ELIZABETH, W.Va. — A triumphant return.
After missing the Ritchie County Invitational last weekend, Point Pleasant junior Luke Wilson came away with top individual honors on Saturday at the 2017 Wirt County Wetlands Cross Country Invitational.
Wilson captured his third race title of the season after posting a winning mark of 17:36.66, the only competitor out of the 38-man field to post a sub-18-minute time. Clayton Bee of Ritchie County was the overall runner-up with a time of 18:03.28.
The Black Knights did not have enough competitors for a a team score and only three schools competed as teams in the boys event.
Ritchie County won the team crown with a final tally of 18 points. Williamstown was second with 51 points, while Wirt County completed the field with 67 points.
Ethan Scott followed Wilson for PPHS with a 24th place effort of 21:50.97, followed by Isaac Daniels was 25th with a mark of 21:55.03. Alex Foster was also 38th overall with a time of 37:24.56.
Williamstown was the only girls team to compete at the event, which allowed them to post a perfect score of 15. The WHS tandem of Ella Hesson (20:19.06) and Kasey McNamara (20:35.15) earned the top two finishes in the 19-competitor field.
Allison Henderson was the lone Point Pleasant entrant in the girls race and finished eighth overall with a time of 24:14.31.
Visit runwv.com for complete details of the 2017 Wirt County Wetlands Invitational.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.