It’s hard enough to be recognized as your state’s top athlete in one sport, let alone two.
But that is exactly the case for Ripley High School running standout Tori Starcher.
After winning the Gatorade West Virginia Girls Cross Country Athlete of the Year late last year, Starcher was named this past week with the same honor in West Virginia Girls Track and Field.
The announcement was made by The Gatorade Company, now in its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes.
This past spring as a sophomore, Starcher led Ripley to its first-ever Class AAA track and field state championship. She won the 800, 1600 and 3200 and anchored the winning 4x400 meter relay to rack up 32 ½ points and garner Class AAA’s High Point award. As a freshman, Starcher also won those three events and was the anchor of the state champion 4x400 unit. Ripley finished as the AAA runner-up in the 2017 State Meet.
Starcher’s sensational State Meet of 2018 followed up her capturing the Class AAA state title in cross country this past October.
Starcher recently took sixth in the 800 at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor event. Her time of 2:07.42 set a state record and ranks her eighth nationally.
Starcher is also ranked nationally in several other events. She’s No. 13 in the two-mile run (10:24.46), No. 26 in the mile run (4:51.15), No. 33 in the 1600 (4:49.14) and No. 52 in the 3200 (10:29.87).
The daughter of Joe and Keri Wiseman Starcher owns an unweighted GPA of 4.14 as she heads into her junior year. She is a member of the Ripley High Student Council and is responsible for starting up the Ripley Youth Running Club. The club promotes running skills and physical fitness. She’s also quite active with an array of community service projects with her youth group at Calvary United Methodist Church.