Covering Cross Country and Track & Field in West Virginia

Results Needed

9/21 @ River, OH
9/22 @ Harrison Central, OH
9/22 @ Musselman
9/23 @ Forth Hill, MD

Rankings Note

I meant to tell you about this prior to posting the Individual Runner Rankings on Wednesday. I haven't had anyone question it, but I think it still warrants explanation. Following the meets of 9/4, in an effort to bolster the number of ranked boys, particularly in the Class A Division where only a few teams have 3 ranked runners, I added 30 points to the score of each boy in the rankings. The effect is that it makes it 15 seconds easier for someone to join the rankings. The desired impact was only minimally achieved during the meets of the week ending 9/11. I may have to do another adjustment to get the number of ranked runners up to a more desirable level, but I am not pulling that trigger yet. No adjustments were made to scores for the girls because the number of ranked girls is sufficient to achieve meaningful team rankings.

Gore, Hammer 4th in Tokyo

After placing 7th in the 100 Meter Dash Final in the T64 Division at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo with an 11.08, former Fayetteville star Jonathan Gore bettered that showing in the 200 Meter Dash with a 4th place finish in the final with a 22.66 clocking. Additionally, Elkins resident Chris Hammer finished 4th in the PTS5 Division in the Triathlon, just missing out on the podium by 6 seconds.

Schedules Needed

Please submit your schedules. Not everyone sends me results as a matter of process, so it helps to know what meets are occurring so that I can send out requests for those that I don't receive.

Walker Wins 200 Meter Dash at AAU Junior Olympics, Others Excel

Wheeling Park grad Torrence Walker won the 200 Meter Dash today (8/6). While his time didn't improve upon his semi-final clocking, due at least in part to a headwind, he did break the tape at the 17-18 year old champion in the event with a 21.29, outdistancing 2nd place aby 0.17 seconds. Walker wasn't the only top-end performance at the meet as Jefferson's Justin Gottlieb scored a 2nd place finish in the 800 with a 1:56.39 (excellently run race as he was 8th at the bell) and a 3rd place in the 1500 with a 4:03.58 in the 15-16 Year Old Division. Winfield's Dianna Goodman took 5th in the 17-18 Year Old Pole Vault with an 11-11.75.

Walker Sets New Mark at AAU Junior Olympics

Last night (8/4), Wheeling Park graduate Torrence Walker unloaded a 20.91 in the Semi-Finals of the 200 Meter Dash at the AAU Junior Olympics at Humble, TX. While he has already graduated, we have typically allowed post-season All-Star Meets (i.e. AAU/USATF Junior Olympics, Brooks PR Invitational, Golden West) to count. Walker is scheduled to run in the finals on Friday, August 6th. In addition, in the Prelims of the 100 Meter Dash, he tied his own top FAT mark with a 10.43

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Riggs, Edwards Named Gatorade Runners of the Year

Morgantown's Irene Riggs and University's Josh Edwards have been named the 2021 Gatorade Runners of the Year for West Virginia. See more details in the Track News & Notes Section.

And Even More Olympic Stuff

Former WVU runner and current WVU Assistant Coach Amy Cashin has been named to the Austrailian Olympic Team for the 3000 Meter Steeplechase following a 9:28.60 outing in early June.

Edwards Sets New Mark at Brooks PR Invitational

University's Josh Edwards lowered his own State All-Time Best Mark on July 2nd at the Brooks PR Invitational. Edwards finished 4th in the true 2 Mile event with a new best of 8:46.73. This converts to an 8:43.67 for the 3200, which crushes his earlier effort of 8:49.04. You can watch the race at

And More Olympic Stuff

Former WVU Tech Race-Walkers Daniel Nehnevaj, Steven Smith, and AJ Gruttadauro finished 2nd, 4th, and 5th respectively in the 20K Racewalk at the Olympic Trials. None have the Olympic Standard, so I'm not sure if Nehnevaj's 2nd place finish gets him to Tokyo or not.

More Olympic Stuff

WVU Runner Ceili McCabe held an officially timed attempt on 6/29/21 to meet the qualifying standard and get on the Canadian Team. In the process, she broke her own NCAA Freshman Record, her own WVU Record, and became the 9th fastest all-time collegian in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase with a 9:32.01. I don't think this got her on the Canadian Team (I think the Olympic Standard is 9:30), but an impressive run regardless.

Olympic and Paralympic Update

Former University standout Millie Paladino has advanced to the final in the 5000 Meter at the US Olympic Trials with a 15:38.23. She finished 8th in her heat and advanced on time to the final, which will be held on Monday, June 21st. In Paralympic news, former Fayetteville standout Jonathan Gore finished 3rd in his division of the 100 Meter Dash. I'm assuming qualifying is the same as for the Olympics, and that the top 3 will represent the US. Taking 4th in that division was current Wheeling Central athlete Cooper Blair, fresh off his 5th place finish at the Class A State Track Meet. I'm a little uncertain about the divisions and how the results are listed. Gore appears to be in the T64 group and was 2nd in that group with Blair being in the T62 group and getting 2nd in that group. Perhaps they've both moved on. Gore has now stamped his ticket for sure by winning the 200 Meter Dash.

Get Your Roster Updated!

From the Regional Track Manual -
"Rosters: Each school needs to have a roster posted on the WVSSAC website. Only those athletes listed on the eligibility sheet (Roster) are eligible to participate in the Regional Track Meet."
"Each athlete needs to have a grade level."

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.

Team Abbr: Use the 4 digit code assigned by the WVSSAC. i.e. 0026. You have to have it this way for the Regional anyway.

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.

Alternate Abbr: The school abbreviation: i.e. DCHS.

Athlete Grade Levels: Please make sure you have updated your grade levels from last year.

Contribution Season

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.