Warriors’ Gardner sparkles at Warren Invite

VINCENT – On a windy, spring Saturday, Raelyn Gardner blew away the competition at the Warren Invitational.

The Warren junior posted track and field victories in the pole vault (10 feet), 100-meter hurdles (16.30), and 300-meter low hurdles (52.30). She was also a leg on the winning royal blue and white 400-meter relay team.

“I’m really happy; it’s been a good week,” said Gardner, who also was the high-point girls individual at a Tuesday quad at Vinton County.

Gardner’s time in the 100 hurdles was a PR (personal record).

“I’m really trying to get the (school) record in the pole vault though,” Gardner said. “It’s 11 feet, and I’ve gotten 10-6 so far.

“Today, they turned the pit around, so it gave us a tail wind.”

Warren senior Emma Ryan also had a good day, winning both the discus (129-2) and shot put (37-3.5). Her throw in the shot was a PR.

Overall as a team, the Warren girls were runner-up to Logan, 114.5-87. Also finishing in the 13-school field from the area were sixth-place Morgan (38), eighth-place Fort Frye 36), ninth-place Belpre (36) and 10th-place Marietta (27).

“We’ve gone back and forth with Logan this season,” said Warren girls head coach Sally Maddox, whose thinclads topped the Chieftains in the Mingo Relays. “We’re real competitive with them. We won’t see them until the league (SEOAL) meet now.”

Also notching first place for the girls were Fort Frye’s Natalie Hart in the 100-meter run (13.40), 400 (1:03.70) and 200 (28.20); Marietta’s Julie Fobes in the 1600 (5:37.80); Morgan’s Baylee Garrett in the 800 (2:32.30); and Morgan’s Cheyenne Hanson in the 3200 (12:20.90).

On the boys side, Logan was the overall team winner with 130.5 points, and Warren was second with 78.5. Locally, Belpre finished third (65); Morgan, fourth (60); Marietta, seventh (39); and Fort Frye, ninth (29).

“In a meet this big with 13 teams, there’s going to be a lot of spread,” said Warren boys head coach Al Riffey. “For us to score 78.5 today, I’m pleased with that.

“I’m not disappointed with being second, but I’m not ecstatic either. We’re getting better though.”

Morgan senior Clinton Campbell was the boys high-point individual with wins in the 100 (11.20), 200 (23.00) and 300 hurdles (40.00). He was also a leg on the fourth-place Raiders’ 400-meter relay team.

Campbell’s winning time in the 100 was a PR.

“I’m pretty happy,” said Campbell, who’s planning to run track at Rio Grande after prep graduation. “The wind kind of hurt a little in the hurdles, but it depends on the race, I guess. Whoever is in front, you’ve got to chase them.”

Two weeks ago at a meet in Nelsonville, Campbell was also the high-point boys individual.

Other first-place winners were Morgan’s Derek Dingey in the discus (151-4); Marietta’s Mitchell Grose in the 1600 (4:34.40) and 800 (2:05.40); Fort Frye’s Max Alsbach in the 400 (53.70); and Fort Frye’s Jon Anderson in the 3200 (10:03.20).