Point Pleasant’s Andrea Porter made school history twice over the span of 3.1 miles on Saturday, as the sophomore became both the first Lady Knight and the school’s highest-finisher ever at state during the 2010 Class AA-A cross country championships held at Cabell Midland High School in Cabell County.
Porter, making her state CC debut, placed 27th overall out of 88 competitors and posted an historic time of 21:47 — finishing just an eyeblink ahead of Breanna Mazzella of Richwood (21:47).
Porter, a first-year participant in the three-year old cross country program at Point Pleasant, gave PPHS its second consecutive season with a runner at the state level. John Kinnaird became the first Black Knight and first-ever Point competitor to qualify for state in 2009.
Porter, however, overtook Kinnaird as the top-finisher in PPHS history, as Kinnaird was 51st overall last year in the Class AA-A boys race. Kinnaird, on the other hand, still has the fastest time at state (19:49.94) for a Point Pleasant runner.
Sarah McCauley of Philip Barbour won the individual girls race in Class AA-A with a time of 18:33, followed by runner-up Sami Harris of Charleston Catholic with a time of 19:01.
Philip Barbour also won the AA-A team title with 62 points, almost half the total posted by runner-up Shady Spring (120).
Complete results of the 2010 WVSSAC cross country championships are available on the web at www.runwv.com