Both Jefferson teams second at Taylor Relays

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — Jefferson’s boys won more events at their own Jim Taylor Relays than any of the other five teams, but it was Hedgesville that found enough team points to win the weather-blessed meet on Saturday.

While the Cougars posted victories in the 4×800, 4×1600, 4×100, high jump, distance medley and long jump the Eagles had enough second-place finishes to join with their wins in the pole vault, sprint medley, 4×400 and shuttle hurdles to accumulate more team points and win the boys division of the annual event.

The Hedgesville girls also won their division of the meet, edging Jefferson, 88-86, with Hampshire just behind in third with 82 points.

In its team win, Hedgesville registered wins in the pole vault, shot put, long jump and discus with the Lady Cougars taking a first in the high jump.

Washington finished fourth in the girls division and had wins in the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and sprint medley. The Patriots had 66 points.

Jefferson’s Jordan Hardiman and Martinez Grant had excellent showings for the first meet of the 2013 season. Hardiman, who finished sixth in the high jump at the 2011 state meet, cleared 6-foot-9, on Saturday to set a new school standard.

Hardiman attended a high school in Virginia this past fall and was able to compete in indoor meets over a several month period while there. He has now enrolled again at Jefferson High and will compete as a senior this spring.

Grant attended Washington High last year and has transferred to Jefferson. He finished sixth in the long jump at the 2012 state meet, going 20-feet-5 inches while representing Washington.

On Saturday, Grant had a leap of 22-feet-3 inches, the meet’s longest effort and pacing Jefferson to a team win in that event.

Washington’s two teams will be competing in Saturday’s Dwight Scott Relays in Boonsboro as will both of Jefferson’s teams.

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