"More than anything, she was just a hard worker and a great kid," Buckhannon-Upshur coach Jackie Zuliani said. "You can have a fantastic athlete but their attitude might not be the greatest and might not be coachable because they know they're good."
"But Emily was very humble and would help her teammates and congratulate her competition. You can always find good athletes but she has the whole package as an athlete, student and citizen."
Both Price and Godwin felt winning the state team championships was the ultimate way to end their high school careers.
And following past McCoy winners from their respective high schools adds a personal touch.
While Jett excelled at Jefferson in the late 1980s on his way to winning an Olympic gold medal and playing in the National Football League, Carrier-Eades was almost a warm-up act for Godwin.
Godwin was in middle school when Carrier-Eades was in high school so their paths crossed a few times during practice.
"Emily talks about how Chelsea pushed her and was a role model for her in working hard," Zuliani said.
Godwin wasn't the only one observing Carrier-Eades. She was viewed as a heroic figure.
"She was a big name in West Virginia and our little town," Godwin says. "She's not only a great athlete but very humble and a great person I always looked up to."
Price said "individual goals always came second to team goals. I knew if I would do well, it would help us achieve our team goals."
Both Price and Godwin will be honored by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association at the nation's oldest statewide athletic banquet, the 68th annual Victory Awards Dinner, on May 4 at the Charleston Civic Center.