Marion boys win Hesston track meet
The Marion boys’ track and field team dominated the Hesston Invitational track meet Friday, winning first place with 156 points; Hesston was second with 85 points.
James Jones won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 9 inches, and triple jump, 44-3¾. Quinton Hett placed sixth in triple jump, 36-3½. Zach Hammond won high jump, 5-6, and placed second in pole vault, 13-7. Nicholas Stuchlik placed third in high jump, 5-4, and Seth Snelling placed third in pole vault, 10-7.
Kyle Palic, Morgan Wheeler, and Nick Meyer placed second, third, and fourth, respectively, in discus with throws of 137-8, 137, and 134. Palic picked up sixth place in javelin, 134-6, and sixth in shot put, 41-10½. Meyer was second in shot put, 43-9, and Wheeler was fourth, 42-2½. John Nordquist placed fifth in javelin, 137-2.
Jordan Hett pulled away in the final 100 meters to win the 3,200-meter run in 10 minutes, 37.66 seconds. Timothy Knolla placed fifth with a time of 11:27.71. Jordan Hett and Knolla placed second and fifth in the 1,600-meter run with times of 4:52.18 and 5:04.57, respectively.
“Jordan Hett ran pretty well, running three tough races in a matter of less than two hours,” coach Grant Thierolf said.
Brody Carroll placed third in the 300-meter hurdles at 43.50 seconds. Brad Stone was sixth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 20.45.
Jones was second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.28. Patrick McCarty was second in the 400, 53.70.
McCarty, Carroll, Jones, and Tyler Neufeld combined to win the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:38.97. Neufeld, Hammond, Snelling, and Carroll were second in the 4x100, 48.73. Jordan Hett, Neufeld, McCarty, and Carroll placed second in the 4x800, 9:23.87.
Maloney improves on record vault
Alicia Maloney improved on her school-record pole vault, winning with a vault of 10-3. She had broken the school record just a week earlier with a vault of 10 feet at Beloit. Kirsten Hansen placed third in pole vault at 8-6.
Thierolf said Maloney’s improvement in pole vault this year has helped lift Hansen’s performance, as well.
Marshelle Mermis placed fifth in long jump at 14-8½. Erika Hess placed sixth in high jump at 4-4.
Mermis also placed second in the 400-meter dash, 1:01.91, and fourth in the 200, 27.09. Katey Ehrlich was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, 50.61.
McKenzee Remmers was third in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:59.35 and sixth in the 1,600, 6:21.76.
Ehrlich, Hansen, Maloney, and Emily Schneider placed third in the 4x100 relay, 55.04. Ehrlich, Hansen, Mermis, and Kelli Hess placed third in the 4x400, 4:27.54.
Kristen Herzet placed sixth in shot put, 28-7, and discus, 98-3.
As a team, the girls placed sixth out of nine teams with a score of 56 points. Next for the team is the Heart of America League meet Friday at Bethel College in North Newton. Regionals are May 17 at home.