OVAC track and field qualifiers completed
Big Red’s sets conference shot put record as locals advance to Saturday
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The field is set.
Qualifying for Saturday’s OVAC Cal Giffin Track and Field Championship Meet concluded Tuesday evening once again under a mixed bag of weather conditions at St. Clairsville’s Red Devil Stadium.
With the Class 1A/2A and 3A schools in the clubhouse, the 4A and 5A schools got into the act, staging their 18 qualifying events with the top four earning a spot in this weekend’s meet, which will begin with field events as well as the shuttles and 4×800 at 10 a.m.
The remaining running events will commence at noon.
Here’s a look at each class on Tuesday:
Big Red’s Amya Livingston set the first record of the day, launching the shot put to a mark of 43-5. Her mark was nearly three feet better than the previous record, which had stood since 2015.
Big Red’s impressive 4×200 team turned in a 1:47.94 to lead the way in the two-lap relay.
Freshman Sabria Jones cruised to a 26.25 to pace the 200 qualifying.
Wheeling Park’s girls expect to be right in the thick of the title hunt on Saturday.
The Patriots got off to a strong start thanks to their shuttle team, which posted the top time in 1:11.27.
Sophomore Ellie Reasbeck continued the impressive hurdling for the Patriots, breezing to a 16.08 to pace the qualifying.
The Patriots’ speed kept coming in the 100. Freshman Kaylee Davis turned in a 12.56 to lead the 100 meter dash field.
In the 4×100, the Patriots set the pace with a solid 51.09 clocking.
Senior Marlee Porter was impressive in the 300 hurdles with a 47.10 in pacing the 5A field.
Jailah Walker was one of four jumpers to pace the high jump at 4-10.
Brooke’s Mara Pendergrast was one of the four high jumpers to clear 4-10.
John Marshall’s Camryn Mowder cleared 4-10 to assure herself a spot in the finals.
The Patriot boys also had a solid day of qualifying. Leading the way were the Park speedsters.
Senior Andrew Glass was the top high hurdler in the field, posting a 15.83.
Senior blazer Torrence Walker blasted by the 100 meter dash field for a 10.61 to pace the way. He was just as impressive in the 200, blazing a meet-record time of 21.69, which broke a mark that was set in 2019.
Park’s 4×200 team blitzed the big-school field when it posted a 1:30.72, which was more than four seconds ahead of Steubenville, which finished second.
Park’s shuttle team paced the field with a time of 1:04.59.
In the field, Christian Sorge, the area’s top pole vaulter, soared over 11-6 to pace the qualifying round.
Steubenville freshman Savoir Faulks crossed the finish line in 41.57 to pace the big-school intermediate hurdle qualifying.
St. Clairsville’s girls got off to a strong start and qualified well in numerous areas — both in the field and on the track.
In the field, senior Jaeda Nowak paced the division’s shot put with a mark of 35-8.
All-Ohio pole vaulter Emily Thompson soared over 9-feet to lead the qualifying. She later added the top seed in the high hurdles, skimming 10 timbers with a time of 17.16.
Junior speedster Casadie DiBetta ran a season-best 12.66 to lead the way in the 100 meter dash qualifying. She came back a while later and led the way in the 200 with a 27.15.
The Red Devils’ shuttle team paced the four-team field in the class with a 1:12.58 clocking.
St. C.’s 4×100 was also impressive, passing the baton around the oval in 52.37 for the top spot.
Senior distance ace Maggie Marody posted the top 4A 3200 meter run time by more than 70 seconds. She circled the track eight times in 13:37.74.
Union Local had a strong meet thanks to its sprint contingent. The Jets led the way in the 4×2 with a time of 1:51.44.
Josie Goodson continued her fine season in the 400. She circled the oval in 61.13 to lead the way by nearly an entire second.
Harrison Central’s strength in the distance races and field was on display.
Senior distance dandy Jasmine Arnold led the qualifying in the 1600 and 3200. She turned in a 5:45.57.
In the field, senior Thea Haney twirled the discus to a mark of 102-10 to lead the qualifying by nearly eight feet.
Oak Glen was the top qualifier in the 4×800 with a time of 11:00.25.
Freshman Ashlyn Six gave the Golden Bears the top qualifying spot in the long jump with a mark of 15-7.
In the low hurdles, senior Izzy Barganski skimmed eight timbers in 50.72 to lead the way.
Sophia Arner was impressive in the 800 for the Golden Bears, posting a 2:37.39.
The Union Local boys have been the premier team all spring in the area and took steps toward claiming an OVAC title by qualifying well.
The Jets got off to a strong start by pacing the 4A 4×800 in an impressive time of 8:20.83.
Shawn Coe was the top 800 meter runner in the field with a time of 2:06.18. Just a few minutes later, Coe came back to the track and set the pace for the 3200 meter run in 10:35.04.
The Jets put the finishing touches on their solid night of qualifying by posting the top time in the 4×4 with a 3:36.65.
In the field, Zach Bateman and Cody Street were among four jumpers who cleared 11 feet.
Senior Liam Vinskovich cleared 5-10 and was one of two jumpers at 5-10 to pace the qualifying.
St. Clairsville looks as if it will be provide a challenge to the Jets. The Red Devils had a strong night of qualifying as well.
On the track, freshman Colton Westlake had a strong day. He paced the high hurdles in 16.05. He came back and led the way in the intermediates as well, posting a 43.70.
Karl Kain and Kyle Stoner was among the four vaulters who went over 11-feet.
The Devils 4×200 posted the top time in the two-lap relay with a 1:33.78.
Weir High produced the top seed in the discus. Jonathan Howard twirled the platter to a mark of 133-6.
Oak Glen’s Tristan Lawson paced the class 100 in 11.28 and then added the 200 in 23.14.
Junior Konnor Allison was the top 1600 meter runner in the 4A field with a time of 4:41.29.