ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Half the field is set. The tickets for nine events to Saturday's OVAC Track and Field Championship Meet are set.
The final two divisions, Class 3A and 5A, got into the qualifying act Tuesday as the five-day OVAC Track and Field Meet continued under ideal weather conditions at Red Devil Stadium.
Qualifying wrapped up in nine events and the remaining nine get under way today. The meet resumes this afternoon with remaining field events for the 1A/2A and 4A schools at 4, and running begins at 5.
Edison’s Ashley Borsch competes in the 100-meter hurdles during Tuesday’s events in St. Clairsville.
All of the qualifying rounds come to a close with 3A and 5A resuming Thursday.
In Class 3A, the River girls had a strong effort and some of their prime-time events are stll to come. Senior standout Cassidy McCullough, who figures to be one of the meet's top scorers, owns the fastest time in the field for the 100-meter dash as she blazed down the track in 12.62.
Linsly's Claudia Palmer was the top 3A entrant in the 100 high hurdles in a time of 17.89. The Cadets' 3,200 team also set the pace in its division, running eight laps in 10:42.43.
Bellaire senior Myleah Green turned in a season-best effort in the shot put, marking the gravel in 35-feet, 10 1/2-inches to lead the 3A field. Magnolia's Christa Harshberger paced the 3,200 field in a time of 13:24.27.
The 3A boys' field was fairly well balanced as five different schools grabbed one of the top qualifying spots. Reigning 2A champion Linsly was led by a pair of talented sprinters as Jamal Ebanks paced the 100 field in a time of 11.75 and senior Mike Hammond paced the 400 in 52.53.
The Cadets' 800 team turned in a 1:32.69 to lead the way.
Barnesville's Jacob Anderson turned in the top time in the highs with a 16.26, while River's Thomas Tharp was the top discus thrower in 3A with a twirl of 130-0.
In Class 5A, a tight battle appears to be developing between Wheeling Park, Morgantown and even John Marshall on the girls' side. The Cambridge and Wheeling Park boys appear to be setting up for quite a battle performance.
John Marshall's girls had an impressive first day as it led two events, including Emily Winters in the shot put at 36-7.
Senior Ashley Haught turned in the best time of any class in the 400, setting a 5A record in the process. She circled the oval in a blazing 57.97.
Wheeling Park freshman Tamara Bumgardner ran a 15.76 to edge John Marshall freshman Tori Derrow by three hundredths of a second.
The Patriots also paced a deep and highly competitive 800 relay field, posting a 1:46.24.
Edison's Katelyn Pollock paced a highly competitive 5A high jump with a 5-2 clearance.
In the boys' meet, Wheeling Park's Bryce Ingram and Albert Schrimp led the way in the 100 and 3,200 meters, respectively. Ingram ran a 11.27 and Schrimp posted a 10:14.54.
The Patriots also led the 800 relay qualifying with a 1:33.54.
The Bobcats also led three events, including a 5A and stadium-record performance by Eric Fox in the pole vault. He soared personal-best 15-3 to lead the way.