Warren relays dominant at regional

From staff reports

NEW CONCORD — Warren made its presence felt in the relay events at Thursday’s Division II Region 7 track meet at Muskingum University.

Both boys and girls 4×800 teams punched their tickets to state Thursday, while both 4×4 teams and the boys 4×2 team qualified for Saturday’s finals. A top four finish Saturday will earn a berth to next week’s state meet in Columbus.

The All-Ohio quartet of Ethan Yost, Preston Rowland-Demster, Jake Herriott and Trent Sayre clocked in at 7 minutes, 59.30 seconds Thursday to claim a regional championship. The foursome was the runner-up at last year’s state meet and is looking to win a state title this year. Rowland-Demster had missed time with an injury this season, but returned Thursday to help the team come in first.

The Warriors’ 4×4 team also came in first in the preliminaries. Sayre, Yost, Isaiah Kitts and Justin Lough produced a time of 3:24.86 and will look for a fourth-or-better finish Saturday to earn a trip to state. The 4×2 team of Yost, Kitts, Lough and Sayre came in fourth in the prelims (1:31.01) and also advanced to the finals.

Individually, Lough advanced to the finals in the 300 hurdles (38.99; 2nd) and 110 hurdles (15.93; 8th), while Kitts moved on to the 400 fnals with a time of 50.71 (4th). Liam Kellar just missed advancing to state in the pole vault, finishing fifth with a mark of 13 feet, 2 inches. He’ll get another shot at earning a state berth Saturday in the 1600.

On the girls side, the 4×8 team of Casey Brague, Lily Harriott, Allison Werry and Caroline Stollar timed in at 9:56.53 to place third and qualify for state. The same foursome, except with Emme Bowe replacing Brague, finished third in the 4×4 prelims (4:09.16) to advance to the finals. Werry narrowly missed qualfiy for the 400 finals, coming in ninth in the prelims (1:01.17). Harriott scored in the high jump, placing sixth at 5-0.

Morgan’s Josie Knierim, just a freshman, put herself in position to qualify for state in the 100 and 200. She came in third in both the 100 prelims (12.99) and 200 prelims (26.61) to advance to Saturday’s finals.

After day one of regional action, the Warren boys were tied with Indian Valley for first in the team standings with 14 points. The Warren girls are sitting in fourth with nine points.

Events are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

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