Marceline kicked off its track and field season last week, opening the year with meets on consecutive evenings. On Wednesday night, the Tigers traveled to Huntsville for the Westran Open, and the following night they were in Monroe City.
On Wednesday, the boys' team finished third out of 10 teams, and the girls' side claimed the title by over 100 points. Just 14 points separated the boys from meet champion South Shelby.
Marceline junior Logan Swanson scored the Tigers big points on Wednesday, winning the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:06 and placing third in the 3200 meter run.
Nick Cain won the 300 meter hurdles at Westran by more than two seconds with a time of 43.36. The Marceline boys also gathered points from the four-by-eight relay, which they won by 14 seconds.
Discus throwers Dustin Kelly and Tyler Morris finished second and third, respectively, and Trevor Ganaway finished third in the shot put. Although the field was very limited, junior Hayden Dorrell won the pole vault to score his team points.
The girls were in the mix in every event on Wednesday, although only two girls claimed the proverbial gold in their respective events. Jaylea Bixenman won the high jump by eight inches, and junior Renee Sinclair won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.83.
The next evening in Monroe City, the two teams did not fare quite as well in windy spring conditions against bigger competition.
Cain finished second in the 300 hurdles, falling to a South Shelby foe by four-tenths of a second. Kelly finished second in the discus, and Dorrell finished second in the pole vault.
On the girls' side, Baylee Jobson won the discus throw by greater than two feet. Abbey Kussman and Jaylea Bixenman finished third and fifth respectively in the 400 meter dash. Sinclair was third in the 100 hurdles.
The Tigers were scheduled to compete in this week's Brookfield Open, which was cancelled due to weather.