Marion Track travels to Halstead for meet

Gracie Mackey hands off the baton to Emma Soyez in the girls 4 x 100m relay on Thursday. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press
Gracie Mackey hands off the baton to Emma Soyez in the girls 4 x 100m relay on Thursday. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press
The Marion track and field team competed at the Halstead Invitational Thursday.

“We didn’t score as many points as we would have liked, but in many places we had a good day at Halstead,” coach Grant Thierolf said, adding later: “The fun thing is that we are getting better week by week.”

The Warrior girls won two gold medals. Anne Baliel won the pole vault (9-6), and Heidi Grimmett won the 1,600 (5:51.17).

“Our distance runners ran very well with Heidi Grimmett winning against a very good field of runners,” Thierolf said. “She ran a very good tactical race and used her speed to push through a tough last lap.”

Emmy Hess placed third in the long jump (15-6), and Michaela Regnier was third in the pole vault (8-6).

“Anne Baliel and Michaela Regnier both had really solid days in the pole vault, setting themselves up for a great finish to the season,” Thierolf said.

Additional top 10 finishes were: Alfwenna Meyer, Baliel, Abigail Stuchlik and Maria Stuchlik, fifth in the 4×100 (57.59); Baliel, Maria Stuchlik, Abigail Stuchlik and Grimmett, fifth in the 4×400 (4:26.34); and Abigail Stuchlik, seventh in the triple jump (27-11).

Meanwhile, Noah Dalrymple paced the Warrior boys, earning the silver medal in the high jump (6-2).

“Noah Dalrymple and Emmy Hess continued strong senior years as they placed high in their jumps,” Thierolf said.

Colton Mercer was third in the 800 (2:09.11).

“Colton Mercer ran his best 800-meter of the season, narrowly missing second place,” Thierolf said. “He is getting faster and will only improve as the seasonprogresses.”

Hillsboro CKTL—Marion competed in Hillsboro Tuesday. Bethany Grimmett was the girls’ highest placer, earning the bronze medal in the 3,200 (19:21).

Gracie Mackey was fourth in the pole vault (6-0).

Colton Boudreaux led the boys’ team with a fifth-place finish in the 3,200 (12:36.4).

Coming—Marion was scheduled to participate in a meet hosted by Berean Academy at Marion Tuesday and will travel to Beloit Friday.