ST. MARYS – They say that the cream rises to the top.

Hailey Miller has certainly been establishing herself as a cream of the crop member for West Virginia high school cross country the past three seasons.

On Thursday in St. Marys, she showed why that is once again.

Miller, a junior, came away with the individual title in the annual Little Kanawha Conference Championship Meet. Miller crossed the finish line first in a time of 21:14.

“It was great to have Hailey win the title,” said Ravenswood head coach Bryan Canterbury. “She is a deserving champion.”

Miller’s accomplishment marked the first time a Ravenswood female runner has won an LKC title since 1992. She becomes the third in school history joining a list that includes two former greats in Jennifer Jones and Michelle Nesselroad. Her title helped Ravenswood to a second place finish in the team competition behind Williamstown. The Lady Yellowjackets accumulated a winning 38 points while Ravenswood ended with 66. It was the fourth LKC runner-up trophy for Ravenswood in the past five years.

Besides Miller, teammate Taylor Treadway also earned All-LKC honors with a fourth place finish in a time of 21:52.
Taylor Love was 11th (23:23), Jasmine Howard placed 28th (24:27) while Mariah Currey was 33rd (24:49). Also competing for the Devilettes were Kylee Williams, who was 36th (25:13) and Josie Hayman, who placed 44th (27:08).

“Our girls ran strong,” Canterbury said. “We have continued our excellence in the conference.” The boys from Ravenswood placed seventh with 136 points. Ritchie County took first in the boys division with Williamstown second.
For Ravenswood, Jameson Cooper led the way with a finish of 25th in a time of 19:47. Jon Hayman was 30th (20:17), Riley Heatherinton was 35th (20:45), Chase Jarrell was 41st (21:22) and Colby Marks was 42nd (21:23). Ravenswood competes in the Class AA-A Region 3 meet this Thursday at Cedar Lakes.