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Cougars spotlighted in Region 2 track and field victories

By Bob Madison - For the Chronicle | Jun 11, 2021

Harris Kester passes the baton to Caleb Wiser in Jefferson’s regional win in the 4x800 relay, with a time of 8.25.25. David Pennock

SHEPHERDSTOWN — If you were sitting in the sun-bleached stands at Spring Mills High, waiting for a Jefferson athlete or relay team to gain some needed points in the Class AAA, Region 2 track and field meet last Friday, you didn’t have to do much more than stare down at the all-weather track . . . and then count.

Jefferson had Hannah Shanley win two events and swept three relays to outpace the competition in winning the girls division with 169 points. And the boys used double sprint wins from Isaiah Fritts and four victories in the relays to nearly runaway with the boys division, scoring 168 points to runner-up Martinsburg’s 92 points.

Once Hailey Dillow engulfed the field in the 100 with her time of 12.64 and Lorelei Bangit led Jefferson’s 1-2-3 finish in the 200, the Cougars well on their way toward outdistancing the competition. Bangit also finished second in the 400.

Bangit’s winning time in the 200 was 25.86 as she sprinted home in front of runner-up Dillow (26.03) and third-place finisher Trinity Blue (26.12). In addition, Blue and Dillow ran legs on both the winning 4×100 relay unit and the 4×200 relay team. Blue and Bangit were two of the members of the 4×400 relay team that placed second.

Shanley got firsts in the weights with a throw of 34-feet-4 inches in the shot put and 114-feet-6 inches in the discus.

Briauna Goins and Hope Getsl came in sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100 Meter hurdles. Goins is an At-Large Qualifier for the State Championship. David Pennock

In the shuttle hurdles, Jefferson’s win was provided by T’Asya Jay, Hope Gestl, Hannah Royster and Briauna Goins.

Aryia Maiben, Jordan Carr, Jade Matthews and Addie LaBombard all had parts in one winning Jefferson relay or another. Carr was second in the long jump and Maiben was third in the 100.

Spring Mills was 46 points behind Jefferson’s winning point total and was ahead of Hedgesville (80), Martinsburg (72), Washington (50), Musselman (45) and Hampshire (8).

Fritts was Jefferson’s lone double winner on the boy’s side. He sprinted past the field in the finals of the 200 with his time of 22.18 and then took the 400 in 49.82.

Other Cougars winning individual events were Keyshawn Robinson (the 100 in 10.97), Justin Gottlieb (the 800 in 2:01.19) and Kyle de Nobel (the 1600 in 4:44.31).

Chase Brown came in third place with a jump of 5’10”. With the third place showing, Brown is headed to the State Championship. David Pennock

With Caleb Shelton, Justin deMoulin, Fritts and Robinson doing the honors, Jefferson won the 4×100 relay in a time of 43.64. Shelton, deMoulin, Robinson and Fritts reeled off a time of 1:29.08 to take the 4×200 relay. Gottlieb, Harris Kester, de Nobel and Caleb Wiser were the four members of the winning 4×800 relay team.

Julian Matthews got the Cougars valuable points with a second-place finish in the discus and a third-place in the shot put. The Cougars were third in the shuttle hurdles and Chase Brown got some points in the high jump and with a second in the 300 hurdles. Cameron Jennings placed third in the 3200 distance run, while Michael Swartz and Jared Wilberger ran legs on the third-place shuttle hurdles relay team.

In the boy’s team standings, Musselman was third with 79 points, Hampshire had 78 points, Washington 55, Spring Mills 42 and Hampshire 39.

Jefferson cadre of athletes next appears in the State Track and Field Meet in Charleston.