Covering Cross Country and Track & Field in West Virginia

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 section.

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.

Indoor Begins

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.

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.