ONA - Elkins High School's Letitia Propst, Philip Barbour's Sarah McCauley and the Lady Colts' team all won state cross country championships Saturday at Cabell Midland High School at Joe McDonie Fields.
Propst, who won a school-best third state title, finished with a time of 18:55 and was also named to All-State.
"This was very exciting to win another state title," said Propst. "With this being my last high school race I wanted to leave with a championship."
FIRST?PLACE — Members of the Philip Barbour girls cross country team pose after capturing the Class AA-A state championship Saturday in Ona. (CU?and The Inter-Mountain/Andrew Davis)
Elkins’ Letitia Propst heads to the finish line en route to winning state individual championship in Class AAA Saturday in Ona.
INDIVIDUAL?CHAMPS — Philip Barbour’s Sarah McCauley heads to the finish line en route to winning state individual championship in Class AA-A Saturday in Ona. (CU?and The Inter-Mountain/Andrew Davis)
"Letitia did an amazing job and I'm very proud of her," added Elkins coach Shellie Burda. "I don't think too many people understand the pressure she was under as the favorite and a past champion. She handled herself with grace and had tremendous respect for her competition. She has been such a joy to coach and watch grow into a wonderful young lady.
"I know that she will do great things at the next level."
University won the overall girls race with a score of 51, followed by Preston 55, Morgantown 78, Hampshire 112, Parkersburg 132, Hurricane 147, Bridgeport 157, Buckhannon-Upshur 212, George Washington 22:39 and Greenbrier East 279.
The Lady Bucs' top finishers included, Shaina Kopelov (34th, 21:35), Liana Kopelov (42nd, 21:48), Reba Cutright (44th, 21:55), Shelby Williams (45th 22:10), Caitlin Warner (47th, 22:14) Casey Thorpe (50th, 22:17) and Alexa Bennett (61st, 23:33).
In Class AA-A, McCauley won her first state championship with a time of 18:33 and also was named to All-State.
"This was an amazing feeling," said McCauley. "I knew there was going to be some great competition, so I had to race my best race."
"I'm very happy for Sarah in winning the first state title in school history for cross country," added Philip Barbour coach Missy Kaiser. "She met her goal and really stepped it up after the two- mile mark and just had a great race."
Philip Barbour's girls team won their first ever team title with a 62, followed by Shady Spring 120, Scott 122, Weir 122, St. Mary's 129, Berkeley Springs 135, Oak Glen 135, Charleston Catholic 176, Williamstown 194 and Webster County 210.
Other top finishers for the Lady Colts were, Brianna Waybright (5th, 20:16), Katie Mahoney (13th, 20:59), Amber Abbott (17th, 21:37), Allison Villers (31st, 22:26), Mary Beth Long (49th, 23:31) and Marissa Long (52nd, 23:46)
"The girls had a really good race," said Kaiser. "When you have three in the top 13 it's really good, We also had some other runners step up at the very end with some good times."
Tucker County's Ashley Cassidy placed 29th overall with a time of 21:49.
In Class AAA boys, Cabell Midland's Jacob Burcham won the individual title with a time of 15:13.
Cabell Midland won the boys team title with a 35, followed by Jefferson 60, Preston 108, Fairmont Senior 118, Huntington 143, Hampshire 169, Parkersburg 180, University 184, Musselman 212, George Washington 249 and Elkins 292.
The Tigers were led by Karl Smakula (36th, 17:49), Austin Hamrick (50th, 18:12), Remington Knight (61st, 18:42), Zack Burnside (67th, 19:04), Nate Simons (78th, 19:52) and James White (81st 20:08).
"The boys team ran very hard," said Burda. "I'm proud of them, They have no seniors on the team and this was a great experience for those young runners.
"Now they know what it takes once you get to the state to be on the podium."
In Class AA-A, Grafton's Drew Woodford won the boys individual championship with a time of 16:24.
Grafton also won the team title with a 102, followed by Philip Barbour 120, St. Mary's 121, Doddridge county 125, Oak Hill 133, Ritchie County 148, Ravenswood 151, Shady Spring 160, Scott 198 and Richwood 199.
Philip Barbour was led by Wes Anderson (10th, 17:11), Matt King (14th, 17:44), Scott Nesland (22nd, 18:00), Trey Furby (33rd, 18:36), Chase Byrne (45th, 19:01), Andrew Phillips (54th, 19:27) and Nick Stockberger (77th, 21:27).
"Our boys were projected fifth and finishing runner-up is really nice," said Kaiser. "They've worked really hard and it paid off with their best race of the year."