Osage's track athletes were, in the words of one of their coaches, "sluggish" at the annual Warpath Relays on Thursday. The meet at Osage's  Richard Hampton Track followed School of the Osage's spring break. "You try to work out over that period of time, but some guys have conflicts or are out of town. I just wanted us to compete today as best we can," Osage boys’ track coach Drew Phillips explained.


Osage's track athletes were, in the words of one of their coaches, "sluggish" at the annual Warpath Relays on Thursday.

The meet at Osage's  Richard Hampton Track followed School of the Osage's spring break.

"You try to work out over that period of time, but some guys have conflicts or are out of town. I just wanted us to compete today as best we can," Osage boys’ track coach Drew Phillips explained.

On the girls’ side, Osage's Taylor Conley had a good showing in the hurdles. In the boys' competition, Jacob Wermuth earned a first place medal for the Indians, though his time was higher than his personal best on the season.

"Wermuth didn't run a good time but he competes, he wins the hurdles against (Ben) Cooper who is a good hurdler from Blair Oaks," Phillips said.

Wermuth had to lean at the finish line to edge Cooper by a nose.

The Warpath Relays gave Osage an early look at Blair Oaks and Warsaw, two teams who will also run at the Tri-County Conference meet next week.

Osage took first and second place in the long jump thanks to the efforts of juniors Cody Maher and Kyle Jones.

Jones also took the high jump event. State-hopeful Sam Golden cleared 11 feet in the pole vault, but wanted to be above the bar at 12 feet.

"(Golden) won first place and he's ticked off. In a way, it makes me happy," Phillips quipped, adding that Thursday's meet should inspire many of Osage's athletes to return to practice with big efforts.

"That's what we're after today—use it for what it is, keep on moving. Keep on pounding the rock," Phillips said.