Warren boys first, girls second at Fairweather Relays meet
VINCENT – Al Riffey was very impressed with the Warren boys’ track and field leadership in Saturday’s season- and home-opening Fairweather Relays meet.
“The leadership of our older kids – Colton Cantley, Alex Mills, Mason Pilkey, and Matt Neehouse – they showed the younger guys the right way to do things,” said the veteran prep track coach. “The older kids did a good job of getting us in position today. I was tickled for that.”
Riffey was also tickled that the Warriors posted 70 points en route to winning the “quad” which also included second-place Marietta (39), third-place Fort Frye (28), and fourth-place Eastern (22).
“We did some good things today,” Riffey added. “We won 10 events, and that’s pretty good.
“We’re very young as far as experience goes. We’ve got a bunch of freshmen and sophomores who have not done a lot in the past because they were always the backups.”
On the girls’ side, Eastern was first with 54 points, edging out Warren, which finished with 48. Mollie Schramm-coached Marietta was third with 42, and Fort Frye had 21.
“We have a very young team, and we’re still trying to figure out where people fit into the mix,” said Warren girls boss Sally Maddox. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
The Warren boys captured the shot put, discus, shuttle hurdles, pole vault, 4×1600, 4×100, 4×800, 4×200, 4×400, and distance medley.
“Our exchanges were pretty good and our effort was nice,” Riffey said. “It’s a good starting place for us.”
Warren’s winning 4×1 featured Landon Wigal, Mills, Ronnie Hill, and Kendrick Foreman. The 4×2 team included Cantley, Peyton Angelo, Hill, and Foreman.
The winning 4×8 had Brent Ash, Brady Nicewarmer, Jacob Harriott, and Neehouse, while the 4×16 included Harriott, Colton Barnes, Cole Welch, and Ash.
The shuttle hurdles featured Wigal, Liam Kellar, Tristen Duffy, and Cantley.
In the throws, Pilkey, an all-stater in the discus last season, led the way. Joining him were Scott Cunningham, LaWayne Clements, and Domenico Melillo.
Wigal, Kellar and Foreman dominated the pole vault event.
Marietta was first in the sprint medley, long jump and high jump.
The sprint medley featured Tigers’ Dylan Beardmore, Matt Bertram, and Travis Moore. Moore was also a member of the winning high jump and long jump teams. Also on the HJ squad were Jack Farrar and Bailey Wright, while the LJ team included Farrar and Ben Lawson.
The Warren girls captured the shuttle hurdles, shot put, and pole vault while MHS was first in the 4×1 and long jump
“All the events matter,” Maddox said. “It doesn’t matter which one’s first or last. You have to do well in all of the races.
Warren is scheduled to be at the Meigs track Tuesday.
Note: Warren boys track coach Al Riffey recorded his first career hole-in-one at Oxbow Golf Course last Thursday.