Warren boys, Eastern girls win Noon Lions Invitational

MARIETTA-Warren’s boys’ track and field team has depth on its roster.

While the Warriors only had two first-place finishes in Saturday’s Marietta Noon Lions Invitational at Don Drumm Stadium, they were able to score in most of the events to emerge triumphant.

“That was our strategy going into the meet – to get two placers in every event,” said veteran Warren boys’ track and field coach Al Riffey, whose Warrior thinclads outpointed runner-up Newark 132-10. “That’s how you win track meets.”

Claymont was third in the 10-school Noon Lions field with 106 points; Belpre, fourth (89); Morgan, fifth (73); host MHS, sixth (59); and Waterford, seventh (42).

“We just kept plugging away, and getting placers,” Riffey said.

Warren thrower Blake Staley was first in the discus with a PR (personal record) of 140 feet, and Cole Wigal and Eli Duff were 1-2 in the pole event, clearing the bar at 13-6 and 12-6, respectively.

The Warrior 4 by 8 relay team of Sam Goodman, Parker Blain, Austin Antill, and Aaron Mazurkiewicz set a PR with a time of 8 minutes, 30.21 seconds but finished second to Newark’s 8:06.83.

Mazurkiewicz was also second in the 800, and Trevor Cochran was the same in the 400.

Duff was Warren’s top point-getter, scoring in the long jump (second), high hurdles (third), low hurdles (fourth), and pole vault.

“Eli had a big day for us,” Riffey said.

Raelyn Gardner also had another sterling outing on the oval circle to lead the Lady Warrior thinclads to a runner-up finish to Eastern. The junior track and field standout was first in the pole vault, both hurdles events, and a leg on the winning 4 by1 relay team that also included Danielle Church, Addie Barnes, and Josey Riffle.

Gardner’s pole vault of 10 feet, 9 inches set a meet record, breaking former Marietta Tiger Paige Grosel’s mark of 10-8.

Overall at Noon Lions, Gardner was the girls’ high-point scorer with 32-1/2 points.

“Raelyn did a nice job,” said Warren girls’ coach Sally Maddox. “But as a team, we’ve still got work to do.

Eastern won, because they have good athletes.”

Eastern posted 105 points; Warren, 91.33; third-place Waterford, 73; sixth-place Belpre, 60; eighth-place Marietta, 52; and 10th-place Morgan, 40.

Warren senior Emma Ryan also enjoyed a good outing, finishing first in the discus and runner-up in the shot put.

Other local girls who earned first-place finishes were Waterford’s Ally Rohrer (100, 200); Morgan’s Baylee Garrett (400); and Waterford’s Maddy Sury (long jump).

Marietta’s Erica Dawson was runner-up in the 300 hurdles, and Julie Fobes was third in the 1600 and fourth in the high jump.

Some of the boys’ first-place winners were Morgan’s Clinton Campbell (200, 300 hurdles); Dakota Hoffman (long jump); Morgan’s Derek Dingey (shot); and Waterford’s Austin Shriver (110 hurdles).

Marietta’s Mitchell Grose was second in the 1600, and Eddie Kimbrough was the same in the discus throw and third in the shot. Quinton Coffield was third in the long jump. Caleb Hall and Will Cogswell were third and fourth, respectively, in the pole vault.