NEW CONCORD - The Warren boys' 4 by 800 meter relay team has qualified for next weekend's state track meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State in Columbus.
Matthew Neehouse, Colton Cantley, Sam Goodman and Brent Ash combined to run the 4 by 800 in eight minutes, 18.45 seconds to place third in Thursday's Division II, Region 7 finals at Muskingum University.
The same foursome placed third at last week's Southeast District meet with a time of 8:24.34. They bested that time by almost six seconds at the regional, which was critical because fourth place Athens ran it in 8:18.97 and fifth place River View ran it in 8:19.68. Only the top four finishers qualified for state.
"Three out of the four of them ran personal bests," said Warren boys coach Al Riffey. "They looked good doing it."
For the Lady Warriors, Raelyn Gardner placed eighth in the 100 meter dash preliminaries to qualify for Saturday's finals. She ran the 100 in 13.10 seconds. She will also compete in the pole vault on Saturday.
A number of Warren athletes were eliminated from postseason action Thursday.
Both the boys and girls teams saw their 4 by 200 and 4 by 400 relay teams ousted.
For the boys, Lucas Wigal placed 10th in the vault with a height of 12 feet while Cole Wigal no-heighted.
Chris Massey was 12th in the discus throw, reaching 129-9. Megan Rice was 15th in the girls shot put with a throw of 31-10.5.
Mark McDermott suffered a misfortune in the 300 meter hurdles. According to Riffey, McDermott was on pace to finish third or fourth in his heat before falling around the seventh hurdle. As a result, he did not qualify for the finals.
Warren will have six athletes competing in a total of eight events on Saturday.
For the Lady Warriors, Gardner will be in the 100 and the vault while Kayla Maze will throw in the discus.
On the boys side, all four members of the 4 by 800 team will compete in individual events Saturday.
Goodman will run in the 1600 and 3200. Ash will join him in the 1600.
Neehouse will run in the 800 and Cantley will compete in the high jump.
Saturday's events will begin at 11:30 a.m.