Marion Cross Country led by returning state qualifier

Paced by a returning state qualifier, the Marion cross-country team is primed for success under the direction of second-year coach Grant Thierolf.

Heidi Grimmett returns for her sophomore season, having capped her freshman campaign with a trip to the Class 2A state meet, where she placed 31st with a time of 22 minutes, 26 seconds. She crossed the finish line in a season-best 20:53.7 at the Burlington regional the week before, not taking into account the Herington meet in mid-September, which ran short by half a mile.

“Heidi had a very solid freshman year and is stronger this year,” Thierolf said. “It will be fun to watch her run.”

Seniors Bethany Grimmett and Alfwenna Meyer will provide leadership for the Warriors.

“Bethany and Alfwenna have been doing a good job of leading us and encouraging all runners,” Thierolf said.

Meanwhile, junior Colton Boudreaux returns to anchor the boys’ team.

“Colton will be better this year and has a goal to medal in all meets,” Thierolf said.

Newcomers for the boys’ team are junior Nathan Shields, and freshmen Christopher Beery, Tristen Dye and Hayden Mendoza.

“Our new runners will allow us to have a boys’ team this year,” Thierolf said. “That will be fun to see what we can accomplish.”

Thierolf is optimistic heading into the season.

“We are looking forward to the new season and look to improve our performances this year,” he said. “We have some very good leadership in our seniors and juniors.

“Our biggest challenge will just be working through our youth as a boys’ team and working to improve every week as we work toward the league and regional meets.”

Coming—The Warriors will open the season Thursday at Abilene.