MHS girls 3rd at home meet

In a field that included larger schools such as El Dorado and McPherson, MCAA members Halstead and Smoky Valley, and area teams from Centre and Peabody-Burns, the Marion track teams more than held their own at the Warrior Invitational April 4.

The Marion girls took third in what coach Grant Thierolf called ?a real tough, very good competition against good teams and some great performances.?

Kimber Hardey out-threw all comers except for returning Class 4A state champion Jenna Koch in the shot put with a throw of 31 feet 11 inches. Centre?s Hannah Kemble was third at 31-71⁄4. Hardey also placed third in the discus (99-10).

Julia Zeiner won the long jump (16-91⁄2), took third in pole vault (9-0) and fourth in the 400-meter dash. Kayley Heerey, Kalaya Jackson, Zeiner and Kristen Steinborn won the 4×100 relay (52.46).

Heerey placed fifth in javelin (91-7) and fourth in triple jump (32-71⁄2). Jackson took second in triple jump (33-111⁄2) and Steinborn claimed fifth in the 200 (28.50).

Steinborn anchored Marion?s fourth-place (4:33.33) 4×400. She ran that race with Amanda Richmond, Danae Edwards and Kathy Goering.

The 4×800 unit of Camille Christensen, Donna Cady, Bridget Lundy, and Amanda Richmond placed third (11:13.80).

El Dorado led team scoring with 117, followed by Smoky Valley 91, Marion 75, McPherson 70, Wichita-Independent (63), Anderson County 48, Halstead 43, Peabody-Burns 29, Centre 14 and Chase County 8.

Marion boys placed sixth with 54 points. McPherson won with 140, followed by Halstead 78.75, El Dorado 78, Smoky Valley 78 and Wichita Independent 75.

Tylor Neil (40-83⁄4) turned in the team?s highest individual placing, winning the triple jump by more than a foot. Nick Klenda (139-10) took second and in shot put Parker Ash (42-09.25) took fifth.

Justin Heidebrecht improved his 800 time to 2:03.70, Elliot Hett placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (17.32) and second in the 300 hurdles (43.65). Ryan Jones (4:59.03) placed fifth in the 1,600. Charlie Holub (11:08.24) placed fifth in the 3,200.

The 4×800 relay (8:43.32) of Adam Regneir, Holub, Jones and Heidebrecht took third place.

Brett Billings, James Wingfield, Brady Hudson and Heidebrecht comprised Marion?s top 4×400 grouping. The four finished in 3:41.68, bettering Peabody-Burns? quartet of Ryan Wiebe, Adam Benson, Jacob Simmonds and Trevor Hamm by 0.3 of a second.

Peabody-Burns? top performances came from Jacob Simmonds (54.48) fourth in the 400, Will Pratt (5-08) fourth in the high jump; Andrew Loucks (132-06) third in discus; Duane Unruh (18-10) fourthin the long jump; Kendall Wiebe, Josh Klarmann, Unruh and Ryan Wiebe (8:52.49) fifth in the 4×800; Ryan Wiebe, Adam Benson, Simmonds and Trevor Hamm (3:42.01) fifth in the 4×400.

For the PBHS girls, freshman Lauren Pickens won the 100 (12.63) and 200 (27.17) and was second in the 400 (1:00.73).

For Centre, Josie Peterson (95-05) placed third in javelin.

Coming?Marion went to Centre for a CKTL meet Tuesday and travels to Smoky Valley Friday.

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