Cougars turn Regional into ‘Jefferson Relays’

WESTON— In winning the team championship by almost 100 points at the Class AAA, Region II Meet, Jefferson swept all four of the relays that were held.

Of the 171 points the Cougars literally amassed, forty of those points came from winning the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, and 4×800 relays in the meet held last Thursday at Lewis County High School.

Jefferson’s point total dwarfed that of second-place Martinsburg (77). Washington High finished seventh with 24 points.

The Cougars’ winning time in the 4×100 relay was 43.9 and was accomplished by Ashton Lai-Fang, Tyler Lambert, Rynal Newman, and Dante Price.

In submerging the field with a winning time of 1:29.27 in the 4×200 relay, Jefferson’s Lai-Fang, Lambert, Ashton Hyler, and Price recorded the fastest time in any of the four Class AAA regionals held.

Lai-Fang, Leon Waldron, Hyler, and Warren Goode were the four runners on the winning 4×400 relay team. And their time was 3:28.57.

A time of 8:22.12 was recorded by the Jefferson foursome of Rhett Zillinger, Sam Munnis, Andrew Milliron, and Ryan Graf in taking first in the 4×800 relay.

There were four other Jefferson wins in the boys division of the meet.

Junior sprinter Price had the state’s best 100 meter time when he posted a 10.94 in finishing first. Price also recorded a state-best 21.6 in completing a sweep of the shortest sprints in the 200.

Jefferson distance runners Sam Munnis and Eric Graf each gave the Cougars 10 team points when they had victories in the 3200 (where Munnis was clocked in 9:54.37) and the 1600 where Graf bested the Regional field.

Washington pole vaulter Roland Rush maintained his season’s consistency when he again cleared 14-feet. Rush’s win gave Washington 10 of the 24 points the Patriots scored.

Scoring second-place points (eight in number) for the Cougars were Eric Graf in both the 800 and 3200; Milliron in the 1600; Hyler in 300 hurdles; and Travis Miller in the shot put.

Washington’s Martinez Grant had a leap of 20-feet 4-inches to finish second in the long jump.

Giving the Cougars twin third place finishes was Ryan Graf in both the 1600 and 3200 distances. Curtis Chiswell was third in the long jump with a measurement of 20-feet 3-inches. The Jefferson shuttle hurdles relay team was qualified for this week’s state meet with a third-place finish. Running for the Cougars were Hyler, Chiswell, Nico Hobbs, and Lane Simpson. Simpson had finished third in the 110 high hurdles.

Fourth-place points (four in number) were provided by Lambert in the 100, Goode in 400, Ryan Graf in the 800, and Jimmy Meyer in the pole vault.

Jefferson goes to Charleston for this weekend’s State track and field meet as the two-time defending champion. Having won back-to-back boys team titles in 2010 and 2011, the Cougars will probably be tested most by Cabell-Midland and Winfield as they attempt their “threepeat”.

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