Warriors capture three gold metals at HOA meet

The Marion track and field team traveled to Sterling Friday for the Heart of America league meet and came home with champions in three events.

“We had another pretty good day, with congratulations to Tyler Palic and Anne Baliel as league champions,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “Tyler had a (personal record) in the shot put and continues to throw the discus well. Our pole vaulters all had good days for us, scoring big points for our girls, and Austin Neufeld scoring good points on the boys’ side.

“We had some solid points from Jack Schneider and Colin Williams and were pleased with our relay teams. Our girl sprinters all improved, with Maria Stuchlik really having a good day.

“We just need to focus this next week on the little things that will improve our performances and we will be fine.”

Tyler Palic won two gold medals for the boys, placing first in discus with a throw of 177 feet, 9 inches, and also winning the shot put (52-7). He placed third in javelin (153-2).

Jack Schneider finished second in both the 100 (11.03) and 200 (23.36), while Austin Neufeld was second in pole vault (12-0).

Colin Williams earned bronze in both the 800 (2:08.20) and the 1,600 (4:57.25), while Stuchlik was third in triple jump (39-5).

Colton Mercer finished fifth in the 400 (54.21), and Noah Dalrymple was fifth in high jump (5-10).

Two Warrior relays placed fifth: Juri Billerbeck, Stuchlik, Neufeld and Mercer in the 4×100 (46.23); and Mercer, Stuchlik, Biller­beck and Williams in the 4×400 (3:43.09).

Stuchlik was sixth in long jump (18-1).

For the girls’ team, Marion had three top-four placers in pole vault. Anne Baliel won the event by clearing 9 feet. Michaela Regnier was third (8-0) and Grace Winter fourth (7-0).

Emmy Hess finished third in long jump (15-7), while Drew Helmer was third in discus (92-10).

Sam Richmond placed fourth in the 400 (1:05.95).

Maria Stuchlik was fifth in the 200 (28.38), and Sam Kelsey was fifth in high jump (4-6).

These athletes placed sixth: Meggan Frese in the 3,200 (15:03.41); Courtney Herzet in javelin (93-6); Richmond, Baliel, Maria Stuchlik and Hess in the 4×100 (56.10); and Baliel, Maria Stuchlik, Abigail Stuchlik and Richmond in the 4×400 (4:29.00).

Coming—Marion will travel to Blue Rapids for a Class 2A regional Friday hosted by Valley Heights High School. Field events start at 2 p.m. Preliminary races are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Teams in the field in addition to the host team and the Warriors are: Northern Heights, Burlingame, Canton-Galva, Herington, Hillsboro, Jackson Heights, Bishop Seabury, Lyndon, Heritage Christian, Kansas City Christian, Mara­natha Christian, Solomon, Wabaunsee and Jefferson County North.