Four Marion runners headed to state

Marion’s four cross-country runners competed at the Class 2A regional meet hosted by Burlington at John Redmond Lake Saturday.

Freshman Heidi Grimmett turned in a state-qualifying run, earning the third-place medal in the girls’ 5-k race with a time of 20 minutes, 53.7 seconds. Grimmett finished about 30 seconds from first place, lowering her personal-best time by about 18 seconds.

“Heidi Grimmett ran a great race,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “She really followed her race plan well and stayed where she had to be throughout the entire race. We talked about staying with Lucy Brown from Remington throughout the race and using her to pull Heidi through and into the Top 10. She was seeded seventh coming into the race, and to finish in third was a great run. She is looking very good going into the state meet at Wamego next week.”

Junior Bethany Grimmett concluded her season with a 46th-place finish in 30:55.9.

“Bethany ran well for us this year,” Thierolf said. “I really appreciate the leadership she offers and her willingness to keep going. She never misses a day of practice and gets the race finished.”

Meanwhile, in the boys’ 5-k, sophomore Colton Boudreaux finished 33rd in 20:48.7. He trimmed bout 1:39 from his time the week before.

“Colton got excited at the start of the race and went out a little too fast, but that is a lesson to be learned as a sophomore,” Thierolf said. “Next year, with a few more high school runners, he will lead our team and continue to get better as a runner.”

Braxton Schuh completed his freshman season with a 53rd-place finish in 23:45.4.

“We were really pleased with the progress of Braxton,” Thierolf said. “Moving to Marion and starting running after the summer training program, he truly improved as a runner. We enjoyed having Braxton join our team.”

Coming—Heidi Grimmett will represent Marion at the Class 2A state meet at the Wamego Country Club Saturday. The 2A girls’ race is scheduled for 11:45 a.m.

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