COLUMBUS - A rain-filled Friday is in the books at Jesse Owens Stadium in the annual Ohio State Track and Field Championships at Ohio State University.
Three local athletes have earned all-Ohio status and six more have that opportunity today.
Steubenville Catholic Central sophomore Moriah Vosteen cleared 5-2 to finish seventh in the Division III high jump in her first appearance in the event at the venue.
"She was a little disappointed today," said Crusaders coach Rob Copeland. "She wanted to jump 5-4 again, like she did at districts and regionals. She was more disappointed with herself than we were with her. We're extremely happy with what she did today and how she competed. For her to stand on the podium after the kind of year she had is outstanding."
Vosteen missed most of the season due to injury. And, when she got healthy, missed the OVAC meet to attend the college graduation of her sister Jane Clare.
"Moriah has always been talented, it's just been getting her a consistent practice routine and that was a little difficult this year with everything she's been though," said Copeland. "She really just started jumping right before districts and has done a great job.
"Her sisters Katrina and Jane Clare had been here and Jane Clare had jumped here, so I think Moriah came in with eyes a little wide open. It was the first time for her to compete on this type of stage. For her to do what she did today as a sophomore and to do it without a full season of jumping under her belt is a credit to her and coach (Bob) Stanko. I give both of them a lot of credit."
Martins Ferry junior strongman Sean McGee has been the premier shot putter in the Ohio Valley all season.
He proved that he's also one of the best in the Buckeye State Friday morning when he battled through a pouring rain, which actually forced the delay of the event for a few minutes, to place fifth in the shot put, at 54-8, on his final throw of the season.
"I wasn't throwing too well early in the competition, but the kid, who finished behind me, had his best throw of the competition and it just pumped me up for that last throw," McGee explained. "It was great being on the podium. It's kind of weird having everyone looking at you, but it's definitely a great feeling."
Buckeye Trail sophomore Austin Carleton tied for state runner-up honors in the Division III high jump.
Carleton cleared 6-2 to share the medal the McDonald frosh Zack Conley. Those two battled it out in the regional as well at Navarre a week ago.
Nine qualifiers made the running finals for today. Eight of the nine athletes will stand on the podium. The top two runners from each heat the next five fastest times qualified for today's finals.
Sixteen runners will compete in the 800, 1600 and 3200 today with half earning all-Ohio status.
River junior Cassidy McCullough came in as one of the favorites in the Division III 300 hurdles and did nothing to alter that train of thought.
McCullough skimmed eight hurdles in 45.78, which is more than half-a-second better than anyone else in the field for today's championship run.
She got her day started by qualifying for the finals of the 100 hurdles in a time of 16.21. That effort is the seventh-best time in the semifinal round.
Steubenville Catholic Central's Monica Rigaud qualified second in that race, being clocked in 15.78, .01 behind Taylor Lobby of Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas. Rigaud has a chance to give the Crusaders the hurdles state title for the fourth year in a row.
Catholic Central's Doug Maslowski heads into today's 110 hurdles final with the top qualifying mark.
His 14.83 leads Dakota Conkle of Findlay Liberty-Benton by .11.
Buckeye Local senior Jordan Piergallini - another area speedster who qualified for the state for the first time - showed no jitters in his two open events. Piergallini qualified to the Division II 100 and 200 championship runs this afternoon.
In the 100, Piergallini powered his way down the track to a time of 11.05, which is tied for third entering the finals.
A short-time later, Piergallini cranked out a 22.23 to finish second in his heat and earn an automatic trip to the state final. Piergallini is tied for the third fastest time in the semifinals.
Steubenville's strong 4x100 team of Jasmine Ware, Shilynn Crawford, Cierra Macon and Toshchel Demus earned the eighth spot in the final with a 50.97.
Bridgeport's Cody Frey came here in one event and survived to run again after punching his ticket to the 300 hurdle final.
Frey, making his debut at the state level, ran a 40.21, which is fifth-best entering the finals.
Shadyside's Jake Dull put himself in a solid position entering today's intermediate hurdle final. Dull ran a personal best time of 39.88 to finish second in his heat and earn an automatic trip to the finals. His time is fourth best.
Martins Ferry's Richie Padyjasek, who like Dull and Frey was making his state meet debut, earned a spot in today's Division II 110 hurdle final. Padyjasek qualified at 15.00. His time is tied for sixth overall.
Bellaire senior speedster Juwaun Whetstone saw his career come an end. He missed qualifying for the 100 by one-hundredth of a second. He turned in an 11.53 and an 11.52 earned the ninth qualifying spot.
Shadyside's Jody Howell was 13th in the 100 qualifying.
St. Clairsville had a rough day on the track. The Red Devils' boys, who won the regional last weekend in The Plains, will need either senior Andy Thornburg or junior Drake Walker to place today if they're to get on the scoreboard.
Sophomore Jaylon Brown failed to advance in the 100 or 200. And the Red Devils' 4x1 team, which won the regional last week, finished 10th, narrowly missing a spot and the 4x2 team also failed to qualify.
Buckeye Local's 4x100 team failed to earn a return trip to the track today.
The Harrison Central boys' 4x400 team failed to qualify, finishing 15th
Edison's also had a rough day of qualifying. The Lady Wildcats' Katelyn Pollock finished ninth in the high jump, narrowly missing a place. Ashley Borsch finished 16th in the 300 meter low hurdles. The Lady Wildcats' 4x1 team also came up short of the final.
The Edison boys' squad was represented by Kyle Minger, who finished 13th in the 400 meter dash.
Other than the 4x100 team, Steubenville's girls had a rough afternoon. Jasmine Ware was 14th in the 100, Queen Elder was 11th in the 400 and Paige Phillips was 16th in the lap dash.
The Lady Big Red 4x2 team missed the finals by five hundredths of a second, finishing 10th.