Clark vaults toward Charleston

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— Years ago, headline writers began calling track and field athletes or their teams “thinclads” because they wore shorts and lightweight tops.

On Saturday at the Potomac Valley Conference Meet, the Washington girls team was just plain “thin” in numbers . . . but numbers mattered little as the Patriots won their division of the meet.

Jefferson’s Kaitlyn Clark was the pole vault winner at the Potomac Valley Conference Meet

So short in numbers were the Patriots that the team didn’t have any entries in several events, including two relays.

But Washington won six events. And it had some individuals score points in the four events each was allowed to enter.

Washington’s point total was finally positioned at 140. And favored Martinsburg, which finished second at the 2011 state track and field meet, was second with 129 points. Jefferson was a close-up third with 111 points.

Nikki Ashbaugh was the winner of the 800 meter run. Ashbaugh also ran legs on both the winning 4×400 relay unit and the 4×800 relay team. In her fourth allowable event, Ashbaugh finished third in the 400 meter dash.

Devyn Hosby captured the 200 meters in a blanket finish where the Patriots’ Rhonda Rogombe was second and Martinsburg’s defending state champion, Jasmyn Hosby, was third.

Devyn Hosby was also able to finish third in the 100 meters and fourth in the 400 meters, thus earning points in other events. Rogombe earned generous points winning the high jump and by finishing second in the 400 as well as getting another second in the 200 meter dash. Rogombe did not compete in the 4×400 relay after feeling pain in the aftermath of the 200.

Ashley Warner left no doubt as to her superiority in the 300 hurdles where her winning time was nearly two seconds better than the runner-up. Distance runner Vivian Ruiz bested the long field in the 3200 meter run.

Second-place finishes worth eight team points came to the Patriots from Caysie Irving (pole vault) and Ruiz (1600). Garnering six third-place points for Washington were Sara Pifer (pole vault) and Destiny Harrison (both the 800 and 1600).

Jefferson’s third-place team finish was buoyed by wins in four events.

Desiree McCarroll, Allison Thomas, Kaitlyn Clark, and Bryanna Doughty teamed to win the 4×100 relay.

Clark won the pole vault, Thomas took the 100 high hurdles, and Doughty took first in the long jump.

This week’s Class AAA Regional Meet with both Washington and Jefferson takes place on Thursday, May 10 at Lewis County High in Weston. The state meet follows next week in Charleston.

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