POINT PLEASANT, W. Va. — The Point Pleasant Lady Knights, by a single solitary point, and the Gallia Academy Blue Devils — by 24 to be exact — won Monday evening’s Battle For The Anchor annual track and field meet.
This year’s dual meet between the Ohio River rivals Gallia Academy and Point Pleasant took place at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field in Point Pleasant.
In a close encounter among the girls, with Gallia Academy amassing 10 event wins while Point Pleasant posted eight, the Lady Knights utilized their depth for more points at the second and third-place spots.
Point Pleasant finished with 71.5 points, compared to 70.5 for Gallia Academy.
That said, all points — as the meet was scored on 5-3-1 individual point basis for firsts, seconds and thirds — mattered.
The Lady Knights swept the three sprint relays (4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m) — picking up 15 points in the process while the Blue Angels earned none.
The 4x100m team featured Carlee Dabney, Madison Hatfield, Bri Reymond and Teagan Hay, while opening leg Sydney Moore and anchor leg Kyla Scott joined Dabney and Hay for the 4x200m.
Hay, Hatfield, Moore and Scott then combined to win the 4x400m relay.
In the shuttle hurdles relay, which West Virginia features regularly while Ohio does not, Dabney, Sierra Toles, Lexi Toth and Cierra Porter captured that event.
Dabney also won the 100m hurdles, while Hay followed that by winning the 100m dash.
Point Pleasant picked up wins in the throwing events as well, as junior Aislyn Hayman swept the shot put and discus throw.
For the Blue Angels, senior Mary Watts won four events, sweeping the three distance races (800m, 1,600m and 3,200m runs) and claiming the high jump.
Madi Oiler amounted a pair of wins, taking the 400m dash and 300m hurdles.
The Blue Angels’ other three individual victories were by Erin Lincoln in the 200m dash, Grace Martin in the long jump and Varna Thayaparan in the pole vault.
Gallia Academy opened the meet by winning the 4x800m relay, which featured Sabrina Manygoats, Caitlyn Caldwell, Abby Cremeans and Halley Deem.
On the boys side, the Blue Devils doubled up the Black Knights in event wins — 12-6.
Isaiah Lester swept the three sprint races (100m, 200m and 400m), while Kaleb Crisenbery was a triple winner with wins in the 800m run, 1,600m run and high jump.
Gallia Academy’s Ezra Blain swept the two hurdles races (110m high hurdles and 300m hurdles), while Caleb Greenlee gained a victory in the 3,200m run.
The Blue Devils also amounted 15 points by winning three relays — the 4x400m, the 4x800m and the shuttle hurdles.
Lester anchored the 4x400m relay, as Crisenbery ran the third leg with Dylan Nunn and Zac Bokal on the opening two.
In the shuttle hurdles, the quartet consisted of Blain, Bokal, Greenlee and senior anchor Matthew Russell.
The names of the members of the 4x800m relay were not made available.
The Black Knights swept the sprint relays (4x100m and 4x200m) — with the foursomes consisting of Shebaniah Harris, Grant Safford, Keyshawn Stover and Cason Payne.
Cody Mitchell swept the shot put and discus throw, while Payne won the long jump and Trevor Hawkins the pole vault.
A complete list of results can be found on www.runwv.com.
Point Pleasant returned to action on Wednesday with the Class AAA regional meet at Winfield.
Gallia Academy is in two conference meets this weekend — at the Ohio Valley Conference meet on Friday followed by the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League meet in Logan on Saturday.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106