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Warriors head to state track meet

Boys finish third, girls eighth at regional

A quartet of Warrior boys, a pair of girls, and three relay teams qualified for this weekend’s high school track meet held at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium.

Competing at the Valley Heights regional Friday in Blue Rapids, the Marion boys finished third out of 14 schools, scoring 53 points to edge Kansas City Christian in a two-way tie.

The girls finished eighth out of 15, scoring 32 points.

For the boys, Tyler Palic, Jack Schneider, Noah Dalrymple, and Colin Williams advanced, and Anne Baliel and Emmy Hess did for the girls.

Palic’s Hillsboro adversary Wes Shaw has been in his rear-view mirror all year in discus, and Friday, Shaw finally caught him.

Shaw’s meet-best throw of 169-feet, 5-inches was 10 inches better than Palic’s second-place 168’7”.

While Palic has dominated all classes in the state in discus, Shaw’s done it in shot put.

Palic’s second-place throw of 52’10¾” was nearly 8-feet shorter than Shaw’s 60-foot throw.

The two will clash one final time this weekend.

Battling a plethora of injuries throughout the season, Jack Schneider qualified in both the 100- and 200-meter runs.

Schneider’s 11.54-second time in the 100 was good for third. He took second in the 200 in 23.28.

Noah Dalrymple secured his ticket in high jump, leaping 5’10” for third.

Rounding out the boys’ qualifiers individually was Colin Williams.

Williams shifted into high gear late in the race for a third-place finish in the 1600 in 4:56.54.

Williams also joins Colten Mercer, Zach Stuchlik, and Schneider as part of the Warriors’ 4x400 relay.

The quartet ran a season-best time of 3:35.69 for third.

Emmy Hess and Anne Baliel will be the lone girls competing, but they’re also part of the two qualifying relay teams.

Hess was a double qualifier with a third-place personal best 16’ 2½” in long jump and taking fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.91.

“For a girl who’s 5’2”, she does a fantastic job of bringing speed through the board and getting great lift,” Warrior coach Grant Thierolf said of Hess. “She also ran a great race in the 100-meter hurdles.”

Freshman Baliel continued her late surge to peak at the right time, finishing in a tie for first in pole vault with Hillsboro’s Sienna Kaufman, clearing 9’6”.

Baliel and Hess joined up with Sam Richmond and Maria Stuchlik to run a season-best time of 52.62 in the 4x100 for fourth.

Baliel was also part of the 4x400 team, along with Stuchlik, Abigail Stuchlik, and Richmond, which took 10 seconds off their season best time to a third-place 4:18.85.

“The girls had a blistering opening leg from Anne, Maria ran her best race of the year and kept us in first during the second leg,” Thierolf said. “Abigail ran a career best leg and kept us right at the first place mark leg.

“Sam anchored us home to lower our season best by 10 seconds. It was a fun day of track and field in north central Kansas.”

FRIDay at Blue Rapids

Girls

Pole vault — 2. Baliel, 9-feet 6-inches 5. Regnier, 8’.

Long jump — 3. Hess, 16’2 1/2”.

100-meter hurdles — 4. Hess, 17.91 seconds.

4x100 meter relay — 4. Marion, 52.62 seconds (Sam Richmond, Baliel, Maria Stuchlik, Hess).

4x400 — 5. Marion, 4:18.85, (Baliel, M. Stuchlik, A. Stuchlik, Richmond).

400 — 5. Richmond, 1:04.76.

Boys

Shot put — 2. Palic, 52’10 3/4”.

Discus — 2. Palic, 168’ 7”. 6. Charlie Nordquist, 127’ 2”.

High jump — 3. Dalrymple, 5’10”.

Javelin — 5. Palic, 147’ 9”.

Triple jump — 5. Zach Stuchlik, 38’10”.

Long jump — 5. Stuchlik, 18’11 1/2”.

100 — 3. Schneider, 11.54.

200 — 2. Schneider, 23.28.

1600 — 3. Williams, 4:56.54.

4x400 — 4. Marion, 3:35.69 (Mercer, Stuchlik, Schneider, Williams).

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