Night relays: Marietta boys 2nd in annual track and field meet

The Marietta High boys finished second and the Warren High boys finished third at the Marietta Night Relays at Don Drumm Stadium Tuesday night.

On the girls’ side, it was a rough night for the Lady Tigers, who placed ninth, while the Warren girls finished fourth.

Parkersburg High’s girls’ team claimed a first place finish while the Parkersburg South girls were fifth. Williamstown’s boys and girls each finished sixth.

For the B.J. Mayer-coached Tigers, Marietta finished second in the 4×400 relay and fourth in the 4×100 relay. The Tigers also placed second in the pole vault, led by a big night from Will Cogswell who jumped a season-best 13’6″.

“Relay style meets are really tough for us,” Mayer said, “but we had season-bests in a lot of events. Our kids are still coming out and competing hard. I can’t ask anything more than that.”

The Warriors also got an impressive showing in the pole vault, led by Cole Wigal’s jump of 14′. Eli Duff and Andrew Vincent also contributed nicely in the vault.

“We knew we should win the vault because of the depth,” said Warren boys’ head coach Al Riffey. “The fact that Andrew can go 12′, I think Eli went 12’6″ and Cole went 14′. You add that up, we can do some things. That’s a pretty good pole vault relay.”

Warren also saw a top finish in the 4×1600 relay. The team of Sam Goodman, Austin Antill, Brent Ash and Chris Truax finished with a time of 20:31.20.

“I was pleased with that,” Riffey said of the 4×1600 performance.

“We come to this meet so that we can build depth. If we win, fine, that’s great. If we don’t win the meet, we’re still growing. The idea is that we need to be ready for the league meet at the end of the year.”

For the Parkersburg girls’ team, first place finishes in the 4×800 and 4×400 propelled the Big Reds to the top.

Nicole Dent, Chelsea Harper, Swathi Mukkamala and Rachel Morris ran a 10:22.50 in the 4×800, while Dent, Hannah Bailey, Lauren Leaman and Sarah Bexer were timed at 4:16.48 in the 4×400.

The Sally Maddox-coached Warren girls set a Marietta Night Relays record in the discus with a combined 305’5″. Emma Ryan, Kayla Maze and Meghan Rice were the girls responsible for the record-breaking performance.

The Lady Warrior pole vaulters were second to none as well, led by Raelyn Gardner and Natalie O’Dell.

Mollie Schramm’s Marietta girls are feeling the effect of low numbers.

“Our distance girls ran a lot with very little rest in between those events,” Schramm said. “We just do the best with what we have and keep trying.”

The Marietta and Warren squads will both be back in action Saturday. The Tigers travel to Parkersburg while the Warriors will compete in the Logan Mingo Relays.