Cougars find success at track meet

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — The Jefferson boys ran up 190 points to easily outdistance the field at The Journal Invitational track and field meet . . . and the Lady Cougars (143 points) held off both Hampshire (128 points) and Washington (128 points) in winning their division of the meet.

Jefferson’s boys won 12 of the meet’s 18 events to outscore Hedgesville (130 points) and Muselman (76 points).

Sprinter Dante’ Price had individual wins in both the 100 and 200. Ryan Graf posted his two wins in the 800 and 1600. And Warren Gray topped his competition in both the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles.

With Andrew Milliron leading the way, Jefferson placed first, second (Jackson Jacobs) and third (Rhett Zillinger) in the 3200.

Martinez Grant was the long jump winner with a new meet record of 22-feet 10-inches. Jordan Hardiman brushed off the competition to win the high jump.

The relays won by Jefferson included the 4×100, 4×400 and 4×800.

It was wins in three of the relays that buoyed the Jefferson girls. The Lady Cougars pulled off wins in the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 events.

Abby Colbert gave the Lady Cougars an individual win in the 3200 distance run.

The Lady Cougars claimed seconds in four of the events and was runner-up in one of the relays. Even when Washington’s Rhonda Rogombe won the high jump, Jefferson finished second (Kenya Price), third and fifth in that event to notch 16 team points.

Jefferson also managed three of the top six places — (second with Elizabeth Starliper), fifth and sixth in the long jump.

Washington stayed close to the Jefferson lead with three wins in the sprints from Devyn Hosby, who closed out the competition in the 100, 200 and 400.

When Hosby anchored the winning 4×400 relay team, it made her the meet’s individual high point scorer and she was the recipient of the Nancy Regalbuto Award.

Rogombe finished second in the 200 and 400.

Caysie Irving outdistanced the field in the pole vault.

Jefferson had hosted the event and it closed the long day with wins in both divisions.

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