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BIO Jefferson's star senior /S make s run at state records here's no question that Dant6 Price, the Jeffer- son High sprinter who recorded three individual firsts at last week's Class AAA, Region II track and field meet, is leading a standout team. The Weston win marked the Cou- gars' eighth regional title. Now Price, who in February signed to run next year at Virginia Tech, aims to continue his success this week at the state track meet in Charleston. At Laidley Field, he could best a 13-year-old state record in the 100-meter race as well as a 200-meter re- cord that dates to 1989 - that one set by Jefferson High's famed James Jett, who went on to play in the NFL. Meanwhile last week, the Cougars' top rival, Ca- bell Midland High, was competing in its own re- ', gional contest. Cabell Midland, rich in distance men and hurdlers, has been Jefferson's main com- petition when the Cougars turned the other Re- gional championships into three consecutive state championships. Jefferson's long look at Cabell Midland was prompted at least a little bit because the Cougars lost state meet points when their 4x100 relay team was disqualified for a false start and failed to qual- ify for the Charleston-based event. Doing well in relays at state meets can be cru- cial to winning championships because of the huge point values those events have. The Knights don't have sprinters and they are no threat in any of the field eyents -- pole vault, highI jump, long jump, shot put and discus. But distance runners the Knights do have, led by the state's best in Jacob Burcham. Jefferson did well in the distance races at Weston where Andrew Milliron finished first in the 1600 (4:37.33) and also won the 3200 (10:01.20), two races where B urcham doesn't lose to West Virginia runners. See PRICE Page B11 Ryan Graf and An- drew Milliron are Jefferson's best distance runners. Milliron won two distance races at the recent Region II meet, while Graf was sick but still qualified for the state meet In three races. ANDREW WILT Before Jefferson High's standout sprinter Dent6 Price graduates and heads off to Virginia Tech, he'll compete at the state track champi- onship in Charleston, where he could bring down long-standing records in both the 100- and 200-meter races. ANDREW WILT By BOB MADISON from Charleston (no longer in existence) and runners with him who could keep points from sports@spiritofjefferson.com Cabell Midland (very much in existence and Jefferson. And Cabell Midland also brings one of Jefferson's primary obstacles to win- several hurdlers with the potential to finish ning again), high up in two individual races and the shut- CHARLESTON -- When the Jeffer- Charleston took four consecutive champi- ties. son boys" step onto the rubberized surface at onships in the years 1933 through 1936. One area the Knights are severely hamr Laidley Field they'll be seeking to join some Stonewall Jackson, now a Kanawha Coun- pered by their lack of quality is all five of the of the state's track and field giants from the ty middle school, has the all-time record field events (pole vault, shot put, long jump, past. with eight straight titles from the years 1948- discus and high jump) where they will not Only three other times in the state's his- 1955. score even one point. tory have schools won four or more straight Much more recently came the four straight Burcham has a record at past state meets championships, titles presided over by Cabell Midland in the that makes him one of West Virginia's all- Jefferson can accomplish a fourth-straight years 1996-1999. time greats. But at the 2013 meet he has to track and field state championship this week- The Knights and their disarming distance share the accolade "all-time great" with Jef- end. runner Jacob Burcham will be searching for ferson's Dant6 Price. The others were Charleston High (no Ion- that perfect meet where they could dislodge ger in existence), Stonewall Jackson High the Cougars. Burcham has two other distance @ See COUGARS Page B12 Cannons taking aim to play in Shenand Jct. By BOB MADISON sports@spiritofjefferson.com SHENANDOAH JUNCTION -- What will the transplanted Charles Town Cannons accomplish in their first summer in Jeffer- son County? When the baseball team moved here after decades in Luray, Va., one of the first things it did was to remove the concrete bleachers on both sides of the concession stand/press box at Jefferson High's Sager Field. Those age-old seats were replaced by two sets of met- al bleachers that will comfortably hold more people than before. Also, the Cannons installed an irrigation system that is to help @ See CANNONS Page B11 ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY Waldyvan Estrada is congratulated on a home run. Es- trade will be playing for the Charles Town Cannons. HIGH SCHOOL Staff reports was able to win both the 200 and 400 dashes. She was on the winning 4x400 WESTON -- It was Buckhannon relay team. With a runner-up finish in winning the Class AAA, Region II the 100, Hosby will be competing in girls track and field team champion- four events in the state meet. ship, but Washington and Jefferson had Joining Hosby on the winning 4x400 a large number of athletes qualify for relay team were Christina Rogombe, this week's state meet in Charleston. Rhonda Rogombe and Destiny Harri- The Lady Buccaneers amassed 132 son. points with runner-up Washington Also coming through the Regional scoring 103 points and third-place Jef- with finishes high enough in her four ferson notching 98 points. There were events to be competing in all four at the eight schools competing in the meet. state meet was Rhonda Rogombe. Washington sprinter Devyn Hosby See STATE Page B9 SPORTS SUMMARY Baseball Sectional tournament Washington at Jefferson Thursday 6 p.m. Jefferson at Washington Friday 4:30 p.m. Washington at Jefferson Saturday 1 p.m. (If necessary) Softball Jefferson 5, Musselman 0 in semifinals of Region II tournament Next up: Jefferson at Buckhannon in Region II finals Thursday TBA Girls Tennis Washington finished tied for seventh at the state tournament with two points. Huntington won the state championship with 16 points. Boys Tennis Washington finished tied for fifth at the state tourna- ment with three points, George Washington won with 19 points. Jefferson did not score, Boys Track and Field Jefferson boys won the Region was fourth. II meet and Washington Next up: Jefferson and Washington at Friday TBA Jefferson and Washington at Saturday TBA state meet in Charleston state meet in Charleston Girls Track and Field Washington was second and Jefferson was third in the girls division of the Region II meet Next up: Jefferson and Washington at Friday TBA Jefferson and Washington at Saturday TBA state meet in Charleston state meet in Charleston !