In what could be a preview of the upcoming WVSSAC Class AAA, Region II championships, set for Friday, June 4, at Spring Mills High School, Jefferson High School’s boys and girls track and field teams almost made their respective sweeps of last Wednesday’s EPAC championships at Spring Mills High School seem effortless.
The Cougar boys scored an easy, 171-111.5 win over Martinsburg, with Musselman, third (110).
In the girls’ meet, Jefferson amassed 178 points, compared to runner-up Spring Mills (129). Hedgesville finished third (86).
The keys to success for the Cougar boys and girls weren’t complicated – just score as much as you can and as often as you can. It’s the typical strategy used by many schools at large-event meets, where winning events keep a team in contention, while scoring points at the second, third and fourth spots usually solidifies and clinches overall team titles.
In Jefferson’s case, the Cougar boys won eight of 18 events, were second in five and third in another five. When the meet was over, Jefferson had scored in all but one event.
For Jefferson’s girls, they won seven out of 18 events and were second in five others. The Cougars looked their strongest when it came to third-place finishes, taking eight third-place spots in events.
Like the Jefferson boys, the Cougar girls scored in all but one event.
Leading the way for the Cougar boys were Isaiah Fritts, Justin Gottlieb and Kyle de Nobel. All three athletes were double-winners.
Fritts won the 400 (50.78 seconds) and ran on the winning 4x200 relay team (1:36.4). Gottlieb won the 800 (2:01.34) and ran on the winning 4x800 relay team (8:25.78). De Nobel won the 1,600 (4:40.97) and was on the winning 4x800 relay team.
Single-event winners for Jefferson’s boys were Chase Brown (300 hurdles, 42.03); Caleb Shelton and Key Shawn Robinson (4x200 relay); Justin de Moulin (4x200 relay); Harris Kester and Cameron Jennings (4x800 relay); Jullian Matthews (shot put, 44 feet, 7 ½ inches); and Jah’Lonnie Hollis (discus, 137-7).
Washington, which finished fourth in the boys’ team standings (81), were led by Frankie Amore in the pole vault (16-0); Noah Schappell in the 3,200 (10:35.78); and Konnor Hawthorne, Benjamin Riston, Wyatt Miles and Adel McCray in the 4x400 relay (3:31.31).
Hedgesville finished fifth (48) and Spring Mills was sixth (30.5).
Hailey Dillow had a stellar performance for the Cougar girls on Wednesday, winning four events. She swept the 100 (12.72), 200 (25.3) and ran on the winning 4x100 (49.61) and 4x200 relay teams (1:46.66).
Lorelei Bangit, Jordan Carr, Trinity Blue and Hannah Shanley were double-winners. Bangit won the 400 (58.74) and ran on the winning 4x100 relay team; Carr and Blue ran on the winning 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams; and Shanley swept the shot put (34-1 ½) and discus (109-0).
Arayia Maiben rounded out the Jefferson girls winners, also being a member of the winning 4x200 relay team.
Washington’s Emily Pizzuti won the 100 hurdles (15.28). The Patriot girls were fourth in the team standings (55). Musselman was fifth (45) and Martinsburg finished sixth (41).
Jefferson will close out its regular season with a dual meet at Washington on Wednesday.