Williams leads MHS runners at Abilene

The Marion cross-country team opened its season Thursday at Abilene.

Senior Colin Williams earned a fourth-place medal in the boys’ 5-k race. He crossed the finish line in 19 minutes, 20.7 seconds.

“(Colin) had a really solid time for his first race,” coach Dmitry Bucklin said. “He did a great job keeping a steady pace through the entire race.”

Competing in their first high school race, Nathan Shields finished 22nd in 21:25.6, two places from medalling, and Colton Boudreaux was 34th (23:28.2).

“(Nathan) had a really good showing for his first race,” Bucklin said. “He really did a good job of keeping up with the group and listening through the race.

“Colton also had a good first race. He really ran the big hills well and used it to benefit his time.”

Bethany Grimmett was Marion’s only competitor in the girls’ 5-k. She finished 39th (34:44.8).

“Bethany was able to keep going through the entire race,” Bucklin said. “Her running technique has really improved, and she is starting to use that to her benefit.”

Coming—Marion will run at Hesston on Thursday. The all-class meet will be run by age group, with the freshmen girls kicking things off at 3:30 p.m., followed by the freshman boys’ race at 3:55 p.m. and subsequent races to follow every 25 minutes.

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