Marion boys, girls take 3rd


Julia Zeiner heads for the finish line for her third individual gold medal at regionals. She also won the long jump and triple jump by comfortable margins.


Sheldon Boone unleashes his winning throw in the javelin. It sailed 162 feet, 8 inches on his last attempt. Teammate Mitchell Leppke placed second in the competition with a throw of 162-0.

The Marion High School boys qualified for the state track meet in eight events and the girls qualified in seven events at the Class 3A regional meet they hosted at Warrior Stadium Friday.

Both teams placed third among the 16 schools competing at the meet.

For the boys, Sheldon Boone (162 feet, 8 inches) and Mitchell Leppke (162-0) placed one-two in the javelin, as the Warriors again excelled in the field events. Nick Klenda (156-0) placed first in the discus and Luke Gordon (6-4) won the high jump.

Brad Klenda was third in the pole vault (12-6) and Tylor Neil was third in the long jump (43-6).

On the track, the boys? 4×800 team of Louis Holt, Ryan Jones, Adam Regnier and Eric Vogel placed third (8:44.16).

Elliot Hett placed fourth in both the 110 hurdles (15.58) and 300 hurdles (41.09).

All top-four finishers qualify for the state meet in Wichita Friday and Saturday.

The boys totaled 71 points?one behind Hutchinson Trinity and two behind regional champion Hillsboro.

With 61 points, the MHS girls trailed only Council Grove (831⁄2) and Jayhawk Linn (701⁄2).

Julia Zeiner won the long jump (18-0) and triple jump (38-2) by wide margins, and took first in the 300 hurdles (46.58) by 1.42 seconds.

Camille Christensen won the 3,200 (12:38.29). Christensen, Jaclyn Deforest, Bridget Lundy and Amanda Richmond earned a berth in the girls 4×800 relay (10:45.09).

Whitney Gordon qualified with a third-place finish in the high jump (5-0) and again with Marion?s sprint relay crew. Danae Edwards, Gordon, Kayley Heerey and Bridget Lundy took second place in the 4×100 (50.76).

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