Marion girls place third at Halstead

Marissa Jacobson shows the form that led to a first-place finish in the triple jump (35 feet, 93?4 inches) at Halstead Friday. Jacobson also won gold in the long jump (16-71?2).  Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

The Marion track and field team competed at the Conrad Nightingale Invitational at Halstead Friday.

?This was a good meet for us with some very tough competition,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?We did not have our best day of the year, but every season has its ups and downs and we will get better coming out of this meet.?

The girls placed third of 13 teams with 51 points behind Hesston (91) and Sedgwick (69).

Marissa Jacobson paved the way by winning the gold medal in both the long jump (16 feet, 71?2 inches) and the triple jump (35-93?4).

?Marissa had another outstanding day in the jumps,? Thierolf said. ?Her long jump was great, and she hit a very nice series in the triple jump. She is getting a little stronger as the season goes on and it is showing.?

Jacobson, and teammates Kirsten Hansen, Sam Richmond and Marshelle Mermis, placed second in the 4×400 relay (4:19.1). Jacobson also placed third in the 400 (1:02.7).

Kristen Herzet turned in a third-place finish in the discus (113-11) and finished fourth in the javelin in a personal-best 116-11.

Erika Hess, Hansen, Richmond and Mermis placed fourth in the 4×100 (53.15); Mermis was fifth in the 400 (1:03.9); and McKenzee Remmers finished sixth in the 3,200 (13:40.9).

The boys, meanwhile, placed sixth of 12 teams with 55 points. Berean Academy won with 74.

Kyle Palic led the charge by winning the shot put in a personal-best throw of 51-91?2. He placed third in the javelin (153-2) and fifth in the discus (132-0).

?Kyle Palic had a great day in the shot put, a PR by almost 2 feet,??Thierolf said. ?He will tell you that his discus didn?t fly the way it should, but that will get straightened out.?

Seth Snelling placed second in the pole vault (12-0); and, with teammates Tyler Arocha, Jack Schneider and Brad Stone, anchored the fourth-place 4×400 relay (3:41.56).

Brad Stone placed third in the 300 hurdles (42.22) and fourth in the 110 hurdles (16.5). Both were personal-best times.

Nicholas Stuchlik placed third in the high jump (5-8) and fourth in the triple jump in a personal-best 37-10.

Completing the top-six finishes: Schneider was fifth in the 100 in a personal-best 11.25; Quinton Hett sixth in the triple jump (37-6); Bryce Shults sixth in the high jump (5-4); and Colin Williams sixth in the 1,600 in a personal-best 5:07.4.

Hesston CKTL?Marion competed at the Hesston CKTL Tuesday. The Warrior boys brought home four gold medals.

Kyle Palic paved the way by winning the shot put (49 feet, 10 inches) and the discus (140-0).

Seth Snelling won the pole vault (11-6) and with teammates Tyler Neufeld, Braden Fahey, and Brad Stone won the 4×400 relay (3:36.94). Seven Warrior boys? events placed second. Five placed third.

Meanwhile, the girls also earned four gold medals. Marissa Jacobson won the triple jump (34-11) and the 200 (27.54) to lead the way.

Kristen Herzet won the discus (102-1), and Mar?shelle Mermis won the 400 (1:04.6).

Coming?Marion was scheduled to compete in a CKTL meet Tuesday and will travel to Beloit Friday. Events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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