All-Ohioans crowned at day one of state meet
COLUMBUS — Just a sophomore, Millie Ryan cemented her place in Warren track history Friday.
The discus thrower placed sixth at day one of the state meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to earn Division II All-Ohio status. She finished with a top throw of 126 feet, 11 inches to earn a spot on the podium.
Ryan’s older sister, Emma, also was an All-Ohio thrower for the Warriors.
The Warren girls also saw their 4×800 relay team of Casey Brague, Lily Harriott, Allison Werry and Caroline Stollar set a school record with a time of 9 minutes, 52.36 seconds. They finished 16th in the event.
Warren’s 4×400 team of Emme Bowe, Stollar, Harriott and Werry came in 15th in the prelims with a time of 4:08.62.
Morgan freshman Josie Knierim finished 13th in the 200 prelims with a time of 26.22. She was disqualified in the 100 prelims, but the Raider sprinter gained valuable experience at the state level and likely will be back.
On the boys side, Warren’s 4×800 relay team repeated as state runner-up. The quartet of Ethan Yost, Preston Rowland-Demster, Jake Herriott and Trent Sayre timed in at a school record 7:47.60 to finish 2.45 seconds behind champion Shelby. The same Warrior foursome finished second last year with a time of 7:48.03.
Junior Justin Lough advanced to the finals in the 300 hurdles. He ran a blistering time of 38.33 to finish third, just a tenth of a second behind top finisher Joseph Clifford of John Glenn. They’ll go toe-to-toe again at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
In the final D2 event of the day, Warren’s 4×4 team of Lough, Sayre, Isaiah Kitts and Yost posted the second best time in preliminaries and will go for a spot on the podium Saturday. The foursome clocked in at 3:20.02.
In Division III, Fort Frye’s Maddie Webb came in ninth in the pole vault. Her top vault was 10 feet missing out on a podium spot by six inches. The junior made her third straight trip to the state meet.
After vaulting 12-6 at both the district and regional meets, Belpre senior Hunter Gilbert turned things up a notch at state. The Golden Eagle got all the way up to 14 feet, but came just short of podium placement in ninth. Gilbert got 14 feet on his third try before missing his three attempts at 14-4.
Day two action begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with several local athletes looking to finish their season on a high note.
at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
Ohio High School State Track Meet
Discus: 6. Millie Ryan (Warren) 126-11*
4×800: 16. Warren (Casey Brague, Lily Harriott, Allison Werry, Caroline Stollar) 9:52.36#
100 prelims: Josie Knierim (Morgan) DQ
200 prelims: 13. Josie Knierim (Morgan) 26.22
4×400 prelims: 15. Warren (Emme Bowe, Caroline Stollar, Lily Harriott, Allison Werry) 4:08.62
4×800: 2. Warren (Ethan Yost, Preston Rowland-Demster, Jake Herriott, Trent Sayre) 7:47.60*#
300H prelims: 3. Justin Lough (Warren) 38.33%
4×400 prelims: 3. Warren (Justin Lough, Trent Sayre, Isaiah Kitts, Ethan Yost) 3:20.02%
Pole vault: 9. Maddie Webb (Fort Frye) 10-0
Pole vault: 9. Hunter Gilbert (Belpre) 14-0
%Advanced to Saturday’s finals
Boys 3200: Eli Fullerton (Belpre), 11:30 a.m.
Girls pole vault: Erin Bogard (Warren), 9:30 a.m.
Boys 1600: Jake Herrott (Warren); Trent Sayre (Warren), 1:35 p.m.
Boys 300H finals: Justin Lough (Warren), 2:15 p.m.
Boys 800: Ethan Yost (Warren), 2:30 p.m.
Girls 3200: Casey Brague (Warren), 2:45 p.m.
Boys 4×400 finals: Warren (Justin Lough, Trent Sayre, Isaiah Kitts, Ethan Yost), 3:15 p.m.
Girls pole vault: Baylee Brown (Marietta), 3 p.m.