Covering Cross Country and Track & Field in West Virginia

Riggs Named Gatorade Runner of the Year

Morgantown's Irene Riggs was named the 2020 Gatorade Runner of the Year for West Virginia following her undefeated season that was capped by a 29 second win at the State Meet.

Episode VII - Edwards Awakens

University's Josh Edwards continued his excellent pre-season with a 3rd place finish in the 2 Mile at NSAF Meet of Champions in Myrtle Beach, SC on March 27th. This was a true 2 mile, and Edwards' 8:55.64 converts to an 8:52.53 for 3200 Meters. This is his 3rd sub-9:00 minute run this off-season.

WVU Women 29th at Nationals

The WVU Women's Cross Country team finished 29th at the NCAA National Championships held March 15th at Oklahoma State. They were led by Ceili McCabe, who finished 42nd in 21:01.2.

WVU Headed to Nationals

The women of WVU have received an invitation to the NCAA Championships being held March 15th in Stillwater, OK. It's a great way to end this shortened, out-of-season season. The race is slated to begin at 12:50 PM EST.

Episode VI - Return of the Josh-i

University's Josh Edwards put together another exceptional race on February 27th in Arizona at the Sundown Track Series. He toured the 3200 Meter run in 8:50.20, improving upon his already spectacular time from the SPIRE Showcase.

Episode V - Edwards Strikes Back

University's Josh Edwards continued his exceptional indoor season on February 7th by winning the 3200 Meter Run at the SPIRE Scholastic Showcase, scoring a superb 8:51.88. This is one of the top 3200 Meter Runs in West Virginia High School history.

Episode IV - A New Hope

University's Josh Edwards delivered an opening statement to all contenders in the distance events on January 16th at Youngstown, OH. Edwards dropped an uncontested 4:10.02 in the 1600, which I believe is US #1 in the event so far this year.

More Changes

The WVSSAC has released its plan for Track season. While the timeframe has not changed from their earlier proclamation, with practice beginning on March 15, and the season concluding on June 12th, they have made a change to the State Meet format. The State Meet will now be held over 3 days with Class A competing on June 10th, Class AA on June 11th, and Class AAA on June 12th. More in the Track News Section.

Track Season Delayed and Extended

With winter sports delayed until January 11th, it was only a matter of time before the spring-delay domino fell. It has been announced that spring sports will begin on March 15th, a two week delay from the original March 1st date. The first meets can be held on April 7th, a three week delay from the original March 17th date. Regional Meets will be held on June 2-4, and the State Meet will be June 11-12.

State Meet In the Books

The 2020 season is in the books. In this oddest of years, congratulations to our team champions: Morgantown Girls, University Boys, Fairmont Senior Girls, Frankfort Boys, Williamstown Girls and Ritchie Boys. And Congratulations to our individual champions: Morgantown's Irene Riggs, University's Josh Edwards, Fairmont Senior's Lydia Falkenstein, Fairmont Senior's Logan Zuchelli, Williamstown's Ella Hesson, and Doddridge's Carter Lipscomb.

A-AA Split Permanent

An announcement was made prior to the Class A Championships this morning, that the split of Class A and Class AA would continue beyond this season.

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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 High School

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 Valley Fayette, Valley Wetzel, 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.