BERKELEY SPRINGS— Washington rolled up 121 points, in advancing past the other eight schools in the girls division of the Berkeley Springs Invitational track and field meet.
Both Rhonda Rogombe and Vivian Ruiz won two events for the Patriots. Rogombe won the high jump and the 400-meter dash while Ruiz prevailed in the 1600-meter run and the 3200-meter run.
Washington also prevailed in the 4×800 relay (Nikki Ashbaugh), Rhina Murillo, Destiny Harrison, and Vivian Ruiz) and shared first-place in the pole vault where the Patriots’ Caysie Irving and Berkeley Springs’ Toni Davisson both cleared nine-feet.
In the girls division, Martinsburg finished second (102.5 points) and was followed in order by Keyser (87), Berkeley Springs (82.33), Frederick (51), Hedgesville (49.17), Williamsport (39), Musselman (21), and Faith Christian (2).
Rogombe also claimed second place in the 200-meters. Finishing second in the 400 for the Patriots was Devyn Hosby. Destiny Harrison placed second in the 800. Washington was second in the 4×400 relay.
The Washington boys were eighth in the nine-team field. That division crowned Wiliamsport (135.75) as its champion. Following the Wildcats were Musselman (110.75), Martinsburg (93), Hedgesville (81.25), Keyser (45.75), Berkeley Springs (41), Frederick (25), Washington (18.5), and Faith Christian (7).
Washington’s best finish was turned in by pole vaulter Roland Rush who cleared 12-feet to finish second to Williamsport’s Nick Berchock, who won the event with a clearance of 12-feet-6.
The weather from the time the Jim Taylor Relays were held on March 24 to when a triangular meet was hosted by Washington last Wednesday at Marcus Stadium had improved by light years.
The warmth made for more comfortable athletes and more comfortable times, distances, and heights.
It was Washington that fared the best in both the boys and girls divisions of the meet contested against competitive Martinsburg and competitive Musselman.
The Washington boys totaled 169 points to edge Martinsburg (163) and separate itself from the Applemen (116). The Patriots accumulated 165 points to win the girls meet. Martinsburg, which finished second at last year’s state track and field meet, had 157 points with Musselman not far behind with its 114 points.
Washington freshman Grant Martinez became a double winner when he finished first in the long jump and the high jump. Senior Roland Rush bettered the field of pole vaulters when he cleared 13-feet for first-place points.
Derrick Brunson defeated the field of 400-meter sprinters. And Branden Hartman was the winner in the 1600-meter run.
Musselman won four of the relays and showed individual wins from Josh Ferguson (100 meters), Jean Gonzalez (200 meters), and Shane Rigsby (3200 meters). Martinsburg had wins in five events — the 800 meters (Nic Bauer), the 100 hurdles (Jacquan Allen), the 300 hurdles (Allen again), the discus (Logan Jenkins), and the 4×400 relay.
The Washington girls grabbed wins in nine events.
Rhonda Rogombe had a pair of firsts, winning both the high jump and 400-meter sprint. Destiny Harrison defeated the field in the 1600 meter run. Caysie Irving cleared 9-feet-6 in the pole vault. Mya Linden was first in the 300 hurdles and Catrina Russell bested the field in the 3200 meter run.
Vivian Ruiz was a winner in the 800 meters. The Patriots won both the 4×400 relay and the 4×800 relay.
Martinsburg’s Jasmyn Hosby took the 100 meters and Mykera Days took the 200 meters. Cameron Lucas defeated the field in the 100 meter hurdles, Aushanna Calder had the best shot put throw, and Kala Ames presided over the long jump entries.
the Lady Bulldogs took firsts in both the 4×100 and 4×200 relays.
Musselman had a win the shuttle hurdles relay.
Competing in much better conditions seemed to bring out lower times, taller heights, and more distant throws and jumps.