PICKERINGTON - The 'Magnificent 7' was a name reserved for the United States Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team, but it also applies to the local runners who are heading to the Ohio High School Athletic Association's State Cross Country Championship this coming weekend.
The Ohio Valley will send seven competitors to National Trail Raceway in Hebron for the state championship run after their efforts in the regional championship at North High School.
Leading the way to the state meet is Shadyside senior Tara Tollett, who claimed her first regional championship Saturday.
Tollett, who was the state runnerup in the 3,200-meter run on the track during the spring, will embark on her second state CC meet after finishing the race in a time of 19:08, which earned her the title.
The Division III girls' field is where the area has its largest delegation.
On top of the Ohio University commit Tollett, three other area girls will be on hand as well.
St. John Central sophomore Fallon Doyle, who finished third in the state last season, finished third in the regional with a solid time of 19:17.
Martins Ferry will send a pair of competitors to the state meet.
Senior Sunshine Wrenn had a solid regional performance. She toured the 3.1-mile course in 19:55, which was good enough for ninth place overall.
Sophomore Jamie Truchan will take part in her first state CC meet after posting a time of 20 minutes, which was good enough for 13th place overall.
The lone boy to qualify in Division III was St. John Central senior Corey Leasure. He ran a 16:53, which was good enough for a sixth-place medal.
In Division II, St. Clairsville will send a boy and a girl.
Senior ace Drake Walker will carry the local banner in the boys' field this weekend. He finished 10th overall with a solid time of 16:48.
Senior Julianna Madzia had an impressive run. She finished the tough course at North in a solid time of 19:27, which was good enough for seventh place overall.