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Jefferson High School’s Christian Gottlieb passes the baton to David Fogelsong in the 4 x 800 during the regional competition on May 12. Their team came in first place, with a time of 8 minutes 35.14 seconds. David Pennock

SPRING MILLS – Mother Nature can still make it right.

Even though climate change can sometimes grip us with more severe weather conditions, a day like last Thursday can help us get through it. With light cloud cover providing a comfortable 72-degree afternoon for the Class AAA, Region II Track and Field Meet at Spring Mills High School, the ever-busy athletes and spectators were able to enjoy themselves in near-perfect conditions.

Jefferson High School was able to qualify two busloads of athletes for this week’s populated state meet in Charleston.

With 209 points, the Cougar Girls easily outpaced second-place Spring Mills with 105 points. The Jefferson boys, set for a points fight with the University at the state meet, had 199 points, with Musselman second at 102 points.

Trials, finals, field trials, race trials and even a replay were contested throughout the afternoon once the Regional started just after 2 p.m. and finally had its team and its individual champions at the close around 7:15 p.m.

Briana Goins took first place, with a jump of 4’10”, at the May 12 regional competition. David Pennock

It was the last meeting for many of the team’s seven seniors. Once their stints are over and the field trials are marked, some of them will never see each other again.

Others like Haylee Martin (Martinsburg), McKenzie Maraugha (Hedgesville), Duncan Campbell (Hedgesville) and Margarita Salvador (Martinsburg) never earned points, but earned lasting respect through their hard work in racing. distance.

Backstage volunteers lifted hurdles and made themselves available from start to finish.

Sometimes there were races within races as stunning finishes saw competitors from a county school desperately trying to edge out a racer from a school they had been racing against for years.

Logging the miles and hours in Charleston this week, the Jefferson boys who won their individual events or relays – Keyshawn Robinson (100 and 200), Isaiah Fritts (400), Justin Gottlieb (800), Julian Matthews (throw weight), Chase Brown (high jump), 4×100 relay (Caleb Shelton, Spencer Powell, Fritts and Robinson), 4×200 relay (Shelton, Robinson, Powell and Fritts) and 4×800 relay (Christian Gottlieb, Fox Faunce, Conner Myers and Justin Gottlieb).

Jefferson High School’s Trinity Blue dominated the women’s 100 meters throughout the season, including at the May 12 regional meet. She is joined by Arayia Maiben (3rd place) and Myah Powell-Utley (5th place) to head into the state tournament. David Pennock

Totaling eight points for seconds (and making it to the State Meet) were Fritts (200), Justin Gottlieb (400), Christian Gottlieb (800), Conner Myers (3,200), Jah’Lonnie Hollis (disc), relay unit 4 × 400 (Tay’Shaun Roper, Brown and the two Gottliebs) and the shuttle hurdles relay consisting of Tabor Dagg, Chase Winbush, Jared Wilberger and Brown).

Any athlete who finished third or who had one of the best times, heights or distances among those who placed fourth or lower also qualified for the State Meet, which has 16 individuals or teams in each of 18 events .

Winning races or field events among the Jefferson girls were Briauna Goins (high jump and shot put), Helena Radford (discus), T’Asya Jay (300 hurdles), Trinity Blue (100), Lorelei Bangit (200), 4×100 relay (Arayia Maiben, Myah Powell-Utley, Bangit and Blue), 4×200 relay (Maiben, Blue, Bangit and Jayla Kidrick), shuttle hurdles (Elizabeth Marrs, Hope Gestl, Jay and Goins) and 4×800 relay (Layla Parker, Hannah Phillips, Faith Fogelsong and Addie LaBombard).

The runners-up were Hanley Shanley (discus), Gestl (100 hurdles), Bangit (400) and Blue (200). In Charleston, the Cougar girls will likely see Morgantown High as their fiercest rival for another championship. Jefferson won the 2021 state title.

Some regional events are unlikely to be repeated: like Myers and his all-out sprint to edge Washington’s John Carter in the 3,200m race. . . or Robinson winning by half a yard over Ray Adames and Jacob Sturba of Musselman at the 100. . . or Washington’s Noah Schappell and Logan Musser finishing 1-2 at 1,600. . . or T’Asya Jay just slightly behind Janique Blake of Hedgesville until the final barrier of the 300 hurdles, where she tucked in front by a bare margin. . . or Jefferson’s 1-2-3 sweep in the 800m race with Justin Gottlieb, Christian Gottlieb and Fox Faunce.

Jefferson distance runner Fox Faunce celebrates qualifying for the state meet in the 800-meter race during the May 12 regional meet. David Pennock

Will Charleston provide travelers with near-perfect weather? Or will the pervasive climate change destroy certain individual hopes and relays?

Jefferson High School’s Keyshawn Robinson anchors the men’s 4 x 100-meter relay team at the May 12 regional meet as they bid for a state record in Charleston this year. David Pennock

T’Asya Jay topped the region in the women’s 300-metre hurdles with a time of 48.29 seconds on May 12. David Pennock

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