"They really gutted it out and got the most out of it what they could do on this day," he said. "I was real proud of them, because they ran a good race."
Winfield boys Coach Shawn Anderson also cited the difficult conditions.
"I felt overall we completed well - it was hot, plus the course here is tough," he said.
The Winfield wins came on short rest after competing at the Hurricane Invitational Saturday. At that meet, the Generals boys edged the seventh-ranked Redskins for the win, while the Winfield girls placed second behind host, AAA No. 2 Hurricane by four points.
"We had a hard workout Monday and I knew the boys would be tired, so we basically ran this meet with very little recovery from this past Saturday," Anderson said. "Overall, though (I was) pleased. We have a long way to go, but I'm pleased with the direction we are going."
Sophomore R.J. Weiford paced the Generals with his second-place finish in 17:52.
"He has made so many strides since last year," Anderson said of Weiford. "He worked extremely hard in the offseason, went to some running camps and has really dedicated himself.
"He's leaps and bounds ahead of where he was last year, and he just leads by example. He doesn't say a whole lot, just a good, good kid, and he'll do anything that you ask him to do."
Freshmen Matt Durgin and Desean Williams followed in 13th and 14th, as the Generals followed Weiford in a pack mentality, with Winfield's top seven runners finishing in the top 26 of 133 finishers.
Behind the Winfield boys, host Capital placed second with top-10 performances by senior Marshall Sharp (fourth) and junior Michael Ruhnke (10th).
Capital's regional rival Ripley placed third. Charleston Catholic and Buffalo rounded out the top five boys teams, placing ahead of several AAA schools. Senior Caden McClanahan led the Irish effort with a sixth-place finish.