WINFIELD, W. Va. — A total of four Black Knights — and several members of the Lady Knights — are bound for the West Virginia state track and field meet, following Wednesday’s Class AAA, Region IV championships at Winfield High School.
Of the 10 teams which competed, both Point Pleasant squads finished fifth — with the Black Knights notching 46.5 points and the Lady Knights an even 36.
Both the boys and girls especially excelled in the throwing events, sweeping regional titles in both the shot put and discus — as well as advancing multiple members of the Lady Knight relay teams.
The top three placers in each event automatically qualify for next weekend’s state meet at Laidley Field in Charleston, along with at-large qualifiers.
For the boys, Point Pleasant senior Cody Mitchell captured the regional championship in the shot and disc, throwing 51-feet and one inch in the shot put and 175-feet and eight inches in the discus.
Mitchell will be joined at the state by senior teammate Tannor Hill, who automatically qualified in the shot put at 49-feet and eight inches.
Hill, at 144-feet and eight inches, is an unofficial at-large qualifier for the discus throw.
So too is junior Joe Clark in the shot put, as he tossed a best 45-10.
The only other Black Knight to punch a ticket to the state is junior Shebaniah Harris, who was the runner-up to Cabell Midland’s Daniel Jarrell in the 400m dash.
Harris ran the lap in 53.38 seconds, compared to Jarrell’s 50.15.
Point Pleasant’s three sprint relay teams all earned points, as the 4x200m club was fourth in 1:37.
The quartet consisted of the anchor Harris, junior opening leg Jason Wamsley, sophomore second leg Keyshawn Stover, and freshman third leg Cason Payne.
Stover (anchor leg) and Payne (second leg) then joined Justin Brumfield (opening leg) and Grant Safford (third leg) to finish fifth in the 4x100m.
Wamsley, Payne, Safford and Harris — running in that order — finished sixth in the 4x4x00m.
In the pole vault, juniors Tate Hawkins and Trevor Hawkins had a combined two-and-a-half points.
Tate Hawkins cleared the bar at an even 10-feet, while Trevor Hawkins’ best — in tying for sixth — stood at 9-6.
For the Lady Knights, four of the five relay teams are at-large qualifiers for the state meet.
In fact, all five relay units amounted two points apiece by finishing fifth in each race, but only the 4x800m did not advance.
All three sprint relays moved on, as freshmen Bri Reymond, Madison Hatfield and anchor Teagan Hay joined senior second leg Carlee Dabney in the 4x100m (52.44 seconds).
Hatfield and Hay made up the final two legs for the 4x200m (1:51), joining fellow freshman Sydney Moore and senior opening leg Kyla Scott.
The 4x400m (4:23) relay consisted of Hatfield, Hay, Scott and an unlisted name for the anchor.
In the shuttle hurdles relay, Dabney ran the second leg — and joined junior opening leg Siera Toles, sophomore third leg Cierra Porter and senior anchor leg Lexi Toth to run a 1:12.
The 4x800m foursome that finished fifth featured freshmen Allison Henderson, Lexi Watkins-Lovejoy and Cierra Beatty — and sophomore second leg Ashley Flory.
The Lady Knights’ lone track individual event qualifier was Hatfield, who finished fourth in the 400m dash and advanced as an at-large.
She completed the lap in a minute and two seconds.
The Lady Knights gained 22 of their 36 points from field events, including junior Aislyn Hayman in the shot put and discus.
Hayman, with a new PPHS girls record, won the regional discus with a throw of 132-feet and one inch.
She was also the shot put regional runner-up, heaving an even 37-feet — exactly three feet and one inch behind Huntington’s Ericka Budd.
Hayman’s teammate, fellow junior Morgan Roush, reached the state as an at-large qualifier — finishing fourth in the discus at 101-feet.
Host Winfield won the girls team title with a massive 174 points, as Cabell Midland was the runner-up with 99 and Huntington third at 97.
Hurricane had 90 points for fourth, followed by Point Pleasant and sixth-place Saint Albans (30 points).
Cabell Midland captured the boys team championship, racking up 155.5 points.
Winfield was runner-up with 119, followed by Hurricane (81 points) and Huntington (67.5 points) in third and fourth.
Saint Albans was sixth with 44 points.
A complete list of results can be found on www.runwv.com.
The annual WVSSAC state meet will be held on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106