Warren boys’ track captures regional title

Warriors’ Bogard also sets new pole vault record

Photo provided Warren’s boys’ track and field team celebrates their OSHAA Division II championship Saturday at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio.

NEW CONCORD, Ohio — Warren’s Erin Bogard set a pole vault record and the Warrior boys had a dominating performance to conclude Saturday’s Division II, Region 7 meet at Muskingum University.

Bogard cleared 12 feet, 5 inches to not only stand atop the podium and qualify for this week’s Ohio state track meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, but she also broke the regional record of 12-4 set back in 2007 by Indian Valley’s Kayla Caldwell.

“She has been jumping over 12 feet most of the season and knew the record and went for it and got it. She had some really good attempts at 13 feet so we are really excited to see what she can do next week,” said Warren head coach Sally Maddox.

The Warren boys of head coach Tyler Schaad capped the regional with a victory in the 4×400 and finished as the team champion with 69 points. That total easily topped runner-up Sheridan (52) as Ridgewood (38), Steubenville (36) and West Holmes (32) rounded out the top five.

Justin Lough, Trent Sayre, Isaiah Kitts and Ethan Yost ran a regional-best 3:25.58 in the 4×400.

The Warriors barely qualified as a team in the 4×200 as the same quartet placed fourth with a time of 1:31.13, which just nipped fifth-place West Holmes (1:31.24).

In the boys 1600, it was an all-Warren showdown between Sayre and fellow senior teammate Jake Herriott, who crossed the finish line in 4:21.37 with Sayre right behind at 4:21.89.

Yost also qualified for the final weekend of the season by winning the 800 with a time of 1:55.03. However, Warrior teammate Preston Rowland-Demster managed to place (8th, 2:01.85), but had to finish in the top four to advance.

Also punching his ticket to state on Saturday was Lough, who was runner-up in the 300 hurdles to John Glenn’s Joseph Clifford (38.08 to 38.88). Lough was seventh in the 110 hurdles (15.72).

Aside from Bogard, the Warren girls of head coach Sally Maddox also qualified the 4×400 team, which finished runner-up with a time of 4:07.47 thanks to Emma Bowe, Caroline Stollar, Lily Herriott and Allison Werry.

Stollar, Herriott and Werry joined Casey Brague in the 4×800 qualifier as well. The quartet qualified Thursday and both teams came together quickly after a few recent switches.

“We moved Lilly into the 4×4 and Allison into 4×8 just a couple weeks ago and those girls have really come on and done a nice job in both the relays for us,”said Maddox.

Warrior Millie Ryan’s heave of 119 feet, 1 inch was good for third in the discus and a trip to state.

“She just went out this morning and did what she had to do,” said Maddox. “She was second going into the finals and throwing about what she had thrown during the season so we are looking for good things next week, just keep improving.”

Brague also placed third in the 3200 when she clocked in at 11:48.25. Brague destroyed her personal record, which previously hadn’t been less than 12 minutes on hot day.

“It was a really tough field today and steaming out there and she went and had a PR,” said Maddox. “To break her PR by that much is absolutely incredible and she did a fantastic job today. She want out with the lead pack then fell back a little bit but had a strong last lap.”

The only other Warrior to score was Isaiah Kitts and he took eighth in the 400 with a time of 51.24.

Morgan freshman Josie Knierim will compete in two events at state thanks to third-place efforts in the 100 (12.83) and 200 (26.25).

Also competing at the regional on Saturday in individual events were Stollar (11th, 800, 2:31.18) along with fellow Warriors Brennan Perdue (10th, 3200, 10:36.77) and Landon Wigal (12th, shot put, 46-2.75).

The Warren girls finished with 39 points and in fifth place, just behind fourth-place Steubenville (41). Tuscarawas Valley’s 55 points proved to be enough to earn the regional crown as Fairfield Union (50) and Indian Valley (47) followed.