WPHS Girls In The Chase

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 Wednesday evening with the remaining nine events being contested.

The balance of the championship field will be known tonight when the 1A/2A and 4A classes complete their two-day preliminary meet.

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 Torie Derrow. After pacing two events Monday, she added the long jump (17-feet, 3-inches) 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 119-10. The Patriots also paced the 400 relay (49.96), shuttles (65.90) and 1,600 relay (4:12.70) in the big-school field.

Indian Creek’s Whitney Martin had an impressive meet. After posting the top 100 time Monday, she notched a 26.47 for the premier 200 time.

University’s Amelia Paladino was impressive in leading the 1,600 and 800 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 Monday, didn’t slow down.

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 qualifier in 23.08 and Snell paced the intermediate hurdles in 40.90. The Bobcats also led the 400 relay (44.52) and shuttles (58.21). The latter was a Class 5A record.

Indian Creek’s Max Lewis turned in an impressive 800 in setting a 5A record. He circled the oval twice in 1:58.27.

In 3A, the team race looked to be wide open Monday and little changed as several teams have positioned themselves to make a run at the banner.

Magnolia led two events as the girls posted a 54.89 to lead the 400 relay and a 1:12.19 to pace the shuttle qualifying.

Shenandoah’s Kylee Kasper paced the 200 (27.63) and long jump (14-11.5).

Steubenville Catholic led the way in the 1,600 relay with a 4:13.81, but a false start in the 400 relay could prove to be a costly miscue.

Barnesville’s Shayla Markovich set the benchmark in 3A discus with a twirl of 103-2.

In the 3A boys’ race, six different schools posted a top qualifying mark.

Bellaire has had a strong week and junior strongman Cody LaRoche has been a big reason. After pacing the discus Monday, he led the shot put with a 48-11.

Magnolia, which always seems to be a player in the 3A battle, led three events. Andrew Smith soared over 5-10 in the high jump; Jared Kacor skimmed eight hurdles in 41.53 to pace the intermediates and a 44.53 was the top 400 relay time in the class.

Steubenville Catholic’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 1,600 relay.

Linsly, which has won two conference titles in a row, paced the shuttles in in 63.40.