MARTINSBURG— Jefferson took little time in establishing its dominance over the other schools at last Saturday’s The Journal Invitational held at Cobourn Field.
Jefferson rang up 183 points to more than double runner-up Martinsburg’s 79 points.
Musselman (67), Hedgesville (55.50), Washington (46.50), and Hampshire (30) trailed the others.
Even the field events, normally a shallow pool of points for Jefferson, yielded to the Cougars. Travis Miller gave Jefferson a first in the shot put with a throw of 46-feet-2.5 inches. The Cougars’ Jimmy Meyer was second in the pole vault to Washington’s winning Roland Rush (14-feet). And Tanner Cantrell gave the Cougars a third place in the long Jump (19-feet-three inches) as did Andrew Buckler, third in the discus.
Beginning with the shortest of the sprints, Jefferson’s Dante Price had wins in both the 100 and 200. Price ran a very quick 10.52 in the 100 and came back to get another win in the 200 in 22.15.
Eric Graf surpassed the field in the 3200 with a winning time of 9:24.41. Even though he stumbled and fell over the final hurdle in the 300-meter event, Ashton Hyler remained composed and was able to rise from the track and win the race in 41.43.
With Ashton Lai-Fang, Tyler Lambert, Robert Douglas, and Price doing the honors, Jefferson won the 4×100 relay and with Hyler, Price, Lai-Fang, and Lambert teaming together the Cougars won the 4×200 relay.
Washington was able to get victories in individual events from twin-winner Roland Rush (the 400 meters in 51.68 and the pole vault with a clearance of 14-feet) and from Martinez Grant in the long jump (20-feet-one inch).
Garnering second-place finishes for the Jefferson boys were Eric Graf in the 800 meters, Ryan Graf in the 3200 meters, Warren Gray in the 110 hurdles, and Gray again in the 300 hurdles.
Jefferson’s Lambert was able to register third-place finishes in both the 100 and 200. Leon Waldron in the 400 meters and Sam Munnis in the 3200 distance run were also third-place finishers.
Curtis Chiswell had another Jefferson third place in the 110 hurdles.
The girl’s division of The Journal Invite was won by Martinsburg (117 points) with Hampshire being the runner-up team with 104 points and Washington (100 points) finishing in third. Jefferson (87.67), Hedgesville (53), and Musselman (28.33) were the next team finishers.
Vivian Ruiz was one of Washington’s two winners in individual events when she took the 1600 run. The other Patriot finding a victory was Rhonda Rogombe, who won the high jump.
Jefferson’s lone win in any individual event came from Kaitlyn Clark in the pole vault where her clearance of 10-feet-eight inches edged second-place Caysie Irving (Washington), who had a vault of 10-feet.
Getting second places for Washington were Rogombe in the 200 and Rogombe again in the 400.
Jefferson’s second places came from Bryanna Doughty in the long jump, from the 4×100 relay (Aaliyah Rice, Monique Canino, Desiree McCarroll, and Clark), and from the 4×200 relay unit (Doughty, McCarroll, Canino, and Allison Thomas).
The Patriots gained third-place finishes from Devyn Hosby (100 meters and 400 meters), Destiny Harrison (800 meters and 1600 meters), Ruiz (3200 meters), and Ashley Warner (300 hurdles).
Jefferson’s third places came from Jessica Ries (110 hurdles), Selena Renteria (long jump), and the 4×800 relay (Anya Wallace, McCarroll, Doughty, and Thomas).