Undefeated: Marietta High girls 4×1 relay team wins again, claims ECOL title

The Marietta 4x100 girls relay team won an East Central Ohio League championship Friday at Don Drumm Stadium. From left to right: Meadow Benton, Courtney Schuck, Lexie Mullen and Torrance Nonnenmacher. RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times

Marietta High’s girls 4 by 100 meter relay team continued its winning ways.

Meadow Benton, Courtney Schuck, Lexie Mullen, and anchor Torrance Nonnenmacher outran New Philadelphia’s foursome to the finish line to claim an East Central Ohio League Championship meet crown Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium on the campus of Marietta College.

The Tiger fab four covered the relay distance in a clocking of 51.51 seconds. The Quakers ran it in 52.07.

“I’m not surprised that they won,” said MHS coach Mollie Schramm, “because they’ve been undefeated all season long.”

Benton, Schuck, Mullen, and Nonnenmacher also were runners-up in the 4 by 2 in 1 minute, 49.14 seconds. New Philly won that one in 1:47.48.

Marietta High’s Griffin Setterstrom competes in a hurdles event at Friday’s East Central Ohio League track championship at Don Drumm Stadium. RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times

Overall, the Quaker girls claimed the ECOL team title with 172 points, while Dover (147) and the Tigers (106.5) were second and third, respectively, in the eight-team field.

“I told the kids yesterday that today was about school pride,” Schramm said, “and earning points for the team.

“We came here tonight to nickel and dime the competition.”

Nonnenmacher, an all-stater in the long jump last year, repeated as a league LJ champion with a leap of 17 feet-7.75 inches.

“It’s a PR for this year,” said Nonnenmacher, who owns the school record in the event with a jump of 18-2.75 at state. “I’m so excited.”

Nonnenmacher also scored three points in the 200-meter run with a time of 28.02 seconds.

Also excelling in the league competition for the MHS girls was senior Baylee Brown, who 4-peated in the pole vault. The senior standout cleared the bar in a winning vault of 11 feet.

“Once you’ve been a league champion, that’s always a goal to repeat,” Schramm said.

Brown also scored 3.5 points in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4-6.

The Marietta boys were paced by senior Quintin Southerly, who won the long jump with a PR leap of 21-6.

“It’s a PR by a half an inch,” said Southerly, a Tyler Consolidated transfer.

“This win is pretty awesome. This is my first year of doing track. I never would’ve believed I would’ve been a league champion in my first year.

“The temperature was just right, and I felt good. There was a little bit of wind to begin with, but it died down.

Southerly also PR’ed in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6-1, which was good for third place.

Overall in the eight-team field, the Tiger boys finished in seventh place with 41 points to the winning Quakers’ 148.5. The Dover Tornadoes were second with 145.