Moore, Brown take first

MARIETTA-Travis Moore had to do a little leaning when crossing the 100 boys high hurdles finish line.

In doing so, the 6-foot-2 Marietta High junior thinclad won the event, and earned All-East Central Ohio League honors Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium on the campus of Marietta College.

“He was a fast kid I was running against,” said Moore. “I beat him by 3/100ths of a second.

“We were close the whole time. I just had to push it at the finish.”

Moore was runner-up in the 100H prelims, so he knew he had his work cut out for himself.

“In the finals, I just did my best to get him, and not hit any hurdles like I did in the prelims,” he said.

Moore, who finished as the high-point boys individual in the ECOL Scarlet Division, placed but did not win the 300m intermediate hurdles. He also ran the 200, and did the long jump.

“Travis had a real good day,” said MHS boys track and field coach Jeff Davis, whose Tiger boys finished seventh to first-place Dover. “If he hadn’t stumbled in the hurdles, he would’ve been 2-for-2 in the hurdles today, but those things happen.

“Travis ran some good times, and hopefully when he goes to district next week (at Westerville South), he can get out of there. It’s pretty tough, but I think he can.”

Marietta High freshman Baylee Brown also had a good T&F day in the girls pole vault, earning all-league honors with a vault of 10 feet. She also competed in the high jump, long jump, and 300m low hurdles.

“I love pole vaulting so much,” Brown said. “It’s what I live for. It’s my favorite.”

Brown actually pole vaulted higher than a girl from New Philadelphia, who’d beaten her last year when they were in eighth grade.

“She was pretty good,” Brown said, “and won last year by six inches. I PR’ed by two feet (this year).”

This spring, Brown has had four personal records in the PV.

“Baylee has a great work ethic, and she sets goals for herself,” said MHS girls coach Mollie Schramm. “She definitely works at it.

“Today was about her team. But it was nice for her to get a PR as well.”

Brown, who started pole vaulting when she was in the seventh grade, said she was shooting for the school record of 11-4 in the event.

“I’m looking forward to breaking the (school) record set by Paige Grosel,” she said.

Team-wise, the Marietta High girls finished fourth overall to first-place Dover. Last year, the Lady Tigers were 10th.

“That’s improvement,” Schramm said. “We talked to the girls about doing better than we have in the last few years. I know a lot of them are hurt, tired, and sore, but they gave everything they had in their events. And, that’s all we can ask from them at this point.”

“Next week, we’ll look at what we can do to advance as many kids on to the regional.”

The MHS girls are scheduled to host a D1 district meet at Don Drumm Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Nine D1 schools are expected to be in the field.

“We hope the kids haven’t peaked yet,” Schramm said. “There’s a lot of different kids (Friday) who have set records. It’s been a good day. It’s been a season where we haven’t had a lot of good weather opportunities to practice, to have the meets. Today was one of the nicest days all-around. It’s much better than what we’ve had. We’re happy with the weather, and I think that’s helped a lot of kids.”