On the boys side, Fairmont Senior's Nick Trefz took full advantage of his school's drop in class, building upon a fifth-place finish in last year's Class AAA run and earning an individual championship in Class AA-A on Saturday.
Trefz crossed the line in 15:52.2, a little over 12 seconds ahead of Doddridge County's Caleb Moore.
The senior said last year's solid finish was huge for his success this year.
"I had a lot of confidence after that," Trefz said. "I was predicted ninth and I finished fifth [last year], so that was definitely a big confidence boost."
Trefz's big day lifted the Polar Bears to the team title as Fairmont Senior (92) outpointed Frankfort (111) by 19 points.
Trefz wasn't the only Class AA-A athlete to bring his prep career to an impressive close.
Buffalo senior Dylan Rich came in with a No. 13 ranking according to runwv.com, but far exceeded that with a fourth-place finish and all-state honors.
"They had me predicted 11th but I kind of looked at some of the guys in front of me and I thought I could stay with them," Rich said. "My plan was to stay with them until around the 2-mile marker and just kick the last mile, because I'm really strong on downhills and straights."
Ritchie County's Johnny Hogue (3rd), Charleston Catholic's Marcus Black (5th), Webster County's Brettley Harris (6th), Scott's Will Shaffer (7th), St. Marys' Jordan Whitehair (8th), Bridgeport's Abe Merinar (9th) and Frankfort's Shane Ickes (10th) rounded out the all-state team.
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