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Jefferson boys win Gazette Relays

CHARLESTON – Andrew Milliron won the 1,600- and 3,200-meters while also finishing second in the 800 as the Jefferson boys’ track and field program topped a group of 20 schools during the Gazette/Friends of Coal Relays this past weekend at Laidley Field in Charleston.
Martinez Grant won the long jump and the Cougars’ 4×400 relay team of Christian Johnson, Donald Starliper, Philip Holliday and Martinez Grant topped the competition as Jefferson won the Class AAA boys’ division of a two-day meet widely seen as a warm-up for the state championships featuring a similar format later this month.

Jefferson senior distance runner Andrew Milliron, left, separates himself from the rest of the pack Saturday during the Gazette/Friends of Coal Relays in Charleston.

Jefferson senior distance runner Andrew Milliron, left, separates himself from the rest of the pack Saturday during the Gazette/Friends of Coal Relays in Charleston.

Milliron was the meet’s high-point winner, earning 30 of Jefferson’s 81 overall points. Parkersburg placed second with 74 points and Winfield finished third with 50 points.
Milliron won the 1,600 with a time of 4:18.93 and the 3,200 in 9:28.00. His time of 1:58.29 in the 800 was two seconds shy of winning.
Grant won the long jump with a season-best jump of 22-04.05 feet. The Cougars’ 4×400 relay team topped the event with a time of a 3:33.99.
The Cougars’ boys’ program has won the past four West Virginia Class AAA high school track and field championships. The state track and field meet is scheduled for May 23-24 at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field.
This past weekend, the Jefferson girls’ program finished fourth of 19 schools during the Gazette/Friend of Coal Relays.
Alanna Baylor led the Cougars’ with a second-place finish in the 100 (12.84), while Aisha Grant placed fourth in the 200 (28.04).
Winfield finished first in the girls division with 114 points, followed by Hurricane (102), Cabell Midland (52) and Jefferson (51.5).
On the boys side, the Cougars also earned points from placings by Robert Douglas (5th, 100, 11.06); Craye Nehler (6th, 200, 23.59); and Martinez Grant (4th, 400, 51.30).
In addition to winning the 4×400, the Jefferson relay teams also placed second in the 4×100 (44.42); third in the 4×200 (1:32.09); and second in the 4×800 (8:14.41).
In the field events, Donald Starliper placed sixth in the high jump (5-6) and Cornell Holt placed fourth in the discus (135-4).
On the girls’ side, the Cougars also earned points from placings by Abby Colbert (4th, 1,600, 5:19.02; 3rd, 3,200, 11:18.07) as well as each of the Cougars’ relay teams. Jefferson finished third in the 4×100 (52.19); third in the 4×200 (1:50.37); fifth in the 4×400 (4:30.87); and fourth in the 4×800 (10:07.82).
In the field events, Kenya Price placed third in the high jump (5-0); Brittany Osteen placed fifth in the pole vault (7-6); and Michaela Ashford placed fifth in the long jump (15-9).

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