Cold feet: MHS boys, girls 2nd in track home opener

Despite brutally cold temperatures, the Marietta High track teams posted second place finishes in its home opener at Don Drumm Stadium Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers finished with 90 2/3 points, second only to John Glenn’s 151 1/3. Meadowbrook placed third with 63 points, followed by Dugan Hill-coached Caldwell with 36 points. Parkersburg Catholic came in fifth with four total points.

“John Glenn is a very good team,” said Marietta girls’ head coach Mollie Schramm. “We’re happy with some of our performances. Of course, there is always room for improvement.”

A trio of Lady Tiger seniors led the way for Marietta.

Erica Dawson and Julie Fobes each finished in the top three in the high jump and the 800 meter run, while Fobes also finished second in the 1600 meter run.

Classmate Haley Bonar had a big day in the field events, finishing on top in the shot put with a throw of 32’10″3/4 and second in the discus with a throw of 85’11”.

“I think our three seniors all did well,” Schramm said. “All of them scored some significant points for us.”

Freshman Ashley Daugherty placed second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 1:02.60, with classmate Charlie Bingler closely behind at 1:02.99.

For the Lady Redskins, junior Jenna Furr finished first in the 800 and 3200 meter runs.

On the boys’ side, Marietta finished with 96 points. John Glenn was first with 116 points, while Meadowbrook (85 1/2), Caldwell (28 1/2) and Parkersburg Catholic (4) were third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

“Considering the weather, I though our kids performed pretty well,” said Marietta boys’ head coach B.J. Mayer. “I can’t ask anymore out of our kids than what they gave us tonight.”

Junior Quinton Coffield had a career day for the boys’ team, recording personal records in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

“We have slim numbers, but coming together as a team is a big thing for us now,” Coffield said.

“Today, getting two personal bests in my sprints, that was a big goal for me. Working hard as a team and being a team player is honestly the biggest thing for me and keeping me motivated.”

Junior Caleb Hall placed first in the 110 hurdles and the pole vault, while senior Mitchell Grose topped everyone in the 800 and 1600 meter runs.

Senior Eddie Kimbrough finished first in the shot put with a throw of 47’2″, and second in the discus with a throw of 110’9″.

Sophomores Andrew Roberts and Garrett Davis finished first and second in the 300 with times of :47.27 and 47.33, respectively.

Marietta’s next meet will be Saturday at Meadowbrook at 10 a.m.