MHS teams take second at league

John Nordquist launches the javelin at the Heart of America league meet Friday. Nordquist placed second with a throw of 160 feet, 2 inches. Both the Marion boys? and girls? teams took second at the meet.
John Nordquist launches the javelin at the Heart of America league meet Friday. Nordquist placed second with a throw of 160 feet, 2 inches. Both the Marion boys? and girls? teams took second at the meet.
The Marion track and field teams each placed second at the Heart of America league track meet at Marion Friday.

?It was one of those days that we were so close to doing some really special things?some of them we got done and other things came up short,??coach Grant Thierolf said. ?The HOA is a very competitive track and field league, and if we catch a break here or there, we might have been able to pull out a championship.?

The boys placed second with 1121?2 points. Berean Academy won with 131.

James Jones paced the Warriors by winning the triple jump (40-7) and earning silver in the long jump (20-51?2). Jones took bronze in the 200 (23.90), and anchored the 4×400 relay that placed third (3:40.52) with teammates Tyler Neufeld, Seth Snelling and Brad Stone.

?It was good to have James Jones win another league championship for us in the triple jump,? Thierolf said.

Kyle Palic turned in a first-place throw in the discus (160-2). He placed second in the shot put (45-7) and fourth in the javelin (144-11).

John Nordquist earned silver in the javelin (160-2).

?John Nordquist had a nice day in the javelin and then volunteered to run the 3,200 in the hopes of stealing a point,??Thierolf said. ?What a sacrifice for the team and a true indicator of what being a teammate is all about.?

Nick Meyer placed third in the shot put (45-4) and the discus (153-9).

Tyler Neufeld finished second in the 800 (2:11.05) and fourth in the pole vault (11-0), one foot short of teammate Snelling, who placed third (12-0).

The girls, meanwhile, placed second with 99 points, just four points shy of Berean Academy at 103.

Marissa Jacobson led the scoring charge by winning the triple jump (35-41?2) and placing third in the 300 hurdles (48.89) and the long jump (16-11?2).

?Marissa Jacobson had another great night, winning a league championship as a freshman in the triple jump and then scoring high in the long jump and the 300 hurdles,? Thierolf said. ?She is capable of placing at state in each of her events.?

Jacobson, along with teammates Katey Ehrlich, Kelli Hess and Marshelle Mermis, won the 4×400 (4:13.37).

Kristen Herzet won gold in the discus (95-5), silver in the javelin (112-5) and sixth in the shot put (29-1).

Alicia Maloney won the pole vault (10-0).

Erika Hess placed second in the pole vault (8-0).

Coming?Marion will travel to Phillipsburg for a Class 3A regional meet Friday. Field events are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Preliminary track events are set for 4:30 p.m., with finals to follow at 6 p.m.

Schools participating in addition to Marion and the host school include: Beloit, Ellsworth, Southeast of Saline, Halstead, Thomas More Prep, Hesston, Hoising?ton, Hutchinson Trinity, Lyons, Marysville, Minneapolis, Norton Community, Riley County and Salina-Sacred Heart.