SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— Jefferson showed this year’s wares to the rest of the state when it ran away from the field of over 30 teams at the Gazette Relays in Charleston. Even after the Cougars claimed state championships in both 2010 and 2011, some down-state doubters still remained in their little enclaves.
On Saturday, the Cougars won still another large-school Potomac Valley Conference team title when they totaled 175 points to overshadow the rest of the field. Martinsburg (113 points) was a distant second and Hedgesville (107 points) was able finish to third.
Jefferson had wins in seven events.
Distance man Eric Graf had wins in both the 1600 meters and the 3200 meters. He was a member of the winning 4×800 relay team and also was able to come in second in the open 800 meter run.
Before experiencing trouble with a leg cramp, sprinter Dante Price won the 100 meters. Price did not run in the 4×100 relay or the 200 meters.
The Cougars won the 4×400 relay with Ashton Lai-Fang, Tyler Lambert, Robert Douglas and Rynal Newman.
Travis Miller gave the Cougars a win in the shot put.
Ashton Hyler was a Jefferson High winner in the 300 low hurdles.
Distance runners Andrew Milliron was the runner-up to Eric Graf in the 3200 and Sam Munnis finished second to teammate Graf in the 1600.
Ryan Graf had a third-place run in the 800 meters.
Washington High had defending state champion pole vaulter Roland Rush master the Potomac Valley Conference field with a vault of 13-feet. Patriot long jumper Martinez Grant outleaped his competition when he went 21-feet-3 inches to earn the Patriots 10 team points.
Both Jefferson and Washington are in Weston on Thursday for the Class AAA Region II Meet that will lend itself to sending placing athletes to next week’s state meet at Laidley Field in Charleston . . . the same site used for the Gazette Relays where the Cougars won that meet earlier this season.