Warrior Invitational track meet set at Warren today

VINCENT, Ohio – When Warren visited Logan to compete in the Mingo Relays a week ago, it was basically a two-school battle between the two Southeastern Ohio Athletic League schools.

The Warrior girl thinclads edged the Chieftains, 64-62, with Meigs finishing a distant third with nine points.

“We’ve still got some work to do,” said Warren girls head coach Sally Maddox, whose team was also first in a quad at Vinton County on Tuesday. “We’re still not where we need to be.”

On the boys side at Logan, the host Chiefs topped the Warriors, 68-56. The Marauders were third with 14 points.

That SEOAL confrontation is scheduled to resume in the Warren Warrior Invitational at 10 a.m. today. Only this time, the field will be a lot bigger.

Also expected to be in the track and field mix at Vincent will be Morgan, Belpre, Cambridge, Eastern, Fort Frye, Frontier, Marietta, Maysville, Parkersburg Catholic, Philo and River Valley.

“It should be a great meet,” said Warren boys head coach Al Riffey, whose team was first in Tuesday’s Vinton quad. “Logan should be the favorite, but it looks like a very strong field.”

The Warren girls were last year’s champs at the meet, while the Chiefs finished first in the boys division.

The Warrior girls look strong again in the throws with Emma Ryan, a three-time All-Ohio honoree in the discus, leading the way. At Logan, she had a toss of 135 feet, 4 inches in her specialty.

“Emma had a good day,” Maddox said. “She’s thrown consistently well all season.”

In the shot put, Ryan had a throw of 35-11, which was runner-up to Logan freshman Allison McNeal’s 37-00.50.

Marietta’s Haley Bonar should provide plenty of competition in the throw events.

At last Saturday’s 16th annual Clear Channel MOV/Russ Parsons Invitational at Stadium Field in Parkersburg, she was first in the shot with a heave of 33-9.5 and runner-up in the discus at 103-5.5.

In the pole vault, Warren’s Raelyn Gardner is expected to be an early favorite, but could be challenged by Fort Frye’s Kylynn Buchanan. At Logan, Gardner cleared the bar at 9-6.

A couple of long jumpers to keep an eye on will be Belpre’s Allison Gherke and Sarah Walker.

Belpre’s Taryn Carr and Gherke, and Gardner are also talented hurdlers.

In the distance events, Caldwell’s Jenna Furr, Marietta’s Julie Fobes, Fort Frye’s Natalie Hart, Warren’s Hannah Dugan and Lana Sydenstricker are all expected to set a fast pace. The relay events look wide open with several schools in the hunt.

On the boys side, Marietta will be featuring Mitchell Grose, the high-point individual at the Russ Parsons invite with wins in the 800 (2:04.73) and 3200 (9:39.1).

Look for Grose to be challenged by Warren’s Sam Goodman and Parker Blain.

Tiger pole vaulter Will Cogswell cleared the bar at 12 feet, good for first place at PHS. He’ll be challenged by teammate Caleb Hall, and Warren’s Cole Wigal, Eli Duff and Andrew Vincent, who combined forces to win at the Mingo Relays.

Wigal cleared 14 feet in the finals.

Duff is also a standout long jumper.

Another track standout who will be competing at the Warren oval will be Belpre’s Dakota Hoffman, the high-point individual at the the Belpre Shrine Relays with first places in the long jump (19-10.5) and 300 hurdles (41.06). He was also runner-up in the 200 (23.87) and 100 hurdles (16.06).

Some other thinclads who bear watching will be Marietta’s Quinton Coffield (200, long jump) and Eddie Kimbrough (throws), Belpre’s Sam Petty (100, 200), and Warren’s Chris Massey, Blake Staley and Dylan Leffingwell (throws).