ONA, W.Va. — Thirty-nine runners ended up being faster, but nobody in Point Pleasant history has finished with a better time at the state meet than Luke Wilson.
Wilson — a sophomore — finished 40th overall with a time of 17:54.9 Saturday at the 2016 Class A-AA WVSSAC Cross Country championships held at Cabell-Midland High School in Cabell County.
Wilson — who owns the school record of 17:50 in a race — posted one of his fastest times of the year in the A-AA final while becoming the first Black Knight participant at the state meet since John Kinniard back in 2009.
It was also the first time PPHS runner of any gender had competed at the state level since Andrea Porter accomplished the feat back in 2012.
Jackson Reed of Nicholas County defeated the other 128 competitors in the boys event after winning the individual title with a time of 16:06.0. Aaron Withrow of Winfield was the overall runner-up with a mark of 16:21.5.
Bridgeport won the A-AA team title with 69 points, with Berkeley Springs (100) and East Fairmont (101) rounding out the top three spots.
Sophomore Makenzie Moran of Huntington Saint Joseph won the Class A-AA girls race with a time of 19:07.5. Jessica Melvin of Phillip Barbour was the overall runner-up out of 106 competitors with a mark of 19:10.4.
Phillip Barbour claimed the Class A-AA team crown with 83 points, while Fairmont Senior (99) and Bridgeport (104) rounded out the top three spots.
Junior Philip White of University won the Class AAA boys race with a time of 16:14.1. Morgantown (45) defeated Cabell Midland (100) and the rest of the field for the AAA team title.
Hampshire junior Hannah Lipps won the AAA girls title with a time of 19:07.5. University (44) defeated Morgantown (62) and the rest of the field for the AAA girls crown.
Complete results of the 2016 WVSSAC Cross Country Championships are available on the web at runwv.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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