POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A solid start to the new year.
A plethora of local athletes came away with positive results in their first track and field meet of the 2017 campaign Friday night during the Paul Wood Invitational held at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field on the campus of Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School in Mason County.
Over 20 teams competed on both sides of the annual event, which included both programs from Point Pleasant, Wahama, Hannan and Ohio Valley Christian locally. The remainder of the teams participating also consisted of West Virginia schools from around the region.
On the girls side of the 18-event meet, Winfield came away with top honors with 177 points. Cabell Midland was the runner-up out of 15 scoring teams with 65 points, while Hurricane (48) and OVCS (36) rounded out the top four spots.
The host Lady Knights placed sixth overall with 32 points, while Wahama and Wayne tied for 14th place with six points apiece.
Ohio Valley Christian senior Rachel Sargent led all the locals with three individual titles in the 100-meter (13.17 seconds), 200m (27.03) and 400m (1:00.13) dashes. Sargent — who accounted for all 36 Lady Defender points — also placed third in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 4 inches.
PPHS also came away with an individual championship as senior Aislyn Hayman won the discus with a school-record toss of 144 feet, 8 inches. Hayman was also second in the shot put with a heave of 38-8.
Sami Saunders placed third in the high jump for PPHS with a leap of 5-2, while Teagan Hay was fifth in both the 100m (13.64) and 200m (28.57) seconds.
The Point 4x800m relay team of Alison Henderson, Morgan Miller, Lexi Watkins-Lovejoy and Cierra Beatty placed fifth with a time of 11:12.60.
Hay, Ashley Staats, Madison Hatfield and Sydnee Moore placed sixth in the 4x100m relay event with a mark of 55.35 seconds. Hay, Hatfield, Moore and Saunders were also sixth in the 4x200m relay with a time of 1:55.24.
The Lady Falcons scored their lone points in the 4x100m relay event as MacKenzie Barr, Elizabeth Mullins, Skylar Riffle and Kaleigh Stewart finished third with a 54.55 seconds.
There were 16 scoring teams in the boys competition, which Cabell Midland won with a final tally of 123 points. Winfield was the overall runner-up with 81 points, while Hurricane finished third with 55.5 points.
The host Black Knights were eighth overall with 24 points and the White Falcons finished ninth with 20 points. Neither Hannan nor OVCS scored in the boys competition.
Joseph Clark paced PPHS with a pair of second place efforts in the shot put (46-8.5) and discus (133-8) events, while Steven Trent was third in the pole vault event with a cleared height of nine feet.
Kaydean Eta was was sixth in the 110m hurdles (19.13) and Jesse Gleason was also sixth for Point in the discus with a heave of 121-5.
Brodee Howard paced Wahama with a third place finish in the 110m hurdles (17.89) and also finished fourth in the 300m hurdles (46.74). Wyatt Edwards was also fourth in the discus event with a throw of 128 feet even.
The 4x110m shuttle hurdles team of Howard, Edwards, Jacob Lloyd and Johnnie Baird also finished third with a time of 1:11.07.
Complete results of the 2017 Paul Wood Invitational are available on the web at runwv.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.