In another wet and soggy day at Sam Michael's Park, the Jefferson boys cross-country team turned in another dominating performance on Wednesday to win the Potomac Valley Conference large schools championship living up to their current#2 ranking in the state. Led by senior Eric Graf, Jeffersonposted a score of 16 points, just one point away from a perfect score by placing its top five runners in the top six places in the race. Jefferson was followed by Musselman with 50 points, Martinsburg (73), Washington (105) and Hedgesville (107) in the race. In individual finishes, Graf posted a time of 15:54.8 over the5 kilometer course course to cruise to an easy victory. He was followed by junior Ryan Graf (16:27.2), sophomore Andrew Milliiron (16:40.2), senior Sam Munnis(16:43.2) and Nic Bauer of Martinsburg (16:47.3). Freshman Zack Wibergcompleted the scoring for Jefferson by finishing sixth in 17:20.1.
In the girl's varsity race, Jefferson posted their best result of the season, finishing second to Hedgesville by a score of38 to 53. Jefferson wasled by strong performances from sophomores Molly Briggs (21:37.6),Emma Lindberg (22:04.1) and Anya Wallace (22:05.1). Also scoring for Jefferson was senior Claire Martin (22:31.6) and freshman Tatiana Evanisko (23:02.1). Heather Jenkins ofMusselman took first place overall with a time of 19:58.9 followed by Brittany Pollard of Martinsburg(20:06.1).Musselman (75 points) finished third in the team standings followed by Martinsburg (91) and Washington (92).
In the JV race, Jefferson again demonstrated the depth of talent on the team as they captured 8 of the top 10 finishes in the race. Sophomore Jackson Jacobs of Jeffersoncaptured the win with a time of 17:43.0.He was followed by teammates senior Nick Ledden (18:16.5) and junior Arlo Parker (19:24.9) in rounding out the top three finishers.
Jefferson cross-country next travels to Hampshire High School in Romney for the Regional Championships next Thursday before heading to the State CHampionships in Ona, WV on October 29th. The Jefferson boys are expected to challenge top-ranked Cabell-Midland High School of Ona for the state title.