Remmers, Williams lead MHS at Abilene

Thursday?s heat provided a warm initiation for the Marion cross country team in its first outing of the season at Abilene.

?Today was hot, hot, hot,? coach Rebecca Hofer said. ?It also definitely wasn?t our best day of running. Almost everyone on the team was affected by cramping of some sort, or asthma, due to the heat.?

McKenzee Remmers led the girls by completing the 5-k course in 25 minutes, 9.1 seconds to place 11th overall. Emily Hague came in close behind, placing 12th in 25:20.9.

Meggan Frese (26th, 28:45.4) and AJ Arterburn (30th, 32:34.1) also medaled for the Warrior girls. Completing the girls? team: Shyla Harris was 32nd (37:29.4), Brittany Hett 34th (39:04.6), Sam Fugitt 35th (39:35.6) and Kaitlyn Goebel 37th (41:38.1).

Meanwhile, Colin Williams paced the Warrior boys by finishing fourth in 19:43.1. Two additional boys earned medals: Ethan Darnall was 16th (22:00.7) and Jarrett Johnson 22nd (22:31.4).

As teams, both the Warrior girls and boys finished fourth.

Hofer said she was proud of her team for their efforts.

?Even with the heat and the cramping, I am very proud of our team,? she said. ?They all fought through the pain and finished hard. I know some of them were disappointed with their time, but it is only the first meet and we have many more before the season is over.?

Coming?Marion will compete at the all-class Hesston meet Thursday. Runners are separated by grade level, beginning with the freshmen girls? 5-k race at 3:30 p.m. and followed by the freshmen boys? race at 3:55 p.m. Ensuing races follow in 25-minute increments. Medals will be given to the top 20 runners in each race.