ST. CLAIRSVILLE - The OVAC Track and Field Championship Meet, which is set for Saturday at Red Devil Stadium, is almost set.
The 3A and 5A classes wrapped up their qualifying rounds under ideal conditions in the Belmont County Seat Wednesday evening with the remaining nine events being contested.
The balance of the championship field will be known this evening when the 1A/2A and 4A classes complete their two-day prelim meet.
OVAC TRACK— Molly Marrow of Steubenville Catholic Central runs at?Red Devil Stadium on Wednesday.
-- Mike Palmer
Saturday's action begins at 10 a.m. with the field events and the running events begin at noon.
Prior to any additional plans being made for Saturday, work remained.
In 5A, John Marshall's girls figure to score well Saturday thanks in large part to sophomore dandy Torie Derrow. After pacing two events on Monday, she added the long jump (17-ft-3) and 300 low hurdles (47.60) to her resume.
Wheeling Park's girls will be right in the thick of the team-title chase. Coach Russell Hutchins' squad posted the top mark in the discus thanks to Lauren Dickerson's twirl of 119-ft-10. The Patriot girls also paced the 4x1 (49.96), shuttles (65.90) and 4x4 (4:12.70) in the big-school field.
Indian Creek's Whitney Martin had an impressive meet. After posting the top 100 time on Monday, she notched a 26.47 for the premier 200 time.
University High's Amelia Paladino was extremely impressive in leading the 1600 and 800 meter qualifying. The West Virginia recruit ran the 800 in 2:15.78, which is a Class 5A and Red Devil Stadium record.
Cambridge's boys, who enjoyed a solid day of qualifying on Monday, didn't slow down on Wednesday.
The Bobcats will be one of the teams to keep an eye on thanks to the sprint of Ivan Gadson, hurdling of Errik Snell and jumping of Louisville recruit Eric Fox.
Gadson was the top 200 meter dash qualifier in 23.08 and Snell paced the intermediate hurdles in 40.90. The Bobcats also led the 4x1 (44.52) and shuttles (58.21). The latter was a Class 5A record.
Indian Creek's Max Lewis turned in an impressive 800 meters in setting a 5A record. He circled the oval twice in 1:58.27.
In 3A, the team race looked to be wide open on Monday and little changed on Wednesday as several teams have positioned themselves to make a run at the banner.
Magnolia led two events. The Blue Eagle girls posted a 54.89 to lead the 4x1 and a 1:12.19 to pace the shuttle qualifying.
Shenandoah's Kylee Kasper paced the 200 (27.63) and long jump (14-11 1/2).
Steubenville Central led the way in the 4x4 with a 4:13.81, but a false start in the 4x1 could prove to be a costly miscue.
Barnesville's Shayla Markovich set the benchmark in 3A discus with a twirl of 103-ft-2.
In the 3A boys race, six different schools posted a top qualifying mark in the division.
Bellaire has had a strong week thus far and junior strongman Cody LaRoche has been a big reason why. After pacing the discus on Monday, he led the shot put with a 48-ft-11.
Magnolia, which always seems to be a player in the 3A battle, led three events. Andrew Smith soared over 5-ft-10 in the high jump; Jared Kacor skimmed eight hurdles in 41.53 to pace the intermediates and a 44.53 was the top 4x1 time in the class.
Steubenville Central's Anthony Lee posted a 2:04.35 to own the top mark in the 800. The Crusaders also posted a 3:37.58 to lead the 4x4.
Linsly, which has won two conference titles in a row, paced the shuttles in in 63.40. Barnesville's Mason Moore was the top 1600 runner in 3A with a 4:39.21 and Trail's Morgan Dougherty ran 200 meters in 23.69 for the top 3A seed.