Marion boys win HOA league title

Brad Stone competes in the preliminary 110 hurdles race at the Heart of America league meet hosted by Marion Friday. Stone placed third in that event with a time of 16.06 seconds and finished second in the 300 hurdles (41.1). Both times set new personal records. The Marion boys won the 10-team meet with 106 points. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press
Brad Stone competes in the preliminary 110 hurdles race at the Heart of America league meet hosted by Marion Friday. Stone placed third in that event with a time of 16.06 seconds and finished second in the 300 hurdles (41.1). Both times set new personal records. The Marion boys won the 10-team meet with 106 points. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

Hosting the first meet on their new track, the Marion track and field teams each finished among the top three at the Heart of America league meet Friday.

?It was great to be able to run on our new track?what a fantastic surface,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?It was fun to use our new timing system?a great feature for our track.?

The Warrior boys broke in the new track by winning the 10-school meet with 106 points, earning their third league title in four years.

?We had major contributions from all areas of our track and field team, and we are especially happy for our senior leaders,??Thierolf said. ?For Kyle Palic, Seth Snelling, Brad Stone, Quinton Hett, Tyler Neufeld, and Braden Fahey, this is an accomplishment that is a testament to a great deal of natural talent and an equal amount of hard work.?

Kyle Palic scored 22 points for the Warriors, winning the discus with a throw of 156 feet, 5 inches, and placing third in both the shot put (45-5) and the javelin (145-5).

Seth Snelling won the pole vault (12-6), placed second in the 400 (52.3), and anchored the second-place 4×400 relay with teammates Brad Stone, Tyler Arocha and Jack Schneider (3:34.77).

Schneider earned silver medals in the 100 (11.94) and the 200 (23.81), running his fastest 200 of the year.

Stone finished second in the 300 hurdles (41.1) and third in the 110 hurdles (16.06). Both were personal-best times.

Bryce Shults scored 10 points for Marion, placing third in the pole vault (11-6) and fifth in both the 110 hurdles in a personal-best 17.67 and the high jump (5-4).

Nicholas Stuchlik was third in the high jump (5-8).

Arocha placed third in the 400 in a personal-best 53.91; Tyler Palic placed fifth in the shot put in a personal-best 40-8; Austin Neufeld was fifth in the 3,200 (12:00.1); Zachary Stuchlik was sixth in the high jump (5-2); and Williams was sixth in the 800 (2:12.58).

?We had contributions in every area of the meet,? Thierolf said. ?It was a great way for us to usher in our new track.?

Meanwhile, the girls placed third as a team with 96 points behind Hutchinson Trinity (110) and Sedgwick (102).

Marshelle Mermis and Marissa Jacobson each contributed 10 points to the team cause.

?Marshelle Mermis showed what a great runner she is by placing in all three sprints and anchoring our 4×400 relay to a great finish,? Thierolf said. ?Marissa Jacobson had a career best jump in the triple and re-established herself as one of the best jumpers in the state.?

Mermis scored points in all three sprint events, finishing second in both the 200 (28.0) and the 400 (1:01.4) and placing fourth in the 100 (13.56).

Jacobson won the triple jump in a personal-best 36-91?2, placed third in the 400 (1:02.1) and finished fourth in the long jump (15-73?4).

Kristen Herzet finished second in both the shot put (32-43?4) and the discus (103-9).

Erika Hess placed third in the pole vault (8-0) and fifth in the 300 hurdles (55.93).

Hansen placed second in the pole vault (8-0), while Molly Hess finished third in the shot put (31-91?2).

Meggan Frese placed fourth in the 3,200 in a personal-best 13:09.7 and sixth in the 1,600 (6:07.9).

Remmers finished fifth in both the 800 (2:36.1) and the 1,600 (6:00.1).

Alli Molleker placed fifth in the pole vault (7-6).

Coming?Marion will travel to Beloit for a Class 3A regional meet Friday.

Field events are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Preliminary races will start at 4:30 p.m. with finals to follow at 6 p.m.