It's quite possible that during the course of a meet, Cabell Midland boys and girls cross country coach Chris Parsons logs more miles than his kids as he runs all over the course barking instructions and encouragement at his runners.
While Parsons got around the acreage at Meadowood Park in Tornado pretty quickly on Thursday, so did both of Midland's teams.
The Knights' boys team dominated the field en route to the Class AAA Region 4 championship while the girls finished second behind Hurricane, also notching a berth into the state meet scheduled for Oct. 27 at Cabell Midland High School.
The top three teams in each of the boys and girls competitions made the state meet field as well as the top 10 individuals not on a qualifying team.
"Not only did we qualify, they qualified pretty strong," Parsons said. "I was pleased with the girls and the boys. When you can run like that nine days before the state meet, we're anxious to see what happens next Saturday."
The Midland boys team feels like it has some unfinished business after just falling short to Jefferson at last year's state meet.
If the goal was to make an early statement on Thursday, it was mission accomplished as all seven of Midland's runners finished in the top eight, including the top three.
The onslaught was unsurprisingly led by two-time defending state champion Jacob Burcham, who finished in 15:18.2, a little over 57 seconds faster than the Knights' Avery Campbell.
The senior's accolades list is as long as it is impressive spanning the course of his prep career, but for now he is focused on winning a team championship and earning a little redemption from last year.
"We wanted to go out and have the whole team finish up near the front," Burcham said. "Our team did really well. [A state title has] been our goal since freshman year. We didn't do so hot last year, but we definitely want to come back and finish on a good note. Five of our top seven are seniors, so I'm sure it means a lot to everybody."
While not quite as dominating, the Hurricane girls team placed all seven of its runners in the top 14 and ran away with a win as well.