Warriors qualify 7 for state

Marissa Jacobson shows the form that led to a second-place, state-qualifying finish in the long jump (16 feet, 111?2 inches). Her final leap moved her from fifth place into second. Jacobson also qualified for state in the triple jump, winning the event with a leap of 36-8. She missed qualifying in the 200 by two hundredths of a second. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

Seven members of the Marion track and field team will represent the Warriors in nine events at the All-Class state meet at Wichita State University?s Cessna Stadium Friday and Saturday. The Warriors qualified for state by placing among the top four at the Class 3A regional hosted by Beloit Friday.

?We had a decent day in one of the tougher regionals,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?Like every regional, there are some events that you really hoped could get a berth at state but things just didn’t happen for us in those events. We had some great performances, however.?

For the boys? team, Kyle Palic punched a ticket to state in two events, winning the discus with a throw of 151 feet, 7 inches and finishing second in the shot put (47-91?2). He narrowly missed qualifying in the javelin, finishing fifth overall (152-3), trailing the fourth-place finisher by less than 6 feet.

Seth Snelling also qualified in a pair of events. He placed third in the pole vault (13-0) and fourth in the 400 (53.47).

Tyler Palic will make his first trip to state after placing third in the discus (135-8), a mark that bettered his career best by 9 feet.

Brad Stone completes the boys? qualifiers, having finished fourth in the 300 hurdles (42.88). He narrowly missed qualifying in the 110 hurdles, placing fifth (16.5).

Additional non-qualifiers to place for the boys include: Tyler Arocha, fifth in the 400 (53.84); and Stone, Arocha, Jack Schneider and Snelling, sixth in the 4×400 relay (3:38.82).

As a team, the boys finished fourth of 16 with 45 points. Beloit won with 109.

Meanwhile, Marissa Jacobson led the girls by qualifying for state in two events. Jacobson won the triple jump (36-8) and placed second in the long jump (16-111?2). She just missed qualifying in the 200, placing fifth in 27.08, just two hundredths of a second behind the fourth-place runner.

Kristen Herzet punched a ticket to state by finishing third in the discus (116-3).

Marshelle Mermis qualified in the 400, finishing fourth (1:10.9).

Additional non-qualifiers who earned points for the girls include: McKenzee Remmers, fifth in the 3,200 (13:15.8); Jacobson, Sam Richmond, Kirsten Hansen and Mermis, fifth in the 4×400 (4:14.93); Meggan Frese, sixth in the 3,200 (13:37.9) and Molly Hess, sixth in the shot put (32-11?4).

As a team, the girls finished eighth with 36 points. Beloit won with 97.

Coming?Snelling will kick off Marion?s participation at state by competing in the pole vault at 8 a.m. Friday. Mermis will run in the girls? 400-meter preliminaries at 10:25 a.m., then Snelling will compete in the boys? 400 preliminaries at 10:45 a.m. Jacobson will compete in the girls? long jump at 11:30 a.m., while Kyle Palic and Tyler Palic will throw the discus at that time. Stone will run the boys? 300 hurdles preliminaries at 11:35 a.m.

Saturday?s schedule will begin with Herzet throwing the discus at 11:30 a.m., and Kyle Palic throwing the shot put at that same time. Jacobson will compete in the girls? triple jump at 3 p.m. Finals races will be held at 3:45 p.m. (girls? 400); 4:05 p.m. (boys? 400) and 4:45 p.m. (boys? 300 hurdles).

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