OVAC Track Champions Crowned in St. Clairsville


A relatively quiet day on the diamonds Saturday in the Valley but there was plenty of action at Red Devil Stadium in St. Clairsville as they hosted the OVAC Cal Giffin Track Championships.

Bridgeport’s Candace Kendzierski would take the crown in girls shot put with a throw of more than 36 feet. Cole LaRoche of Bellaire would win the shot put for the boys with a throw of more than 52 feet.

In the discus, Mason Pilkey of Warren Local would take over with a throw of 166 feet 10 inches to set the OVAC record and it obviously was enough for him to win the event.

In the girls high jump John Marshall’s Torie Derrow would set the stadium record after she cleared 5’8. In the boys high jump, reigning state champion Tucker Cain, the Valley Lumberjack, would clear 6’6 to win the OVAC overall title, he just missed the OVAC record of 6’8.

Moving onto the track events, Morgantown’s girls would go on to win the 4×800 relay and the Mohigan boys relay team would also take home the title in the 4×800 after a strong finish put them in front of Oak Glen as the finish line.

Returning to Torie Derrow as the Monarch would take off in the 110 meter high hurdles as she went onto to win it for John Marshall, just one of the many events she’ll be running next year as a hepthathlete for the Marshall Thundering Herd. In the boys 110 hurdles, St. Clairsville’s Malachi Mellema would stretch at the very end to win over Wheeling Park to give the Red Devils the victory.

In the girls 100 meter dash Steubenville’s Lysiah Rice would pull ahead for Big Red to get the win, she would also finished first in the 200 meter dash as well for Steubenville. In the boys 100 Weir High’s Donovan Spencer outran Brooke to win the dash. Spencer would also sweep the 200 for the Red Riders.

Lysiah Rice would anchor the Steubenville 4×200 girls relay team to a win for Big Red as they beat Brooke. In the boys 4×200 relay the Brooke Bruins motor through the home stretch to pull ahead of St. Clairsville for the win.

And Finally the Wheeling Park boys were able to win the 4×100 relay after a strong anchor run from Elijah Bell.

The final boy’s standings at the OVAC Championships: Cambridge wins in 5A, St. Clairsville takes the crown in 4A, Bellaire wins in 3A and Wheeling Central wins the 1A/2A title.

And as for the girls, Morgantown wins the 5A Championship, Martins Ferry was first in 4A, Magnolia finished in front at 3A and Wheeling Central gets the sweep as the Lady Maroon Knights also win the 1A/2A Title.

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