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Marion runners place well at league race

Staff writer

The Warriors’ cross-country team rediscovered their form at the Heart of America league meet Thursday.

After struggling at last week’s race, Marion returned stronger, with all four runners placing in the top-50.

Braxton Schuh had the team’s performance of the meet, running a personal record of 22:31.0. As a freshman who started the season with a 25-minute 5K, he smashed expectations in his first season.

Bethany Grimmett finished six seconds behind her fastest time, coming in at 29:11.1. The previous race, at Eureka, was the third time she came in above 35:00. In each race that followed, she posted a time below 32:00.

Colton Boudreaux came in at 22:27.0, his slowest time of the year. Despite the higher time, he managed a 49th-place finish, one ahead of Schuh.

Boudreaux’s running was strongly impacted by illness, coach Grant Thierolf said.

Heidi Grimmett cruised to a seventh place finish, running a 21:11.2. The time is her new best and marks her second 5K under 21:20. She finished each of the seven races in the top 10, with one first-place.

The middle school runners ran their final race of the year. Tristen Dye finished in second place in the eighth grade race. His time of 12:58.9 was eight-tenths of a second from his best race. Christopher Berry had a personal record of his own, coming in fourth at 13:26.9.

In the one-mile race for seventh graders, Quenton Taylor had his best time, coming in at 7:23.0. Gavin Wasmuth came in third at the season finale, logging a 6:08.4.

With one meet remaining for varsity, Marion looks to be peaking at the right time. They run at the regional meet Saturday, which will determine who continues to state.

Last modified Oct. 17, 2018

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