River High School multi-sport standout Cassidy McCullough has made a decision to continue her track and academic pursuits at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Her athletic career achievements at River High School in track include: All Times Leader Team in her first three seasons; 2012 Ohio State champion in the 300 meter low hurdles in her junior year; state qualifier in 200 meters; fifth place in the state meet in the 100 meter high hurdles; 300 meter low hurdle regional champion; 200 meter run regional champion; OVAC runner-up in 2011 and 2012; OVAC Champion in 300 meter low hurdles and Times Leader Athlete of the Week.
In addition, she was the 2011 sixth-place winner in the 300 meter low hurdles at the Ohio State Track Meet; and she was chosen All-Ohioan in her sophomore and junior years.
In the photo, Cassidy McCullough, seated at center, is flanked by her mother Rachelle, left, and father, Mike, as she signs a letter of intent to further her education and athletic career at West Virginia Wesleyan. Also pictured, standing, are River Pilot Track Coach Kathy McGlone; McCullough’s grandparents, Minnie and Bill Roth; and pilot Track Coach Bob Cicogna. (Photo by Bruce Crawford)
In basketball, McCullough was chosen to play in the OVAC All Star game this year. She made Honorable Mention in Division IV All-Ohio, was named to the Times Leader Team in her junior and senior seasons and made All Eastern District Division IV in her junior and seasons.
McCullough was named the Times Leader Player of the Week in her junior and senior seasons and was sectional champ in her last three years at RHS. She also claimed the OVAC Class-AAA Runner Up slot and Robinson's Auto Group Athlete of the Week in her senior year.
She was secretary of the National Honor Society in her junior and senior years, a PVC Scholar for four years and an honor roll student for four years. In addition, she volunteered for the food and blood drives in her last two years.
The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats have won 18 of their last 22 WVIAC titles. During that run, Wesleyan hurdlers have won 26 individual league titles, either in the high hurdles or the 400 meter hurdles.
The run included several area student-athletes, including Magnolia's Josh Natali (who was a two-time league MVP) and his sister, Paden City's Jess Natali, who was conference champ in the woven's high hurdles.
Joining McCullough at Wesleyan will be fellow Pilot Nick Asturi, Magnolia's Stephen Rogalski, and the Tyler Consolidated trio of Hunter and Haylea Lemasters and Makayla Clegg.
McCullough will pursue a degree in Chemistry and after high school graduation wants to continue on to grad school and go into sports medicine or become a physician's assistant. She has a GPA 3.7.