Morgantown’s Irene Riggs named West Virginia Girls Track & Field Player of the Year by Gatorade


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Morgantown standout athlete, Irene Riggs, has received her latest in a long list of accolades and awards.

This one is a national award.

Riggs was named the 2020-2021 West Virginia Girls Track & Field Player of the Year by Gatorade.

“It definitely motivates me setting goals for the end of the season, this being one of them,” Riggs said in an interview with 12 Sports on Saturday. “I think that it’s able to not only be something that I can use to represent myself, but something that I can also use to represent my team and my school.”

Riggs is the first Gatorade West Virginia Girls Track & Field Player of the Year to be chosen from
Morgantown High School, according to the press release.

The Morgantown standout was also named the state’s 2020-21 Gatorade Girls Cross Country Player of the Year. The 5’7″ sophomore swept the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter run events at the Class AAA state track & field meet last month, leading the Mohigans to a second-place finish.

Riggs is considered to be the No. 1 girls runner in the state in all three disciplines. According to Gatorade, her personal-best 3200 time of 10:24.60 ranks No. 42 nationally among 2021 prep competitors in the event.

While Riggs is the first female track & field athlete in her school’s history to win the award, there is a recent trend of local athletes winning it. In fact, this marks the sixth time that an area female track & field athlete as won the award since the start of the 2010 school year.

Always the competitor, Riggs says that she’s upset that her track training is over for this year. But she’s already turned her attention to the cross country routes, and is training to improve on what was a fantastic 2020 season.

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