Covering Cross Country and Track & Field in West Virginia
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Fletcher Triple Winner @ Adidas Indoor Nationals
Elkview MS runner Maysen Fletcher took home 3 championships at the Adidas Indoor Nationals from March 17th to March 19th,
winning the 800 Meter Run, the Mile Run, and the 3000 Meter Run. She took the 800 by 0.79 seconds in 2:19.44. She won
the Mile by 2.58 seconds in 5:07.04, and she won the 3000 by 0.87 seconds in 10:14.09. She outdueled the same runner in
all 3 races.
Riggs, Wayt Win National Titles, Marshall Excels
WV Athletes scored a pair of National Championships this weekend. Morgantown's Irene Riggs took home the title at the Nike
Indoor Championships with a stellar 4:38.23 time. At the collegiate level, Mount Union's Kenadee Wayt, a Wheeling Central
graduate, won the Division III Championship in the 200 Meter Dash in 24.31. She also placed 4th in the 60 Meter Dash, 3rd in
the 400 Meter Dash, and was on the 5th place 4x400 Meter Relay team. At the New Balance Indoor Nationals, Brayden Marshall
sped to a 9:01.72 in the 2 Mile, good for 13th place.
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Gottlieb Goes 1:51
On February 26th, Jefferson's Justin Gottlieb popped a 1:51.45 in the 800 Meter Run at the Last Chance Indoor National Qualifier
at Boston, MA.
Irene Riggs 12th at U20 World XC Championships
Morgantown's Irene Riggs has finally completed her cross country season. She made the trip to Bathurst, Austrailia to compete
in the USATF World XC Championships in the Under 20 division. Riggs worked her way up through the field to a strong 12th place
finish to help Team USA earn its first ever medal in this event (top 3 teams medal). The top of the leaderboard was dominated
by Ethiopia and Kenya with the top US finisher being Ellie Shea in 10th. The brutal course featured several hills and a mudpit
(the billabong) that the runners traverse 3 times. In addition, each lap featured a 180 degree turn followed immediately by
a zig zag section. Riggs was in 17th at the 1st and 2nd checkpoints before moving up to the 12th spot.
8 Deep and a Return to the Old Schedule
From what I've heard, the proposal to place 8 deep at the Regional and State Meet has been approved. In addition, the current
issue of the WVSSAC's Interscholastic shows that the State Meet will be going back to the old 2-day format in which all 3 classes
compete over the 2 days (happy dance for me).
Edwards, Riggs Win McCoy Awards
University's Josh Edwards and Morgantown's Irene Riggs were named the 2022 Ray McCoy Award Winners for the top Track & Field
Athlete in the State. More in the Track News & Notes Section.
Riggs Wins Gatorade National Player of the Year
Morgantown's Irene Riggs keeps earning post-season accolades. She has now been named the Gatorade National Player of the Year
for Cross Country. I think this is the first time a WV athlete has won the National Award. More details in the XC News & Notes
Riggs Wins USATF U20 Championship
Morgantown's Irene Riggs took the win in the USATF U20 Championship this afternoon (1/21) in Richmond, VA. She took the lead
before the 4K mark, and the race turned into a two girl duel thereafter with Riggs coming out on top, covering the 6K course
in 19:45.0 and masterfully covering the final kilometer in 3:04.3, a sub-5:00 pace. Riggs will get to represent Team USA in
Australia on February 18th.
The first batch of indoor results has been updated. For indoor, if you or your team is competing in a meet, please let me
know. I have no way of knowing who is going where for these meets.
Sauro, Marshall Shine at Champs Nationals
Williamstown's Alyssa Sauro continued her climb back from mid-season injury to place 9th at Champs Nationals. This was 2 weeks
after finishing 10th at the South Regional. She was the 4th finisher from the South Region with a time of 17:39.2 on the hillier
San Diego course. Winfield's Brayden Marshall also stepped up his game from the Regional, where he was the 8th place finisher.
At nationals, he was the 4th finisher from the South, taking 23rd overall in 15:36.1.
Irene Riggs - National Champion
Morgantown's Irene Riggs traveled to Portland, OR to run the Nike Cross Country Nationals after her dominating performance at
the Southeast Regional. She proved that performance was no fluke as she ran away with the National title. She took the lead
about a minute into the race and it wasn't long before she established a gap. By 1.3K, she was 3 seconds ahead. By the mile
mark, it was nearly 6 seconds. Her lead would grow to over 21 seconds at 2.75 Miles. She ended up clocking a 16:40.9, the 2nd fastest
ever time at this meet, while dealing with blustery winds and a quick mishap in which she veered to the right to follow the
lead vehicle, only to have to stop and duck back under the flags as the vehicle was not on the course (that's how it appeared
to me anyway). She won the race by 13.7 seconds.
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Riggs 2nd Fastest Ever
I should have noted yesterday that the course record that Irene Riggs shattered at Nike Southeast belonged to former High
School phenom Katelyn Tuohy, who just won the NCAA Championship. And now Milesplit says today that this is the 2nd Fastest
High School time EVER recorded. Ever. There is a 15:58 on the books from the RunningLane Champsionships, which bills itself
as the fastest course in the country. If you've ever ran the course at Cary, you know that it's quick, but it's certainly
not in the category of "fastest course in the country." There is a hill that is in the neighborhood of 300 meters long that
you do twice at Cary. It's not steep, but it's certainly noticeable, and it's long. Since Irene Riggs will be at Nike
Nationals on December 3rd, she won't get to run RunningLane (there are some WV runners going), so she probably will not get
a chance to crack that 16:00 barrier as the two National Courses both feature some decent hillage.
A Team Manager Plea
Coaches - In your Team Manager setup, please use your school as your
Short Name rather than your mascot or your school abbreviation. For
example - I'll use Doddridge County High School - the short name should
be Doddridge, not Bulldogs or DCHS. Hy-Tek uses the Short Name in the
results listing. If you use mascots, a tri-meet between George Washington,
Parkersburg South, and Wheeling Park would have a results listing of nothing
but Patriots. If you use abbreviations, a meet between Hampshire, Hurricane,
and Huntington would have a results listing of nothing but HHS. So, please,
for my sanity, use your school name.
Also, please make sure the names of your athletes are spelled correctly
and that their grade levels are correct. .
Hy-Tek Team Manager Tips
This information is also in the top section of the News & Notes Section in
the Track Pages, but I thought I'd put it here as well. When setting up Team
Manager, please follow these guidelines to make results easy to read.
Use the 4 digit code assigned by the WVSSAC. i.e. 0026. You have to have it this way for the
Full Team Name:
The full name of your school: i.e. Doddridge County HS
Short Team Name:
A shorter name that still makes it obvious: i.e. Doddridge. The only teams I
can think of that need to do something slightly different would Lincoln County
(can't use "Lincoln" because there is also a Lincoln High that should use
Lincoln), and Liberty Harrison, and Liberty
Raleigh who need to add just a little
to differentiate themselves. Do not use an abbreviation like DCHS or a mascot like Bulldogs.
The school abbreviation: i.e. DCHS.
Athlete Grade Levels:
Please make sure you have updated your grade levels from last year.
As always, I'm accepting donations. Please view the Wall of Support for details. Every little bit helps
pay for the site expenses. What I'd ideally like to see happen is for each team to send $1 per athlete
per season ($1 for Track and $1 for Cross Country). That way no one is emptying their pockets much, but
the site is still well-supported.
Submitting Meet Results
I thought I'd put up a reminder about how to submit meet results. Our preferred
method to received results is via E-Mail. The best method is to send me a backup
copy of the meet if you're using Hy-Tek software. Then I can extract all the information
we want. Otherwise, you can E-Mail a text file, a Microsoft Word File, a Microsoft Excel
File, or an HTML file.