Every Marion high school cross country athlete that participated in the Heart of America league meet at Bennington Thursday turned in a new personal-best time.
Coach Rebecca Hofer listed a number of reasons for the success the Warriors found.
?I believe several things contributed to their success,? she said. ?One, for some of them it was their last race, and they wanted to finish their season strong; two, they are a great group of kids, who always push themselves in races; three, the course?was flat, and that always results in faster times; (and) four, it was a beautiful day to run.?
Colin Williams earned the second-place medal in the boys? 5-k race by finishing second in 17 minutes, 39.04 seconds, trimming nearly 45 seconds from his previous best time.
Tyler Arocha was 19th (19:18.68), Ethan Darnall 28th (19:57.81), Jarrett Johnson 39th (20:23.71), Magnus Maarslet 40th (20:29.43), Joeb Corona 61st (22:13.55) and Devin Hamm 71st (25:34.08). As a team, the boys finished fourth.
Meanwhile, three girls earned medals. Emily Hague trimmed nearly a minute from her personal record, finishing eighth in 20:48.69, while McKenzee Remmers finished 10th (21:15.47) and Meggan Frese 14th (21:37.78). AJ Arterburn was 38th (26:01.81) and Brittany Hett 51st (32:50.72). As a team, the girls finished fourth.
In their respective middle school races, Bethany Grimmett placed second (14:08.15)?and David Sawyer second (6:39.41).
Coming?Marion will compete at the Class 3A meet hosted by Bishop Caroll at Lake Afton Saturday. The boys? race is scheduled for 11 a.m., followed by the girls? race at noon. Additional teams include Belle Plaine, Caney Valley, Cheney, Douglass, Eureka, Fredonia, Garden Plain, Southeast of Saline, Halstead, Hesston, Neodesha, Sedgwick, Remington and Wichita Independent.