CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Another busy weekend for Mason County.
Both Point Pleasant and Wahama will collectively have 39 athletes participating at the 2019 WVSSAC track and field championships being held Friday and Saturday at Laidley Field on the campus of the University of Charleston.
Point Pleasant has 28 athletes — 16 boys and a dozen girls — competing in 27 total events at the Class AA meet, while Wahama is sending 11 athletes — three boys and eight girls — to participate in the Class A event.
Hannan, the remaining track program in Mason County, did not have an athlete advance to Laidley Field this weekend.
The Black Knights are represented in 16 of the 18 events being held this weekend, including all five relay competitions. The PPHS boys will also have multiple entrants in the shot put, high jump and 110m hurdles events while not having an entrant in either the long jump or the discus.
Just under half of Point’s 16 athletes are competing at the state level for the first time, but the Black Knights also have 10 returnees to help lead the way this weekend.
The PPHS boys have high expectations headed in as the Red and Black own top-six qualifying efforts in eight of their 16 events this weekend.
Senior Luke Wilson owns the second-fastest times in both the 1600m and 3200m runs, while junior Brady Adkins is currently the second-fastest competitor in the 300m hurdles. Wilson is also fifth in qualifying for the 800m run.
The 4x110m shuttle hurdles team of Adkins, Kaydean Eta, Logan Southall and Nick Leport — all juniors — are also second-fastest headed into the weekend.
Senior Trevon Franklin has the fifth-best effort in the shot put, while Eta is currently sitting sixth in the 110m hurdles. The quartet of Adkins, juniors Jovone Johnson and Garrett Hatten, and freshman Preston Taylor also come in with the sixth-fastest time in the 4x200m relay.
Wilson, Hatten, Adkins and junior Nick Leport have the eighth-best time in the 4x400m relay, while Johnson, Leport, Taylor and Hatten are currently ninth in the 4x100m relay. Southall is also ninth in the 110m hurdles and tied for ninth in the high jump.
The Black Knights also have juniors Steven Trent in pole vault and Gabe Hall in the shot put, as well as Johnson in the 200m dash and Taylor in the 100m dash. Leport also qualified in the 400m dash, while freshman Luke Derenberger is in the high jump.
Juniors Alberto Castillo, Peyton Hughes, Ethan Scott and Hector Castillo will also compete in the 4x800m relay event on behalf of the Black Knights.
The Black Knights have scored at least one point in 16 of the last 17 state tournaments.
The Lady Knights are represented in 10 of the 18 events being held this weekend, including a quartet of relay competitions. The Point girls also have seven state returnees out of the dozen athletes participating this weekend.
The PPHS girls have a handful of chances to reach the podium this weekend as the Red and Black own top-six qualifying efforts in four of their 10 events this weekend.
Freshman Addy Cottrill owns the two-best chances for the Lady Knights as she enters the discus and shot put events with the second- and third-longest qualifying throws, respectively.
Freshman Kayla Butler comes into the shot put event with the fourth-best effort, while junior Samantha Saunders comes into the high jump with the fourth-best height. Saunders is also eighth in the pole vault and 15th in the long jump.
Seniors Madison Hatfield, Allison Henderson and Sydnee Moore, as well as freshman Kady Hughes, have the seventh- and 10th-best times in the 4x800m relay and 4x400m relay events, respectively.
Hatfield, Moore, senior Teagan Hay and junior Ashley Staats have the ninth- and 10th-fastest qualifying times in the 4x200m relay and 4x100m relay events, respectively.
Sophomore Tristan Wilson has the ninth-longest qualifying throw in the discus and is also 11th overall in the shot put event.
The Lady Knights also have Henderson in the 800m run and freshman Elicia Wood in the high jump, as well as Hay in the long jump. Junior Hannah Gleason will also compete in the discus event.
The Lady Knights have scored at least one point at the state meet for 15 consecutive years.
The Lady Falcons are represented in six of the 18 Class A events being held this weekend, including a pair of relay competitions. Five of Wahama’s eight state qualifiers are also first-time qualifiers to Laidley Field.
Junior MacKenzie Barr enters the weekend with the Lady Falcons’ lone top-10 qualifying effort as she is currently tied for fifth in the pole vault.
Sophomore Abbie Lieving will compete in the high jump and senior Camryn Tyree is in the long jump, while freshmen Lacey Neal and Tori Sigman respectively take part in the 100m dash and pole vault events.
Neal, Lieving, Barr and senior Skylar Riffle compete in the 4x100m relay, while Lieving, Neal, and freshmen Michaela Hieronymus and Olivia Brooks will take part in the 4x200m relay.
The Lady Falcons scored their first points at the state level last spring since the 2013 season.
The White Falcons are represented in four of the 18 events being held this weekend, with two of the three Wahama competitors making return trips to Laidley Field.
Sophomore Aaron Jordan and senior Jacob Lloyd both enter the weekend as Wahama’s best chance for points as the pair have the 11th-best qualifying efforts in the pole vault and 800m run, respectively.
Sophomore Josh Frye is also slated to compete in both the 100m dash and 400m dash events.
The White Falcons have scored at least one point at the state level for seven straight postseasons.
Point Pleasant and Wahama combined to send 34 athletes to the state meet a year ago. All four squads also scored at least one point at the annual event.
The 2019 WVSSAC track and field championships will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Laidley Field. The final day of competition will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.