Covering Cross Country and Track & Field in West Virginia

Riggs, Edwards Named Gatorade Runners of the Year

Morgantown's Irene Riggs and University's Josh Edwards both repeated as the West Virginia Gatorade Runner of the Year in their respective divisions. Both athletes won the 800, 1600, and 3200 Meter Runs at the State Meet. More details and links to the official Press Releases in the Track & Field News & Notes Section.

Sauro Wins U18 Mountain Running Championship

This morning (6/26) in Saluzzo, Italy, Williamstown's Alyssa Sauro scored the win in the International U18 Mountain Running Championships. She joins a pretty short list of WV athletes to compete in the Mountain Running Championships. From memory, Maria Dalzot (Morgantown), Alex Dent (Hurricane), Levi Grandt (Doddridge), and Andrew Benford (Ravenswood), have competed in this event with Benford competing in both the U18 and Adult Divisions. But Sauro is the first to win it, taking the win on a kick to the finish over an athlete from England. The 4.4K course featured 155 Meters (508+ feet) of ascent/descent.

Riggs Sets New Mark at Brooks PR Invitational

Morgantown's Irene Riggs narrowly missed the win in the 2 Mile at the Brooks PR Invitational on Friday Night, June 15th. Her 9:50.72 broke the old High School Record for the Outdoor True 2 Mile. This converts to a 9:47.29 for the 3200.

Riggs Approaches Record, Lamb Joins Sub-5:00 Club

Tonight in Morgantown, Morgantown's Irene Riggs blasted a 1600 in 4:37.18, just missing the All-Time Best. However, I'm adding it to the All-Time Record list because the mark that betters that is a converted Mile, and it's too close to not acknowledge both. In the same race, Doddridge's Lexi Lamb joined the sub-5:00 1600 list, which I believe now stands at 16.

Steorts Excels in Alabama

Hurricane's Ty Steorts, fresh off a 2nd place finish in the AAA 3200 Meter Run as a Freshman, excelled this weekend at the RunningLane Track Championships in Huntsville, AL. Competing in the Championship Division of the 3200, Steorts dropped a 9:01.62. That wasn't the only excellent performance by a WV athlete at the meet. More details in the Track News & Notes section.

That's A Wrap

All State Meet Results are up. Congratulations to Winfield Girls, Winfield Boys, Morgantown Girls, University Boys, Williamstown Girls, and Doddridge Boys. And to new State Meet Record Holders - Candace Morris - Capital - 100 Meter Dash 12.04 (record was from 2000). Irene Riggs - Morgantown - 3200 Meter Run 10:14.16. Jefferson Boys (Caleb Shelton, Keyshawn Robinson, Spencer Powell, Isaiah Fritts) - 4x200 Meter Relay 1:27.80. Alyssa Sauro - Williamstown - 800 Meter Run 2:17.42. Olivia Cress - Ritchie - High Jump 5'6. Gus Morrison - Ritchie - Long Jump 22'6.50. There were several near misses on new records as well.

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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.