Morgantown Riggs named West Virginia XC Gatorade Player of the Year
MORGANTOWN, WV — Morgantown’s Irene Riggs picked up another accolade. The junior star runner was named the 2021-22 West Virginia Girls’ Cross Country Player of the Year.
This isn’t Riggs’ first honor from Gatorade. She was also named Gatorade Women’s Track and Field Player of the Year last season.
Riggs won his second straight state title last fall at the state cross country meet in Ona. Not only that, she also helped lead the Mohigans to another tag team state title.
Riggs also had the opportunity to compete at the EastBay Regional Cross Country Championships in San Diego where she finished in the top 15, earning All-American honors.
The Mohigan has spotlighted the talent of runners here in the state of West Virginia many times and adds another.
“It’s really exciting. I was super excited to find out. It’s always nice because it shows that hard work pays off every time you win accolades like this. Here in Morgantown, we “We’ve seen running grow a lot. Morgantown and University both have great running programs and it’s really cool to be able to see running grow and be able to represent it, especially at MHS” , Riggs said.
And guess what? She hasn’t finished yet.
Riggs is just a junior and still has the next track and field season and a whole other racing year to go through.
To put the icing on the cake, Morgantown cross country head coach Mike Ryan was named Cross Country Coach of the Year by the American Athletic and Cross Country Coaches Association. .