Led by Kyle de Nobel and Addie LaBombard, Jefferson swept the WVSSAC Class AAA, Region II championships last Thursday at Hedgesville High School.

The Cougars’ boys had to squeeze past county-rival Washington, 40-41, for their team title. Meanwhile, Jefferson’s girls were challenged by Berkeley County rival Spring Mills, but the Cougars prevailed there as well, 36-40.

A 1-2 finish in the race enabled Jefferson’s boys to edge past the Patriots. De Nobel, a Jefferson senior, crossed the finish line of the three-mile course in 17 minutes, 18.76 seconds. 

Justin Gottlieb, a junior for the Cougars, got second (17:31.15). John Larsen and Logan Musser finished third (17:42.36) and fourth (18:01.77), respectively, for Washington. 

David Foglesong finished ninth for the Cougars (18:53.75), with Christien Morel, 13th (19:31.59); Connor Ireland, 15th (19:36.08); Kyle Lewis, 17th (19:46.22); and Reese Hickey, 19th (19:57.97). 

For Washington, Noah Schappell earned a top-10 finish in seventh place (18:38.91). Other scoring runners for the Patriots include AJ Atkinson, 11th (18:59.83); Jaden Larsen, 16th (19:37.06); Ethan Meagher, 21st (20:00.77); and Daniel Locarnini, 25th (20:34.27).

In the girls’ race, LaBombard was challenged by Washington’s Katie McGivern. LaBombard posted a winning time of 20:58.36. McGivern got second (21:14.89).

The Cougars’ Emily Cisar finished sixth (22:12.55). Teammates Layla Parker (eighth, 22:21.3) and Claire Burkhardt (10th, 22:41.12) also earned top-10 status in the race.

Other finishers for Jefferson include Hannah Phillips, 11th (22:51.26); Faith Foglesong, 15th (24:14.2); and Marcia Robinson, 34th (27:36.13). For Washington, Kaitlyn Baker finished 23rd (25:55.75); Becky McGivern was 30th (27:19.53); Emily Thurgood was 37th (28:41.69); Alexa McIlvaine was 41st (29:56.35); and Ayrial Warner was 42nd (30:13.83).

Martinsburg finished third in the boys’ meet (85). On the girls’ side, the Bulldogs also got third (91). 

Washington got sixth in the girls’ meet (133), but Katie McGivern qualifies for the state championships as an individual.

The top three teams and top 10 individuals qualify for the state meet, which will be held on Saturday at Cabell Midland High School.

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