For the Winfield boys team, the future may be even brighter as just one senior, fifth-place Richard Roda, finished among the top 10 runners.
Winfield coach Shawn Anderson said his team makes up for its lack of experience with a strong work ethic.
"We're young but they're probably the hardest-working bunch of kids I've had up to this point, especially the incoming freshman," the third-year coach said. "From day one, they've bought into the program and they've just been working their butts off. It's a pleasure to coach them."
Jason Henley is listed as the boys cross country coach for the Redskins and also handles the training and coaching of the girls while listed head coach Kelly Allen shares in the administration of the team. Henley saw strong efforts from both of his teams and is happy where they stand thus far.
"The guys team had never qualified for a state championship before last year and we qualified for our first one, went in ranked 11th and finished seventh," Henley said. "Our hopes coming into this year was for a top-5 finish in states and I feel we're on track for that. The girls team is a perennial top-2, top-3 team and we're just maintaining that. We've got an awesome cast of girls, they're strong, they're fit and they're not willing to just let it fold, so I'm pleased with the way both groups are."
Not to be forgotten is Buffalo's Harrison, who is trying to continue a strong showing in distance running for the Bison over the last handful of seasons. The sophomore is No. 6 in Class AA-A in runwv.com's individual rankings, but he will have to pick up the pace to reach his personal goal at the state meet.
"I want to finish with a 15:53," Harrison said. "That's just a number I have set in mind."
Huntington, Point Pleasant, and South Charleston rounded out the team standings in boys while Scott finished third to complete the team standings in girls.
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