Jefferson High School’s boys and girls track and field teams left no doubt on Wednesday, May 4, as to who is best in the Eastern Panhandle.
It was a clean sweep for the Cougars at Musselman High School’s Denny Price Stadium in Bunker Hill. Jefferson High’s boys amassed 221 points, leaving runner-up Martinsburg well off the pace with 97. Host Musselman got third in the meet (85).
In the league’s girls team division, the Cougars scored 200 points for the win. Spring Mills High School was 93 points behind Jefferson in second place, with 107 points. Hedgesville High School finished 108 points off the pace, in third place (92 points).
There were no real surprises in the boys’ sprinting events. Jefferson’s Keyshawn Robinson, one of the top-ranked sprinters in the Mountain State, swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Robinson posted a 10.85-second time in the 100 and a 21.81 clocking in the 200.
Jefferson’s Justin Gottlieb won the boys’ 400 (51.47). He also won a middle distance event, the boys 800 (2:00.46). Jefferson’s boys also swept the 4x100 (42.76) and 4x200 relay (1:28.62).
The Cougars’ Conner Myers won the boys 1,600 (4:44.74). Jefferson’s boys completed its domination of the relay events with wins in the 4x400 (3:33.46) and 4x800 (8:30.31). The Cougars’ boys also won the shuttle hurdles relay (1:07.34).
Washington High School picked up a win in the boys 3,200, with junior Noah Schappell winning the event (10:26.22).
In the boys field events, Jefferson’s Jullian Matthews won the discus (139 feet, 11 inches). The Cougars’ Chase Brown won the boys high jump (6-0).
In the girls meet, Jefferson’s Trinity Blue won the 100 (12.76). The Cougars’ Lorelei Bangit won the 400 (59.08). Addie LaBombard won the girls 3,200 (13:00.59) for Jefferson. The Cougars’ T’Asya Jay won the girls 300 hurdles (49.2).
In the girls relay events, Jefferson won three of four, taking the 4x100 (50.38), 4x200 (1:46.78) and 4x800 (10:34.59). The Cougars’ Briauna Goins won the shot put (35-2). Teammate Helena Radford won the girls discus (99-7).
Jefferson’s boys scored in 17 of 18 events. The Cougars’ girls scored in 16 of 18 events.
Jefferson now heads into Thursday’s WVSSAC’s Class AAA, Region II championships at Spring Mills as heavy favorites. The Cougars’ girls are the defending Class AAA state champions.