On Friday, the Bucs won by about a second and broke their own state meet record, finishing in 1:03.86. The previous record was 1:04.13, set in 2010 with freshman Godwin in the quartet.
Godwin has gone on to win three individual events in 2010 and four last year, and is a favorite to do it again. She competes today in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, the long jump and high jump.
The shuttles team that won Friday consists of Hannah Stankus, Katy Riley, Courtney Reed and Lauren Cvechko. Cvechko has been as much a constant over the last four state meets, and ran the anchor leg this time around.
Cvechko said Godwin does indeed cast a broad, positive influence on the rest of the team's hurdlers.
"Training with her for the past four years has helped me a lot, actually," Cvechko said. "I watch her and try to do what she does. We're really, really close friends. I think we help each other a lot because we do the same events."
Levi Moreland is pretty sure he won the first boys individual state title in Hampshire High history, and father Micah also thinks that's the case.
Moreland won the discus by about 31/2 feet, hurling the disc 160 feet, 5 inches. As with most competitors, he thought he could have gone a few feet farther.
"It was my new [personal record], and I broke the school record four times this year," the senior said. "I came in predicted to win and I was confident, but I knew I had competition. I just relaxed."
While the Trojans aren't known as a track power, the Morelands have gone to some 21st-century lengths to reverse that. They have worked with Matt Ellis, a throwing coach based in Rhode Island.
But the Morelands need not journey to Providence for their tips. They begin their hookup with Ellis through the website primalatc.com
"We shoot a video and send it to him," Micah Moreland said. "He does analysis and teaches it back on YouTube. You can stop the video and everything."
As for the rest of the Trojans, Levi Moreland said the team qualified the most in his career - about 12 girls and eight boys (relay participants included). Two or three years ago, it was barely five.
Reclassification has probably hurt no athlete in any sport more than it has Scott's Will Shaffer.
Shaffer won the Class AA 3,200 the last two years at the state meet, but athletes from Fairmont Senior and Bridgeport have proved to be thorns in his side after both schools dropped from Class AAA.
That fact was illustrated again on Friday night when the Polar Bears' Nick Trefz edged Shaffer by a little over six seconds to claim the event.
"I won the 32 the last two years and got second just now, so that's obviously not what I wanted," Shaffer said. "But I can't complain. It's a blessing to be out here running and running fast."
Shaffer, who will run cross country at Marshall next year, said he was focused more on his personal time than who was running around him and he took his second-place finish in stride.
"The time is what matters," Shaffer said. "In basketball and football you measure how good you are by wins, but in track and field you can see by your times. There's no such thing as a moral victory in those sports but here, if I had run a 20-second [personal record] and come in last, I wouldn't have cared."
That's what happens when an athlete as decorated and accomplished as St. Marys' Maggie Drazba is turned loose one last time. The senior earned yet another win in the event, this time by a full lap plus around 11 seconds, arriving at the finish line in 10:31.83.
That effort bested her own Class A record by over 27 seconds and set a new all-class mark, besting a time of 10:49.14 set by Preston's Ari Kasprewicz in 2009.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com. Ryan Pritt and Doug Smock contributed.