CHARLESTON— “Relays” in the name of the Charleston Gazette Relays was an appropriate appellation for the 2012 version of the 30-plus team track and field meet staged last Friday and Saturday at Laidley Field.
Jefferson High ran past the field of teams with its 149 points. Winfield was a distant second with its 68 points.
The Cougars won every relay race held.
Starting with the 4×100 event, the Cougars won with Ashton Lai-Fang, Tyler Lambert, Robert Douglas, and Dante Price.
And then Jefferson had a win in the 4×200 relay where Lai-Fang, Lambert, Ashton Hyler, and Price were the four sprinters.
In the winnning 4×400 relay, the Cougars beating the other teams were Lai-Fang, Leon Waldron, Warren Gray, and Hyler.
Jefferson’s foursome in the winning 4×800 relay was Ryan Graf, Sam Munnis, Andrew Milliron, and Eric Graf.
Jefferson closed out its success in the meet’s relays by posting another win, this time in the shuttle hurdles where Gray, Curtis Chiswell, Nico Hobbs, and Hyler were the four Cougar hurdlers.
Price was able to provide the Cougars with wins in both the 100 meters and 200 meters when he reeled off times of 11.17 and 22.07.
Price’s two days included two wins in the shortest of the sprints and winning anchor legs of both the 4×100 and and 4×200 relays.
Eric Graf also had a memorable meet when he won the 1600 meter run as well as the 3200 meter run. Graf anchored the winning 4×800 relay.
Graf also placed second in the 800 meter run where his brother, Ryan, was fourth.
Andrew Milliron was able to finish second in the 1600 meters. Gaining third-place points (six in number) for the Cougars were Lambert in the 200 meters and Gray in the 110 high hurdles.
Finishing fourth in their events were Gray (in the 300 hurdles), Jimmy Meyer in the pole vault, Rynal Newman in the long jump, and Travis Miller in the shot put.
Tanner Cantrell was fifth in the long jump and Sam Munnis was fifth in the 3200.
Finishing sixth in the 400 meters was Warren Good.
The Jefferson girls finished in eighth place as a team with 24 points. Gahanna Lincoln was the girls division winner with 118 points.
Jefferson’s best finish in the girls division was a second in the pole vault where Kaitlyn Clark cleared 10-feet. The 4×200 relay team was third with Bryanna Doughty, Allison Thomas, Clark, and Desiree McCarroll teaming.
Emma Albright was fifth in the discus where Anna Stafford was sixth. Albright was also sixth in the shot put. Doughty was fifth in the long jump, Allison Thomas finished sixth in the 100 hurdles, Selena Renteria was sixth in the 200 meter sprint, and A. Green was sixth in the high jump. Jefferson’s 4×400 relay team also was able to finish sixth for one point.
The Jefferson boys continued to be ranked No. 1 in the state by RunWV. com.