ECOL championships: Tigers to host league track meet Friday at Don Drumm

Marietta High’s Garrett Becker competes in the discus throw during the Marietta Night Relays track meet earlier this season at Don Drumm Stadium. Becker and the rest of the Tiger thinclads will be back at Don Drumm Friday for the East Central Ohio League championship meet. RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times

Marietta High will be featuring two of its premier thinclads in Torrance Nonnenmacher and Baylee Brown Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the East Central Ohio League Championship Meet at Don Drumm Stadium on the campus of Marietta College.

The Ohio State University-bound Nonnenmacher, an OHSAA Division I state placer in the long jump a year ago, will be seeking to repeat as league champ in the LJ event and also score in the 100 and 200 dashes.

“I would still say that the 100 is my favorite event,” said the 18-year-old Nonnenmacher. “I’m just better at the long jump, I guess.”

Nonnenmacher, the owner of the school record in the long jump with a leap of 18-2.75 (good for 4th place) at state last June, did 16-3.75 at the 2018 ECOL meet. She was also runner-up in the 100 (12.74) and a third in the 200 (27.34).

The 17-year-old Brown — the school’s record holder in the pole vault (11-5-1/2) and a Marietta College recruit — has enjoyed ECOL first place triumphs in the event ever since her freshman year. Last May was especially memorable as she claimed high-point honors at the meet with 25 points. She was the league champ in the PV with a vault of 10-6; fifth in the 100 hurdles (17.59); third in the high jump (4-10) and fourth in the long jump (15-9.75).

When Brown was a frosh, she pole vaulted 10 feet, and as a sophomore, she cleared the bar at 11.

“Baylee is an outstanding track athlete who competes in four events at every meet,” said Marietta High track boss Mollie Schramm. “I know that no matter what events we put her in she is going to do her best to earn points for the team.”

Both Brown and Nonnenmacher will need some help in the team scoring if the Tigers, who were third with 98 points a year ago, hope to top favorite New Philadelphia and dethrone 2018 girls winner Dover.

Schramm said some other MHS thinclads to keep an eye on will be Meadow Benton in the sprints; Maggie Gottfried in the shot and discus; and Maria Pfaff and Ciara Space in the middle distance events.

“Also,” the coach added, “the 4 by100 relay and 4 by 200 relay composed of Meadow Benton, Courtney Schuck, Lexie Mullen, and Torrance Nonnemacher should do well.”

New Philadelphia’s Kristian Kneffler could give Brown some competition in the pole vault. Earlier this season at the Joe Kasper Invitational at Meadowbrook, she cleared 13-6. The Quakers look strong in the sprints with Angie Wallick (100, 200, 4 by 2)) and in the distance runs with Rachel Anderson (800, 1600, 4 by 4). Julia Ress could be the one to beat in the 400.

Dover is expected to be paced by Claire Bauer in the shot and the 4 by 8 relay team of Emerson Rainsburg, Ella Neading, Ashley Brown, and Grace Smith.

On the boys’ side, Marietta High has not won a league team championship since 2012. Last year, the Tigers were sixth with 62 points to New Philly’s first-place 176.5.

MHS is expected to be led by senior Quintin Southerly in the long jump, high jump and sprints, and senior Griffin Setterstrom in the hurdle events.

The Quakers look solid with senior Aidan Harr, a University of Akron recuit, in the 1600 and 3200. Also, keep an eye on Caden Richmond (400), Kristian Kneffler (pole vault), and Nathan Loader (800).

The Tornado boys will be led by Andrew McVicker (100) and the 4 by 8 relay team of Vincent Giumenti, Ethan Rainsburg, Ryan Hostetler and Noah Cochran.

“I would say that New Philadelphia and Dover are the teams to beat on both the boys and girls sides,” Schramm said.