Warrior cross country hits tough course

The Marion cross-country team tackled a challenging course on a warm and windy Tuesday at Eureka, coach Grant Thierolf said.

“This was a tough meet with a nice breeze blowing and warmer weather than we had gotten used to,” Thierolf said. “We had some good performances, but we need to race better as we head into (the) HOA championship.”

Heidi Grimmett paved the way, earning the sixth-place medal in the girls’ 5-k race with a time of 23 minutes, 17.4 seconds.

“She was running a very strong race through the first two and a half miles, but the conditions got to her late in the race,” Thierolf said. “She will rebound and run a great HOA race.”

Bethany Grimmett was 50th (36:46.4).

“Bethany ran a solid race and looks to get back into a higher place at the HOA meet,” Thierolf said.

Meanwhile, Colton Boudreaux finished 24th in the boys’ 5-k with a time of 21:20.1.

“Colton ran a nice first and third mile but slid back about twelve slots during the second mile,” Thierolf said. “His finish was very strong but against quality competition, places cannot be lost.”

Braxton Schuh was 56th (24:49.8).

“Braxton is still getting his racing legs under him but ran a solid race for a freshman,” Thierolf said. “He will get better as he gets stronger.”

Coming—Marion will compete at the Heart of America league meet hosted by Berean Academy at Harvey County East Lake Thursday. The girls’ race is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The boys’ race is set for 4:50 p.m.