Warren girls 3-peat at Warrior Invitational
VINCENT — Erin Bogard broke her nose in the pole vault but still prevailed in the event.
The senior track and field standout cleared the bar in a winning jump of 12 feet to help the Warren High girls 3-peat in their annual Warrior Invitational Saturday afternoon. Warren was first with 157 points, while Waterford was third; Morgan, fifth; Fort Frye, eighth; and Belpre, 11th in the 11-team field.
“It happened on my first attempt at 12-3,” said Bogard who is Youngstown State University-bound after graduation. “My right knee came through and hit my nose. It was just a freak accident. It’s just really swollen now.”
Bogard, who also competes in the open 200 and hurdles, had to bow out of the finals in those events.
“I went to the ER in Belpre and got x-rays,” she said. “And, it’s fractured in two places. They really can’t do anything until I go to an ear, nose, and throat specialist in a 14 days — and then I’ll see what they say.”
The Warren girls had several first-place winners in distance runner Casey Brague, thrower Millie Ryan, Caroline Stollar, and Allison Werry.
Brague won both the 1600 and 3200 in 5 minutes, 47.30 seconds and 12:44.10; Ryan, the discus in 112-feet, 5 inches; Stollar, the 800 in 2:33.30; and Werry, the 400 in 1:03.30.
Warren’s 4×400 relay team of Allison Werry, Emme Bowe, Abigail Werry, and Stollar also finished first.
Waterford senior Bethany Dawson was the girls’ high-point scorer with 26 points. She won the 300 hurdles in 51.50; runner-up in the high jump; second in the long jump; and was a leg on the runner-up 4×100 team.
“I get pretty excited when I hear that (over the PA system),” Dawson said. “It’s my senior year, so I’m trying really hard to push myself.”
Waterford’s Jaelynn Bosner was first in the 110 hurdles while Morgan’s Josie Knierim won the 100 dash.
The Morgan 4×100 team of McKenna Schramm, Maggie Paxton, Sierra Gandee, and Knierim notched 10 points.
While the Warren girls were notching their third straight home invite, the Warrior boys were repeating with 152 points.
Fort Frye was fourth; Belpre, fifth; Morgan, sixth; and Waterford, seventh in the 12-team field.
Senior Trent Sayre paced the royal blue and white thinclads with individual wins in the and 800 (1:59.80) and 1600 (4:25.80).
“I was not expecting a 4:25 mile,” Sayre said. “I just went out there to try to make a statement and got a season PR (personal record).
“Coach told to got out and pick it up in the last two laps, and I did.”
Sayre also helped two relay teams finish first. The 4×8 also featured Ethan Yost, Brennan Perdue, and Jake Herriott, while the 4×4 included Kitts, Yost, and Lough.
“On our 4×8 team, we have hands down the best 800 runners in the state of Ohio,” Sayre said. “And, we’re just looking for some competition. And, on our 4×4 team, we just re-loaded again. Same team. Hopefully, we can get All-Ohio if not better.”
The 4×2 Warriors relay team of John Shoup, Yost, Isaiah Kitts, and Justin Lough scored 10 points as did the Morgan 4×1 team of Karsen Mayle, Lucas Waters, Deric Nesselroad, and Colton Young. Lough was also first in the 110 and 300 hurdles, while Landon Wigal was tops in the shot put.
Belpre’s Eli Fullerton won the 3200, and Morgan’s Colton Young, the 100.
Waterford’s George Pantelidis was first in the pole vault in 12 feet. He attempted 12-10 but couldn’t quite clear it.
“12-10 is actually is my PR,” Pantelidis said. “That was at Fort Frye Tuesday.”