Covering Cross Country and Track & Field in West Virginia
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Fundraiser for Coach Phil Cunningham
Liberty (Harrison) Coach Phil Cunningham recently had to undergo a
second amputation due to necrotising fasciitis. He has now had both
legs amputated, and his home and vehicle are in need of modification.
Two of his former athletes have set up a fundraising page to help
accomplish these needed modifications. If you're willing and able
to contribute, please visit
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. .
Turner, Starcher Serve Notice at New Balance Indoor
University's TaShala Turner and Ripley's Tori Starcher made strong statement
runs heading into the season with their performances at the New Balance
National Indoor meet this weekend. Turner placed 2nd in the Emerging Elite
2 Mile with 10:46.93. Starcher placed 5th in the Freshman mile with
Paladino Earns All-American Status
Millie Paladino (Providence, University HS) earned All-American status
this weekend with a 7th place finish in the mile at the NCAA Indoor
Championships with a time of 4:34.62.
All-Time List Updates
As promised several months ago, I have gone back and "unbroken" the
ties in the High Jump and Pole Vault categories. I have long felt uneasy
with the tie-breaker system that we had used initially. We were using
prior year performances to break the ties, which meant that someone getting
2nd at the State Meet might make the list while someone who won the State
Meet didn't make the list. The true methodology to break the ties
can't be used either because I certainly don't have the "misses" data
to accomplish that. The only solution was to just unbreak the ties.
All 6'6 jumps are considered equal. All 10'0 vaults are considered equal.
Take a look at the updates, and let me know if you think I've missed
you (or anyone else).
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McKenna Smith, Tristan Slater Named McCoy Award Winners
Bridgeport's McKenna Smith and Tristan Slater have been named the 2016 Ray McCoy Award
Winners. More details in the Track News & Notes Section.
TaShala Turner, Philip White Named WV Gatorade Players of the Year
University's TaShala Turner was named the WV Gatorade Player of the Year following
a season that saw her finish just shy of qualifying for Nike Nationals. Philip
White has joined Turner in winning the award on the boys side to make it
a University sweep. More details in the Cross Country News & Notes Section.
WV Athletes at Nationals
The top performance at the Division I Nationals went to Millie Paladino (University)
for Providence in 55th. Close behind her was Maggie Drazba (St. Marys) for WVU.
in 58th. Jillian Forsey was the next for WVU in 97th. In the Men's
race, Anthony Laurita (Morgantown) finished 89th for Colorado State.
In the Division II Championships, Kaitlyn Workman (Preston) represented
the women with a 138th place finish. On the Men's side, Concord finished
32nd as a team. Jason Weitzel (PikeView) was 132nd, he was followed by
Justin Snyder (Princeton) in 179th, Tyler Kosut (Shady Spring) in 192nd,
Chris Taylor in 235th, Michael Ruhnke (Capital) in 237th, Brandon Lee in
239th, and Roger Foster in 242nd. Running for Edinboro were Daniel
Nowak (University) in 208th and Jared Hallow (Musselman) in 221st.
Please send in your schedules. Having a relatively full slate of schedules
helps me know which meets to look (beg) for. Most meets are pretty good about
submitting results, but for those that aren't, it helps if I know a meet
All-Time Lists Updated
The State Meet All-Time Lists have been updated. I want to note that
I will be going back and removing the tie-breaker items for the High
Jump and Pole Vault. I've been pondering this for a couple years, and
the methodology used for the breaking the ties is flawed. The true
method for breaking ties is in these events is not available. The only
thing to do is simply not break the ties. This will take some time as
there will be people tied for spots that have been removed via the
old tie-breaking system.
WVSSAC Announces New Classifications
The new Classifications for the next 4 years have been released, and there are some
significant changes. The WVSSAC has greatly reduced the number of AAA teams. AAA
is down to 29 schools, while Class AA increases to 44, and Class A increases to 54.
Moving from AAA to AA -
Lincoln County, Winfield, Oak Hill, Shady Spring, Elkins, Nitro, Lewis, Logan,
and Point Pleasant.
Moving from AA to A -
Ravenswood, Mount View, Webster, Tolsia, Ritchie, and Summers
Moving up from A to AA -
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 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 and Valley Wetzel 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 us a backup
copy of the meet if you're using Hy-Tek software. Then we 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.
If you cannot accomplish one of the above, it only takes a minute to
fax things our way (1-866-491-9334).