The Morgantown girls cross country program has traditionally been one of the best in the state. Last year, the Lady Mohigans took it to a new level by winning their fifth state championship. So this year, the spotlight will be on the Mohigans as they try to repeat. Morgantown's five state titles are from 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2011.
The girls on the team know it's going to be crucial to work as a team this summer since every other team will be aiming to knock them off this coming season.
Mohigan Head Coach Mike Ryan said his coaching staff is stressing technique during the summer months. Ryan said cross country is a sport that demands cooperation when it comes to extra-curricular activities. This Morgantown team believes they will be just fine.
"We're definitely hoping to take another state title this year," said junior Allison Lynch. "We know it will take a lot of hard work but we think we can do it."
"We were coming into this season as underdogs and looking up at some of the better teams in the state. This year we're probably going to come into the season ranked number one and everybody is going to be looking to take us down and they can't relax," said Coach Ryan. "They're going to have to train hard and keep doing what they're doing to be good and be successful."
A sixth championship and back-to-back titles is definitely Morgantown's goal but it extends even farther than that.
"I've told the girls that our goal is to come back and win the state championship again. I want to get a team that's ranked in the top ten in the Southeast region to get some national exposure and I think this team has that capability," said Coach Ryan.
You can find the Mohigans running all over Morgantown during the summer workouts. They're concentrating on getting better as a team.
"We usually get in pretty good shape," said Lynch. "We go on long runs usually as a group to try to get to know each other better and unite as a team."