Palic leads Warrior boys to second-place finish at Hesston

Senior Kyle Palic prepares to launch the shot put at the Hesston Invitational Thursday as freshman Tyler Palic observes. The elder Palic won the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 41?2 inches. He also won the discus (158-7) and placed second in the javelin (140-8) to help lead the Marion boys to a second-place team finish with 83 points behind Hesston (110). Palic received the ?Outstanding Male Athlete Award? at the meet. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

With two first-place finishes and one second, Kyle Palic received the ?Outstanding Male Athlete Award,? at the Hesston Invitational Thursday, helping lead the Marion boys to a second-place team finish.

Palic won the gold medal in both the shot put (48 feet, 41?2 inches) and the discus (158-7) and finished second in the javelin (140-8).

?Very good meet for Kyle, and a deserving award for his performance,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?He works hard and puts in the time to get better.?

Brad Stone scored 15 points to aid the effort. He placed second in the 110 hurdles in a personal-best 16.42 seconds, third in the 300 hurdles (44.63), and sixth in the long jump (18-4).

Stone was also a member of the 4×400 relay that placed second (3:40.0) with teammates Jack Schneider, Nicholas Stuchlik and Seth Snelling.

Stuchlik finished second in the high jump (5-9) and fourth in the triple jump (36-9).

Snelling turned in a pair of fourth-place finishes in the pole vault (12-0) and the 400 (53.97).

Bryce Shults finished fifth in both the pole vault (11-0) and the 110 hurdles in a personal-best 18.84.

Colin Williams finished fifth in the 800 (2:16.5).

Two Warriors placed sixth: Quinton Hett in the triple jump (36-1) and Schneider in the 100 (11.53).

As a team, Marion came in second with 83 points behind the host school (110) in the 11-team field.

Meanwhile, Marissa Jacobson paced the girls by winning both the triple jump (35-11) and the 400 (1:01.4).

Jacobson and teammates Sam Richmond, Kirsten Hansen and Marshelle Mermis placed second in the 4×400 relay (4:16.7). Jacobson also placed fifth in the long jump (15-6).

?Marissa had another solid meet,? Thierolf said. ?Not her best day for long jump, but she came back in the triple jump and (the) 400 and performed quite well.?

Mermis finished a fraction of a second behind Jacobson in the 400 to claim the silver medal in 1:01.8.

McKenzee Remmers placed fourth in the 1,600 in a personal-best 5:55.1.

Meggan Frese finished fifth in the 3,200 (13:44.1) and sixth in the 1,600 (6:11.1).

Kristen Herzet placed fifth in the javelin (107-10) and sixth in the discus (105-0).

As a team, the girls placed sixth with 47 points. Hesston won the meet with 118.

Coming?Marion will host the Heart of America league meet Friday. If renovations on Marion?s track are not completed, the meet will be held in Hillsboro. Events begin at 3 p.m.

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