Grand slam: Cougar runners make it 4 straight

CHARLESTON — With barely a ripple of trouble, Jefferson ran away from its competition in the boys division of the Class AAA state track and field meet at Laidley Field.

The 121 points the Cougars totaled easily trumped the 78 points managed by runner-up Cabell Midland.

Jefferson’s latest team achievement gave it a grand slam of boys championships. In adding the 2013 title to its already crowded trophy case, the Cougars had earned four straight team titles, moving from last year’s three-peat to a grand slam of on-going success.

With premier sprinter Dante’ Price leading an individual victory parade, Jefferson lined up its winners for medal presentations throughout the two days of competition.

Price was to repeat his wins as a sophomore and junior in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. His times were 10.74 and 22.92

The diminutive runner, who has signed to attend college at Virginia Tech, added the 400 meters to his list of events this year for the first time. That addition to his schedule lifted Jefferson’s point total by 10 when he won the longest sprint in 49.02.

In Price’s fourth event, he teamed with Robert Douglas, Warren Goode and Tanner Cantrell to win the 4×200 relay in 1:29.74.

Jefferson’s first-place medal haul carried through much of the day on Saturday.

Jordan Hardiman cleared 6-feet-8 inches to gain another 10 points for winning the high jump.

Martinez Grant kept the point machine moving higher when his winning leap of 21-feet-6.5 inches dissuaded the field in the long jump.

Warren Gray was able to add another 18 points to the Cougar point trove when he won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 38.72 and placed second in the 110 high hurdles with his time of 14.82.

Distance runners Ryan Graf (third in the 1600 and also third in 3200) and Andrew Milliron (second in the 1600 and fourth in the 3200) kept Cabell Midland from finding a bonanza of points in those events.

The Knights’ Jacob Burcham won both the 1600 and 3200 but could do no better than third in the 800 meters.

Danté Price repeated his wins in the 100 and 200. He also won the 400.

Danté Price repeated his wins in the 100 and 200. He also won the 400.

Warren Goode checked in fourth in the 400 (50.13) to add four points to Jefferson’s rising point total.

Graf, Milliron, Zach Wiberg and Rhett Zillinger teamed in the 4×800 to come in second and gain another eight team points.

Jefferson was also third in the 4×400 relay and sixth in the shuttle hurdles.

Washington High finished in ninth place with a pair of runner-up finishes in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays. It was Marquel Hosby, Ian MacLeod, Connor Flinchum and Derrick Brunson as the Patriot runners in both sevents.

Hosby was fourth in the 200 meter dash.

Jefferson was the Grand Slam champion.

The Cougars had an unbroken, four-year state championship win streak.

Starting in 2010 and grinding or gliding along through 2011, 2012 and now 2013, the Cougars won in uninterrupted fashion in Price’s freshman through senior years.

Jefferson’s latest two days of triumph were achieved with all hands chipping in points or hurting Cabell Midland by keeping points away from the confident Knights.

Four times in a row. A grand slam of success.

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