Linsly CC will push wheelchairs Saturday

Linsly won’t be participating in a cross country meet Saturday, but that doesn’t mean the Cadets won’t be running.

Coach Damon Harvey’s squad will be taking to the streets of Wheeling as they give of their time for one of the Ohio Valley’s best causes – the Free Wheelchair Mission.

Team members will pushing Free Wheelchair Mission wheelchairs starting at 1 p.m. from CentreTown Fitness in downtown Wheeling to the FWM office located at 1157 National Road. That’s a 3.6-mile trek. And, the youngsters will have a police escort to boot.

When there, according to the FWM’s John Warnick, a community-wide open house will take place from 2-5 p.m. complete with free food, drink entertainment and outreach, all with the goal of raising funds and awareness of the organizations mission.

So, stop out Saturday afternoon and thank the Linsly athletes for their effort and support a good cause, all at the same time.

On Campus

  • Kelly Perzanowski got her senior season at Florida Gulf Coast University off to a great start by winning the Westminster Academy Collegiate Invitational. The St. Clairsville High graduate broke the tape in 11:59 to lead the Eagles past Miami (Fla.) and Florida Atlantic. FGCU’s 20 team points was its best finish ever in a season opener. Perzanowski topped the whole field by more than a minute. The Eagles return to action next Saturday morning at the University of Florida’s Mountain Dew Invitational.
  • Barton College begins its season next week with at UNC-Wilmington’s Seahawk Invitational and Harrison Central grad Ericka Skinner hopes history repeats itself. The last time she raced in the mainly D-1 event, she won it.
  • Shadyside High’s Tara Tollett and Ohio University will take the course for the first time this season Saturday at Miami (Ohio). The Bobacts were tabbed third in the Mid-American Conference Preseason Poll. Tollett was an all-Ohioan last fall for the Tigers.
  • One of three seniors on the University of Illinois roster, Barnesville High graduate Stephanie Morgan is in her second season with the Illini after transferring from Baylor. Illinois runs at Purdue’s Boilermaker Invitational next Friday.
  • St. Clairsville alums Andy Thornburg and Amy Castle are in their sophomore and freshman campaigns, respectively, at UNC-Asheville. Castle started her career by finishing 26th overall, and second on the team, with a time of 12:04 at the Western Carolina Invitational. Thornburg posted a 16:23, good enough for 37th overall. The Bulldogs return to action next Saturday when they play host to their own invitational.

Cardinals the Pick

Ricky Moore has followed up a stellar career as an athlete at Wheeling Jesuit University with an almost equally tremendous one as a coach, both in cross country and track.

The success he and his teams enjoyed in the now-defunct West Virginia Conference are, at least for the time being, carrying over into the new Mountain East Conference.

Recently, Moore’s unit was selected to claim the MEC’s inaugural crown in a vote of the league’s coaches. The Cardinals received seven first-place votes. W.Va. Wesleyan got the other.

West Liberty was fifth.

WJu features three Ohio Valley products – Luke Holubeck and Matt Riffle, both St. John Central grads, along with Nathan Hershberger, a Magnolia High alum.

Holubeck was third in last season’s WVC meet.

Other Local Harriers

The three local colleges – Wheeling Jesuit, West Liberty and Bethany – are also chock full of Ohio Valley runners.

Moore’s women’s outfit features St. C.’s Melanie Hannan and Cameron’s Sarah Smith.

The Hilltoppers men have four OV runners on its roster – James Haught (Magnolia), Frankie Kamarec (Indian Creek), Mike McCavoy (Oak Glen) and Jeff Wesolowski (John Marshall).

Coach Eric Laughlin’s West Liberty women’s squad features Buckeye Local’s Leah Figurski and Tessa Gretchen, Martins Ferry’s Sunshine Wrenn and St. John’s Lindy Stauffer, along with Wheeling Park’s Elena Romanek, John Marshall’s Karissa Duke and Weir’s Alexis Virtue.

Helping make up Bethany’s roster are: St. Clairsville’s Brooke Bosworth, Bishop Donahue’s Catherine and Briana Breault and John Marshall’s Hunter Ankrom.

If you now of a local harrier succeeding collegiately, let us know and we’ll get the word out about their good fortune.

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