Jefferson’s Ashford wins long jump at state meet
Michaela Ashford gave the Jefferson girls the team’s only individual win at the annual Class AAA state track and field meet last weekend.
Ashford went just over 18-feet to outdo the field in the long jump. Ashford was also able to place third in the 200-meters dash and was one of the four runners on the second-place 4×200 relay team.
The Jefferson 4×200 relay unit was comprised of Alexus Hockman, Aisha Grant, Kaiella Smith and Ashford.
Also finishing second was the 4×100 relay team that had Jillian Andrews, Hockman, Grant and Ashford.
Abby Colbert, coming back from an injury, was third in the 1600 run.
Washington’s Lauren Ziglifa finished second in the pole vault.
The Jefferson girls were fifth as team.
Winfield won the Class AAA meet with 83 points with Huntington finishing a distant second with 58 points. Morgantown (53 points), University (52 points) and Jefferson (48 points) finished third, fourth and fifth.
The Jefferson boys finished in a three-way tie for eighth with 24 points.
Cabell Midland was the boys Class AAA champion with its 71 points. Then came Hurricane (54.5), University (51), Wheeling Park (40.5), Woodrow Wilson (28), Brooke (26), Hedgesville (25), Jefferson (24), Shady Spring (24) and Buckhannon (24).
Only Phillip Keller in the shot put (50-feet 6.25 inches) was able to finish as high as third place in any individual or relay event for the Cougars. Keller’s third place throw was only inches behind the winner’s.