The Marion High School track and field team won 10 of 18 possible medals in throwing events Tuesday, including four of six first-place medals.
The boys swept the medals in discus, with Nick Meyer first at 138-7, Kyle Palic second at 135-7, and Spencer Fugitt third at 130-2.
Fugitt placed first in javelin at 145-6. Morgan Wheeler was second in shot put at 41-0, and Meyer was third at 40-7½.
Corey Shields was first in girls’ shot put at 33-10¾ and discus at 97-9 and third in javelin at 95-1.
Kristen Herzet won a third-place medal in discus in her first meet as a thrower with a toss of 91-8. The freshman didn’t compete in throwing events in middle school, throwing coach Rex Wilson said. He credited her immediate success to hard work.
“She has been coming out on weekends and spring break, working on her throws,” Wilson said. “She has spent at least six hours out here outside of regular practice, and that’s what you have to do to be good.”
The jumpers took four of six available medals in the long jump. James Jones placed first with a jump of 20-1. Patrick McCarty was the runner-up at 18-8½.
Marshelle Mermis was first in girls’ long jump at 15-8¼. Kelli Hess was third at 14-3¾.
Jones won triple jump at 41-9½. McCarty placed second in high jump at 5-6. Seth Snelling was third in pole vault at 10-0.
Hess, Kirsten Hansen, and Alicia Maloney tied for third place in girls’ pole vault at 7-6.
Mermis won the girls’ 400-meter dash with a time of 1 minute, 2.91 seconds. She was also second in the 100-meters with a time of 13.66 seconds.
Raleigh Kroupa was third in the boys’ 400 with a time of 1:02.38.
Jordan Hett won the boys’ 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:51.85. McKenzee Remmers was second in the girls’ 3,200 with a time of 13:37.5.
Timothy Knolla was third in the boys’ 1,600 with a time of 5:14.67. Kaelyn Thierolf was third in the girls’ 1,600 at 6:17.51.
Katey Ehrlich placed third in the girls’ 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 52.02.
Marion won the girls’ 4x400 and the boys’ 4x800 relays.