Six Lady Tigers advance out of district track meet

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Marietta High’s Baylee Brown competes in the pole vault at Thursday’s Division I East/Southeast District track meet at Don Drumm Stadium. Brown finished first in the event.

Torrance Nonnenmacher is going to be one very busy thinclad at the Ohio Division I regional tournament at Pickerington North next week.

The Marietta High sophomore was a district standout, qualifying in three track and field events at Don Drumm Stadium Thursday night. She was first in the 100 meter dash in 13.08 seconds; second in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 9.25 inches; and third as a leg on the 4 by 200 meter relay team, which finished in a clocking of 1:50.67.

“It was soooo hot out there,” said Nonnenmacher after the 100, which is her favorite individual event. “It just drains your energy honestly.”

In the long jump, Nonnenmacher fouled on her first two jumps, but then nailed it on the third and final leap.

“I had a pretty good jump for my first flight,” Nonnenmacher said. “So, I just kind of gave it my all the second and ended up fouling, but it worked out anyways.”

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Marietta’s Torrance Nonnenmacher competes in the long jump.

Nonnenmacher was the third leg on 4 by 2, which also included Sydney Beavers, Meadow Benton, and Anna-Claire Myers.

Baylee Brown also had a solid district meet for the Tigers, who finished fifth with 64.5 points in the nine-team field. The sophomore repeated as a pole vault champion and placed runner-up in the high jump.

“I’m just happy that I’m district champion two years in a row,” said Brown, who cleared the PV bar in 10-6. Her PR (personal record) in the event is 11 feet, which she has done three times this spring.

“I’m in between poles,” Brown added, “and I’m bending one too much and bending the other not enough. That means I’m getting better though.

“Hopefully, I can get 11-6 or 12 (at regional). They’ve got girls who jump 13-3. But that’s Division I for you. Last year I jumped 10-6 at regional and got ninth. Just missed placing.”

Brown high jumped 4-10, the same height that she did last week for third place at the East Central Ohio League (ECOL) Championships at Don Drumm. Also qualifying for regional competition for the fourth straight year was senior Embrey Roberts, who placed second in the 100 meter hurdles in 16.50 seconds.

“It’s hard and it’s not easy,” said Roberts of qualifying for regional. “It’s not something everybody gets to do. It’s nice.”

Mollie Schramm said that “it’s a good thing this time of year to still be going.”

“The girls came out to compete and advance on,” the MHS track and field coach added. Team-wise in the Marietta district, Dover and New Philadelphia, two ECOL schools, were first and second, respectively, with 136 and 113.5 points. Rounding out the rest of the field were Athens (96 points), Chillicothe, MHS, Tri-Valley (51), Logan (47), Zanesville (41), and Hillsboro (18).

So far, senior Bailey Wright has been the only Marietta boy to qualify for the Pickerington North regional from the Hilliard Darby district earlier this week. In the discus, he placed fourth with a first-attempt throw of 130-10.

“130 is not as good as my PR (of 139-3 at the ECOL meet) but it got me in,” Wright said. “Another week of practice. I can’t complain about that.”

MHS senior Travis Moore (hurdles), junior Nate Matthews (800), and Collin Doughty (1600) are scheduled to compete in the district finals at Hilliard Darby Saturday at 12 p.m. At stake will be a berth in the regional tournament.