ONA, W.Va. — A valuable experience for the handful that made the trip.
The Point Pleasant cross country program had only five runners attend the ultra-competitive St. Mary’s Medical Center Festival, but the quintet did put together some positive results Saturday in the annual meet held at Cabell Midland High School.
The Black Knights had four of the five local competitors at the event, but neither squad had enough entrants to record a team score in either Class AA race.
There were 30 teams and 220 competitors in the AA boys race, while the AA girls event featured 22 teams and 180 individual racers.
PPHS junior Luke Wilson — who set a new school record just one week ago by winning the Ripley Covered Bridge meet — upped his new personal best mark to 17:08. Wilson’s new Point record, however, only resulted in an 11th place finish.
Ethan Scott was next with a time of 20:59, good enough for a 147th place finish. Isaac Daniels (21:53) and Tanner Durst (24:17) also earned respective placings of 168th and 202nd.
Aaron Withrow of Winfield won the boys race with a time of 16:26, while Brody Gorrell of St. Marys had a runner-up effort of 16:37.
Lexington Christian came away with AA boys team trophy with a winning tally of 146. Ritchie County was the runner-up with 148 points and Bridgeport was third with 152 points.
Allison Henderson was the lone Lady Knight to compete Saturday in the AA girls race, which landed a 35th place finish with a mark of 22:12.
Erykah Christopher of East Fairmont was the AA girls champion with a time of 19:53. Desirae Schoonover of Doddridge County was the runner-up with a mark of 20 minutes even.
Bridgeport was the AA girls team champion with 96 points. Winfield (99) and Williamstown (146) rounded out the top three spots.
Visit runwv.com for complete results of the 2017 St. Mary’s Medical Center Cross Country Festival.