VINCENT – The Warren Warriors boys track team was victorious in the Warrior Invitational here on Saturday afternoon, edging out second placed Maysville by a narrow 111.5-104 points total.
The Warrior girls finished second in their half of the competition, finishing 35 points behind impressive champions Morgan.
The Warrior boys enjoyed few outright event wins – only the 4×400 meter relay team, and discus thrower Mason Pilkey gaining first place finishes – but scored consistently enough in all events to pip Maysville to the post.
High-point winner Jordan Penrod led Morgan’s girls to an easy victory. The distance specialist scored emphatic wins in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, and finished two seconds ahead of her sister Jasmine to win the 800. She finished her four events with 32.5 points.
Alexis Saunders of Parkersburg Catholic finished second in high-point honors, winning the 200 meter dash and 300 meter hurdles and coming second in the long jump. A fifth-place finish in the 400 meter run meant she accounted for 30 of her team’s 32 total points.
A number of runner-up finishes were instrumental in the Warren boys’ overall victory. Jacob Herriott and Matthew Neehouse placed second and third in the 800 meter run, Colton Cantley was runner-up in both the 110 hurdles and high jump, and Brent Ash came in second behind Fort Frye’s Ford McElroy in the 3200. Ethan Lent also earned a second place finish in the triple jump.
The Warren girls crowned one individual champion as they swept the top two positions in discus throw. Kate Liston’s 102 foot, 2 inch hurl was enough to beat teammate Stephanie Sydenstricker’s 98′ 10″ effort.
The Warriors also scored a second place finish in the girls’ 4×400 meter relay.
Erin Bogard brought home silver in the pole vault behind impressive winner Alyssa Tabler of Morgan, whose 10 and 1/2 foot vault was a foot and a half higher than anyone else in the field.
Fort Frye enjoyed a fine day in the distance events. Justin Anderson won the boys’ 1600 meters, and finished fifth behind his teammate McElroy, who cruised to victory in the 3200.
On the girls’ side, the Cadets’ Mary Kate McElroy finished runner-up to Penrod in both the 1600 and 3200.
Jade Heeter also had a good day for Fort Frye, taking second in the 100 meter hurdles.
Amy Lang was Waterford’s sole event champion, winning the high jump with a 5 foot, 4 inch effort. The Wildcat girls also finished second to Jackson in the 4×200 relay.
Cierra Jarvis and Bethany Dawson received third place finishes for the Wildcats in the 100 and 200 meters respectively.
Jared Hawk was Federal Hocking’s strongest performer, winning the 400 meter run, and placing second in the long jump. Teammate Devon Robinson also placed in the 400, coming third.
High point winner in the boys’ competition was Chase Roberts of Maysville. He compiled 26.5 points, with individual wins in the 100 and 200, and a relay win in the 4×100 meters to edge out Warren’s Colton Cantley.