Fellow Capital runners Marshall Sharp (ninth, 17:20) and Michael Ruhnke (33rd, 18:20) also ran solidly for the Cougars, with Sharp setting a personal record (PR) and Ruhnke overcoming a cumbersome injury.
"Both of them ran well," Capital coach Jared Smith said. "Michael's got a little bit of a foot issue. It's not extreme plantar fasciitis right not, but it's really bothering him when he climbs the hills and he's stretching. Marshall ran exceptional. He ran his PR today and he's got one of the most lethal kicks in the state of West Virginia."
Sharp said he was pleased to perform so well on the state championship course against many teams Capital will continue to compete against this season.
"I was really happy with it, because this is one of my favorite courses and it's the state meet course," he said, "so it was really fun and I'm glad I got the place that I did. I really stacked up well against the regional teams, so I felt good about that."
Whether it's Sharp or Ruhnke in the lead, Ruhnke said he's happy to see the team succeed and eager to return to full health.
"Most races, it kind of just depends on who's feeling better and right now it's more towards (Sharp) because he's not injured," Ruhnke said, "but today when we were running up the hill I was in front of him the first mile and I felt really good."
In the boys AAA race, Greenbrier East senior Levi Snedegar, ranked third in the state, won the individual title in 16:33. Winfield ran strong as well behind the solid performances of Generals sophomore R.J. Weiford (fourth, 17:04) and freshman Braxton McMillion (11th, 17:24).
During the A-AA girls race, Mary Richardson, of Newark Catholic (Ohio), won in 19:49. Ravenswood junior Hailey Miller placed fifth in 21:02. Philip Barbour edged Newark Catholic for the team title.
Bridgeport's Abe Merinar turned in the fastest time of the day in the A-AA boys race with a first-place finish of 16:24. Merinar's run paced Bridgeport to a first-place finish ahead of Fairmont Senior.
Buffalo sophomore Hayden Harrison claimed seventh place with a time of 17:06. Charleston Catholic senior Caden McClanahan finished 16th in 17:55, while Jon Sandy, of Teays Valley Christian placed 19th in 18:11.