?What a great day for the Warrior track and field teams,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?In what was arguably the toughest regional meet, we performed very, very well.?
Marissa Jacobson led the the girls by winning the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, 13?4 inches. She took silver in the long jump (16-51?2) and the 400 (1 minute, 0.71 seconds).
Jacobson and teammates Katey Ehrlich, Kelli Hess and Marshelle Mermis won gold in the 4×400 relay with a school-record time of 4:08.8.
Alicia Maloney earned the girls? third gold medal by winning the pole vault by clearing 10-6.
?Alicia faces basically the same competition in the state meet next weekend, and it will be a great way for her to finish her career here,? Thierolf said.
Additional state qualifiers for the girls include Mermis, third in the 400 (1:01.55); Kristen Herzet, fourth in the discus (99-10); and Emily Schneider, Hess, Ehrlich and Maloney, fourth in the 4×100 (51.69).
?We were really proud of the girls? 4×100 relay for finally hitting the handoffs right and posting a season-best time to qualify for state,? Thierolf said.
As a team, the Marion girls placed third with 63 points behind Hesston (69) and Hutchinson Trinity (66).
For the boys, James Jones, Kyle Palic and Nick Meyer led the scoring effort.
Jones placed third in the long jump (20-101?4) and fourth in the triple jump (42-11?2)
?James had a veteran?s day today in the jumps,? Thierolf said. ?He didn?t feel well but still jumped far enough to qualify in the long and triple jumps. He got into the third-place spot on his last long jump of the day, mustering up the strength to hit a good mark on that jump.?
Meyer won gold in the discus (146-3), while Palic was a close second (146-2).
Mason Pedersen placed third in the 110 hurdles (16.27).
?He is a freshman in a junior/senior dominated event, and as he gets into the weight room and gets stronger, he will be something to watch in the coming years,? Thierolf said.
Seth Snelling placed fourth in pole vault with a personal-best height of 12-6.
As a team, the boys placed fifth with 46 points. Beloit won with 108.
Coming?Marion will compete at the all-class state track and field meet Friday and Saturday at Cessna Stadium in Wichita.
The Warriors will kick off competition Friday at 2:30 p.m. with Pedersen in the 110 hurdles. The girls? 4×100 preliminaries is set for 2:55 p.m., while Snelling will pole vault at 3 p.m. Jacobson and Mermis will run the 400 preliminaries at 3:35 p.m. Jacobson will long jump and Jones triple jump at 4:45 p.m., with the girls? 4×400 relay preliminaries to follow at 5:55 p.m. Maloney will pole vault at 6:30 p.m. and Herzet will throw the discus.
On Saturday, Meyer and Palic will start the day by throwing discus at 8 a.m. Jacobson will triple jump at that time. Jones will long jump at 1:15 p.m. Finals for the 110 hurdles, 4×100, 400 and 4×400 will also take place Saturday.