That speed has allowed Panger the potential to reach even greater heights in track than she experienced in cross country.
"I think she's better in track than she is in cross country," Capital cross country Coach Jared Smith said. "She's continuing to work harder on getting faster, faster leg turnover. She's really trying to get faster turnover in her legs to correlate with her strength work. You put those two together, and she gets all that down, she's going to be a great distance runner in the future."
Panger poses a threat in each of her events, but Smith said he thinks Panger's most suited for the longest of them, the two-mile.
"I think, personally, watching her run, from my perspective, she's better at the two-mile," he said. "She's going to be a lot better in the two-mile in the future, because of how much strength she has, and when you put that speed in there too, being able to pick it up in races, a lot of people couldn't go with her, because you put those two together and it's a lot to handle."
Her focus this year, though, is on the mile event.
"I was just hoping to kind of get up and get my name out there and get in the mix," she said. "The mile time, for some of the girls that are really fast are already going under five (minutes). I'm just hoping to hit somewhere under 5:10 and be in the contention for the top six at the state meet."
Panger undoubtedly possesses the talent, attitude and desire to reach her goals, Smith said.
"Her will, she will never, ever give up in a race, no matter how sick she is, how bad she's hurting," he said. "She's a go-getter. I admire her attributes. She's just on top of her game, and I just think as a 10th-grader, she's only going to get better."
To reach success, Panger said it takes more than talent, and she's committed to work through the pain to list among the state's elite runners.
"I think there's a degree of natural, God-given talent that comes with it, but on top of that is a lot of hard work, a lot of miles, a lot of diet and workouts and getting stuff done ahead of time so I have extra time to run," she said. "It's a lifestyle."