The Marietta High track team's regional qualifiers have their work cut out for them today and Friday at the Division I, Region 3 track meet at Pickerington High School North.
With the top four finishers in each event earning a spot in the state meet, it's clear what the Tigers' goals are. However, the stiff competition that the regional always brings will make it a difficult task.
"It is going to be extremely tough to do anything," said Marietta girls coach Mollie Schramm. "All I want for them to do is to go up there and do their best. If we get people out, great, but it is such a tough, tough region."
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta’s Quinton Coffield competes in the long jump at last week’s Division I Southeast District track meet at Don Drumm Stadium. Coffield will compete in four events for the Tigers in the Division I, Region 3 meet today and Friday.
Schramm's Lady Tigers will be represented at the regional by Lizzy Crum in the pole vault and Embrey Roberts in the 100 meter hurdles and the 4 by 100 meter relay, along with Olivia Linscott, Abby Robinson and Anna-Claire Myers. None of Marietta's girls have been to the regional meet before at the varsity level, so Schramm is hoping it is a learning experience.
"I told the girls (before districts) 'I'd really like you to go to regionals just to get the feel of it,'" Schramm said. "It's like the state meet. So I'm very pleased, expecially for these younger girls, to get that experience."
Crum, a senior, placed third at last week's district meet at Don Drumm Stadium by clearing 11-feet to qualify for her first regional meet since seventh grade and will be the Lady Tigers' most experienced athlete.
"It'll be tough," Crum said. "I think I'm gonna have to get (better than) 11-foot, so it'll be tough. I've just gotta have fun."
Roberts, Robinson and Myers are all freshmen while Linscott is a sophomore. The foursome ran the 4 by 100 at districts in 54.52 seconds to finish fourth.
Roberts placed fourth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.94.
On the boys side, Marietta will have several chances to get somebody to qualify for the state meet.
The Tigers will have athletes competing in seven different events. Senior Quinton Coffield will compete in four events, including the long jump, 200, 4 by 100 and 4 by 200.
Coffield will be joined by junior Austin Jones, freshman Aaron Elliot and sophomore Bernard Johnson in the 4 by 100 and Jones, Elliot and junior Garrett Davis in the 4 by 200.
The 4 by 200 team finished second (1:33.18) at the district while the 4 by 100 was third (44.68).
Marietta will also have a pair of pole vaulters competing in the regional as senior Caleb Hall and sophomore Jack Farrar placed third and fourth, respectively, at the district. Both cleared 12-6.
Coffield was the district runner-up in the 200 (22.78) and was fourth in the long jump (20-08).
Along with the relays, Jones and Elliot will compete individually in an event as well. Jones will try to place fourth or better in the 100, in which he placed third (11.28) at the district. Elliot was the district runner-up in the high jump (6-1) and will look to do damage in that event at the regional.
Marietta's sprinters have been one of its biggest strengths all season long, but as head coach B.J. Mayer points out, "the sprints are ridiculous" at the regional.
"It's one of those things where, year-in and year-out at (Pickerington) North, you just never know," Mayer added.
"We're gonna up there and try to season-best, try to P.R. just like we have every meet," Mayer added. "Just try to get the best out of your kids."