Warriors sweep home invitational

Warren boys, girls track dominate home invite

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Warren's Emarie Smathers runs a hurdles event in Saturday's Warrior Invitational.

VINCENT — Justin Lough was a blur in the 300 hurdles.

The Warren High sophomore set a school record in the event Saturday at the Warrior Invitational with a clocking of 39.2 seconds.

Lough’s PR (personal record) in the event was 40.17, which he ran in last season’s regional to qualify for the state track and field meet in Columbus.

Blackburn was the previous school record holder in the hurdles in 39.3, set in 2003.

“I just went out as fast as I possibly could and tried to maintain it down the stretch,” Lough said. “Now, my goal is to run a 38, because I want to go back to state this year.”

Lough was also first in the 110 hurdles in 15.80 and a leg on the winning 4 by 200 and 4 by 400 relay teams.

Overall, host Warren had a good day in its home meet with both the boys and girls finishing first.

The Warrior boys finished with 134 points to second-place New Lexington’s 100. Rounding out the rest of the field were Philo (61), Belpre (56.50), River Valley (50), Fort Frye (48), Morgan (39), and Alexander (32), Meigs (30), South Gallia (4), and Waterford (2.50).

Warren’s girls repeated as meet champions with 159 points. Rounding out the rest of the field were Morgan (80), River Valley (60.50), Philo (54), Meigs (49.50), Alexander (47), Belpre (43), Waterford (34), Fort Frye (10), New Lexington (9), and South Gallia (8).

Warren junior Trent Sayre was also a winner in four events –800, 1600, 4 by 4 and 4 by 8.

“I guess I’m not really used to this type of weather yet,” said Sayre after winning the 800 in 2:05.30. “In the mile I wish I would’ve picked it up a little faster. I paced off the Alexander kid (Carter Carr), and then I kicked it in the last 200 meters.”

Sayre’s winning time in the 1600 was 4:37.70, avenging last year’s loss to Carr in the event.

Warren’s 4 by2 relay winner (1:34.70) also included Isaiah Kitts, Ethan Yost, and Liam Kellar, while the 4 by 4 (3:34.20) also featured Preston Rowland-Demster, and Yost. The winning 4×8 (8:39.60) had Rowland-Demster, Brady Nicewarner, and Gavin Ott.

Kellar and Landon Wigal were 1-2 in the pole vault, with the former clearing the bar at 12 feet, 6 inches.

Fort Frye’s Justin Anderson finished first in the 3200 in 10:17.70, while Belpre’s Collin Alloway had the best throw in the shot of 44 feet.

On the girls’ side, Warren’s Erin Bogard was a winner in three events — the pole vault, 110 hurdles and 4 by 2.

Bogard, a two-time state qualifier in the pole vault, cleared the bar at 11-6.

“I tried 12-4 but I just didn’t put everything together,” she said. “It was just a try.

“My goal this year is to clear 13, but I have to do more practice.”

In the hurdles, Bogard won going away in 16.9. She did 17.4 in the prelims. And, the winning 4 by 2 team, which also included Hope Murdock, Allison Werry, and Emme Bowe, had a personal record time of 1:52.10.

Warren’s other first-placers were Bowe in the 400 (1:02.30); Allison Werry in the 200 (28.60); and Casey Brague in the 3200 (12:32.90). Its winning 4 by 8 team (10:46.29) featured Caroline Stollar, Brague, Jenna Walters, and Devanne Reynolds.

The royal blue and white’s winning 4×4 team ((4:30.40) featured Allison Werry, Murdock, Abigail Werry, and Emarie Smathers.

Waterford’s Amy Lang was first in the high jump in 5 foot, while teammate Bethany Dawson claimed the 300 hurdles in 51.50.

Belpre’s Sydney Spencer was first in the 800 in 2:36.50.