As it turns out, he's bought in wholeheartedly.
"That's what I'm striving to go for, winning the eight, 16 and 32," Shaffer said. "It's hard to predict what I'm going to have to run. It's hard to predict in running how good people are going to get because you taper a lot toward the state meet and then come out and run a fast time. I'm going to try my best out there and see what I can do. I think I have a pretty good shot."
Heading into Friday's BB&T Classic, meet director Sean Wheeler said he was expecting the biggest field in the event's history.
After the turnout, his expectations were undoubtedly exceeded.
Close to 40 schools showed up to compete as the Classic stretched through Friday night, past midnight and into early Saturday morning.
Winfield rewrote several BB&T Classic records, and clung to a narrow lead in both the boys and girls standings at press time. Hurricane was making it a Putnam County kind of night as the Redskins sat in second place in girls and third place in boys.
For the Generals on the boys side, Winfield's Sam Pyles set a meet mark in the 400-meter run (50.83 seconds), Luke Martin set a meet best in the 300 hurdles (40.12 seconds) and Winfield's 4x800 relay team finished in 8:17.5, also a meet record. Joe Kirtner also posted a record time with a 9:37.87 finish in the 3,200.
Winfield didn't lose any steam on the girls side as the 4x100 and 4x200 relay squads came in at 50.22 seconds and 1:47.88 respectively, both new meet records.
Several other meet records were set during the course of the evening including a few by local competitors.
St. Albans' Anacia Hines set new marks in the 100 (12.49 seconds) and the 100 hurdles (15.62) while Adrian Cunningham of George Washington also bested a meet mark in finishing the 300 hurdles in 47.56 seconds to go with a win in the 200. Hurricane's Tori Dent picked up a meet record with a time of 2:20.1 in the 800 plus a win in the 400. Bethan Drury of St. Albans threw the discus a meet-record 126 feet, 5 inches in addition to winning the shot put.
On the boys side, Hurricane's A.J. White set a meet record with a discus throw of 165 feet, 2 inches and also claimed a win with a 49-111/2 shot put. Dylan Rich of Buffalo also notched a meet record with a time of 1:57.8 in the 800 while Charleston Catholic's Keiffer Reed recorded a pole vault jump of 14 feet, also a meet best.
Other local winners included Hurricane's Steven Handley (boys 100) and Nitro's Jordan Tate (girls high jump).
Marietta (Ohio) was in second place in the boys competition with 63.5 points, and trailed the Generals by just 7.5. Hurricane (62), Parkersburg (62) and Huntington (33) rounded out the top five with three events left to be scored.
Winfield (72) held a 3-point advantage over the Redskins in the girls competition, with Marietta (50), Capital (42), and St. Albans (40) just behind.
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