Jefferson boys’, girls’ programs win recent track meets

SPRING MILLS – The Jefferson track and field program capped a strong week of performances April 23, with the boys winning the Zonis Invitational the previous Saturday and the girls taking a conference meet last Wednesday at Spring Mills.
Andrew Milliron won the 1,600- and 3,200-meters (4:24.00 and 9:46.96, respectively) to the lead the Cougars’ boys program to victory April 19 over 15 other schools at the Zonis Invitational in Hagerstown, Md.
Four days later, Elizabeth Starliper won the 300 hurdles (52.11) and Tori Banjoman won the discus (86-02) as the Jefferson girls program won a five-way conference meet at Spring Mills.

Jefferson senior Andrew Milliron has been a fixture for the past few years, winning distance races for the Cougars.

Jefferson senior Andrew Milliron has been a fixture for the past few years, winning distance races for the Cougars.

In Hagerstown, Milliron also finished fourth in the 800 (2:01.62) while Martinez Grant took second in the long jump (20-01.50). The Cougars also tallied strong finishes by Cornell Holt (discus, 2nd, 127-00) and Matthew Pennock (discus, 3rd, 123-10), as well as either first or second place finishes by each of their four relay teams.
The Jefferson boys program took first place with 82 points, followed by Howard with 71 points. Fourteen other schools from across the region, including neighboring Maryland, competed.
Last Wednesday at Spring Mills, the Cougars girls also registered victories by Anya Wallace in the 1,600 (5:45.68) and Emma Lindberg in the 3,200 (13:04.99). Lindberg also took second in the 800 (2:40.68), while several teammates also finished as runners-up including Alanna Baylor (100; 12.54), Malika Briggs (1,600; 5:47.92), Starliper (100 hurdles; 17.04), Anna Stafford (discus; 85-11), Kenya Price (high jump; 5-00), and Michaela Ashford (long jump; 15-05).
The Jefferson girls program took first place with 125 points, followed by Washington with 77 points. Martinsburg, Hedgesville and Spring Mills also competed.
In Hagerstown, the Jefferson finished fourth of 15 girls programs competing at the Zonis Invitational.
Abby Colbert led the Cougars with a third-place finish in the 800 (2:26.84), while Starliper took second in the 100 hurdles (17.43) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (51.80).
Ashford finished third in the long jump (15-07), Baylor took fourth in the 100 (12.89) and Wallace finished fourth in the 3,200 (12:30.28).
At Spring Mills, the Jefferson boys placed second behind Hedgesville, as Milliron won the 800 (2:04.07) and Jackson Jacobs won the 1,600 (4:43.04). Martinsburg finished in third, followed by Washington and Spring Mills.
The Cougars also nabbed a victory from Grant in the long jump (20-01.25), while Rhett Zillinger took a pair of seconds in the 800 (2:06.29) and 1,600 (4:46.29).
In the field, Pennock placed second in the discus (121-08) followed in third by Holt (121-04).
The Cougars won all four legs of the boys’ relays.

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