Weather almost as important as athletes at Taylor Relays

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— The annual Jim Taylor Relays that begin the high school track and field season have often been troubled by foul weather. Either its cold and breezy or just plain cold. But this past Saturday it was windy . . . and chilly . . . and it rained too much and too hard for much of the hours-long meet.

The pole vault had to be cancelled. And the athletes had to huddle together for warmth. Tents erected in the stands and bleachers provided some respite from the showers, but nobody seemed to completely escape from the elements.

Tyler Lamber (left) has taken the baton from Ashton Lai-fang in Saturday’s rainy Taylor Relays.

Even under the extreme conditions, several Taylor Relays records were established. Jefferson’s boys broke a pair of records in their own event. The shuttle hurdles mark fell to the Cougars when their foursome clipped off a time of 59.07. And in the 4×800 relay, it was Jefferson establishing a new standard with a winning time of 8:25.89.

The Jefferson boys won their division of the event with 72 points. Musselman was a distant second with 41 points. The Millbrook High girls from Frederick County, Va. pulled out a close team win over Martinsburg, scoring 50 points to the Lady Bulldogs’ 48 points.

Jefferson’s wins in the boy’s division came in the distance medley relay, the 4×200 ( with a time of 1:33.17), the 4×400 (with a time of 3:44.84), and the 4×1600 (with a time of 19:16).

The other running events were won by Musselman (the 4×100) and Briar Woods, Va. (the 800 sprint medley).

Washington’s boys were third in the sprint medley with a time of 1:47.23, and third in the 4×200 with a time of 1:33.17.

Hampshire’s three throwers combined to win the discus.

In the girl’s division, Washington High won the distance medley with a time of 13:20.27. The Patriots finished third in the 4×200 and the 4×800.

Hedgesville posted a win in the discus. Martinsburg had a win in the 4×100 sprint relay. The Lady Bulldogs had other wins in the 800 sprint relay and the shot put. Musselman registered a win in the shuttle hurdles.

The foul-weather history of the Taylor Relays was repeated. But the athletes persevered. And some of them even prospered.

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