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Study including WVU and Marshall analyzes cyber threats to Artificial Intelligence systems

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Researchers from West Virginia University, Marshall University, and Florida International University are exploring the cybersecurity needs of artificial intelligence technologies with a $1.75 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Anurag Srivastava

Professor and Chairman of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Anurag Srivastava, said the AI-CRAFT project is intended to develop ways to secure the emerging technology. Artificial intelligence is developing rapidly and being pushed into larger real-time applications.

“Our goal is to look at what those are, and how do I defend myself if someone is trying to hack into or make the AI behave in a way it is not supposed to behave?” Srivastava said.

The teams are building the artificial intelligence systems while engineering security and safety as they are deployed. The complexity results from the evolution from simple calculation systems used a decade ago to the addition of millions of data points as AI systems are taught to think like the human brain.

“Look at this from a new point of view now; what is the attack vector now?” Srivastava asked. “Can someone reverse engineer the AI? Can someone poison the AI so it behaves in a way it should not?”

AI technologies have quickly grown from application in autonomous cars to use in very lifelike robots and vital systems like public utilities. The research also includes developing secure data practices, access controls, and continuous monitoring to assess the security and usefulness of AI systems.

“Especially those that will be used to operate critical systems like robots or the power grid,” Srivastava said.

On the academic side, students will have many hands-on opportunities in labs and training platforms, designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a rapidly evolving cybersecurity industry.

“Other than solving this problem for complex systems like a power grid, robotics, or autonomous cars, our goal is also to teach it because this is also a new topic,” Srivastava said.

Officials from WVU, Marshall University, and the U.S. Department of Defense will break ground on the new Institute for Cyber Security in Huntington on May 17.

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Special session starts on human services funding, surplus allocations and bolstering student financial aid

Lawmakers have rolled into a special session focusing on the state’s level of funding for human services plus additional surplus spending priorities.

Senators on Sunday evening took up more than a dozen bills and passed about half of them without much disagreement or discussion. The Senate’s Republican majority had gone into private caucus for about an hour prior to the floor session to discuss the bills.

Following the Sunday evening session, the Senate adjourned until about 12:30 p.m. Monday, when the remaining six bills will be considered.

Tom Takubo

“This was vetted pretty well with the House and Senate and the Governor’s Office as well as the minorities of both, and these are West Virginia issues,” said Senate Majority Leader Tom Takubo, R-Kanawha, following the Senate floor session.

The proclamation listed 15 items for the Legislature to consider and act upon, mostly supplemental appropriations and a few pieces of new legislation that have been requested. Takubo ticked off some of the bills that were swiftly considered.

  • $150 million for highway maintenance and equipment.
  • $50 million for new state agricultural lab facilities at West Virginia State University.
  • $10 million for the Posey Perry Emergency Food Bank Fund.
  • $27.3 million for Hope Scholarship funding.
  • $2 million to the Department of Veterans Assistance for medical expenses.

The special session schedule aligns with legislative interim meetings that were already planned for lawmakers at the state Capitol early in the week.

The House of Delegates on Sunday evening took up each of the bills for initial consideration but has not passed them yet. A few bills — including one dealing with an allocation for human services funding and another dealing with the state’s rainy day fund — were assigned to the House Finance Committee, which is set to meet at 10 a.m. Monday. The full House is set to convene again in a noon Monday floor session.

Vernon Criss

House Finance Committee Chairman Vernon Criss, following the floor session in that chamber, said the bills being examined by that committee need more explanation for delegates. That includes one meant to restore human services funding to an amount proposed by the governor earlier this year.

“It’s to restore those dollars, but it also has some restrictions in it that, I believe, will make sure those dollars if they are needed at a certain time during the next fiscal year, they’ll be available,” said Criss, R-Wood.

The major consideration is West Virginia’s level of funding for human services. Gov. Jim  Justice, earlier this spring, referred to “a dog’s mess” — saying a budget that passed during the regular legislative session left human services funding far short of where it needs to be.

In particular, the level of state funding for intellectual and developmental disabilities waivers, commonly called IDD waivers, has been at the focus of attention. A large crowd of families gathered at the Capitol earlier this spring to push lawmakers to revisit a 10% cut to the program that was approved at the end of the legislative session.

The progressive West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy think tank, in a budget analysis, described deep cuts to the state’s Medicaid funding. The budget for the coming fiscal year leaves Medicaid with a shortfall of about $147 million, according to the center’s analysis.

The description on the governor’s special session call indicates additional money for human services will be held in reserve accounts that can be accessed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and the Secretary of the Department of Human Services for when or if the money is needed.

Mike Woelfel

“The most important is the funding of the IDD waiver. We’ve got to make sure that the least protected West Virginians get the attention and the funding that is needed for their families,” said Senate Minority Leader Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell.

“I thought it was embarrassing that we didn’t take care of that previously, but as I understand it now there were some reasons for that. But we put people through a lot of angst, and I didn’t appreciate that.”

Another bill in special session will provide more than $80 million to the state’s colleges and universities to help provide funding for students affected by ongoing problems with the Federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA.

In April, the governor declared a State of Emergency to temporarily suspend the requirement for students to complete the FAFSA in order to qualify for the state’s largest financial aid programs. The Senate on Sunday evening voted to authorize an extension of the state of emergency declaration.

“I’m glad that we’re seeing light shed on that issue,” said Woelfel, who described significant concern by state higher education institutions. “I’m just glad that we’re here and we’re going to allay some of the fears and worries that our people have had about funding the budget appropriately.”

Additional financial matters for lawmakers to resolve during special session are surplus spending priorities. The regular session ended with passage of “a skinny budget” that left many surplus spending possibilities undone because of other uncertainties.

“Most of those items, we’ve all seen before during the regular session and they simply did not get passed, Criss said.


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Suspects detained following drive-by shooting near Shawnee Sports Complex

INSTITUTE, W.Va. — Several people have been detained after a drive-by shooting in Kanawha County.

Deputies responded to an apartment complex in the 200 block of Smoot Avenue near the Shawnee Sports Complex in Institute after Kanawha County Metro 911 received calls around 3 p.m. Sunday that shots had been fired in the area.

Authorities said the suspects fled in an SUV. Nitro Police detained the suspects on Tyler Ridge Road near Cross Lanes.

No injuries were reported.

The West Virginia Soccer Association Open Cup is currently taking place at the complex. All activities at the complex were suspended Sunday.

West Virginia State University was also placed on lockdown; however, the lockdown has been lifted and deputies reported this was an isolated incident with no ongoing threat to the community, according to a press release from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

Names of the suspects have not been released. An investigation continues.

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Dave is in the big chair

I’m off this week and Dave Wilson will be sitting in the Big Chair.   The commentary will return Monday, May 27.


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Wheeling Central braces for what figures to be competitive regional series against Williamstown

WHEELING, W.Va. — Monday marks the start of regional baseball play across West Virginia with 24 teams from three classifications vying for 12 spots in next week’s state tournament.

Among the top matchups across the state in best-of-three matchups includes the top two Class A teams in the MetroNews Rankings entering the postseason — No. 1 Williamstown vs. No. 2 Wheeling Central.

Both teams entered the postseason with three losses, including one to each other, and realistic aspirations of concluding their season on championship Saturday in Charleston. By week’s end, however, one will have secured a berth in the state tournament and the other will be starting their offseason earlier than desired.

“No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the state. It is a shame it works out that way, but we’re going to go down there and give it our best shot,” Maroon Knights’ head coach Todd Cover said. “Both games we played with them were close. We know it’s going to be close. We’ll try to limit mistakes and limit walks and the baserunners we give them, because their lineup is very potent. If we can do that and hit a little bit, we can hang in there with them and hopefully come out on top.”

Five weeks ago, Central handed the Yellowjackets their first loss this season by rallying from an early four-run deficit to prevail, 8-6. One week later, Williamstown evened the season series with a 3-2 victory against the Maroon Knights.

Each team remains unbeaten in Class A play with the exception of a loss to one another and both rolled to a 3-0 record in sectional play. The Yellowjackets outscored the opposition 32-3 in the process, while the Maroon Knights have 31 postseason runs in the postseason to one for their opponents.

Williamstown has already eliminated defending runner-up Tyler Consolidated, which prevented the Yellowjackets from appearing in a third state tournament in as many years in 2023. The Maroon Knights had their way in an 11-0 victory against Cameron last Wednesday, ousting a competitive Dragons’ team that entered that won 22 games.

“Central is going to be a tough out for anybody. They’re good and they’re deep,” Cameron head coach Adam Angel said. “They’re excellent kids and baseball players and they’re coached well.”

Angel believes what makes the Maroon Knights’ depth particularly imposing is that it allows them to consistently force opponents to make plays. The Dragons were shutout across five innings of the sectional final by right-handed sophomore Brayden Cover, who benefited from pitching with a comfortable lead over the last four frames after Central’s five-run first.

“They put pressure on you. It doesn’t matter if it’s on the mound, they challenge you when you’re in the batter’s box and we chased pitches and were out in front,” Angel said. “Kudos to Brayden. He pitched a good game. They didn’t strike out very many times. They put pressure on us by hitting the baseball and putting it in play. They ran the bases well. They’re really good.”

Many of those traits also apply to Williamstown, a program that qualified for the state tournament in 2021 and 2022, but finished a semifinalist both years.

Williamstown opens at home Monday before Game 2 of the series shifts to the J.B. Chambers I-470 Sports Complex in Wheeling on Tuesday. If necessary, Game 3 would be Wednesday at Williamstown.

Based on season results and the pair of head-to-head matchups, a series pitting two of the top Class A programs in the state looks as likely as any to go the distance.

“They’ve thrown their best against us I think and we’ve thrown our best against them, so there’s going to be no surprises,” Todd Cover said. “It’s who’s going to show up and play better. Hopefully it’s us this time.”

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FestivALL to return for 10 days in the Capital City

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s once again time to embrace the culture in the Capital City as it becomes a work of art for ten days.

FestivALL Charleston makes its return for the 20th year starting Friday, June 14. It will showcase over 90 events across the city featuring music, art, theater, dance, literature, and culinary arts.

FestivALL Executive Director Mackenzie Spencer said after two decades of holding the event in the city, it’s truly a milestone they are excited to celebrate.

Mackenzie Spencer

“We’re so excited to see everybody come out, support artists, support entertainers, support local businesses, and really just be able to create those memories and have a great time in our city,” Spencer said.

FestivALL favorites will make their return again this year, including the Sunrise Carriage Trail Walk, Mountain Stage performances, the Shakepearoke with the Rustic Mechanicals at Short Story Brewing, the two-day Capitol Street Art Fair and the Children’s Art Fair, as well as the Youth ArtBus. This year, the Art Fair will showcase over 80 artists.

Some new and old programming this year includes a FestivALL Princess Art Exhibit showcasing costumes and props at the Kanawha County Public Library, Dance FestivALL that will feature famed-Broadway choreographer and performer James Kinney, and Recycle the Runway with Dress for Success.

In addition, the Community Keys artist-piano project will also make its return this year after not being held since 2015. Spencer explained a little bit about what the project entails and where festival-attendees will be able to find it.

“We’re going to bring in artists and actually commission them to make pianos into works of art and have them throughout our city, so we’re going to have one at the Capitol Market, we’re going to have one at GoMart Ballpark,” she said.

She said they are also excited for the Clay Center to be hosting a longtime Charleston artist in an exhibit this year, the Charly Jupiter Hamilton Retrospective exhibit, because he was a prominent contributor of FestivALL and they wanted to make sure the exhibit took place during the event.

Spencer said last year was FestivALLs’ first year fully returning to normal after the Covid-19 Pandemic forced them to take the event virtual and then hybrid for a couple of years.

She said it has felt good to be able to make the transition back into normalcy for the event.

“We are excited to be fully back in person, fully back to all of the programming that we know and that we love but also adding some new favorites in and also bringing back some old favorites that may have fallen by the wayside in years past in honor of the 20th,” she said.

A host of sponsors help put on FestivALL every year. Some of them this year include The City of Charleston, the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, West Virginia Humanities Council, the State of West Virginia, Maier Foundation, Ford, Encova, Annie & Gaines Wehrle Charitable Fund, among many others.

Spencer said Charleston has such a vibrant art, music, and theatrical scene already, and to be able to condense it into one huge community event is something truly remarkable.

“To be able to showcase that local talent and to be able to bring all of our friends and neighbors together and bring that sense of community to Charleston is just so important,” said Spencer. “And to be able to bring in acts that are nationally and internationally recognized also brings the perspective of things that you may not see in Charleston otherwise.”

You can find out more about FestivALL, see the full programming and event schedule, and sign up to be a volunteer here.

Print schedules will also be available throughout the city at FestivALL event locations, restaurants and hotels.

FestivALL will take place June 14-23.

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Postmaster halts changes to USPS facilities, including Charleston center, till next year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says any major changes that could be made to postal facilities across the country won’t happen now until 2025.

There have been almost 60 processing plants under a mail processing facility review including the Charleston Processing & Distribution Center. According to the United States Postal Service, the reviews are to assess if some operations should be relocated from certain facilities to more regional sites in order to “create consistency, precision and efficiency.”

In April, the USPS decided to downgrade the Charleston facility located in Southridge from a Processing and Distribution Center to a Local Processing Center. A review was conducted of the facility starting in November 2023. The Charleston P&DC was identified as a candidate facility to have operations moved out of state to Pittsburgh, PA.

The decision from DeJoy comes in response to a letter sent to him last week, signed by 26 U.S. Senators including Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin.

Louis DeJoy

The first line in the letter states: “We call on you to pause planned changes to the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) processing and delivery network under the “Delivering for America” plan, until you request and receive a comprehensive Advisory Opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission to fully study the potential impacts of these changes.”

In his response letter, DeJoy said any movement will be put on hold until at least January 1, 2025. He also mentioned that he is considering a further look at the process of the mail processing facility reviews.

“I am continuing to evaluate any additional changes we have underway,” DeJoy said in the letter which can be read here

The halt also means any investments made into facilities recently will also be on hold as will the annual cost savings associated with the mail moves. DeJoy estimates the annual cost savings to be $133-$177 million and the positive investments to total around $430 million.

The news of a hold is music to the ears of Postal Workers Union Local 133 President Tim Holstein.

“We’re very excited about what Senators Capito and Manchin were able to accomplish along with the other Senators,” he said. “They all came together and requested that the Postmaster General pause some things and maybe regroup to see how to correct some deficiencies.”

What feels like a minor win now for Holstein and some union workers, a majority of them represented at the Charleston facility, there’s still an ongoing battle ahead and plenty of questions from Holstein that need answered.

“I’m optimistic in the fact of the pressure that they’ve placed on the Postmaster, but I’m realistic as well,” said Holstein.

In DeJoy’s letter, he mentioned a “pause in implementation,” which to Holstein means they are not out of the woodwork yet in their efforts of preventing these changes from continuing or happening altogether. Some postal service facilities have already undergone significant changes, including the facility in Charleston.

“Are the ones that are in process now, are they going to be halted?” Holstein asked.

That question has been relayed to representatives of the USPS for some clarity.

Tim Holstein

According to Holstein, at least four temporary employees have been let go and have not been placed back on schedule. He said they’re fighting to get them back and or compensated for missed time because they are in need of workers to sort through the mail that has been massively delayed. It’s the worst Holstein has seen it in quite some time.

“The mail backed up is probably the worst I’ve ever seen it in 27 years of service,” Holstein said.

There are still political mailers sitting in the Charleston facility too. The delay on most mail is multiple days.

Holstein claims the postal service hurried their decision to downgrade the facility in Charleston and with the loss of workers and mail being backed up at the Charleston facility, it’s also possible they’re losing business to competitors and losing the trust of some current customers.

“You’re talking about years and years of planning that takes place just to shut down one facility, transfer that mail to another facility and then ensure that those employees are contractually right in the movements of their job and they’re trying to do hundreds of facilities across the United States,” Holstein said.

“How much revenue are we losing because of this half-hazard decision that was made quickly in my opinion?” he asked.

The facility has around 800 employees and 500 of them are represented by the union.

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito said she and several other Senators collaborated on the letter because of what they believe could be the wrong steps taken for dozens of postal service sites in the country.

Senator Capito

“I’ve been very active with Postmaster DeJoy to make sure that he realizes not only the employment implications but also the delivery of the mail,” she said last week in a media briefing.

Sen. Capito says the jobs in Charleston are too important to lose.

“We’ve had them for a long time and I want to keep them right there at that distribution center,” said Capito. “I’ve been there and they do great work.”

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin also released a statement following the news of the pause.

Joe Manchin

“I’m glad Postmaster DeJoy has heeded our repeated, bipartisan calls to pause these changes to the USPS’s mail delivery network, which would jeopardize timely mail delivery in communities across West Virginia and our entire country,” said Manchin last week. “It is essential we understand the full impact of these proposed changes, especially on our hardworking postal employees, before moving forward on their implementation.”

Senators Capito and Manchin have already sent letters to Postmaster DeJoy before. A public hearing with union postal workers was also held back in February in Charleston.

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UPD plans scenario-based training in Morgantown this month
Cpt. Matt Swain

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The University Police Department will hold training exercises in the coming weeks on the Morgantown campus.

Captain Matthew Swain directs the Training, Investigations, Dispatch divisions and will lead these exercises designed to prepare officers to quickly respond to a wide variety of situations.

“We at the West Virginia University Police Department take training very seriously,” Cpt. Swain said. “We want to make sure we’re staying up to date and that our officers receive top notch training so they are prepared for any situation.”

Swain said the field problems will be more like drills that require an immediate coordinated response. The simulations could be anything from a verbal argument to a non-compliant suspect with a gun.

“We’re going to throw a lot of different scenarios at our officers, at our dispatchers to make we’re preparing them for situations that could occur,” Cpt. Swain said. “We hope that never do, but we always want to be prepared.”

Swain said they are moving the focus away from active shooter scenarios, but it is still taught. These exercises could deal with legally armed suspects involved in disputes that refuse to cooperate.

“This year with campus carry coming we want to make sure we’re training our officers how to handle other situations,” Swain said.

The days and times of the sessions will be held until the last possible moment to preserve the training value. One focus of the exercise is to test the ability of officers to gain control and de-escalate a situation.

“Every call is going to be a little bit different. There will be some involving weapons, there will be some focusing on de-escalation,” Swain said. ” Making sure our officers are prepared to talk to individuals are be prepared to not escalate a situation.”

Swain said they will communicate via social media and official channels so people will have some advance warning. Some safety personnel will also be in and around the exercise to inform those who might be nearby.

“If they hear folks screaming and things like that it will be clearly marked and labeled where we’ll be,” Swain said.” We’ll have a bunch of safety officers around making sure everything is taken care of so everybody knows it’s a training scenario.”

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West Virginia wins regular season finale at TCU, will face Horned Frogs again Tuesday

West Virginia will enter the Big 12 Baseball Championship the No. 4 seed after wrapping up the regular season Saturday with a 6-5 win against TCU at Lupton Stadium,

The Mountaineers (33-20, 19-11 Big 12) and No. 9 Horned Frogs (31-19, 14-16) are set to battle again in the second game of the Big 12 Baseball Championship when it begins Tuesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Reed Chumley led the way with four RBI in the latest victory, which allowed WVU to secure a series victory.

Chumley’s three-run home run punctuated the Mountaineers’ four-run eighth inning, allowing a 2-1 lead to grow to five runs.

WVU needed every bit of it as TCU got a two-run double from Chase Brunson to pull to within two, before Jack Arthur’s run-scoring single cut the Horned Frogs’ deficit in half.

Luke Lyman then came on and struck out Brody Green to seal the result.

West Virginia won seven of its 10 Big 12 series and three of its last four.

Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship Schedule

May 21-25 at Globe Life Field — Arlington, Texas

Note: All Games air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ unless otherwise indicated

Tuesday, May 21

Game 1: No. 6 Kansas State vs. No. 7 Kansas, 10 a.m.

Game 2: No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 9 TCU, 1:30 p.m.

Game 3: No. 5 Cincinnati vs. No. 8 UCF, 5 p.m.

Game 4: No. 3 Texas vs. No. 10 Texas Tech, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22

Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 10 a.m. (ESPNU)

Game 6: No. 1 Oklahoma vs. Lower-seeded winner of Games 1 & 2, 1:30 p.m.

Game 7: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 5 p.m.

Game 8: No. 2 Oklahoma State vs. Lower-seeded winner of Games 3 & 4, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 23

Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 10 a.m.

Game 10: Game 6 winner vs. Higher-seeded winner of Games 1 & 2, 1 p.m.

Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)

Game 12: Game 8 winner vs. Higher-seeded winner of Games 3 & 4, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Friday, May 24

Game 13: Game 10 loser vs. Game 9 winer, 10 a.m.

Game 14: Game 10 winner vs. Game 13 winner (semifinal), 1:30 p.m.

Game 15: Game 12 loser vs. Game 11 winner, 5 p.m.

Game 16: Game 12 winner vs. Game 15 winner (semifinal), 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 25

Game 17: Championship, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

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Class AAA Track: Jefferson girls take title in final event, Cabell Midland boys surge late

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the first time since 2016, Cabell Midland can celebrate a boys Class AAA state track championship. The Knights scored 108 points and they were buoyed by three wins on Saturday.

In the 800 meter run, Tristan Blatt shattered the previous state meet record by over two seconds (1:51.12). Teammate Aidan Kneeland and University’s Drew Zundell all posted times better than the previous record.

Marshall football signee Michael Lunsford won the shot put by over ten feet with a winning toss of 65 feet, 3.75 inches. And the Knights won the 4×200 relay with future WVU linebacker Curtis Jones, Jr. running the third leg.

Hurricane finished as the state runners-up. Ty Steorts set a state meet record in the 1600 meter run at 4:07.75.

Huntington came in a point behind the Redskins in third place. The Highlanders won the 4×100 relay with Mikey Johnson running anchor leg and WVU football commit Zah Jackson on the first leg.

Jefferson finished fourth. Future Mountaineer football player Keyshawn Robinson won the 200 and 400 meter runs en route to high point honors. His future WVU teammate, Dom Collins won the 100 meter in his first year running track.

“I was going to camps in the summer and dropping insane 40 [yard dash] times,” Collins said. “Coaches were like, ‘You don’t run track?’ I said, ‘No’. They were like, ‘Go run track and you’ll be a state champion’. And they were right.”

“In my last season, I was trying to get as much as I can,” Robinson said. “I’ve been hurt a little bit during the season but I have been trying to push through and do my own thing.”

Spring Valley’s Dalton Ferguson swept the hurdle events. In other events, Gradian Graham of Spring Mills won the discus and Parkersburg South took the 4×400 relay.

For the second year in a row, the Morgantown and Jefferson girls decided the state championship in the final event. Last year, the Cougars and the Mohigans tied for the title. On Saturday, Jefferson won the 4×400 relay to win the outright championship, ten points ahead of MHS.

In addition to the final event, Jefferson won six more events on Saturday, including the 4×200 (state record time of 1:43.11) and 4×100 relays. Jazmyn Taylor won the 100 meter en route to high points honors. Hannah Phillips won the 1600 and 800 meters and Samantha Ogden won the pole vault.

Huntington finished third behind Morgantown. Mallori Dunn-Martin swept the 300 and 100 hurdle events.

Elsewhere, Preston’s Ella White won the 400 meter. Ama Ackon-Annan of Woodrow Wilson won the 200 meter and Hampshire’s Kaylie Hall claimed victory in the discus.

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