Cougars, Patriots’ girls qualify for state meet

WESTON — It was Buckhannon winning the Class AAA, Region II girls track and field team championship, but Washington and Jefferson had a large number of athletes qualify for this week’s state meet in Charleston.
The Lady Buccaneers amassed 132 points with runner-up Washington scoring 103 points and third-place Jefferson notching 98 points. There were eight schools competing in the meet.
Washington sprinter Devyn Hosby was able to win both the 200 and 400 dashes. She was on the winning 4×400 relay team. With a runner-up finish in the 100, Hosby will be competing in four events in the state meet.
Joining Hosby on the winning 4×400 relay team were Christina Rogombe, Rhonda Rogombe and Destiny Harrison.
Also coming through the Regional with finishes high enough in her four events to be competing in all four at the state meet was Rhonda Rogombe.
Rhonda Rogombe was on the meet-winning 4×400 relay team and finished second in the 200 and 400 dashes as well as the high jump.
Caysie Irving cleared 10-feet 6-inches to win the pole vault for the Patriots.
Also reaching Charleston and the state meet in individual events for the Patriots were Sara Pifer (second in the pole vault) and Destiny Harrison (third in the 1600 and fourth in the 800 distance run).
Jefferson’s point total was mostly advanced by distance runner Abby Colbert. Colbert was able to post wins in both the 3200 (11:32.05) and the 1600 (5:23.13). The freshman was also one of the four runners on the winning 4×800 relay. Joining Colbert on that team were Malika Briggs, Anya Wallace and Maria Russo. The winning time was 9:57.56.
The Lady Cougars had one more win and that was the 4×200 relay unit where Aaliyah Rice, Desiree McCarroll, Selena Renteria and Alanna Baylor combined to click off a winning time of 1:48.16.
Maria Russo finished second in the 800. The 4×100 relay with Rice, McCarroll, Monique Canino and Baylor was also able to finish second.
The 4×400 relay with Price, McCarroll, Renteria and Russo finished second.
Kenya Price qualified for the state meet with a third place in the high jump. Malika Briggs finished third in the 800 distance run. And Alanna Baylor had a third-place in the 100.
Those individuals finishing in the top three in their events qualified for the state meet. Also, any of the relay teams finishing in the top three qualified for this week’s Charleston-based state meet.

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