BELLAIRE - Day One is in the books.
The annual Cal Giffin OVAC Track and Field Championships opened Monday afternoon at Nelson Field.
While nary a point was scored, many teams put themselves in a position to score plenty Saturday at Meadowbrook High School in Byesville.
Wheeling Park’s Stacy Chaplin leaps Monday.
However, before full attention can shift to Saturday's 2nd annual OVAC Track and Field Championship Meet, there's another day of big-school qualifying rounds.
Remaining running and field events will be contested Wednesday back at Bellaire. The small schools - classes 1-A and 2-A - begin their quest for the coveted OVAC title this evening at Fleming Field in Shadyside.
Defending 4-A champion Wheeling Park qualified well in the boys' and girls' meet.
Of the events contested Monday, the Patriots boys qualified in all of them, including owning the best mark in the long jump and discus.
The Patriots girls, meanwhile, qualified in all but two events.
Park senior Errin Baynes, fresh off high jumping 7-0 1/4 last weekend in Pennsylvania, owns the leading mark in the long jump with 20-11 1/4.
The Patriots' other top qualifier was Dewanya Neal, who marked the discus at 130-2 for the top mark in the big-school division.
The Patriots' 3,200 team also posted the top mark, finishing the event in 8:31.42.
Wheeling Park's girls were led by senior Sarah Fisher who was the top qualifier in the shot put with a mark of 37-4.
Steubenville had a strong showing thanks in large part to senior high hurdler Josh Thompson, who set a Class 4-A meet record in the 110 high hurdles (14.47).
Big Red senior Shaq Petteway was the top big-school qualifier in the 100. The West Virginia football recruit posted a 11.26.
Big Red's 800 team was just off record-pace when it posted a 1:30.69.
Steubenville's girls received a top-qualifying performance from senior Taja Lawson who won the 100 qualifying with a time of 12.74.
The Big Red girls' 800 team also boasted the top mark, finishing in 1:47.10.
Meadowbrook's Mara Cain also set a class record. Running for the first time in Class 4-A, Cain won the high hurdles in 14.95, breaking the old mark by three hundredths of a second.
John Marshall had a strong opening day on the girls' side. The Monarchs' 3,200 team posted a 10:08.06 for the top mark in the conference's largest class.
Sophomore Ashley Haught was the fastest 400 meter dasher in her class with a time of 61.05.
In Class 3-A, the team race appears wide open on both the boys' and girls' sides. Martins Ferry, Magnolia, St. Clairsville and Weir all qualified well with the former two doing so on the boys' side, while St. C. was solid in both and Weir's girls enjoyed a strong day.Martins Ferry's strength in hurdles was displayed when senior ace Anthony Phillips cruised to the top time in the 3-A highs in 15.49.
St. Clairsville's boys were led by freshman phenom Jaylon Brown who was the top 100 all told when he posted a 11.17.
The Red Devils boys also claimed the top spot in the 3,200 relay with a 8:33.38.
St. C.'s stranglehold on the distance races continued in the 3,200 when junior Andy Thornburg posted a 10:26.73.
The Red Devils girls', meanwhile, were led by sophomore standout Alyssa Robinson who continued her strong season with the top overall mark in the shot put. She marked 38-7.
Senior Jamie Perzanowski, who is the defending 3,200 Division II state runnerup, led the AAA field wire-to-wire in the qualifying round. She finished with a 11:52.99.
St. C.'s 800 team also posted the top mark in its class by virtue of a 1:50.76, but Edison was right on its heels by three hundredths of a tick.
Magnolia's boys, who are the defending 3-A champions, were impressive on the track and in the field.
Senior Matt Riggs got things going for the Blue Eagles when he posted a 161-7 mark in the discus.
Senior Brandon Kacor was the top long jumper in the 3-A field, exploding off the board into the sand for a mark of 19-5 1/2.
Stephen Rogalski, the area's premier 400 dasher, showed why Monday when he set the pace amongst both classes in 50.41.
Weir's Nicole Holland was the top female qualifier in the high hurdles. She ran 16.64 for the top spot.
The Red Riders girls edged St. C. out for the top spot in the 3-A 3,200 meter relay, posting a season-best mark of 9:59.35.
Harrison Central's boys, who also figure to score well on Saturday, posted the top time in the 800 with a 1:32.89, but the Purple Riders were close on their tail.
Oak Glen's Alex Burch was the top 3-A qualifier in the girls' 100 with a 13.18. She also posted the top mark in the lap dash in 60.33.
Edison's Katelyn Pollock was the high jump queen in 3-A, posting a clearance of 4-10.
The host Big Reds produced a top entrant in the pole vault thanks to the work done by junior Dylan Frizzi, who soared over 11-6.