Both Marion track and field teams won the Marion Relays hosted at Herington Friday.
?We had a great day at the meet,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?Any time you can come out of a meet of this quality with two team championships is a pretty big deal. We will have to keep in mind that it is early April and what we are shooting for is in late May, but we are pretty pleased with the way the day went.?
The boys scored 98 points?edging El Dorado by one point?to win the 12-team field, which included four Class 4A schools. McPherson was third at 87.
Kyle Palic paved the way by scoring 26 points. Palic won the discus with a throw of 150 feet, 6 inches, and also earned the gold medal in the javelin (173-4). Palic placed third in the shot put (47-111?2).
Seth Snelling was Marion?s second scoring leader. He won the 400-meter dash (52.98), took second in the pole vault (13-6), and anchored the gold-medal winning 4×400 relay, alongside teammates Tyler Neufeld, Braden Fahey and Brad Stone (3:39.55).
Stone also won the 300 hurdles (43.09) and placed fourth in the long jump (18-111?2).
Marion earned three bronze medals: Quinton Hett in the triple jump (38-5); Jack Schneider in the 100 (11.57); and Austin Neufeld, Devin Regnier, Tyler Arocha and Colin Williams in the 4×800 (9:55.20).
Tyler Palic was fourth in the discus (123-3).
Three Warriors placed fifth: Nicholas Stuchlik in the high jump (5-10); Tyler Neufeld in the pole vault (11-6); and Schneider in the 200 (24).
These events placed sixth:?Tyler Neufeld in the 400 (55.6); Williams in the 800 (2:13.5); and Tyler Neufeld, Quinton Hett, Kolton Brewer and Schneider in the 4×100 (47.96).
The Warrior girls also won the meet, tallying 97 points ahead of McPherson (89) and Chapman (72).
Marissa Jacobson paved the way, winning the triple jump (34-7), and placing second in both the long jump (16-81?4) and the 400 (1:02.94).
Jacobson, and teammates Sam Richmond, McKenzee Remmers and Marshelle Mermis, won the 4×400 relay (4:20.18).
Kristen Herzet placed in three events, winning the discus (115-3), taking third in the javelin (113-8) and finishing sixth in the shot put (31-101?2).
McKenzee Remmers brought home a gold medal in the 3,200 (13:02.22) and placed third in the 800 (2:36.05).
Erika Hess and Alli Molleker tied for second in the pole vault (7-6).
Mermis placed third in the 400 (1:03.95); while Meggan Frese was fourth in the 3,200 (13:44.25).
Two relays placed fifth: Hess, Mermis, Emily Schneider and Molleker in the 4×100 (54.66) and Richmond, Jessi Lewman, Frese and Remmers in the 4×800 (11:43.65).
Sterling CKTL?Marion kicked off its season in a successful outing at Sterling Tuesday.
The Warrior boys won the meet with 182 points, thanks to eight gold medals earned in the outing.
Kyle Palic swept the throwing events, placing first in the shot put (47 feet), the discus (153-9) and the javelin (146-3).
Seth Snelling won both the pole vault (12-6) and the 400 (53.49 seconds).
Quinton Hett won the triple jump with a distance of 38-113?4; Colin Williams finished first in the 800 (2:15.3); and Tyler Neufeld, Braden Fahey, Brad Stone and Snelling won the 4×400 relay (3:45.4).
The Warriors brought home six silver medals. Those placing second included: Tyler Palic in the discus (125-8); Nicholas Stuchlik in the high jump (5-8); Bryce Shults in the pole vault (10-6); Stone in the 300 hurdles (43.46); Neufeld in the 400 (54.7); and Tyler Arocha, Stuchlik, Williams and Jack Schneider in the 4×400 (3:52.6).
Completing the top-three finishers by placing third were:?Tyler Palic in the javelin (136); Neufeld in the pole vault (9-6); Stone in the 110 hurdles (16.68); and Williams in the 3,200 (11:53.4).
The Warrior girls, meanwhile, finished second behind Sterling with 130 points.
Marion won five gold medals. Kristen Herzet paved the way by winning the discus (105-11) and the javelin (107-5). Marshelle Mermis won the 400 (1:03.2); Marissa Jacobson won the long jump (16-51?4); and Sam Richmond, McKenzee Remmers, Jacobson and Mermis won the 4×400 relay (4:25.9).
Four Warrior events placed second, including:?Jacobson in the triple jump (33-5); Kirsten Hansen in the pole vault (7-6); Meggan Frese in the 3,200 (14:40.8); and Kaylie Waner, Jessi Lewman, Frese and Remmers in the 4×800 (12:21.8).
Marion brought home five bronze medals. Those placing third were: Molly Hess in the shot put (32-7); Erika Hess in the pole vault (7-0); Remmers in the 800 (2:36.9); Brittany Hett in the 3,200 (18:57); and Erika Hess, Hansen, Courtney Herzet and Alli Molleker in the 4×100 (56.4).
Coach Grant Thierolf said it was a ?great first night for all Warriors.?
Coming?Marion was scheduled to compete Tuesday in a meet at Tabor College and will travel to Smoky Valley Friday, where events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.