Marion?s competition at the Marion Relays featured four schools in Class 4A Friday, but the Warriors proved they could compete as both teams finished among the top two.
?What a great day for a track meet,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?We had probably the most competitive Marion Relays we have had in a long time.?
The Marion girls won the meet with 92 points ahead of Southeast of Saline (84), McPherson (68) and Chapman (62).
Marissa Jacobson paved the way for the girls, earning gold medals in the long jump (16 feet, 61?4 inches) and the triple jump (34-81?2) with personal-best distances.
?Marissa Jacobson is going to be a force all year long in the jumps and hurdles,? Thierolf said.
Marion earned three additional gold medals. Alicia Maloney won the pole vault after clearing the opening height (8 feet even); Marshelle Mermis won the 400 (1 minute, 2.8 seconds); and Jacobson, Katey Ehrlich, Kelli Hess and Mermis won the 4×400 in a meet record time of 4:11.45.
?Marshelle Mermis had a very good day on the track, coming from behind to win the 400 meters and anchoring our 4×400 relay to a victory in a meet record time,? Thierolf said. ?The 4×400 relay looked great for this time of year, and we just need to keep working week by week to take time off.?
Kaelyn Thierolf finished second in the javelin in a personal-best 102-1; while Erika Hess was second in the pole vault (7-6).
Thierolf, Hess, Kaylie Waner and McKenzee Remmers placed third in the 4×800 (11:40.6).
The Marion boys secured 100 points to place second behind El Dorado (128) and ahead of McPherson (78)?and Southeast of Saline (73).
?Our boys? team had a great day as well,? Thierolf said. ?Once again we were led by our field event people.?
James Jones and Kyle Palic each scored 18 points to anchor the team.
Jones won the triple jump (43-8) and took second in the long jump (20-11). Palic won the discus (138-10) and finished second in the shot put in a personal-best 47-9.
The Warriors earned two silver medals: Nick Meyer in the discus (130-4) and John Nordquist in the javelin (145-10).
Five Warrior events placed third:?Meyer in the shot put in a personal-best 46-81?2, Morgan Wheeler in the discus (130-4), Mason Pedersen in the long jump in a personal-best 20-71?2, Seth Snelling in the pole vault (11-6), and Tyler Neufeld, Pedersen, Snelling and James Jones in the 4×400 (3:40.93).
Marion CKTL?Marion enjoyed a successful first outing Tuesday, with both teams taking first place by more than 100 points.
?It is always good to get a meet in to see where you are as a team and what the athletes can do,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?Our field events were pretty good for a first meet, and we were pleased with what we did as a team.?
The Warrior boys claimed first with 227 points, ahead of Moundridge (102), Remington (78), Goessel (75), Herington (53) and Elyria Christian (8).
Marion claimed 10 gold medals, including sweeps of the throwing and jumping events. The Warriors also swept first through fifth place in the discus.
These athletes placed first: Kyle Palic in the shot put (44 feet, 11 inches) and discus (139-9), John Nordquist in the javelin (152-3), James Jones in the long jump (21-01?2) and triple jump (41-91?2), Nicholas Stuchlik in the high jump (5-3), Mason Pedersen in the 110-meter hurdles (16.33) and 300 hurdles (44.11), Seth Snelling in the 400 (56.65), and Brad Stone, Pedersen, Snelling and Jones in the 4×400 (3:50.6).
Nine Warrior events earned second place, and Marion earned five third-place medals.
The Marion girls also found success, placing first with 224 points ahead of Moundridge (103), Goessel (95), Herington (56), Remington (52) and Elyria Christian (17).
Marion earned 13 gold medals out of a possible 18 and swept the relay events.
Emily Schneider, Kelli Hess, Katey Ehrlich and Marshelle Mermis won the 4×100 (53.11); Marissa Jacobson, Ehrlich, Hess and Mermis took first in the 4×400 (4:20.7); and Kaelyn Thierolf, Erika Hess, Kaylie Waner and McKenzee Remmers won the 4×800 (11:42.7).
Remmers placed first in the 1,600 (6:24.4) and the 3,200 (13:47.3), while Mermis won the 200 (28.37) and the 400 (1:05.8). Alicia Maloney won the pole vault (9-0), and Ehrlich won the 300 hurdles (49.97). Jacobson took gold in the long jump (16-13?4) and triple jump (34-6). In the throwing events, Kristen Herzet took first in the discus (97-11), and Thierolf was first in the javelin (100-1).
Marion turned in six second-place finishes and six third-place medals.
Coming?Marion will compete at Smoky Valley Thursday.