The Marion cross-country team made its mark with three top-10 finishes at the Heart of America league meet at Bennington Thursday.
As a team, the boys placed third in a tie-breaker with 69 points behind Hutch Trinity (34) and Bennington (69).
Leading the Warriors was Jordan Hett, who kept pace with the front-runners all the way and put on a burst of speed at the end to pass a runner and take third place in a time of 16 minutes, 40 seconds.
Following Hett were Patrick McCarty (8th, 17:53), Timothy Knolla (16th, 18:01), Jacob Cope (18th, 18:41), Clark Kroupa (32nd, 20:24), Quinton Hett (42nd, 21:44) and Jarred Hague (38th, 21:10).
Nicholas Davies placed 57th in the junior-varsity race (25:32)
For the girls, McKenzee Remmers led the team with a 10th place finish in 17:13. Erin Meierhoff placed 35th in 19:56. Shyla Harris placed 35th in the JV race in 19:56.
“The course at league was an interesting one,” coach Rebecca Hofer said. “The runners had to run around a rodeo arena, which resulted in running though horse droppings, and then they had to run around their football facilities. creating lots of fences and barriers that observers had trouble crossing.
“However, everyone ran very well despite the unique terrain,” she added.
Coming—Marion is scheduled to compete at regionals Saturday at Southeast of Saline. Joining MHS and the host school will be Ellsworth, Belle Plaine, Council Grove, Douglass, Halstead, Haven, Hillsboro, Hutch Trinity, Lyons, Sacred Heart, Sedgwick, Remington and Wichita Independent.