ONA, W.Va. — One letter makes a big difference.
Despite posting a personal-best time at the state cross country meet, Point Pleasant senior Andrea Porter had her worst finish in three outings Saturday afternoon at the Class AAA championships held at Cabell Midland High School in Cabell County.
Porter — a three-time state qualifier in cross country — placed 46th overall out of 90 competitors in the Class AAA event while posting a time of 21:03.22.
Porter — the only PPHS runner to ever qualify for state more than once in CC — finished 27th overall (21:47) as a sophomore and 16th overall (21:18.4) last year as a junior. Both of Porter’s previous state competitions were at the Class AA-A level.
Porter posted a personal-best time of 20:08.60 last week at the regional meet at Meadowood Park in Kanawha County, which stands as a school-record for the Lady Knights. Porter’s time Saturday would have placed her 19th overall in the Class AA-A event if Point Pleasant hadn’t been bumped up to AAA at the start of the 2012 fall season.
Junior Amelia Paladino of University won the Class AAA individual girls title with a time of 17:47.32, while Morgantown senior Brynn Harshbarger was the overall runner-up with a mark of 18:23.44. Morgantown, however, won the AAA girls title as a team with 30 points, compared to 90 points for runner-up University.
Cabell Midland won the boys AAA team title with 37 points, while University placed second overall as a team with 75 points. CMHS senior Jacob Burcham won the AAA individual crown with a time of 14:58.04, followed by runner-up Matthew Bradford of George Washington with a mark of 15:42.10.
Nick Trefz of Fairmont Senior (15:52.20) won the individual boys title and Maggie Drazba of St. Marys (17:17.89) won the won the girls crown in Class AA-A. The Fairmont Senior boys and Philip Barbour girls also came away with team championships in AA-A.
Porter is also a three-time state qualifier in track and field and twice finished as a state runner-up last spring in the 800m and 1600m runs, all at the AA-A level.
Complete results of the 2012 West Virginia Cross Country Championships are available on the web at www.runwv.com