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TRACK: Wheeling Park Sends More to Saturday

Martins Ferry has a solid day in 3A

May 3, 2012
By SETH STASKEY , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - The 3A and 5A schools can officially make their reservations for Saturday's championship run at the Cal Giffin OVAC Track and Field Championship.

Qualifying wrapped up under ideal weather conditions at Red Devil Stadium for those two divisions.

The championship meet begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. with field events and noon for running events.

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Magnolia’s Stephen Rogalski races in the 200 on Wednesday.

Photo by Mike Palmer

The final spots in the championship meet will be earned tonight when the 2A and 4A schools resume their meet at 4 p.m. for field events and 5 p.m. for running back at Red Devil Stadium.

Class 5A

The battle between Two Rivers Athletic Conference members, Morgantown, University and Wheeling Park is set to go for Saturday.

All three schools had another solid day of qualifying.

Wheeling Park produced the top time of the day in the 1,600 thanks to the lap dashing speed of Ashley Grove, RaKedra Webb, Lauren Tarovisky and Natasha Whitaker. The foursome posted a 4:09.83.

Alexis Ricker punched her ticket to the discus final by virtue of a twirl of 99-1.

Brooke's Ali Crawford is primed for a busy afternoon on Saturday. She was the top qualifier in the 300 meter low hurdles at 47.38.

Brooke's Rachel Richard was the top long jumper in the field with a mark of 16-feet, 4-inches.

On the boys' side, the same schools and throw in Cambridge should duke it out for 18 events on Saturday.

The Patriots' Michael Mauck was the top qualifier in the 800 meter run, circling the track twice in 2:04.75.

DeWanya Neal added the top spot in the shot put to the discus mark he accomplished on Monday. Neal's put of 49-4 3/4 was tops in the big-school class.

D.C. Banks had the top 300 hurdle mark in 5A, crusing over eight hurdles in 41.71.

The Patriots' shuttle team of Banks, Chase Bonar, Cole Bertol and Austin Farley posted a 60.68 to set the standard in the hurdle relay.

Cambridge's Deshaun Lewis was the top half-lap dasher in the field. He ran the 200 in 23.20.

Class 3A

Martins Ferry's girls did nothing to hurt their hopes of giving a solid chase to the conference title.

After the second day of qualifying, the Purple Riders had six of the top qualifiers in the nine events contested.

Sophomore ace Sarah Applegarth paced the long jump with a mark of 16-3. Junior Sunshine Wrenn paced the 800 qualifying with a 2:29.99.

Freshman Jamie Truchan was the top 1,600 qualifier. She ran four laps in 5:41.97.

The Purple Riders also paced all three relays that took place. Martins Ferry's 1,600 team of Applegarth, Wrenn, Taylr Jenkins and Truchan ran a 4:16.89.

The Ferry shuttle team, which has the top time in all of the OVAC this season, posted a 1:09.14. The team was comprised of Courtney Crolley, Rikki Allen, Ashley Griffith and Nikki Allen.

The 400 relay team of Ashlei Ray, Crolley, Griffith and Kayce Neeley posted a 52.94, which was tops in 3A.

Bellaire's Myleah Green, who paced the shot put qualifying on Monday, was tops in the discus with a twirl of 96-7.

Bridgeport frosh Brianna Massey was tops in the 200 meter dash in 27.73.

On the boys' side, Barnesville had a strong meet of qualifying, pacing two events.

Junior Brandon Stephens ran 2:06.00 to pace the 800. He joined forces with Jeff Hart, Kyle McIntire and Jacob Anderson for a 3:37.02.

Martins Ferry also had a pair of top qualifiers. Junior strongman Sean McGee paced the shot put with an impressive heave of 55-2 1/2. The Riders' strong shuttle team of Richie Padyjasek, Brian Styles, Travis Jenkins and Jack Fitch skimmed 40 hurdles in 61.51.

Magnolia, which figures to make a strong push for a repeat title, was led by junior speedster Stephen Rogalski's 23.11 in the 200, which led the field.

Bellaire's strong 400 team of Josh Davis, Nick Maffe, Collin Kimbro and the top 100 dasher in 3A Juwaun Whetstone, the Big Reds led the qualifying with a time of 45.38.

Bridgeport's Cody Frey produced the top time in the 300 intermediate hurdles at 39.83.

Buckeye Trail's Austin Carleton was the top high jumper at 6-2 and Trever Pontius was the top 1,600 meter runner at 4:43.84.

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