WINFIELD, W.Va. — Real close to needing a bigger bus.
The Point Pleasant track and field program qualified a total of 28 kids for state as each squad earned runner-up team finishes on Friday night at the 2019 Class AA Region IV Championships held at Winfield High School in Putnam County.
Both the Black Knights and Lady Knights trailed only Winfield in the final team standings, but the Red and Black also joined WHS as the only programs to produce triple digits in the final standings of each competition.
The Point boys came away with 16 different state qualifiers in 17 of the 18 events, including a trio of regional titles and as many at-large bids en route to a final tally of 142 points. The Generals won the Region IV crown with 211 points, while Poca was third out of nine scoring teams with 50 points.
All five relay squads advanced to state with top-three finishes, but the Point quartet of Kaydean Eta, Brady Adkins, Logan Southall and Nick Leport won the 4x110m shuttle hurdles relay with a time of 1:00.36.
Southall secured a regional title for PPHS in the high jump (5-10) and Adkins did the same in the 300m hurdles (41.95) event. Southall also qualified in the 110m hurdles with a third place time of 16.31 seconds.
Luke Wilson landed a trio of runner-up efforts in the 800m (2:03.96), 1600m (4:36.14) and 3200m (9:54.28) events, while Eta was second in the 110m hurdles (16.05). Luke Derenberger was also the high jump runner-up with a height of 5 feet, 8 inches.
Preston Taylor was the 100m dash runner-up with a time of 11.72 seconds, while Trevon Franklin was second in the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, 10 inches.
Leport, Taylor, Jovone Johnson and Garrett Hatten placed second in the 4x100m relay with a time of 45.50 seconds. Johnson, Taylor, Hatten and Adkins were also second in the 4x200m relay with a mark of 1:33.56.
Wilson, Leport, Hatten and Adkins were third in the 4x400m relay (3:41.04), while Alberto Castillo, Hector Castillo, Peyton Hughes and Ethan Scott finished third in the 4x800m relay (9:23.63). Steven Trent also qualified in the pole vault with third place effort of 10 feet, 6 inches.
Leport and Johnson came away with a pair of at-large berths after placing fourth in the 400m dash (53.90) and 200m dash (24.04), respectively. Gabe Hall also claimed a spot at state in the shot put with a fifth place throw of 42 feet, 7.5 inches.
The Point girls came away with 12 different state qualifiers in 10 events, including a single regional champion and four at-large bids en route to a final tally of 119 points. The Lady Generals won the Region IV crown with 256 points, while Sissonville was third out of nine scoring teams with 52 points.
Samantha Saunders secured the high jump title with a cleared height of 5 feet, 3 inches. Saunders was also the runner-up in both the pole vault (9-6) and long jump (14-6.5) competitions.
Addy Cottrill was second in both the shot put (36-8) and discus (119-0) events, while Elicia Wood was the high jump runner-up at 5 feet even.
The quartet of Madison Hatfield, Teagan Hay, Sydnee Moore and Ashley Staats were runners-up in both the 4x100m relay (54.03) and 4x200m relay (1:54.42) events.
Hatfield, Moore, Allison Henderson and Kady Hughes combined for a pair of third place efforts in the 4x400m relay (4:29.71) and 4x800m relay (10:37.17). Hay and Kayla Butler also came away with third place finishes in the long jump (14-0.5) and shot put (34-4) events, respectively.
Henderson earned an at-large bid in the 800m run with a time of 2:31.29, while Tristan Wilson came away with a pair of at-large spots after placing fourth in the discus (95-1) and sixth in the shot put (32-2.5). Hannah Gleason also gained an at-large bid with a sixth place effort in the discus (89-4).
The 2019 WVSSAC Track and Field Championships will be held May 17-18 at Laidley Field in Charleston.
Visit runwv.com for complete results of the 2019 Class AA Region IV track and field championships held at Winfield High School.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.