On Saturday, October 7th at Meadowbrook High School, the cross country teams will line up with 40 plus teams and over 200 runners to battle it out for OVAC titles and special honors. Every school from the OVAC with cross country teams will compete in one race. After the dust settles and the meet has been scored, team champions will be plucked from the final results based on their conference designations. The Bellaire girls have captured both the Buckeye 8 and Belmont County titles this year. The girls toe the line at 10:00 am trying to capture their 5th straight 3A title and 9th in school history. The boys team have finished in the runner up position in two highly competitive races. Missing first place by less than eight points in each race, they claimed second place trophies in both the Claymont Invite and the Belmont County Championships. The boys will step to the starting line at 11:00 am trying to capture their third title in four years and the 9th in school history.
As far as OVAC Cross Country Championship history goes, the girls and boys programs find themselves closing in on new heights. Both the girls and boys teams are tied in the fourth spot for most cross country OVAC Championships in the history of cross country competition. The girls team is just three titles shy of capturing their 10th banner and the overall lead. The boys program is one spot away from capturing their 10th title and also just three shy of taking over the lead of most boys titles in OVAC cross country competition.
The junior high teams will take part in the OHIO vs West Virginia Challenge later in the afternoon at the same site. The girls junior high race kicks off at 1:00 pm followed by the junior high boys race.