Marion takes top finish at home invite



The Marion track team sprinted out of the gate last week as the boys took first place out of nine teams at the Marion Relays Thursday, logging 135 points. The girls came in third place with 74 points.

The win comes after Marion competed at home at a Central Kansas Track League meet hosted by Centre April 3.

?We are very happy to have the boys? team win the meet,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?It?s the first time in a long time we have done that.

?Our girls? team really performed well and we are going to be a lot better at the end of the year than we are right now.?

Marion Relays?The boys claimed six first-place finishes Thursday on the way to the title.

Colten Johnson won the 110-meter hurdles in 16.07 seconds, and the pole vault by clearing 12 feet, 6 inches. He also helped the 4×400 team, which also included James Jones, Brody Carroll and Patrick McCarty, to first place in 3:35.60.

?Colten had a very good meet for us,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?It is nice to have him healthy and competing this year.?

Also wining gold medals were Dakin Ledford in the discus (121-11) and javelin (153-8) and Jordan Hett in the 3,200 (10:59).

Placing second were Zach Hammond in the pole vault (11-6), Jones in the triple jump (40-0), Nick Meyer in the discus (119-7) and Johnson in the javelin (152-2)

Winning bronze medals were McCarty in the 400 (53.0), Hett in the 1,600 (4:48.80), Carroll in the 300 hurdles (44.75) and John Nordquist in the javelin (136-2).

?It was nice to go 1-2-3 in the javelin and 1-2-4-5 in the discus,? Thierolf said. ?We are very competitive in those events.?

For the girls, Whitney Gordon scored 18 points and Marion?s only gold medal when she won the high jump (5-0). She placed second in the 100 hurdles (17.29).

?Our girls did very well,? Thierolf said. ?We were down an athlete or two and I was proud of our seniors for picking up the slack.?

Also placing second were Katey Ehrlich in the 300 hurdles (52.14) and Alicia Maloney in the pole vault (7-6).

Winning bronze medals were Kaelyn Thierolf in the 1,600 (5:57) and the 3,200 (12:52), the 4×400 team of Ehrlich, Gordon, Kelli Hess and Erin Meierhoff (4:39), Kadecha Gueary in the triple jump (30-0).

?Kadecha Gueary has been a great surprise this season,? Thierolf said. ?She is so much more explosive in the jumps and has started to find her speed.?

Centre CKTL ?The Warrior boys earned nine first-place medals at the CKTL meet hosted by Centre April 3, taking second place with 125.5 points. The girls also finished in second with 74.5 points.

For the boys, Colten Johnson won the pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches) and the 110-meter hurdles (16.0). Also winning gold medals were Dakin Ledford in the javelin (151-0), Nick Meyer in the discus (122-10), James Jones in the long jump (19-81?4) and the triple jump (40-9), Patrick McCarty took first in the 400 (53.9), Jordan Hett in the 3,200 (10:53) and the 4×400 team of McCarty, Jones, John?son and Brody Carroll (3:36.7).

Placing second in their events were Spencer Fugitt in the discus (122-7), Carroll in the 300 hurdles (44.9) and Jon Tacha in the shot put (40-9).

Placing third were Ledford in the discus (120-3), Fugitt in the javelin (143-10), Meyer in the shot put (40-9), 4×100 team of Carroll, McCarty, Jones and Lance Knolla (47.3) and the 4×800 team of Quinton Hett, Timothy Knolla, Tyler Neufeld and Braden Fahey (9:49).

Winning events for the girls were Katey Ehrlich in the 300 hurdles (52.7), Erin Meierhoff in the 800 (2:44) and the 4×100 team of Whitney Gordon, Kadecha Gueary, Ehrlich and Meierhoff (54.9).

Placing second were Gordon in the high jump (4-10), Kaelyn Thierolf in the 3,200 (13:19) and Alicia Maloney in the pole vault (9-0).

Taking third place were Alex Young in the javelin (92-9) and shot (25-7), Brandi Ludwig in the discus (78-6), Gueary in the 100 (13.7) and Gordon in the 100 hurdles (17.3).

Coming?The Warriors were scheduled to compete April 10 at the Fairfield CKTL meet before traveling to the Smoky Valley Invitational Friday.

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