Marietta track team welcomes opponents to Don Drumm Saturday

Marietta High’s Max Garrison competes in a hurdles event during the Fenton Relays in Williamstown earlier this season. RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times

While the Marietta Noon Lions Invitational is a regularly scheduled track and field event, it’s also a dress rehearsal in many ways for the postseason.

“I expect the meet to be competitive as always, and we will be using it to help us determine which events will be best for our kids as the season begins to wind down,” said MHS girls coach Mollie Schramm.

Jeff Davis is the Tiger boys boss.

Basically, Schramm and Davis will be evaluating all of their thinclads at the Noon Lions invite, which is slated to run at 10 a.m. Saturday at Don Drumm Stadium. Also in the field will be Beallsville, Belpre, Caldwell, John Marshall, Meadowbrook, Parkersburg boys only, Ritchie County, Southern, and Waterford.

Some of the MHS coaches’ decisions will be no-brainers.

Marietta High’s Collin Doughty competes in an event during the Fenton Relays in Williamstown earlier this season. Garrison and Doughty will look to lead the Tigers to the Noon Lions Invitational championship Saturday at Don Drumm Stadium. RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times

“We are anticipating good things from Baylee Brown, Torrance Nonnenmacher and Ciara Space on the girls side and Collin Doughty, Nathan Matthews and Max Garrison on the boys,” Schramm said.

Look for Brown to score points in the pole vault and high jump, which she won at last year’s Noon Lions in a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches.

At last Friday’s Wayne Clark Invitational (Marietta boys and girls both finished third.) in Zanesville, Brown pole vaulted 10 feet to capture the event

Brown might also be in the 100 hurdles on Saturday.

Nonnenmacher is the Tigers top 100 meter sprinter and long jumper. She could also be in the 4 by 100 meter relay.

Space was first in the 1600 in 5 minute, 41.19 seconds at Wayne Clark. She’s also expected to be in the 4 by 800 relay and possibly the 400 and 4 by 400 with Laykn Secrest, Meadow Benton, and Eliana Paintiff.

Schramm will be keeping an eye on Jessica Smith in the 200, long jump, and 4 by 100. Other contributors could be Lee Madison (3200), Eleanor Smith (3200), Margaret Gottfried (throws), Caleigh Doan (relays), Patricia Sibulo (100), Alicia Facemire (hurdles), Sage Austin (800), and Cecilia Minard (relays).

Doughty, Matthews, and Garrison were three of the legs on the winning 4 by 400 relay (3:37.44) at Wayne Clark. Kory Science was the other leg.

Marietta’s 4 by 800 relay team of Caleb Young, Wyatt Miracle, Doughty, and Matthews was also first in 8:39.30.

Look for Doughty, a University of Rio Grande recruit, to also compete in the 1600; Garrison in the pole vault; and Matthews in the 4 by 200.

Other point-scorers could be Mason Wittekind (high jump), Griffin Setterstrom (hurdles), Christian Welch (800), Ethan Coffield (200), Colin Beck (3200), and Isaac Wagner (3200), Matthew Bertram (relays), Dylan Beardmore (relays), and Nathan Hawkins (pole vault)

“We are also looking for that unexpected performance that will help us fine tune our lineup as we prepare for the ECOL and district meets,” Schramm said.