Zeiner leads MHS to 4th


Julia Zeiner soars to her second-place finish in the long jump.?

Led by the versatile Julia Zeiner, the Marion girls tied for fourth in the Class 3A team competition this past weekend in Wichita.

The sophomore standout won one individual silver medal and two bronze, then teamed with Kayley Heerey, Kristen Stein?born and Danae Edwards to win gold in the 4x100.


Ryan Jones runs the third leg of the third-place MHS 4×800 relay.

The foursome posted the third-best qualifying time on Friday by circling the Cessna Stadium track in 51.08. On Saturday, they came back to run a 50.65, edging Southeast of Saline by 0.32 seconds.

On her own, Zeiner finished third in both the long jump, at 16-5, and the triple jump, at 36-61⁄2. Kim Haberman of Thomas More Prep won both events with leaps of 17-2 and 37-21⁄2, respectively.

Zeiner then capped her second state-meet appearance by finishing as the runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles?an event she picked up only this season.

Her time in the finals of 46.94 left her a scant 0.64 seconds behind the winner, Lisa Weishaar of Jefferson County North.

Kalaya Jack?son rounded out the Warrior effort by placing 10th in the triple jump at 33-4.

Marion?s 30 team points equaled Riley County?s total, placing both teams behind Norton (45), TMP (41) and Medicine Lodge (31).

For the boys, the 4×800 was the highlight. The team of Adam Regnier, Brett Billings, Ryan Jones and Justin Heidebrecht finished third at 8:22.63 in a painfully tight finish with Scott City (8:22.18) and Hillsboro (8:22.23).

In the individual events, Marion struggled to score. Tylor Neil scored three points with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 43-3⁄4 while Luke Gordon added a point for seventh place in the high jump by clearing 6-0.

Just missing the scoring column was Nick Klenda, eighth in discus with a throw of 139-8. Ryan Jones placed ninth in the 1,600 in 4:45.44, Brad Klenda, tied for 10th in pole vault by clearing 12-0, Justin Heidebrecht finished 11th in the 800 at 2:05.90, and Charlie Holub was 15th in the 3,200 in 11:21.50.

The Warriors? 10 team points tied them for 19th place with Ellinwood and Silver Lake.

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