At the East Central Ohio League track meet last Friday night, Marietta High had only two athletes claim league titles.
When the Tigers host the Division I Southeast District track meet Thursday at Don Drumm Stadium, they are hoping they qualify many more than that to the regional meet.
For the Lady Tigers, senior Lizzy Crum was the only ECOL champ last week, hitting 10 feet in the pole vault. She probably stands the best chance of getting to the regional for the Marietta girls.
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta’s Garrett Davis (left) and Caleb Hall run in the 300 meter hurdles at the Warren Warriors Invitational in Vincent earlier this season.
"There's a girl for Tri-Valley that vaults over 12-foot," said MHS girls coach Mollie Schramm. "We know she's gonna be really good. We just hope to be right behind her in the vault and maybe get Lizzy to regional."
Schramm also pointed out that another vaulter, Kayla Schradel, has a chance of getting out of the district. Schradel vaulted 8-6 for a third place finish at the league meet.
Others to watch for the girls are Kelsey Hall in the distance events, Embrey Roberts in the hurdles, Anna-Claire Myers in the 200 meter dash, Madison Miller in the high jump and Jasmine Tabler in the long jump.
"Other than (pole vault), everything's kind of unknown," Schramm said following the ECOL meet. "We're not sure where we're gonna put everybody at this point. We fill every event in the league. In the districts, we try to see who can get out, who has the best shot where."
The Marietta boys' lone league champ was freshman Aaron Elliot, who cleared 6-1 in the high jump. Boys coach B.J. Mayer has high expectations for Elliot and the rest of his squad at the district meet.
He believes Marietta's 4 by 100 and 4 by 200 relay teams will have a great chance at finishing top four in the district meet. Elliot will likely join Quinton Coffield, Austin Jones and Bernard Johnson on those relay teams. Garrett Davis raced in place of Johnson in the 4 by 200 at the ECOL meet.
Elliot and Coffield could both do damage in the jumping and sprinting events, while Caleb Hall has a chance to move on in the pole vault.
Other teams competing will be Logan, Zanesville, West Holmes, Dover, New Philadelphia, Tri-Valley, Athens, Hillsboro and Jackson.
Athletes who place fourth or better in an event will advance to the regional meet May 28 in Pickerington.