For the next four, maybe five, years of her life, Tori Starcher plans to be a California girl.
At a signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon, the Ripley High running sensation signed to compete at the next level for Stanford University.
Starcher has been at the top of her running game in since donning the royal blue and white of Ripley High.
She’s been instrumental in Ripley winning back-to-back Class AAA state championships.
The Lady Vikings were the runner-up when she was a freshman.
Starcher, who had originally announced she would run at Notre Dame before Stanford won out on signing day, has been dominant in the distance events at the State Meet three straight years.
She’s captured first in the 800, 1600 and 3200 all three years at the West Virginia High School State Track and Field Meet.
In addition, Starcher has been the anchor leg of the winning 4x400 meter relay team in Class AAA three straight years at the State Meet.
Also a standout in cross county, Starcher won a boatload of meets in that sport, including the Class AAA title as a sophomore in 2017. She missed all of her freshman year in CC due to an injury, fell ill at the State Meet as a junior while another injury cut short her senior season.
Away from high school competition, Starcher has been involved in several big events nationally. Last spring, she won the mile run at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia and along the way set the meet record.
Starcher has been earned both the Gatorade Athlete of the Year in West Virginia for track and field and cross country.
She is the reigning Ray McCoy Award winner for females in West Virginia. The annual award, voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, goes to the state’s top runner.
Her mother, the former Keri Wiseman, was a standout in track and field at Ravenswood while her father, Joe, was an excellent baseball and basketball player at old Spencer High School.
Jack Wiseman, her late grandfather, was an outstanding track and field/basketball coach at Ravenswood High School and later served for many years as Ripley High School’s principal.
Stanford is located near San Francisco and San Jose and close to Silicon Valley.
The private university, which was founded in 1985, is known for academic achievements and is considered one of the top universities world-wide.
Cardinal athletic teams compete in the highly-regarded Pacific Athletic Conference (PAC-12).