Warriors earn 10 medals at state

Marshelle Mermis anchors the state champion 4x400 relay in Saturday?s finals. She and teammates Marissa Jacobson, Katey Ehrlich and Kelli Hess finished first in a school-record time of 4:06.27. The gold medal was one of three earned by Marion at the state meet. Alicia Maloney won the pole vault (10-6) and Jacobson won the triple jump (35-10). The Marion track and field athletes had a successful outing at the all-class state meet at Cessna Stadium on the Wichita State University campus Friday and Saturday.

?We brought home medals with 10 of our 13 entries, and the ones who didn?t medal were first-time state qualifiers who hopefully will be back,? coach Grant Thierolf said.

Three state-champion performances highlighted the weekend.

Competing in the second to last event of the meet, the girls? 4×400 team of Marissa Jacobson, Katey Ehrlich, Kelli Hess and Marshelle Mermis crossed the finish line first in a school-record time of 4:06.27, nearly one second ahead of second place Cheney.

?That had to be the best way ever to end the day,? Thierolf said. ?Marissa Jacobson ran a fantastic first leg, getting us out to a 30 to 40-meter lead.

?Katey Ehrlich ran the race of her life to hold the lead against the state champion in the 400 from Silver Lake.

?Kelli Hess took the baton from Katey, put her head down and got us an 8-meter lead going into the final handoff, and Marshelle took it from there.

?She was passed with about 220 meters left by the runner from Hesston, but Marshelle ran the race she always runs and forged ahead with about 90 meters left.?

In the preliminaries, Marion had finished second to Cheney in 4:08.96.

Alicia Maloney was the state champion in the pole vault by clearing a height of 10 feet, 6 inches.

?Alicia has been so consistent in the pole vault all season long,??Thierolf said. ?She was undefeated this year, and she jumped against some of the best vaulters in the state all year.?

Jacobson also won gold in the triple jump with a leap of 35-10.

?Marissa entered the finals in the triple jump in third place and then fell back to fifth going into her last jump,? Thierolf said. ?She maintained her confidence and hit the winning jump on her last jump in the finals.

?Needless to say, with continued work she has a very bright future in track and field.?

Jacobson placed fourth in the 400 (59.89), while Mermis finished sixth (1:01.85).

Emily Schneider, Hess, Ehrlich and Maloney medaled in the 4×100 by placing eighth in 52.02.

Jacobson finished 10th in the long jump (15-31?2), while Kristen Herzet was 14th in the discus (95-5).

As a team, the Marion girls placed fifth among 41 schools with 39 points behind Cheney (69), Garden Plain (54), Hiawatha (43) and Hesston (41).

Kyle Palic led the Warrior boys, earning the fifth-place medal in the discus with a throw of 148-3.

?Kyle had some good throws in the discus and will be working to score points at state in all three throws next year,? Thierolf said. ?He is one of the state?s top combined throwers and will only get better next year.?

James Jones earned two medals at state. He placed sixth in long jump (20-81?4) and eighth in triple jump (42-33?4).

Seth Snelling finished sixth in the pole vault with a personal-best height of 13-0.

Mason Pedersen finished 13th in the 110 hurdles preliminaries (16.45).

As a team, the boys placed 20th with 11 points. Phillipsburg won with 69.

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