Eastern competes in Marietta Night Relays

By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com

MARIETTA, Ohio — In all, not a bad night for the Lady Eagles in running some relays.

That’s because the Eastern High School girls track and field team, on the strength of winning four events, took fourth in Tuesday night’s annual Marietta Night Relays —which was held inside Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta.

Of the seven schools representing the Mid-Ohio Valley, the Lady Eagles finished fourth — amassing 62 points with winning 10 points each for each event victory.

For those into counting, that’s 40 points picked up by Eastern in only four events, while the Lady Eagles also amounted a third-place finish for six points in the distance medley.

Williamstown won the team championship, scoring 80 points to top Warren with 71 — and host Marietta with 70.

Parkersburg South scored 57 points, followed by Alexander at 54.

Belpre rounded out the girls team scores with six points.

On the boys side, Eastern and Belpre tied for sixth-place with 26 points — as Marietta (96 points), Williamstown (84 points) and Warren (72 points) were once again the top three clubs.

Parkersburg South, once again, edged out Alexander —52-40 —for fourth.

All 14 events, in both boys and girls, are contested as relays.

The Lady Eagles opened the night with a triumph in the 4×1600 meters, completing the race in 24 minutes and 45 seconds.

The quartet consisted of opening leg Jessica Cook, second leg Taylor Parker, third leg Rhiannon Morris and anchor leg Kaitlyn Hawk.

Cook then anchored the winning 800m sprint medley, which also included Rylee Haggy, Jess Parker and Cierra Smeeks.

That foursome finished the race in exactly two minutes flat.

Parker (second) and Morris (third) made up the middle legs of the 4x800m —which also included anchor leg Laura Pullins and opening leg Ally Durst.

Their winning time was 10 minutes and 48 seconds.

Finally, Cook, Durst, Jess Parker and Taylor Parker posted the win in the 4x400m, completing the four-lap race in four minutes and 23 seconds.

For Eastern’s boys, their highest place was a runner-up effort in the shot put relay —combining the best throws from Tyler Davis, Corbett Catlett and Dalton Scott.

The Eagles also placed third in the 4x1600m and discus throw.

A complete list of results can be found on www.baumspage.com.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs