Warrior boys place third at Beloit

The Marion track team faced tough competition at the Beloit Relays Friday.

?We had a good day on both sides at Beloit, and we learned a whole lot more about our regional and how tough it will be in three weeks,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?This is always a great meet for us to help evaluate some of our events, and for the most part we had some good performances.?

The boys placed third among 12 teams with 51 points behind Beloit (138) and Abilene (110).

Kyle Palic led the scoring effort by winning the discus (144 feet, 4 inches) and placing third in the shot put (50-2).

Brad Stone also brought home a gold medal by winning the 300 hurdles in a personal-best 42.1 seconds. Stone placed fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.64).

Nicholas Stuchlik placed third in the high jump (5-10), and Seth Snelling turned in fourth-place finishes in the pole vault (12-0) and the 400 in a personal-best 52.37.

Tyler Palic was fourth in the discus (126-5).

Two Warrior events placed fifth: Bryce Shults in the 300 hurdles (46.18) and Austin Neufeld, Devin Regnier, Zachary Stuchlik and Tyler Arocha in the 4×800 relay (9:45.75).

Colin Williams rounded out Warrior scoring with a sixth-place finish in the 1,600 in a personal-best 5:01.9.

Meanwhile, the girls placed fourth with 53 points behind Beloit (131), Concordia (80) and Clay Center (76).

Marissa Jacobson scored 22 points to lead the team. She won the triple jump (35-51?4), placed third in both the long jump (16-51?4) and the 400 (1:01.25), and was part of the fourth-place 4×400 relay with teammates Sam Richmond, Kirsten Hansen and Marshelle Mermis (4:15.41).

Kristen Herzet scored 18 points on the day. In addition to winning the discus in a personal-best 117-11, Herzet?s performance was highlighted by throwing a school record-setting mark in the javelin (127-2), good for second place. The throw bested Marion?s previous record set 23 years ago at 121-9 by more than 5 feet.

Mermis finished fourth in the 400 (1:01.52), while McKenzee Remmers placed fifth in the 800 in a personal-best 2:34.7.

Meggan Frese placed fifth in the 3,200 (13:10.7) and sixth in the 1,600 (6:08) in personal-best times.

Centre?The Warriors competed at a Centre-hosted CKTL meet at Herington Tuesday.

The Warriors earned five gold medals.

For the girls, Kristen Herzet swept the throwing events by winning the shot put (20-61?2), the discus (112-11)?and the javelin (109-9). Courtney Herzet won the long jump (14-51?4).

Kyle Palic led the boys by winning the discus (138-0).

Coming?The Warriors will compete at the Hesston Relays Thursday. Events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.