MHS teams 3rd and 5th


The Marion High School boys track and field squad hosted and placed third at one of the most competitive regionals in class 3A.

MHS qualified eight boys for state competition out of a 16-team field.


At the urging of her coach, Camille Christensen works her way past a Remington runner during the 1,600 meter run Friday in Marion. Christensen placed fifth, 1.2 seconds from a state berth.


Brad Klenda cleared 12-6 in the pole vault and qualified for state.

Sophomore Julia Zeiner led the girls squad to fifth place by winning three events. She placed first in long jump (17-1/2), triple jump (37-21/2) and 300 meter hurdles (47.59).

Kalaya Jackson took fourth place and qualified in the triple jump (34-5).

The Warriors 4×100 relay qualified in second place with a time of 50.85 seconds.

Camille Christensen?s senior season ended with a fifth-place finish in the 1,600 (5:41.59).

Justin Heidebrecht?s last campaign in a Marion uniform won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:01.72.

Heidebrecht also helped the 4×800 (8:25.37) to a first place finish. Brett Billings, Ryan Jones and Adam Regnier each ran one leg.

Nick Klenda placed third out of 21 in the discus with a throw of 146 feet, 7 inches.

Tylor Neil took third in the triple jump (43-71/2) and finished only a half-inch behind Halstead?s Spencer Soward for second place.

Charlie Holub took third in the 3,200 (10:38.20) and Luke Gordon matched a personal best (6-0) to take second in the high jump.

With the top four finishers in each event qualifying for state, Brad Klenda and Ryan Jones made the cut.

Klenda was one of five who cleared 12-6 in the pole vault, but got over the bar in fewer attempts than both Luke McKee of Halstead and Caleb Hastings of Mission Valley to assure himself of a trip to Cessna Stadium.

Jones grabbed fourth in the 1,600 (4:51.91).

It was close but no cigar for fifth place finishers Mitchell Leppke, Regnier, Elliot Hett and Brady Hudson.

Hudson cleared 5-10 in the high jump, but lost out on the tiebreaker to Jordan Martin of Wichita Trinity and Tyler Ratzlaff of Halstead. Hett placed fifth in the 110 meter hurdles (16.15) and Regnier (2:05.89) was edged out in the 800 by Pete Symmonds of Northern Heights. Leppke?s javelin (159-5) fell 13 inches short of fourth place.


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