Marion boys finish third at Abilene Inv.

The Marion High School cross-country team traveled to Abilene Thursday for the first races of the 2007 season.

The Warrior boys finished third in a field of six. Ryan Jones led the team, placing 13th 19 minutes, 12 seconds.

?Ryan ran a smooth race,? coach Bethany Carlson said. ?His running form has improved since last year and he looks more comfortable.?

Louis Holt (19:52, 17th), Elliot Hett (20:32, 24th), Isaac Hett (20:40, 27th) and Brandon Meierhoff (20:48, 31st) finished with a minute of each other.

?Brandon Meierhoff ran a smart first race,? she added. ?He got out strong and ran competitively.?

Brady Hudson (21:52, 44th), Corey Seacat (23:57) and Marshall Ragland (24:01, 55th) crossed next for Marion.

Derek Stuchlik (26:50), Adam Molleker (27:25) and Olle Gemfors (31:22) also finished among the 84 competitors.

The Warrior girls finished fifth in a field of six teams.

Camille Christensen led the with a time 18:32 and finished 14th.

Christensen was followed closely by medalists Tacy Taylor (18:58, 18th), Amanda Richmond (19:15, 22nd) and Jaclyn Deforest (19:42, 29th).

Bridgett Lundy (19:58, 32nd) just missed medaling with a top-30 finish. Brooke Johnson (20:11, 35th), Danae Edwards (22:30, 51st), Lucy Collett (23:07, 54th), Shayla Rahe (28:22) and Katie Maag (36:43) all finished the race.

Coming?Marion is in action again Thursday at Hesston, with races set to begin at 4 p.m.

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