MHS track takes 4 firsts at Halstead

Marissa Jacobson won the triple jump at Halstead Friday with a leap of 34 feet, 11?2 inches. She also turned in two second-place finishes in long jump and the 400-meter dash to lead the Warrior girls in scoring with 26 points.
Marissa Jacobson won the triple jump at Halstead Friday with a leap of 34 feet, 11?2 inches. She also turned in two second-place finishes in long jump and the 400-meter dash to lead the Warrior girls in scoring with 26 points.
The Marion track and field team turned in four first-place finishes at the Conrad Nightingale Invita?tional at Halstead Friday.

?We didn?t have the greatest meet, and we still came home with 18 medals,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?I know there is so much more out there for this team, and that is what makes it so exciting for future meets.?

Kyle Palic led the boys by earning gold medals in the shot put (45 feet, 10 inches) and discus in a personal-best 153-9. He placed fifth in javelin (147-0).

?Kyle had his best day in the discus,? Thierolf said. ?He keeps refining his technique and is getting better at this event. He threw OK in the shot put and javelin and will get better in those events.?

Marissa Jacobson won the triple jump (34-11?2), and Alicia Maloney was first in pole vault (9-6).

?Alicia Maloney had another solid day in the pole vault,? Thierolf said. ?She is working on getting a new pole, and it will be exciting to watch her jump as she gets used to it.?

Jacobson, who led the girls in scoring, also placed second in the long jump (16-11?2) and the 400 in a personal-best 1:00.47.

?She won the triple jump on her last jump of the day and came back and ran a very good 400-meters, just finishing second to the area?s top-ranked sprinter,? Thierolf said.

As a team, the girls placed fourth among 13 schools with 53 points. Cheney won with 106.

Also earning points for the Warriors were Kristen Herzet, third in the discus (99-8); Katey Ehrlich, fourth in triple jump (31-7) and fifth in the 300 hurdles (50.41); Emily Schneider, fifth in long jump in a personal-best 15-3; Erika Hess, fifth in pole vault (7-6); and Schneider, Hess, Ehrlich and Maloney, sixth in the 4×100 (52.92).

The Marion boys placed fifth with 53 points. Berean Academy won with 114.

Also earning points were John Nordquist, second in javelin (162-8); Tyler Neufeld, third in the 800 in a personal-best 2:07.6; Nick Meyer, third in discus (139-5) and sixth in shot put (42-4); Morgan Wheeler, fifth in shot put (42-7) and sixth in discus (135-5); James Jones, fourth in triple jump (41-4) and sixth in long jump (20-0); and Nicholas Stuchlik, fifth in high jump (5-6).

Moundridge?A smaller Warrior squad competed at the Moundridge CKTL Tuesday.

Taylor Fahey led the boys with a second-place finish in the 3,200 (13 minutes, 13.7 seconds). As a team, the boys placed fourth with 14 points. Berean Academy won with 215.5.

Two Marion girls placed second: Molly Hess in the shot put (28 feet, 101?2 inches), and Kaitlyn Goebel in pole vault (6 feet even). The girls placed fifth with 14 points. Berean won with 161.

Smoky Valley?Marion competed at the Smoky Valley Relays April 17.

Two Warrior boys earned first place: Kyle Palic in the discus (146 feet, 2 inches) and John Nordquist in the javelin in a personal-best 164-10. As a team, Marion placed second with 73 points behind Buhler (92).

The girls also turned in two first-place finishes:?Alicia Maloney in the pole vault (9-6) and Marissa Jacobson, Katey Ehrlich, Kelli Hess and Marshelle Mermis in the 4×400 (4:16.6). As a team, Marion finished third with 63 points behind Southeast of Saline (88) and Hutchinson Trinity (74).

Coming?Marion was scheduled to host a CKTL meet Tuesday and will participate in the Beloit Relays Friday at 10 a.m.