Warren's boys and girls each finished fourth in the John Glenn STS-95 Track and Field Classic at Muskingum University Track in New Concord on April 26.
Over 20 schools were in the field.
On that showing alone, the Warrior thinclads could be the school to beat at the annual Noon Lions Invitational at Don Drumm Stadium at 10 a.m. Saturday.
JEFF BAUGHAN Special to The Times
Marietta High thrower Eddie Kimbrough tosses the disc at the Erickson Meet in Parkersburg. The Tigers are scheduled to host the Noon Lions Invitational at Don Drumm Stadium Saturday.
JEFF BAUGHAN Special to The Times
Marietta High’s Haley Bonar heaves the shotput at the Erickson meet.
"We've seen a lot of the other schools in the field, and Warren should be the favorite," said Marietta High girls' track and field coach Mollie Schramm, whose Lady Tigers are the defending meet champions.
The Noon Lions field is also expected to include Belpre, Eastern, Morgan, Alexander, Newark, West Muskingum, Waterford, and Claymont, which placed third in the boys' division of the John Glenn STS-95 meet.
One noticeable school absent from the field is Logan, the meet's defending boys' champion. Still....
"It's always a tough meet," said Warren boys' boss Al Riffey, whose Warrior boys were third, behind runner-up Marietta, in the 2012 event.
"We're expecting top-notch competition, and we hope to keep building on what we're doing. We think we're improving."
The Warren boys had multiple placers and scorers at the John Glenn meet, and many of the distance runners set PR (personal record) marks, like Parker Blain, in the 3200 (10 minutes, 18.23 seconds); Brent Ash, in the 3200, 10:20.84; Sam Goodman, in the 1600 (4:35.91); and Austin Antill, in the 1600, 4:53.04.
Riffey also said that some of the legs on the fourth-place 4x800 relay team of Goodman, Antill, Ash, and Aaron Mazurkiewicz set PR splits.
Blain also set a meet record with a first-place finish in the 2000 steeplechase with a clocking of 6:52.34. Chris Truax finished in 7:45.49.
Some other Warren scorers at John Glenn were Cole Wigal (high jump, pole vault), Eli Duff (pole vault, long jump), Blake Staley (discus), Mark McDermott (300 hurdles), and Colton Cantley (high jump).
Warren's girls were paced by Raelyn Gardner (pole vault, hurdles), Emma Ryan (discus, shot), Sierra Cardiff (high jump), Josey Riffle (hurdles), Danielle Church (800), and Adienne Bills (triple jump), and Jordan Smrek (triple jump).
Marietta is coming off a Senior Night duo-meet against Wirt County at Don Drumm Tuesday.
Prior to that on April 26, the Tiger thinclads competed in the Erickson/Camden-Clark Invitational in Parkersburg. As for some of the MHS girls' highlights at that meet, senior Julie Fobes was first in the 800 in 2:30.21. Erica Dawson was runner-up in the 49.25, and Haley Bonar was second in the shot with a heave of 35-3.25.
Lizzy Crumm finished third in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 9-6.
On the Tiger boys' side, Caleb Hall and Will Cogswell were 1-2 in the pole vault, going over at 13 feet and 12-6 feet, respectively.
Quinton Coffield was first in the long jump with a leap of 19-6, and Eddie Kimbrough was third in the discus and fourth in the shot.
At Noon Lions, Marietta senior Mitchell Grose could be the one to beat in the distance events.
A few other local thinclads to keep an eye on at the Don Drumm oval Saturday will be Morgan's Clinton Campbell and Derek Dingey, Belpre's Dakota Hoffman and Taryn Carr, and Waterford's Eli Strahler, Austin Shriver, Maddy Sury, and Ally Rohrer.