Roundup: Capital's Panger wins again; Winfield sweeps
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Peyton Panger just keeps rolling along.
Capital's junior runner won her fifth straight race of the season Wednesday afternoon, blowing away the girls field at the Capital "Raising the Bar'' Invitational cross country meet at Camp Virgil Tate.
Winfield swept the team titles in both divisions of the meet, which attracted runners from a total of 23 boys and 21 girls squads.
Panger completed the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes, 19.8 seconds - a pace of 6:33 per mile - that gave her a margin of about 1 minute, 22 seconds over runner-up Hailey Miller of Ravenswood (21:41.4).
"Nothing she does really surprises me,'' Capital coach Jared Smith said of Panger. "She's pretty dominant. Her training has been going really well, she's focused and she's really happy with everything that's going on.''
Winfield turned in the next three finishers in the girls meet, with Alyssa Rittinger, Brittney McMillion and Rachael Englund running third, fourth and fifth. That helped the Generals post a team score of 31, far ahead of runner-up Charleston Catholic (84) and third-place Ravenswood (93).
In the boys meet, Buffalo sophomore Hayden Harrison beat Winfield's R.J. Weiford to the finish line by less than 10 seconds, finishing the course in 17:45.6. After Weiford, who ran a 17:55.2, came Roane County's Caleb Pell, Capital's Marshall Sharp and Wirt County's Glenn McMillan.
Weiford's effort led Winfield to the team title with a score of 58, beating Capital (82) and Ripley (85). Eleven full teams competed in the boys race, and 12 in the girls division.
Smith thinks Panger has a chance to capture the individual crown in the state meet.
"She's the hardest-working girl I've ever had,'' Smith said. "She's really focused on her goals. I think she has an outside shot of winning the state championship. I don't know if it's this year or not, but she's got a pretty good shot next year.
"Most of all, what I like to see is a smile on her face. She's healthy and she's happy, she's extremely driven and she's extremely focused. She keeps lowering her times and she's raced against some really good competition in and out of state. We just came back from an Ohio meet at Rio Grande, and she destroyed a good field there by two minutes.''
CONCORD SPORTS: Concord University's basketball court at the Carter Center will be named after the two men most synonymous with the CU's men's basketball program, former coaches Steve Cox and Don Christie.
A formal dedication for Christie/Cox Court will take place before the Mountain Lions Mountain East Conference opener against Notre Dame College on Nov. 23.
WVU BASKETBALL: West Virginia University women's player Asya Bussie was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team, and Christal Caldwell earned honorable mention.
MU SPORTS: Marshall senior Karli Timko earned Conference USA women's tennis athlete of the month honors for September. The senior is 6-1 in singles play and 4-2 in doubles competition this season.