Jumpers lead Warrior track teams at Beloit

With first place performances by Tylor Neil, Luke Gordon, Elliot Hett and the 4×800 relay team, the Marion High School boys matched the level of their competion Friday at the Beloit Relays. Julia Zeiner led the Warrior girls with first place finishes in the long jump and triple jump.

?Once again the competition was very good this week and forced us into some better performances,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?Our jumpers had a very good day. Luke Gordon just missed at 6 feet, 7 inches (in high jump) and was on all competition.?

Thierolf highlighted Neil?s first place triple jump (41-7) and Zeiner?s marks (18-0 long jump, 37-21⁄2 triple jump), and noted that Drew Maddox set a new personal record in the long jump.

Thierolf said the Marion throwers ?were OK but not very consistent.?

Mitchell Leppke took second in the javelin (152-2).

Thierolf indicated that Marion made deceptively big gains on the track.

?I was pleased with our distance corps? improvement from Halstead to Beloit,? he said. ?Camille Christensen ran 35 seconds faster in the 3,200 and still placed seventh. Ryan Jones ran 17 seconds faster and placed fifth or sixth. Adam Regnier ran through some illness and ran 3 seconds faster than last week.?

Hett took first place in the 110 meter hurdles (16.13 seconds) and second in the 300 meter hurdles (42.2).

Marion CKTL?With a split squad competing at their home Central Kansas Track League meet, the Warrior boys placed fourth in a field that also included Hesston, Hillsboro, Moundridge and Centre.

Marion?s first place highlights included Parker Ash?s shot put of (47-7) and Mitchell Leppke?s javelin throw (148-1).

The Marion girls placed fifth, with Hesston, Hillsboro, Moundridge and Centre.

Centre?s Josie Peterson placed first in the girls discus (85-0) and second in the shot put (27-8), and Trevor Troutt placed first in the boys discus (126-11).

Coming?Marion competes at Hesston at 4 p.m. Thursday.

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