As the girls and boys cross country teams captured OVAC titles this past weekend, they find the Bellaire cross country programs in elite company. The girls’ team won their fourth straight OVAC title giving them a total of eight OVAC titles. (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) The eighth title places them in third place as far as the most girls cross country titles are concerned. They sit only two behind John Marshall (10) and one behind Wheeling Park (9). The Lady Reds are tied with St. Clairsville (8) and Barnesville (8).
The boys captured their 10th overall title and third in four years (1970, 1971, 1976, 1978, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2014, 2015, and 2017). They also climbed into the 3rd highest slot for most boys OVAC titles in cross country. They are just two short of leaders Caldwell and Shadyside (12) and one shy of St. Clairsville (11). They boys program is tied with Magnolia, Wheeling Park, and St. Johns (10).
The Big Reds cross country program sits in second with the most combined girls and boys OVAC titles at 18. It is just one title away from John Marshall and Wheeling Park who are tied with 19 titles. The Reds sit in the second spot with Shadyside and Caldwell (18).
Head coach Chris Arno is tied for first in the category of most girls OVAC cross country titles with eight. He leads the category with long time Barnesville coach Mark Brown (8). On the boys’ front, Arno ranks fifth all time in OVAC history with 6 titles. Leading the way is state of Ohio cross country legend Dugan Hill from Caldwell (12), followed by Tony Cirloi of St. Clairsville (11), Wayne Fetty of Magnolia (9), and Jeremy Medei of St. Johns (7). Tied with Arno in the fifth spot is Donna Joseph of Shadyside (6). Hill, Ciroli, and Arno are the only ones who are still active head coaches in the OVAC.
Coach Dugan Hill from Caldwell leads the way with most combined OVAC titles at 18, followed by Tony Ciroli of St. Clairsville with 15. Coach Chris Arno is just four shy of overall combined total OVAC titles at 14.