Marion County competes at State Track


Hillsboro High School (HHS) State Track qualifiers pose with their coaches last week. HHS track competed at State Track on Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26—photo by Karrie Rathbone.
Hillsboro’s Abbi Williams competes at Shot Put at the state track meet. She placed 4th for 2A Shot Put—photo by Pam Weaver.
Hillsboro’s Anders Weisbeck placed 10th in 2A Discus—photo by Pam Weaver.
Marion’s Jonathan Frese hands the baton to Luke Wessel in the 4x400m relay at State Track. They finished fourth—photo by Pam Weaver.
Marion’s Kenna Wesner takes 10th place in the High Jump at the state track meet—photo by Pam Weaver.
Marion’s Taryn Kraus took 7th in the 300m hurdles at the state track meet—photo by Pam Weaver.


Track – Kaitlynn Bina represented the Cougars at State Track in Wichita on May 24 and 25. She took 8th place in the 1600-meter run.

“Kaitlynn ran in the 7th or 8th position throughout this race. She set a new Personal Record by more than 1.3 seconds. She becomes Centre’s first medalist at the State Track and Field Meet since 2019 (Xavier Espinoza – 100 and 400) and the first girl medalist since 2017 (Kate Basore – Javelin). Throughout the season Kaitlynn improved her best times from last year in the 1600 by more than 17 seconds and in the 3200 by more than one minute and four seconds,” said Coach Alan Stahlecker.


Track – The Trojans competed at State Track on May 25 and 26. The results were:

Addison Jost placed 5th in the 2A girls 800m race.

Riley Richert placed 8th in the 2A girls1600m race.

The Hillsboro girls 4×800 relay team of Riley Richert, Quinlyn Funk, Jaidyn Frantz and Addison Jost took 3rd in the 2A relay.

Emily Gilkey finished 7th in the 2A high jump.

Quinlyn Funk took 7th place in the 2A 3200m race.

Abbi Williams placed 4th in the 2A shot put.

Anders Weisbeck placed 10th in the discus.


Track – Marion High School competed in Wichita at State Track on Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26.

We had the kind of weekend that you expect at a State Track and Field Meet, some things go like you want them to go and some things go in another direction. We were able to medal in five of the seven events we took so that is great for our track and field teams. Our lone senior at the meet, Jonathan Frese, ran the guttiest 400M I have ever seen,” said Coach Grant Thierolf.

Jesse Snyder and Wyatt Soyez had the team in contention after the first two legs of the 4x400M Relay and when Wyatt handed the baton to Jonathan, he started passing runners all the way around the first curve and into the back straight away.

Unfortunately his hamstring popped on that back straight but he gutted out the rest of the leg and still ran a 53-second split. Unbelievable! He handed off to Luke Wessel in sixth place and Luke improved our position to finish fourth in the race,” said Thierolf. “What a way for Jonathan to conclude his career, leading by example as always and getting on the awards stand for the first time in his career.”

Dylan Kraus enjoyed her first trip to the State meet and came away with a second-place medal in the 400M sprint.

She improved so much during the season and she will enter next year as one of the premier long sprinters in the state,” said Thierolf. “She has a great future in front of her in the sport of track and field.”

Big sister Taryn Kraus ran well both days and after making the finals in the 300M hurdles, she came away with a seventh-place finish to earn points for the team and a medal for herself. “Taryn had a great season and we look for her to just keep getting better as she goes into her senior year,” said Thierolf.

Wessel had a great Saturday afternoon. He started out by placing eighth in the 1600M running, setting a PR in the race even though it was only the third time he had run that race this season. A couple of hours later he moved up a few steps on the podium and placed third in a very fast final of the 800M. And he finished his day with a fourth-place medal in the 4x400M Relay.

He will be one of the top middle-distance athletes in the state next season and he will look to improve as he eyes the cross-country season this fall. Great to have him back next season,” said Thierolf.

MHS’s two other entries competed great but just ran into some bad luck at the meet.

Kenna Wesner had a great season in the jumps and has grown as a competitor and as an athlete this season. We look forward to having her lead our jump crew again next season,” said Thierolf. “Kellen Waner just ran into some bad luck in the pole vault, but he will enter next season as the defending HOA and Regional champion in the pole vault. Great season by both of these leaders. We return all but Jonathan for next season and cannot wait to see the improvements each athlete will bring to our team in 2025.”

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