HEDGESVILLE – Hedgesville pulled off a sweep of the Journal Invitational Friday night, with the boys totaling 406 points and the girls taking first with 341 points.
The Eagles 341 point was a runaway victory over Martinsburg in second (240) and Jefferson in third (194). Spring Mills (129), Berkeley Springs (76) and Washington (74) closed out the bottom three spots.
Hedgesville closed the top two spots in the 400 meter, as well as the top spot in the 800 and 1600 meter . Dakota Johnson took both distance races, setting personal records with times of 2:30.25 and 5:45.42.
Hailey Dillow picked up second place in the 100 meter, just behind Martinsburg senior Kelsea Anderson by 0.04 of a second. Dillow’s 12.85 dash was a season record, as was Anderson’s 12.81.
Hedgesville also took first in the 4x100 relay, just ahead of Jefferson’s squad.
Washington picked up their only first place win in the 4x102.5 shuttle hurdles, clocking 1:13.21 – a solid five seconds and some change ahead of Martinsburg.
Jillian Andrews once again closed out the top spot in the long jump, this time a season best of 16’11”. Andrew’s was close to breaking her personal best of 17’0.25”, set in 2017.
The Hedgesville boys also had a runaway victory thanks to a big team effort, winning the invitational 200 points ahead of Spring Mills (206). Martinsburg (202) came in third, while Washington (152), Jefferson (66) and Berkeley Springs (16) finished out the order.
After taking first at the EPAC Championships, Niyjere Smith (11.15) was bested in the 100 meter by Spring Mills’ senior Zion Stanard (10.97). Both set personal records in the competition, however. Stanard's first place finish was 0.63 of a second away from tying James Jett's all-time record set in 1989.
Trent May took first in the 400 meter for Washington, the team’s best individual race placement of the day. He clocked 55.28 ahead of Martinsburg’s Jeffrey Burket (56.37).
The Eagles took the top spot in all but one other individual race, claiming the 800 (Chris Burton, 2:08.69), 3200 (Daniel Burton, 10:47.71), 110 meter hurdles (Oliver French, 15.28) and 300 meter hurdles (Aron Harmison, 41.22 PR).
Spring Mills and Hedgesville each picked up two wins in relays, with the Cardinals winning the 4x100 and 4x200, while the Eagles took the 4x800 and 4x100 hurdles. Martinsburg edged Hedgesville in the 4x400 with a time of 3:36.67, less than two seconds ahead of the Eagles.
Washington junior Tyson Lincoln beat out Hedgesville’s EJ Heath in discus, logging 131’ 8”. The Patriots picked up another first place win in the pole vault, with Conor Wogan flying at 12’ flat. Frankie Amore, who claimed second place at the EPAC Championships, tied the Eagles’ Josh Hylton for the same spot with a height of 11’ 6”.