Marion runners improve on best times

All four Marion cross-country runners improved their season best times Thursday at Hesston’s Swather Special. Runners, separated by classification and gender, ran on a modified course as a result of rain.

“It was a very solid meet for the Warrior runners,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “It is exciting watching them improve and competing for faster times and higher places.”

Heidi Grimmett won the Class 3-2-1A freshman girls’ race, covering the 5-k course in 21 minutes, 15.8 seconds and trimming more than two minutes from her previous best time. She finished more than one minute ahead of second place.

“Heidi ran a great race, challenging the runners from Bishop Carroll and Salina South during the race and finishing hard for a first place medal in the 3-2-1A division of the freshman girls’ (race),” Thierolf said. “A very solid outing for a very talented runner.”

Bethany Grimmett trimmed more than six minutes from the time she posted at Abilene, crossing the finish line in 29:05.3, good for 31st place in the junior girls’ race.

“Bethany had her best day as a Warrior runner and really improved her performance,” Thierolf said. “She comes to practice every day and works to get better, and it is really paying off.”

Meanwhile, Colton Boudreaux set a personal record, trimming more than one minute from his previous best. He crossed the finish line of the sophomore boys’ race in 20:19.2, good for 27th overall.

“Colton ran very well in a very competitive field of runners,” Thierolf said. “He stayed in the top half of the race throughout the run and finished with a great kick.”

In the freshman boys’ race, Braxton Schuh set another personal record with a time of 23:18.9, trimming about two minutes from his previous best and finishing 36th.

“Braxton is finding his footing in this sport as he cut two minutes off his time from last week and competed very well,” Thierolf said.

Coming—Marion will compete at the Centre Invitational at the Herington Golf Course Thursday. The girls’ race is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The boys’ race is set for 5 p.m.