HUNTINGTON – Not many athletes get to experience the rush of a championship as a freshman, but that was exactly the case for Buckhannon-Upshur’s Cadence Vincent.
Vincent qualified for the West Virginia State Cross Country Championships last week running 10th at the Region I meet.
This past Saturday, she lined up with the state’s best at Cabell Midland High School.
“I was nervous as it was my first time on the course,” explained Vincent. “I was up against the best cross country runners in the state as a freshman.”
Vincent ran a strong race against the best 85 the state had to offer and finished 20th with a time of 20:34.81.
“I feel like I could have definitely performed better as it wasn’t my best race,” noted Vincent. “The course was slippery in places and it was very cold out.”
Vincent also had to line-up at the start of the race and compete without her teammates as the lone Buckhannon-Upshur representative at the state meet.
“It was a different race than I am used too,” remarked Vincent. “It was definitely different not having my teammates with me as I was the only runner lining up. It was certainly a different feeling.”
If there was any doubt to the strength of how tough the Region I line-up is that the Lady Bucs and Vincent compete in, one needs to look no further than the results of the title meet.
Four of the top five runners all came from Region I.
Morgantown took the top three spots as Lea Hatcher won the state meet with a time of 17:24.66.
Her teammates Athena Young and Irene Riggs took second and third respectively.
Parkersburg’s Madison Triplett was fourth while Region I runner Caroline Kirby of University was fifth.
The three Region I teams competing all took the top three spots in the standings.
Morgantown won the team title with 39 points while University was second with 64 and Preston was third with 85.
Vincent said she expects this to be her first trip of many to the state championship meet.
“Having this opportunity to compete at states has set my bar higher and higher,” she stated. “My goal is to make it every year and work hard in the off-season to accomplish it.”
1. Morgantown 39; 2. University 64; 3. Preston 85; 4. Cabell Midland 128; 5. Hurricane 136; 6. Woodrow Wilson 146; 7. Parkersburg 171; 8. Hampshire 195; 9. Musselman 229; 10. Spring Mills 261; 11. George Washington 293.
INDIVIDUAL TOP 5
1. Lea Hatcher (Morgantown) – 17:24.66.
2. Athena Young (Morgantown) – 17:34.52.
3. Irene Riggs (Morgantown) – 18:14.24.
4. Madison Triplett (Parkersburg) – 18:46.61.
5. Caroline Kirby (University) – 18:57.82.
LADY BUC RESULTS
Cadence Vincent (20th) – 20:34.81.