us for things down the road.”
Per usual Colten Johnson set the pace for the boys, taking Marion’s only gold in the pole vault with a leap of 12 feet, six inches. Johnson took silver the 300-meter hurdles in 40.89 seconds.
Earning bronze were Johnson in the 110 hurdles (15.66), Dakin Ledford in the javelin (149-5), Patrick McCarty in the 400 (51.85) and Jordan Hett in the 1600 (4:53) and 3200 (10:04).
Taking silver for the girls’ squad were Whitney Gordon in the high jump (4-10) and Corey Shields in the shot put (35-4). Finishing in third were Shields in the discus (92-10), Kadecha Gueary (15-5) and Kaelyn Thierolf in the 1600 (5:51) and 3200 (12:44).
“We are starting to move some athletes around and try to find some more events to score in and the girls are doing a great job of being flexible and helping out where they can,” Thierolf said.
Berean—Marion competed at home April 24 at a CKTL meet hosted by Berean Academy.
Earning golds for the girls’ squad were Alicia Maloney in the long jump, with a leap of 13 feet, 11.4 inches, and the pole vault (9-3), and Corey Shields in the discus (96-3) and shot put (33-8). Shields took bronze in the javelin.
Taking third for the boys were Kyle Palic in the discus and javelin and Lance Knolla in the 400. The 4x800 relay team also took bronze.
Coming —The Warriors were scheduled to compete at Hesston Thursday before traveling to the Heart of America league meet at Bethel College May 11.