Marion qualifies athletes for nine events at state track meet

The Marion track team qualified athletes for state competition in nine events at the Class 3A regional meet in Hillsboro Friday.

?What a tough regional,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?We did very well in all of our events.?

Kaelyn Thierolf led the team with wins in both the 1,600, in a time of 5 minutes, 41 seconds, and the 3,200 in 12:33.

Jordan Hett qualified in two events with a second-place finish in the boys? 3,200 in 10:10 and a third-place finish in the 1,600 in 4:37.

?He is really starting to run well, and both he and Kaelyn look great for medaling at state,? coach Thierolf said.

Corey Shields qualified in girls? shot put, placing second with a throw of 34 feet, 1/4 inch.

Whitney Gordon qualified for state in the high jump by finishing second.

?Whitney Gordon had a fantastic day in the high jump, tying the school record with a jump of 5-4,? coach Thierolf said.

?She has worked hard for that jump and looks very good for the state meet.?

Patrick McCarty qualified for state with a late push at the last in the 400, placing fourth in 51.93.

?He pushed it hard at the start of the race and finished with everything he had,? Thier?olf said. ?It was a fun race to watch and good to see hard work rewarded with a trip to state.?

Colten Johnson overcame some injuries to qualify in the pole vault by clearing 12-6.

He edged teammate Randy Regnier, who finished fifth in the finals at 11-6. Johnson looks to improve his seventh-place finish last year at state.

Alicia Maloney overcame some nervousness to qualify in the girls? pole vault, finishing third by clearing 7-6.

Conner Thierolf was in fourth place heading into the javelin finals, but was edged by Matt Seiwert from Conway Springs.

Thierolf placed fifth with a throw of 164-0.

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