Warren competes in last SEOAL track meet

Warren’s Liam Kellar finished first in the boys pole vault, clearning the bar at 11 feet, at the SEOAL track and field championships Saturday at WHS. Photo by Ron Johnston.

VINCENT — Preston Rowland-Demster ran the 800-meter race as if someone was right on his heels.

“I could’ve sworn I could’ve heard someone right on me, so I picked it up,” said the Warren freshman thinclad. “I got scared there that someone was going to pass me. So, I just tried to give it my all at the end there and ran my race.”

Rowland-Demster actually won the race convincingly with a time of 2 minutes, 7.30 seconds.

“It didn’t seem like the time I wanted,” he said. “I was shooting for 2:02 or 2:01.”

Rowland-Demster also competed in the long jump and was on two relay teams.

Rowland-Demster was one of three Warren boys, who captured firsts in the last ever Southeastern Ohio Athletic League (SEOAL) Championships track and field meet at WHS Saturday. Trent Sayre won both the 1600 and 3200 long-distance runs, and sophomore Liam Kellar pole vaulted a winning 11 feet.

Team-wise, the Tim Carver-coached Warren boys were third with 39 points in the three-team field, behind first-place Logan (96) and runner-up Jackson (40).

“I just had to run my race,” said Sayre after the 1600 run. “I knew the Logan kid was behind me and was slowly dying off. It was just my regular pace.”

Kellar was not 100 percent physically but still had the winning jump in the PV.

“I was hurting a little bit but I pushed through it,” he said. “I was really hoping to do 11-6.”

On the girls side, the Sally Maddox-led Warriors were second with 69 points to champion Logan (76). Jackson finished third with 30 points.

Lena Quartermaine (shotput), Erin Bogard (pole vault), Emme Bowe (400), and Casey Brague (3200) each was a winner in their respective events. The 4 by 2 relay team of Hope Murdock, Lauren Gardner, Bogard, and Bowe, and the 4 by 4 team of Murdock, Gardner, Abigail Werry, Bowe each notched a first place.

“I didn’t throw my best, and I didn’t feel like I did,” said Quartermaine, who threw the shot 34-3. “But I won, and that’s OK. I wanted better throws, though.”

Quartermaine’s PR (personal record) is 36-6.

Bogard, a state qualifier in the pole vault as a freshman last year, cleared the bar in 10-6.

“I skipped 11 feet and tried for the school record (11-6),” she said, “and the standards just weren’t in the right place and missed that three times.

“I had the height and everything was looking good. We just didn’t have our standards where they needed to be.”

Bogard also competed in a hurdles event, open 2, and was a leg on the winning 4 by 2 relay team.

“We accomplish our goals,” said Warren pole vault coach Pat Wigal. “We wanted to get first place. Then kind of swing for the fence and go for the big jump.

“We’ve got goals and both (Bogard and Kellar) intend to go higher. Today, it wasn’t raining and there was no big wind, so we used every pole in the bag and went in the shed and got more. They were both on two poles that they’d never been on before. That’s a good thing to have now this time of the season. Get them out now, and hopefully by the regional meet, we’re good and happy.”

Bowe won the 400 with relative ease in 1:03.70.

“I’m pretty happy about it,” she said. “I felt like I didn’t run it as fast as I normally do. I felt the girl gaining on me so I just ran it out.”

Bowe said that she had some difficulty at the start of the race.

“Actually, I kept on having problems with my blocks in the beginning,” she said. “Once the race started, it kind of got me focused again, and I was ready to go.

“Around that curve, I realized I still hadn’t made up the difference, so I had to kick it a little early. I can never think during the race. Something just like takes over.”

Bowe also competed in the open 2, 4×2 and 4×4.

Brague won the 3200 in a clocking of 12:25.10. She was also runner-up in the 1600 in 5:45.90.