"I'm ecstatic, especially because this state has wonderful competition and I'm blessed to be a part of that, I really am."
Capital's Peyton Panger came in just behind Colbert in third place and joined Hurricane's Anna Gordon, who finished seventh, as the only top-10 finishers in girls Class AAA from the Kanawha Valley.
"You have some great competition out here and you get out here and run your hardest and there are people that make you race harder than you ever have before," Panger said. "I just really appreciate the opportunity to come out here and race against the top runners in the state."
Many of those runners were wearing the red and blue of Morgantown as the Mohigans placed five of the top 11 runners and six of the top 13 in scoring 40 points, besting second-place Hurricane by 46 and third-place University by 56. Winfield and Jefferson rounded out the top five.
Morgantown coach Mike Ryan said despite entering the race as the favorite, nerves were still an issue, even for him.
"I'm always nervous," Ryan said. "Every race is a race. You've got to come out and run that day. You can come in preseason ranked really high but it comes down to what you do on this day and those girls were ready to run and they came out and ran a great race and I'm really proud of them."
According to Redskins coach Jason Henley, his son Jake became the first Hurricane boys runner to achieve all-state status since the 1980s.
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