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Three of the best track and field athletes in Ohio Valley history are headed to the OVAC Hall of Fame.

River’s D.J. Duke and Barnesville’s Stephanie Morgan represent the decade of the 2010s, while Steubenville Catholic’s Teddi Jo Maslowski represents the decade of the 2020s in her first year of eligibility.

The trio will be formally honored on Saturday, Aug. 13 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling during the 18th annual induction ceremony.

This is the first announcement of Class of 2022 and each week from here forward, an additional group will be released.

The OVAC Hall of Fame is sponsored by Robinson Auto Group.

Here’s a capsule look at the honorees:

D.J. DUKE, River (Class of 2009) — Though he shined in football, it was in the shot put circle where this former Pilot left his biggest imprint.

Duke wasted little time asserting himself into the Ohio Valley throwing scene. He launched the shot put to a mark of better than 50-feet as a freshman. That’s very seldom accomplished. He qualified for the OHSAA Division III state meet that season, but he didn’t rest on his accomplishments.

During the winter, before his sophomore season, Duke experimented with learning how to spin, which for a shot putter is high risk, but high reward. He earned a return trip to the state meet after claiming the district championship and the silver medal at the regional.

Continuing to work on the spin, Duke mastered the trade prior to his junior season. He put forth an undefeated campaign that culminated with his first Division III state championship, which he claimed with a mark of 60-feet, which was nearly four feet better than his nearest competitor.

Still, though, there was motivation for Duke, who found himself competing against the tape measure most meets during his senior campaign. He won those competitions, too. Duke defended his state championship with a state-meet and state-record mark of 68-8 1/4. That proved to be the fifth time he broke the state record his senior season.

All told, Duke won four OVAC and district championships and three regional titles. As of 2022, he still owns the state meet and state record.

Duke competed in the Nike Outdoor National Track and Field Championships in the summer of 2009 and earned All-America status with a sixth-place finish.

On top of the shot put, he also worked himself into a solid discus thrower. He posted the top mark in the OVAC as a senior at 159-7. He qualified to the state meet as a senior.

Duke turned down several Division I track offers to attend Division II power Ashland University. He qualified for the NCAA Division II national meet both indoor and outdoor and earned All-America honors in both.

Duke’s prowess on the football field was also impressive as he was a four-year mainstay along both lines for the Pilots. He was named First-Team All-Ohio after his junior and senior seasons as well as Eastern District Defensive Player of the Year twice. He also took part in the OVAC All-Star Football Game.

STEPHANIE MORGAN, Barnesville (Class of 2009) — The term ‘greatest of all time’ gets thrown around quite frequently. However, when it comes to Ohio Valley female distance running, the acronym GOAT is totally accurate.

Morgan arrived at Barnesville High School after competing as an eighth grader and freshman …….

Source: https://www.theintelligencer.net/2022/02/19/duke-morgan-maslowski-heading-to-ovac-hof/

Three of the best track and field athletes in Ohio Valley history are headed to the OVAC Hall of Fame.

River’s D.J. Duke and Barnesville’s Stephanie Morgan represent the decade of the 2010s, while Steubenville Catholic’s Teddi Jo Maslowski represents the decade of the 2020s in her first year of eligibility.

The trio will be formally honored on Saturday, Aug. 13 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling during the 18th annual induction ceremony.

This is the first announcement of Class of 2022 and each week from here forward, an additional group will be released.

The OVAC Hall of Fame is sponsored by Robinson Auto Group.

Here’s a capsule look at the honorees:<…….

Three of the best track and field athletes in Ohio Valley history are headed to the OVAC Hall of Fame.

River’s D.J. Duke and Barnesville’s Stephanie Morgan represent the decade of the 2010s, while Steubenville Catholic’s Teddi Jo Maslowski represents the decade of the 2020s in her first year of eligibility.

The trio will be formally honored on Saturday, Aug. 13 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling during the 18th annual induction ceremony.

This is the first announcement of Class of 2022 and each week from here forward, an additional group will be released.

The OVAC Hall of Fame is sponsored by Robinson Auto Group.

Here’s a capsule look at the honorees:<…….

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