Quinton Coffield has certainly had his share of success on the track this season, but never did he anticipate what would happen Thursday at Don Drumm Stadium in the Division I Southeast District meet.
All Coffield did was qualify in four different events for next week's regional meet, including finishing second in the 200 meter dash and fourth in the long jump. He was also a leg in Marietta's 4 by 200 and 4 by 100 meter relay teams that finished second and third, respectively.
"I didn't think I would be able to (qualify in all four)," Coffield admitted. "I'm really excited that I did."
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta High’s Aaron Elliott receives a handoff from Bernard Johnson during the district 4x1 relay event at Don Drumm Stadium. The Tiger relay finished third to qualify for next week’s regional at Pickerington North.
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta High freshman Embrey Roberts, left, competes in the district 100-meter hurdles, and finished fourth at Don Drumm Stadium Thursday to qualify for the regional next week at Pickerington North.
Coffield's teammates Austin Jones and Aaron Elliot qualified for three events apiece. Both joined Coffield in the 4 by 100 and 4 by 200, while Jones finished third in the 100 meter dash and Elliot placed second in the high jump.
Marietta's boys team also qualified the duo of Caleb Hall and Jack Farrar in the pole vault. Garrett Davis was a leg in the 4 by 200 while Bernard Johnson competed in the 4 by 100 to round out the boys qualifiers.
"This team's gone the way those kids have gone all year," said Marietta boys coach B.J. Mayer. "Those kids have really taken pride in themselves. They're excited."
Division I Southeast District Meet
At Don Drumm Stadium
Girls: Dover 113.5, Logan 107, Athens 93, Tri-Valley 76, Zanesville 64, Hillsboro 58, New Philadelphia 45, Jackson 39.5, Chillicothe 34.5, Marietta 32.5.
Boys: Logan 110, Zanesville 104, New Philadelphia 78, Tri-Valley 74.5, Dover 74, Marietta 73, West Holmes 65, Hillsboro 56.5, Chillicothe 25.
Event results (Marietta only)
4x800 relay: 7. Marietta 11:32.29 (Josie Miracle, Hannah Crone, Hannah Grosel, Brittany Deskins).
100 hurdles: 4. Embrey Roberts 16.94*, 16. Heather Bricker 20.74.
100 dash: 9. Abby Robinson 13.74, 10. Embrey Roberts 14.00.
4x200 relay: 6. Marietta 1:55.90 (Anna-Claire Myers, Abby Robinson, Olivia Linscott, Madison Miller).
1600: 9. Kelsey Hall 6:11.61, 13. Haley Varnadoe 6:55.57.
4x100 relay: 4. Marietta 54.52 (Embrey Roberts, Abby Robinson, Olivia Linscott, Anna-Claire Myers)*.
400 dash: 13. Sydney Beavers 1:08.57.
300 hurdles: 9. Embrey Roberts 55.38, 13. Heather Bricker 1:00.06.
800: 9. Josie Miracle 2:43.37, 10. Brittany Deskins 2:44.43.
200 dash: 5. Anna-Claire Myers 27.95, 9. Madison Miller 28.83.
3200: 9. Kelsey Hall 13:36.13, 13. Cooper Halliday 15:39.62.
4x400 relay: 7. Marietta 4:38.61 (Madison Miller, Brittany Deskins, Hannah Grosel, Sydney Beavers).
Discus: 10. Hailey Bennett 83-02, 12. Clara Hoium 82-07.
High jump: 11. Madison Miller 4-06.
Long jump: 9. Jasmine Tabler 14-09.25, 16. Amber Brooks 13-05.25.
Shot put: 5. Clara Hoium 34-00, 14. Lexi Lincoln 28-10.5
Pole vault: 3. Lizzy Crum 11-00*, 7. Kayla Schradel 8-06.
4x800 relay: 7. Marietta 9:47.62 (Nathan Ritzman, Thomas Bickham, Nathan Tucker, Christian Austin).
110 hurdles: 5. Caleb Hall 16.30, 11. Garrett Davis 19.47.
100 dash: 3. Austin Jones 11.28*, 16. Jordan Lerch 12.89.
4x200 relay: 2. Marietta 1:33.18 (Austin Jones, Aaron Elliot, Garrett Davis, Quinton Coffield)*.
1600: 6. Jacob Haught 4:53.05, 15. Nathan Tucker 5:14.88.
4x100 relay: 3. Marietta 44.68 (Bernard Johnson, Aaron Elliot, Austin Jones, Quinton Coffield)*.
400 dash: 12. Nathan Ritzman 59.81, 13. Will Bickham 1:01.00.
300 hurdles: 7. Garrett Davis 45.00, 12. Jordan Lerch 47.39.
800: 6. Kody Phillips 2:09.89, 9. Travis Moore 2:11.67.
200 dash: 2. Quinton Coffield 22.78*, 6. Austin Jones 23.42.
Discus: 15. Brandon Tyree 97-06.
High jump: 2. Aaron Elliot 6-02*, 8. Jordan Ritchey 5-08.
Long jump: 4. Quinton Coffield 20-08*, 5. Aaron Elliot 20-07.75.
Shot put: 15. Garrett Davis 34-05.75, 18. Brandon Tyree 28-03.5
Pole vault: 3. Caleb Hall 12-06*, Jack Farrar 12-06*.
*qualified for regional
For the Lady Tigers, Lizzy Crum stepped up with a personal record of 11-feet in the pole vault to finish third. A week ago, Crum picked up her second ECOL pole vault championship in as many years. It's been quite a week for the Marietta senior.
"It feels great, honestly," Crum said.
"I was expecting I might get fifth or fourth, but not third. Especially not 11-foot with how practice has been going."
Marietta girls coach Mollie Schramm was counting on Crum to advance.
"I told her before the meet 'I've looked at the jumps and you're in the top four if everything goes as expected,'" Schramm said. "So we anticipated that."
The girls team did receive a couple of pleasant surprises, though. The 4 by 100 relay team of Embrey Roberts, Abby Robinson, Olivia Linscott and Anna-Claire Myers came out of nowhere to place fourth with a time of 54.52 seconds. The relay team used somewhat of an unorthodox practice method this week in preparation.
"We practiced against the middle school the other day," Schramm said. "We didn't want to lose to them and they ran their best ever. It just kind of carried over into this meet."
Added Robinson, "We had raced against the middle school and beat them so I guess we were all just excited. I had gotten a P.R. in the 100 earlier and we found out that Embrey had made it to regionals, so I think we were all just really confident."
Roberts, a leg in the 4 by 100, will also compete in the 100 meter hurdles at the regional meet after placing fourth in the event Thursday.
"Embrey was one of those kids on the bubble that just kind of depended on how the race went," Schramm said. "In the hurdle race, anything can happen."
The girls team finished 10th overall.
The boys' 4 by 100 relay team finished in 44.68 seconds, just a tenth of a second behind the school record of 44.58.
"We had one bad handoff," Coffield lamented.
In the 4 by 200, Jones, Elliot, Davis and Coffield combined for a time of 1:33.18 to finish as the district runners-up, 1.46 seconds behind first-place Zanesville.
Coffield's time of 22.78 seconds made him the runner-up in the 200, which he feels is the event he has the best chance of going to state in.
In the long jump, Coffield actually knocked out Elliot. They finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with Coffield (20-feet, 8 inches) besting Elliot (20-7.75) by just one-fourth of an inch.
Elliot was, however, the runner-up in the high jump, clearing 6-2. A week ago, Elliot won the ECOL high jump title by hitting 6-1.
Jones was out of place a bit in the 100 but he sure didn't run like it, taking third with a time of 11.28 seconds.
"I just threw Jones in the 100 today," Mayer said. "I was kind of changing some things up, trying to keep Quinton and Aaron fresh.
"Austin's had so much bad luck that I'm really, really happy for him because he works so hard. He's a special kid."
Hall and Farrar both vaulted 12-6 to finish third and fourth, respectively. Farrar finished tied for fourth but won a jump-off to claim fourth place and join Hall in the regional.
"(Jack's) P.R. going into today was 11-6," Mayer said.
"Then he goes 12-6. Anything can happen. Jack's worked really hard and he deserves it."
Hall has been Marietta's top vaulter all season.
"Caleb's had a pretty steady year," Mayer said.
The Marietta boys placed sixth out of nine teams, finishing a point behind fifth-place Dover and a point-and-a-half behind fourth-place Tri-Valley.
"I'm really proud of these guys," Mayer said.
"Coming into this meet, with all these big teams that are here, you really don't know how it's gonna go. It's one of those nights where we had a pretty good night."
The regional meet is schedule to begin Wednesday at Pickerington High School North.