[caption id="attachment_16084" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2017\/05\/Connor-Pyles-by-Aaron-Pugh.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="419" class="size-full wp-image-16084" \/> Pocahontas County High School seniors placed in the Single A, 400 meter open in the Gazette Relays: Connor Pyles took second place with a time of 52.71; Kyle Lester was third with a time of 53.71; and Logan Davis came in at fifth place with 55.12. Photo courtesy of Aaron Pugh[\/caption]\r\n\r\nCora Hedrick scores fourth highest points at Gazette Relays\r\n\r\nBruce\u00a0McKean\r\nContributing Writer\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County High School Track teams headed to the last two of their regular season schedule of six meets (no home meets due to track condition at\u00a0PCHS) before heading to Charleston twice for the regional and state meets.\u00a0 The two Warrior squads returned to the 82nd Gazette-Mail\/Friends of Coal Relays, after an\u00a0absence in recent years. The meet was held April 28 and 29. Fifteen Class A schools, including Ironton, Ohio, sent athletes to the 2017 meet. Eleven Class AA and 18 AAA schools also sent athletes, so 83 teams total and 1,300 athletes competed in the six meets.\r\n\r\nWhen the final points were totaled for the class A girls top-five scorers at the Gazette Relays meet, PCHS junior Cora Hedrick\u2019s 23.5 points effort was tied for fourth place with Sydney Smith, of Buffalo. In individual events Hedrick won two seconds and one third plus a third in the 4x800m. Freshman Rita Guamis was PCHS second high scorer with 13.5 points.\u00a0 \r\n\r\nThe two high PCHS scorers were seniors Connor Pyles and Kyle Lester with 16.5 and 12.5 points respectively.\u00a0\r\n\r\nJust before the lunch break the meet was delayed for a short while by a swarm of bees that landed on some hurdles. The hurdles were moved, and a beekeeper was called to remove them.\r\n\r\nThe\u00a0PCHS\u00a0(WV\u00a0unranked) and Ravenswood (WV #8 ranked) boys teams each scored 54 points and tied for #4 of the 15 entered Class A boys teams. The other four of the top-six squads were: #1\u00a0Doddridge (WV #3 rank \u2013 tie) \u2013 155 points, #2 Tyler (WV #3 \u2013 tie) \u2013 103, #3 Buffalo (WV #10) \u2013 67 and #6 Tygarts Valley (WV\u00a0unranked) \u2013 34. Scoring ranged from 24 down to only one point for the #7 through #13 scoring squads.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe\u00a0PCHS (WV\u00a0unranked) girls team scored 46 points and finished #5 of the 14 entered A girls teams. The other top-six squads were: #1 Doddridge (WV #1 ranked) \u2013 176 points, #2 Buffalo (WV #6) \u2013 90, #3 Charleston Catholic (WV unranked) \u2013 65, #4 Tyler Consolidated (WV unranked) \u2013 56, and #6 Ohio Valley Christian (WV\u00a0unranked) \u2013 36.\u00a0Scoring ranged from 21 down to only one point for the #7 through #12 scoring squads.\r\n\r\nHigh PCHS scorers in the PVC meet were junior Cora Hedrick with 26 points (four gold medals) and senior Ryan Irvine with 12 points.\u00a0 Rita Guamis scored 13.5 points.\r\n\r\nThe only\u00a0PCHS\u00a0athlete to place first at the relays in an individual event (20 throwers) was senior Ryan Irvine in the discus with a WV #4 ranked throw of 138-01. The only\u00a0PCHS\u00a0relay team to grab first (10 teams) was the boys 4x400m (seniors Logan Davis, Lester and Pyles\u00a0plus sophomore Logan Wood-ruff \u2013 3:44.50 \u2013 slower than their current WV #3 ranked 3:38.74 time).\u00a0\r\n\r\nWinning four second place medals were: \u00a0Pyles\u00a0(400m \u2013 52.71 \u2013 WV #7 WV time \u2013 20 runners), Hedrick (800m \u2013 2:36.68 \u2013 WV #8 \u2013 21 runners, and 3200m \u2013 12:42.08 \u2013 WV #7 \u2013 12 runners), and 4x200m team of Davis, sophomore Hunter Shafer, Lester and Pyles (1:38.99 \u2013 WV #9 \u2013 12 teams).\r\n\r\nTaking seven third place medals were: freshman Rita Guamis (100m \u2013 13.59 \u2013 27 runners, and 200m \u2013 27.88 \u2013 28 runners),\u00a0Hedrick\u00a0(1600m - 5:47.35 -14 runners), Lester (400m - 53.71 - 24 runners), 4x200m team of Rita Guamis, freshmen\u00a0Laila\u00a0Calhoun and Sage McLaughlin plus junior Lola Guamis (2:00.60), and 4x800m team of Lola\u00a0Guamis, McLaughlin, Calhoun and\u00a0Hedrick\u00a0\u2013 11:19.65 \u2013 earlier 11:07.96 time ranked #8 in WV).\r\n\r\nPyles\u00a0placed fourth in the 800m - 2:13.\u2013 9.\u00a0 Three individuals coming in fifth were: \u00a0Davis (400m - 55.12), Lester (800m - 2:13.19), sophomore Elijah Robertson (110m hurdles \u2013 17.85).\u00a0 Senior Danny Kimble placed sixth in two events (shot put \u2013 38-03.50 \u2013 22 throwers, and discus \u2013 122-04 \u2013 20 throwers).\r\n\r\nPotomac Valley Conference\r\n\r\nPCHS\u00a0traveled to Keyser for the Class A Potomac Valley Conference meet May 1. Seven schools competed and all scored in both the boys and girls meets.\u00a0The WV #10 ranked Union girls squad is currently the only state ranked PVC team. The finish in the girls meet was: #1 Tucker \u2013 141 points, #2 Pocahontas \u2013 78, #3 Union \u2013 55, #4 East Hardy \u2013 39. #5 Pendleton\u00a0\u2013 33, #6 Moorefield\u00a0\u2013 31 and #7 Paw Paw \u2013 1. The finish in the boys meet was: #1 Tucker \u2013 141 points, #2 Pendleton\u00a0\u2013 66, #3 Pocahontas \u2013 58, #4\u00a0Moorefield\u00a0\u2013 55. #5 East Hardy \u2013 36, #6 Union \u2013 20 and #7 Paw Paw \u2013 7. PCHS\u00a0was disqualified in three relay events \u2013 the 4x100m, our #9 WV ranked 4x200m, and our #3 WV ranked 4x400m, so placing well in only one of those events would have moved PCHS up to #2 in the meet.\r\n\r\nPlacing first in eight individual events: Cora Hedrick (800m \u2013 2:40.93, 1600m \u2013 6:07.23, and 3200m \u2013 12:49.03), junior Bridget Carroll (discus \u2013 103-03), Kyle Lester (800m \u2013 2:11.10), and Ryan Irvine (discus \u2013 143-08). Two relay teams winning gold were: girls 4x800 \u2013 11:31.72, boys 4x800m \u2013 9:00.46.\r\n\r\nPlacing second in four individual events: Rita Guamis (400m \u2013 1:05.00), Lola Guamis (800m \u2013 2:48.45), Pyles (400m \u2013 53.34), and Jacob Jones (300m hurdles \u2013 44.69). The girls 4x400m relay team placed second (McLaughlin, Calhoun, Guamis and Guamis\u00a0\u2013 4:42.03).\r\n\r\nPlacing third in three individual events : \u00a0senior Tessa Jordan (1600m - 7:00.02), Irvine (shot put - 40-08.00), and Kimble (discus - 124-01).\u00a0 The boys 4x110 shuttle hurdles team placed third (Jacob Jones,\u00a0Woodruff, sophomore Hunter\u00a0Shafer, and Robertson - 1:10.29).\r\n\r\nPlacing fourth in individual events: Rita Guamis (100m \u2013 13.92 and 200m \u2013 29.05), sophomore Irish Simmons (high jump \u2013 4-02), and Davis (200m \u2013 25.33). The girls 4x100m relay team placed fourth (Jordan, senior Mary Kelley, Simmons and freshman Sierra Rodriguez \u2013 1:01.84).\r\n\r\nPlacing fifth in five individual events: freshman Cloey\u00a0Sha (long jump \u2013 12-08.00), Carroll (shot put \u2013 24-09.50), Davis (400m \u2013 56.26), junior Gus Foe (3200m \u2013 12:01.23), and Brady Jones (shot put \u2013 40-00.00). The girls 4x200m relay team placed fifth (Lola Guamis, Calhoun, McLau-ghlin and senior Brittany Sharp) - 2:07.03).\u00a0\r\n\r\nPlacing sixth in two individual events: \u00a0McLaughlin (400m \u2013 1:08.96), and Robertson (3200m \u2013 19.41).\r\n\r\nThe Class A Region 3 meet will be held on Wednesday, May 10, at\u00a0Laidley\u00a0Field, beginning at 4 p.m.\u00a0 The state track meet, also at\u00a0Laidley\u00a0Field, begins at 2 p.m. Friday, May 19, and at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 20.