11 Warriors will compete at state track meet

The Marion track and field team competed at the Class 2A regional at Valley Heights Friday, where 11 Warriors qualified for the state meet in 12 events with top-four finishes.

“We had the full range of emotions on this day,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “We had some outstanding performances, led by Emmy Hess, Anne Baliel, Jack Schneider and Tyler Palic. We had a number of PRs and some really good performances.”

Palic qualified for state in two of his three events. He placed second in both the discus (168 feet, 7 inches) and the shot put (a personal-best 52-10.75). Palic was fifth in the javelin (147-9), just 7 inches from fourth place.

“Tyler had a great day in the shot put and threw the discus pretty well,” Thierolf said. “He has had a tremendous year and looks forward to the state track and field meet.”

Jack Schneider also qualified for state in two individual events. He was second in the 200 (23.28 seconds) and third in the 100 (11.54).

“Jack is finally rounding into race shape,” Thierolf said. “(He) ran against a very fast field, holding his own and finishing races well.”

Schneider also anchored the state-qualifying, fourth-place 4×400 relay (3:35.69) with teammates Colton Mercer, Zachary Stuchlik and Colin Williams.

“The boys ran a gutty race, sifting through the legs and finishing in a season-best time to qualify for state,” Thierolf said.

Williams finished third in the 1,600 (4:56.54), and Noah Dalrymple was third in the high jump (5-10).

“We were excited for Colin Williams as he used a fantastic kick at the end of the 1600-meter run to finish third in a season-best time,” Thierolf said. “Noah Dal­rymple had his best high jump competition of the year and stayed clean through the right height to earn his place at state.”

Stuchlik narrowly missed qualifying in the long jump, finishing fifth with a leap of 18-11.5, less than 5 inches from fourth place. He was also fifth in the triple jump (38-10), just 5 inches from fourth place.

Charlie Nordquist was sixth in the discus (127-2).

Meanwhile, Anne Baliel led the Warrior girls, earning the silver medal in the pole vault (9-6).

“Anne had a great day in the pole vault,” Thierolf said. “(She) is peaking at the right time.”

Emmy Hess placed third in the long jump (16-2.5) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.91).

“Emmy placing third in the long jump with a new PR was outstanding,” Thierolf said. “For a girl who is 5-foot-2, she does a fantastic job of bringing speed through the board and getting great lift. She also ran a great race in the 100-meter hurdles.”

Hess anchored the fourth-place, state-qualifying 4×100 relay (52.62) with teammates Sam Richmond, Baliel and Maria Stuchlik.

“The girls’ 4×100-meter (relay) hit all of their handoffs right on time and qualified with their fastest time of the year,” Thierolf said.

Baliel, Maria Stuchlik, Abigail Stuchlik and Rich­mond also qualified in the 4×400 with a third-place finish (4:18.85).

“The girls had a blistering opening leg from Anne Baliel,” Thierolf said. “Maria Stuchlik ran her best race of the year and kept us in first during the second leg. Abigail Stuchlik ran a career best leg and kept us right at the first-place mark on the third leg, and Sam Richmond anchored us home, lowering our season best by 10 seconds.”

Richmond narrowly missed qualifying in the 400, turning in a personal-best time of 1:04.76, good for fifth place.

Michaela Regnier was fifth in the pole vault (8-0).

Coming—Marion’s 11 state qualifiers will compete at the Class 2A state meet Friday and Saturday at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium.