Marion runners first, third in HOA league meet

Warrior sophomore runner Kaelyn Thierolf took advantage of calm, pleasant fall weather and a home course to finish her season strong today, taking first by a large margin in the girl’s varsity race in an attempt to break her school record. Thierolf completed her run in a time of 15:42, a full minute and 40 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. 

Fellow girl’s runner for Marion, Elizabeth Goentzel, finished in 29th place with a time of 19:10.

Senior Jordan Hett also had a strong run, keeping with the top two finishers for most of the course but dropping off the pace toward the end to finish third in 17:18. 

Patrick McCarty and Jacob Cope also were in the top 10 for Marion, finishing fifth and sixth with times of 18:08 and 18;28, respectively. 

Timothy Knolla took 16th in 20:19, Clark Kroupa finished 25th in 21:22, Jared Hague placed 31st in 21:49 and Quinton Hett placed 34th in 22:09. 

The Marion boy’s cross country team took third place overall with a combined score of 54, just getting edged out by Hutch Trinity (52) for second. Berean took first with 39 total points.

Area runners from Canton-Galva Eli Janzen (13th, 19:36), Justin Hiller (23rd, 21:08) and Jon Weber (33rd, 21:52) also competed in the boy’s cross country race. Helena Clausing (42nd, 22:20) and Katie Diehl (22:52) competed in the girl’s race for the Eagles. 

Thierolf will be unable to compete at the regional cross country meet next Saturday because it is the same day as volleyball sub-state competition. However, Hett and his teammates are scheduled to compete. 

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