WEST UNION, W. Va. — Milli Vanilli once sang, or rather lip-synched, it — but you can definitely blame this one on the rain on Friday night.
That’s because both the Wahama and Ohio Valley Christian School track and field teams, along with 10 other clubs — had their participation in Friday’s Cline Stansberry Invitational meet cut short due to severe weather.
With lightning and rain in the West Union area, the meet at Doddridge County High School was cancelled after 10 events.
For the boys, Wahama senior Wesley Jones had scored the White Falcons’ only points (six) — thanks to a third-place finish in the 100m dash in 11.58 seconds.
For the girls, the White Falcons and OVCS Defender duo had made more headway when the weatherman intervened.
The Defenders — which consist of only two junior girls — had scored 30 points, while Wahama had 16.
Ohio Valley Christian sprinter Rachel Sargent captured the championship in the 400m dash, completing the lap in exactly a minute.
She was also the runner-up to Wahama’s Lizzy Mullins in the 100m dash, as Mullins mustered a 13.28-second sprint while Sargent was only five one-hundredths (13.33) of a second behind.
Sargent was also fourth in the long jump, leaping 14-feet and four inches.
OVCS’ other athlete, thrower Katie Bradley, was the runner-up in the shot put — tossing exactly 34-feet and 11-inches.
She was only three inches behind the champion — Gilmer County’s Sada Wright (35-2).
Sargent scored 22 points for the Defenders, while Bradley had the other eight.
Aside from Mullins, the White Falcons scored two points apiece for fifth-place in three other events.
Kaleigh Stewart was involved in all three, finishing fifth in the 100m and long jump, while also running the third leg of Wahama’s 4x200m relay team.
Mullins ran the second leg, while Rebekah Roach ran the opener and Skylar Riffle the anchor.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106