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Jefferson on track to final goal - Cougars sweep AVL titles

April 17, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Five up, five down.

The Jefferson boys track and field team edged Hedgesville 114 1/2 to 111 1/2 to win the Apple Valley League championships Wednesday and remain undefeated on the season through five meets.

The Cougars' mission: "To win all the rest," Jefferson junior Keenan DeLawder said.

"We're well-rounded and everybody works hard in practice," he said.

Jefferson also won the girls team title, outscoring runner-up Martinsburg 126 1/2 to 84.

"We're just having fun right now," Jefferson coach John Serian said. "We'll get to see where we stand next weekend at the Gazette Relays in Charleston. I heard there are going to be 120 schools there."

While there were only five schools at Wednesday's meet, there were some big-time performances.

DeLawder won the boys 100-meter dash in 10.9 seconds - a race in which the top three became the first three in the area to break 11 this season. He also ran legs of the Cougars' three winning relays - 4x100 (43.5), 4x200 (1:30.6) and 4x400 (3:29.4) - which each turned in an area-leading time.


Martinsburg's Brandon Cato posted a pair of area-leading performances with his wins in the 200 (22.5) and 400 (50.2) after placing third in the 100.

"After I lost that 100, I just had to get myself together," Cato said.

Martinsburg's Khiry Timbers and Musselman's Devon Davis had two of the meet's fiercest battles. Timbers outkicked Davis in the final 100 meters of both the 4x800 (8:27.3) and 800 (2:01.7) to win each by a fraction of a second. In the relay, Davis received the baton in third place, trailing leader Jefferson by nearly an entire straightaway, and Timbers took off about 2 seconds after Davis in fourth.

"I was just thinking, 'I have to stay behind (Davis) until the last 100 yards,' because I knew he'd catch them," said Timbers of the relay, in which his split was 1:58.2.

Berkeley Springs' Meghan Mock - last year's Herald-Mail Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year - was, no surprise, the star of the girls meet. She won all four of her events - 100 hurdles (15.9), 300 hurdles (48.1), long jump (17-0) and high jump (5-6).

"I'm still not where I was last year," said Mock, who scored more points than any other girl in each of the last two West Virginia Class AA state meets. "I definitely have to improve."

Her teammate Rachel Buser, another owner of multiple state titles, won the 1,600 (5:40.3) and 3,200 (12:17.4) on Wednesday.

Martinsburg swept the throwing events, as Miranda Hicks and Dustin Peters each won the shot put and discus. Both had area-leading performances in the discus - Hicks at 121-2 1/2 and Peters at 157-0.

Other double winners included Jefferson's David Acly in the boys 110 hurdles (15.0) and 300 hurdles (41.1) and Berkeley Springs' Lenny Roach in the boys 1,600 (4:35.6) and 3,200 (10:05.9).

Musselman's Alaina Pletcher won the girls 200 in an area-leading 26.2. Jefferson's Nicole Hines edged Pletcher for the win in the 400 in 1:01.2, tying North Hagerstown's Renee Phillips for the area lead.

The Jefferson girls won the 4x200 in an area-best 1:48.4. They also won the 400 relay (51.0) and got a win from Brittany Carr in the 100 (12.6).

Hedgesville won both shuttle-hurdle relays and swept the pole vault with wins from Destiny Brindle (8-6) and Jacob Stout (10-0). The Eagles also got a victory from Chris Deaner in the boys high jump (6-0) and Cierra Hardt in the girls 800 (2:36.4).

Jefferson's Casey Johnson won the boys long jump (21-3 1/2). The Musselman girls won the 4x400 (4:24.0) and 4x800 (10:30.8).

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