MHS impressive at first meet

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
The Marion Warriors knew going into the season they had fewer track athletes than in years past, and they had to make good of every opportunity.

On Friday the Warriors took did just that, as the boys took home first place and the girls falling just two points shy of Inman for their title.

The folowing day, coach Grant Thierolf praised his team’s effort.

“We we’re very pleased with the effort of the Marion Warriors last night,” Thierolf said. “We really felt that our kids competed very well and fought for every place.”

The Warrior boys were led by senior Braxton Skiles, who won the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet 10 inches. Skiles also finished second in the high jump at 5-8 and third in the long jump at 20-0.

“Our jumpers did a great job,” Thierolf said. “Braxton Skiles, in all three of the boys’ jumping events, looks like he is ready to compete for a third state championship in the triple jump. Eric Smith jumped very well, with personal-best jumps in the long and triple jump.”

Smith took fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 39-91/4.

James Davis sailed to a first-place finish in the pole vault by clearing 10-6. Jarvis Whiteman finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.8 seconds. Brian Bina finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.2. Zac Ewert placed second in the 3,200 meters.

“On the track we scored points in the hurdles with Joel Versch and Calvin Riggs, in the sprints with Jarvis Whiteman and in the distances with Brian Bina and Zac Ewert,” Thierolf said.

On the girls’ side, Brandi Peterie paced the Warriors with two first-place finishes. She won the triple jump with a leap of 32-21/4 and the 400 meterswith a time of 1:11.01.

Shawna Hett finishedwon the pole vault by clearing 8-4. Megan Moore’s throw of 97-0 was enough to claim first place in the javelin.

On the track, Alissa Vogel won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 59.2, while senior Stacia Williams won the 800 meters in 2:48.06.

“All in all we had a very good day for a first track meet and look to be able to compete for meet honors in each competition that we enter this year,” Thierolf said.

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