POCA, W.Va. — Close … but no proverbial cigar.
Three points ended up being the difference as the Point Pleasant girls track and field team came up just short of eventual champion Buffalo at the 2017 Darby/Hedrick Invitational held Monday night on the campus of Poca High School in Putnam County.
The Lady Knights had 19 top six finishes, which included 16 top three efforts and a trio of individual event titles from the 17 events held. The pole vault competition did not take place this year at the annual meet.
PPHS finished the day with 131 points for runner-up honors, with only Buffalo finishing ahead of the Lady Knights with 134 points. Charleston Catholic (92) and Nitro (54.33) rounded out the top four spots in the eight-team field, while Wahama was fifth with 36.33 points and Hannan was seventh with 15 points.
Point Pleasant senior Aislyn Hayman netted two of the team’s three championships after winning both the shot put (41-9) and discus (125-10.5) events.
The 4x200m relay team of Sydnee Moore, Teagan Hay, Madison Hatfield and Sami Saunders also captured first place with a mark of 1:56.66. Moore, Hatfield, Hay and Saunders also won second place in the 4x100m relay with a mark of 54.62 seconds.
The 4x800m relay team of Ashley Flory, Allison Henderson, Lexi Watkins-Lovejoy and Morgan Miller finished second with a time of 11:29.46. Saunders, Henderson, Morgan and Ashley Staats also claimed third place in the 4x400m relay with a mark of 5:04.31.
Hay earned a pair of runner-up efforts in the 100m (13.33) and 200m (28.67) dashes, while Saunders scored a second place finish in the high jump with a leap of five feet even.
Hatfield was second in the 400m dash (1:05.02) and also finished third in the 200m dash (28.87). Morgan Roush was second in the discus (99-7.5) and third in the shot put (29-9), while Hannah Gleason was second in the shot put (29-11.5) and fifth in the discus (75-3).
Ariat Rollins placed third in the long jump with a distance of 12 feet, 6 inches. Henderson was fourth in the 1600m run (6:11.78), while Miller placed third in the 1600m run (6:07.78) and was also fifth in the 800m run (2:53.22).
The Lady Falcons earned eight top six efforts, which included a pair of event titles and three top three performances.
The 4x100m relay team of Skylar Riffle, Elizabeth Mullins, Kaleigh Stewart and MacKenzie Barr posted a winning time of 54.37 seconds. Stewart also won the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 3 inches.
Stewart also placed fourth in the 200m dash (28.98) and was fifth in the 100m dash (13.80), while Riffle was sixth in the 100m dash with a mark of 13.89 seconds.
Mullins was third in the 100m dash (13.50) and tied for fourth in the high jump (4-8). Mullins also placed sixth in the 200m dash with a time of 29.96 seconds.
The Lady Cats earned a trio of top six efforts, with two of those ending up as top three performances.
Kelsey Lee was the long jump runner-up with a distance of 13 feet, 2 inches. Cassidy Duffer was third in the discus (83-7.5) and also placed sixth in the shot put (26-10.5)
Complete results of the 2017 Darby/Hedrick Invitational are available on the web at runwv.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.