Palic wins gold at Halstead invitational

Marion’s Colin Williams (2) runs to a seventh-place finish with a time of 4:58.06 in the 1600-meter run at the Conrad Nightingale track meet in Halstead on Friday.The Marion track and field team brought home one gold medal from Halstead’s Conrad Nightingale meet Friday.

“We did some good things at this meet,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “We kept a number of athletes out due to nagging injuries, but we should be back to pretty much full strength (this) week.”

Tyler Palic led the Warriors by winning the discus with a throw of 167 feet, 8 inches, more than 6 feet beyond second place, and nearly 34 feet beyond third.

Palic also placed fifth in the javelin (147-11). Earlier in the day, Palic threw the discus at the KU Relays, placing third with a personal best throw of 179-8.

These War­riors scored points with top-seven finishes: Zachary Stuchlik, Col­ton Mercer, Juri Billerbeck and Colin Williams placed fifth in the 4×400 (3 minutes, 42.77 seconds).

Stuchlik was sixth in triple jump (38-6.75), while Williams finished sixth in the 800 (2:10.69) and seventh in the 1,600 (4:58.06).

Noah Dalrymple tied for seventh in high jump (5-8).

As a team, the boys finished 11th among 14 schools with 21.5 points. Kingman won with 104.5.

Meanwhile, Anne Baliel was the girls’ highest finisher. She placed fourth in pole vault (9-0).

Sam Kelsey tied for sixth in high jump (4-6), while Meggan Frese was sixth in the 3,200 (14:23.69). Michaela Regnier finished seventh in the pole vault (8-0).

As a team, the girls finished 14th among 16 teams with 8.5 points. Hesston won with 79.

Grace Winter was Marion’s only medalist at Lyons April 17, winning the pole vault by clearing 6-6.

Coming—Marion was scheduled to compete at home Tuesday in a Central Kansas Track League meet hosted by Centre, then will travel to Beloit Friday.

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