Stiff competition: Eventful evening at Marietta Night Relays

With the Marietta Night Relays taking place Tuesday at Don Drumm Stadium, it was the Parkersburg girls at the Logan boys who came away with first place finishes.

The hosting Marietta Tigers placed fourth on the boys side and seventh on the girls side out of eight teams. Warren’s girls team finished in third place while the boys took fifth. Williamstown saw its girls place fifth and its boys finish seventh.

The meet had one of its records taken down as the Marietta trio of Quinton Coffield, Aaron Elliot and Bernard Johnson combined for a long jump score of 60-feet, 3 inches. The previous record was 59-10.5.

“That’s pretty impressive,” said MHS boys coach B.J. Mayer.

“That long jump relay meet and school record could stand for quite some time. To have three kids, 20-foot long jumpers, is something I’ve never had.”

The Tigers would cap off the meet by winning the pole vault relay, with Caleb Hall, Garrett Davis and Jack Farrar combining for a 32-06 mark despite the fact they may have been a little out of practice.

“The weather’s been so bad we really haven’t been able to jump a lot out doors,” Mayer said. “Good way to end the night.”

The girls pole vault relay was won by the Lady Warriors, who posted a mark of 25-feet courtesy of Raelyn Gardner, Natalie O’Dell and Rachel Grogg.

“Raelyn jumped 10-feet, so she’s back up to where she was last year,” said Warren girls coach Sally Maddox. “Our other two girls really helped out.”

O’Dell also contributed to Warren’s second place finish in the sprint medley (2:03.35) while she and Gardner competed on the 4 by 200 relay team that got third place (4:36.35).

“Those girls helped out a lot in a lot of different places,” Maddox said.

En route to winning the girls meet, the Parkersburg girls finished first in seven different events. The team of Hannah Bailey, Makenzie Sims, Lauren Leaman and Sarah Bever won the 4 by 200 meter relay (1 minute, 51.48 seconds) and the 4 by 400 meter relay (4:19.67). The trio of Hallie Linger, Teah Somerville and Whitney McAtee triumphed in the discus throw relay (264-11) while Leaman, Bever and Kayla Harmon topped everyone in the high jump relay (14-05).

Other events PHS finished first in was the 4 by 800 (Nicole Dent, Holly Ackerman, Mary Cate Bolton, Rachel Morris; 10:10.86), the 4 by 1600 (Morris, Harmon, Jordan Waters, Chelsea Harper; 24:02.05) and the sprint medley (Nilum Patel, Hannah Taylor, Jordyne Jones, Leaman; 1:59.69).

The Parkersburg boys added five first place finishes. Evan Rhodes, Landon Miller, Chandler Hamilton and Logan Wodell won the 4 by 400 with a time of 3:23.37. The same relay team, with Dan Fox replacing Miller, won the 4 by 200 with a time of 1:32.13. Miller and Rhodes also teamed up with Erik Musgrave and Noah Mancuso to post the top shuttle hurdles time at 58.33 seconds. The Big Reds also won the distance medley (Brandon McIntire, Andrew Lyons, Evan Wooten, Nic Cheuvront; 11:25.42) and the 4 by 1600 (John Boldon, Wooten, McIntire, Cheuvront; 19:38.27).

Williamstown didn’t go home empty-handed, either.

The Yellowjackets won the boys 4 by 800 with a time of 9:00.54 (Tommy Bobbit , Austin Hall, Kelton Hutchins and Blake Williams) and the girls 4 by 100, finishing in 53.62 seconds (Brooklyn Hammer, Ellie Gardner, Lexie Zide and Hope Wilson).