FAYETTEVILLE, W. Va. — A lengthy trip to Fayetteville for Friday’s Fayetteville Lions Club Invitational track and field meet paid off for both Point Pleasant and Ohio Valley Christian School.
That’s because the Point Pleasant boys placed third and the Lady Knights fourth among the many schools which competed, as the OVCS girls — which consist of two juniors — tied for fifth.
The Black Knights notched 55 points, trailing only Nicholas County’s 118 and Shady Spring’s 100.
Point Pleasant pressed past Pocohontas County (54 points) and Pikeview (48 points) for third.
For the Lady Knights, Shady Spring was the only squad over 100 points — as it took home the team championship with 106.5.
Charleston Catholic captured second with 81, as Nicholas County claimed third with 70 — followed by the Lady Knights with 50.
OVCS tied for fifth with Greenbrier East at 38.
The Black Knights amassed most of their 55 points in the throwing events, finishing 1-2-3 for 24 total points in the shot put — and first and second in the discus for another 18.
Point Pleasant’s Cody Mitchell swept the shot put and discus, tossing 46-feet and eight inches in the shot and 162-feet and five inches in the disc.
Mitchell’s teammate, Tannor Hill, was right behind Mitchell in both events.
Hill hit 148-feet and four inches in the discus, and heaved 43-feet and seven inches in the shot put.
Joe Clark completed the Knights’ trifecta for the shot put — with a third-place toss of 42-6.
The Black Knights were also the runner-up in the 4x100m relay, completing the one lap in 47.85 seconds.
They trailed only the foursome from Nicholas County, which ran the relay in 45.57.
Point Pleasant’s quartet consisted of Keyshawn Stover, Sheb Harris, Grant Safford and Cason Payne.
That exact same group finished sixth in the 4x200m relay — in a minute and 42 seconds.
The Black Knights also placed sixth (3:56) in the 4x400m relay, with the unit consisting of Safford, Harris, Payne and Justin Brumfield.
Harris was fifth in the 400m dash in 56.19 seconds, while Payne placed sixth in the 200m dash in 24.31.
On the girls side, Rachel Sargent in four events and Katie Bradley in the shot put combined for all 38 of Ohio Valley Christian School’s points.
Sargent accounted for 32 of those, winning the 400m dash (1:01.88), placing second in the 200m dash (27.70), taking second in the long jump (14-feet, 6-1/2 inches), and finishing third in the 100m dash (13.24).
Bradley was third in the shot put with a toss of 31-feet and seven inches.
Sweeping the throwing events was Point Pleasant’s Aislyn Hayman, who threw for 121-feet and six inches in the discus — and 36-feet and one inch in the shot.
Hayman’s teammate, Morgan Roush, was sixth in the shot (28-9) and fourth in the disc (99-feet).
In fact, half of the Lady Knights’ points came from the throws — with the other 25 piled up on the track.
The club’s 4x200m relay team was the champion in that event, running the two-lap sprint in a minute and 56 seconds.
The four consisted of Carlee Dabney, Madison Hatfield, Teagan Hay and Kyla Scott.
That exact same squad then finished third in the 4x100m in 55.87.
In the 4x400m, Hatfield and Hay teamed up with Allison Henderson and Sydnee Moore to place sixth in 4:48.
Hay and Hatfield finished fourth in the 100m dash and 400m dash respectively, with Hay running 13.65 and Hatfield 1:04.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106