Jacobson, Palic anchor MHS track

The Marion track and field team competed Friday at Beloit, where the Warriors got a preview of six schools they will face at the Phillips?burg regional meet later this month.

?We had a good day against some very fine competition,??coach Grant Thierolf said. ?It was good to see where we stack up against some of the better teams in the state.?

Marissa Jacobson led the girls by winning the long jump (17 feet, 21?4 inches) and the triple jump (35-111?4). She also placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (47.96 seconds).

?Marissa had her best day of the year so far,? Thierolf said. ?She is fun to watch and takes coaching so well it is easy for her to make adjustments within the meet.?

Alicia Maloney won the pole vault, breaking her school record by clearing 10-4.

?Alicia looks to be in great shape for the next month of meets,? Thierolf said. ?She has always vaulted well at Beloit, and we look for her to continue to have fun.?

Jacobson, Katey Ehrlich, Kelli Hess and Marshelle Mermis placed first in the 4×400 (4:11.97).

Additional girls earning points were: Mermis, third in the 400 (1:02.9); Hess, fourth in the 400 (1:03.8); Kaelyn Thierolf, fifth in the javelin (99-11); Emily Schneider, Hess, Ehrlich and Maloney, fifth in the 4×100 (52.2); McKenzee Remmers, Kaylie Waner, Erika Hess and Thierolf, fifth in the 4×800 (11:32.6); and Kristen Herzet, sixth in the discus (91-5).

As a team, the girls placed fourth with 61 points behind Beloit (78), Southeast of Saline (67) and Clay Center (65).

Kyle Palic led the Marion boys by finishing second in the discus (136-7), third in the shot put (47-31?4) and fifth in the javelin (148-6).

?Kyle had a good day in the shot and OK days in the discus and javelin,? Thierolf said. ?Our throwers continue to pace our team, and as we refine some of the techniques in the coming weeks, we expect great things from them at the (league) meet and at regionals.?

Morgan Wheeler placed third in the discus (135-9), and John Nordquist was third in the javelin (161-8).

Five other Warriors earned points:?James Jones, fourth in the triple jump (40-10); Seth Snelling, fourth in the pole vault (11-6); Tyler Arocha, Devin Regnier, Bryce Shults and Tyler Neufeld, fifth in the 4×800 (10:00.1); Neufeld, Snelling, Braden Fahey and Jones, sixth in the 4×400 (3:42.4); and Nick Meyer, sixth in the shot put (45-83?4).

As a team, Marion placed fifth with 50 points behind Beloit (133), Concordia (63), Sacred Heart (60) and Southeast of Saline (57).

Tuesday?s home CKTL meet was postponed because of weather.

Coming?Marion will compete at the Hesston Invitational Thursday.