Covering Cross Country and Track & Field in West Virginia

WV Athletes Excel at RunningLane

A small batch of athletes made the trek to Alabama to compete in the RunningLane Track Championships. There were many fine performances, led by a 3rd place finish in the Girls Championship 3200 for Alyssa Sauro and a trio of boys going under 9:00 in the Boys Champsionship 3200 (Ty Steorts, Brayden Marshall, Drew Zundell). Complete WV Results in the Track News & Notes Section.

State Meet in the Books

State Meet Results have been posted. Congratulations to our Team Champions - Williamstown Girls, Buffalo Boys, Winfield Girls, Point Pleasant Boys, Jefferson AND Morgantown Girls, and Huntington Boys. And Congratulations to our new State Meet Record holders: Williamstown Girls 4x800 (Ava Lightfritz, Brianna Winsett, Alexis Wynn, Alyssa Sauro), Rachael Withrow (1600 Meter Run), Irene Riggs (3200 Meter Run), Lily Haught (100 Meter High Hurdles), Braden Hashman (110 Meter High Hurdles), Justin Gottlieb (800 Meter Run), and Drew Zundell (1600 Meter Run),

State Meet Live Stream Available

The 2023 West Virginia State Track & Field Championship will be streamed live by Video Productions, start to finish this year from Laidley Field in Charleston. The broadcast will be anchored by award winning sportscaster Mark Martin of WCHS-TV, with finish line interviews conducted by Joe Stevens, assistant coach, Nitro High School Track & Field. You can watch the live stream of the 2-day event at

Morgantown 4x800 4th at Penn Relays, Set New All-Time Mark

The Morgantown Girls 4x800 took 4th place in the 4x800 Meter Relay at the Penn Relays on April 29th with a new State All-Time best of 9:09.21. Jennifer O'Palko led off with a 2:16.04. Amelia Summers clocked a 2:19.78. Anna Lester took her leg in 2:21.33. Irene Riggs finished it off with a 2:12.08 leg. They crushed the old mark of 9:18.17, which Morgantown set at this meet last year, and after going 9:20.26 in the trials on Friday. Also at the meet, Williamstown's Alyssa Sauro took 9th in the 3000 Meter Run in 9:49.76, which converts to a 10:33.23 for the 3200. University's Drew Zundell took 6th in the Mile with a 4:15.73, which converts to a 4:14.25 for the 1600. It was a tactical race, and he covered the final 800 in 2:04.06.

Jefferson 4x100 Sets New Mark

On April 19th, in a quad at Washington, Jefferson utilized the meet to load some of their relays. The result was a new State All-Time Best in the 4x100 as the foursome of Spencer Powell, Isaiah Fritts, Tayshaun Roper, and Keyshawn Robinson toured the track in 42.04 seconds, easily taking down the old 42.20 mark, also held by Jefferson from 2012.

Riggs, Gottlieb Compete at Arcadia

Morgantown's Irene Riggs won the 3200 at the prestigious and highly competitive Arcadia Invitational on April 8th. She ran 9:52.66 to win by nearly 3 seconds as 9 girls ran under 10:00 in the race. Jefferson's Justin Gottlieb finished 9th in the 800 Meter Run with a stellar 1:52.98. More details in the News & Notes section.

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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 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.