ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Good weather earmarked good times at the annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships Saturday at St. Clairsville High School.
Edison's Katelyn Pollock opened the day with a win in the high jump over Steubenville Catholic Central's Moriah Vosteen in a jump-off and the Lady Crusaders' 4x400 foursome of Taylor Zapolnik, Vosteen, Kara Kakascik and Michaela Gotta finished the sun-drenched afternoon with an outstanding performance.
In between, Steubenville Big Red picked up wins in the girls long jump with Elise Watts and in the boys shuttle hurdle relay with Garon Lytle, Michael Diaz, Oko Anyabwile and Joey Nodianos.
Catholic Central's Michaela Gotta anchored the winning 4x400 relay
Edison's Katelyn Pollock won the high jump
From left, Steubenville's Elise Watts and Toshchel Demus run the 100 hurdles. Demus finished second and Watts fifth. Watts earlier won the long jump.
Oak Glen's Alex Burch placed second in the 400 and seventh in the 100.
Weir's Clarence Bennett took fifth in the 200.
Pollock counted 11 jumps en route to her win.
"It was a little tiring," she said with a smile.
Pollock and Vosteen were tied at 5-foot-2 when the bar was upped to 5-4.
They each missed three times and then a fourth for the jump off.
Then, in succession, they missed at 5-3, cleared 5-2, missed at 5-3 and missed at 5-2. Vosteen missed at 5-1 and Pollock cleared it for the victory.
"The only loss I have this year is to her at the Jefferson County Relays," said Pollock. "I really wanted to win this one. I had it in my mindset last night. I posted a picture that said, 'beat Vosteen, jump 5-6.' I didn't jump 5-6, but I won.
"I'm a little disappointed I missed at 5-4 because I cleared that height last Saturday. I'm at the point where I should clear it every meet.
"It was a little easier today because I was jumping after her, which I like, because I know what I have to do. I knew I had to clear 5-2 after she cleared 5-2."
After Pollock was finished, she moved to the long jump, where her 15-7 was good for sixth place. She was also a member of the 4x200 relay team that placed eighth.
Watts soared 17-1 to take the title as a freshman.
"The jump felt really good," she said. Her first two jumps were 16-0 and 16-8 before a scratch. "I was hoping to do well today because the last time I came her I scratched a lot.
"I felt really good today."
Watts was also a member of the shuttle hurdle relay team with Cierra Macon, Aliah Stinson and Toshchel Demus that took second in 1:06.64 and with Macon, Demus and Shilynn Crawford in the 4x100 that placed third in 50.82.
Watts also placed fifth in the 100 hurdles in 15.60. Demus took second in that race in 15.17.
For the Crusaders, the 4:06.96 hands them the top time in the state in Division III of all posted times.
"It feels really good to be running times like this at this time of the year," said Zapolnik. "We're putting up really good times right now. It's exciting for us.
"We're way ahead of where we thought we'd be. We are looking forward to district, regional and, hopefully, states."
Gotta also placed seventh in the 400 in 1:01.41, running in the slow heat.
"I wish I would have been pushed a lot harder," she said. "But, I'll take that time. I think I PR'd by a little.
"We are running well right now as a team. The 4x4 felt amazing. For us to win the 4x4 says a lot about our team. It says we have four girls who can kick butt.
"We're pulling it together at the right time."
Zapolnik was also part of the 4x100 relay team with Gotta, Monica Rigaud and Emily Byers to take fourth in 51.49, which is best in the state of the posted times.
Also on the girls side:
Harrison Central's Taylor Shaw was fourth in the 800 at 2:27.37. Oak Glen's Felicity Nolder was eighth in 2:31.59.
Big Red's Lysiah Rice took fifth in the 200 in 26.74.
Weir's Kristen Mastrantoni placed sixth in the 1600 (5:38.89) and seventh in the 3200 (12:18.63). Teammate Alexis Virtue finished third in the 300 hurdles (49.86).
Edison's Ashley Borsch placed second in the 300 hurldes in 48.76 to defending Division III state champ Cassidy McCulough (46.26).
Madonna's Taylor Pavan was third in the discus (105-4) and Indian Creek's Kristen Shimko eighth (100-7).
Oak Glen's Alexis Burch took second in the 400 (58.78) and seventh in the 100 (12.93).
Oak Glen was second in the 4x800 in 10:01.25, Weir third in 10:03.92 and Steubenville Central fifth in 10:29.76.
Weir took fourth in the 4x400 in 4:16.15.
Brooke finished eighth in the 4x100 in 52.27.
In the boys competition, Lytle, Diaz, Ayabwile and Nodianos led from the start to be clocked in 58.66.
"They ran very well," said Big Red coach Jason Kernahan. "It was really good to see."
Nodianos took third in the 110 hurdles (15.59) and Ayabwile fifth in the 300 hurdles (42.08). Harrison Central's Jeremy Spoonmemore was sixth in 42.16.
Big Red's Robert Hayden placed second in the 100 in 10.91 from the slow heat. Spoonemore took fourth in 11.28.
Weir's Clarence Bennett finished fifth in the 200 (23.35), while teammate Cole Slates was seventh (23.48). Slates also took fifth in the 400 (52.62). Big Red's Ja'Quan Lavender was third in 51.09.
Indian Creek's Max Lewis (2:01.35) and Frank Kamarec (2:04.15) went 3-4 in the 800. Kamarec placed fourth in the 1600 in 4:39.36.
The Red Riders took fourth in the 4x100 (45.49), Harrison Central second in the 4x400 (3:32.91) and Oak Glen (8:34.36), Catholic Central (8:35.06) and Harrison Central (8:35.35) 6-7-8 in the 4x800.
The Huskies were third in the shuttles in 1:01.82.
Weirton Madonna's Marcello Biondillo finished fifth in the long jump (18-11) and Central's Doug Maslowski eighth (18-9).
Edison's J.D. Howell (5-10) was second and Central's John Paul Dombrowski (5-8) sixth in the high jump.
Big Red's Dashon Redman placed fourth in the shot put (49-2) and Oak Glen's Zack Staley fourth in the discus (139-2).