Marion cross-country runners had great running conditions for the regional race Saturday at Lake Afton in Goddard. However, none of the Marion runners progressed to the state meet.
“It’s true, I was hoping to continue the season on to state, but I guess it was not meant to be,” coach Rebecca Hofer said. “I am still very proud of the hard work of the runners, and the places they did receive.”
Hofer said the competition was high and the course was challenging.
“At Lake Afton the course runs up and down and across the dam, plus in and around several open fields,” Hofer said. “There are several steep hills — including the dam — which added an extra challenge for the runners.”
Marion’s top runners, Timothy Knolla and McKenzee Remmers, both placed in the top 20 However, both had to deal with sore and tight muscles, which made practice in the week leading up to the race rough.
The high school boys’ 5K results were Timothy Knolla, 18th, 18:33; Jared Hague, 34th, 19:31; Quinton Hett, 46th, 21:10; Taylor Fahey, 59th, 22:28; and Seth Savage, 60th, 22:47.
The high school girls’ 4K results were McKenzee Remmers, 19th, 18:12; Kaylie Waner, 40th, 20:23; Shyla Harris, 41st, 20:45; and Brittany Hett, 43rd, 21:06.
“Overall we had a great season, with lots of good memories, and some awesome race times,” Hofer said. “I had a great group of runners and some very helpful managers that made the season enjoyable.”