"I feel like we keep closing that gap each week," he said. "Hopefully, in a couple more weeks we'll keep closing that gap and by states, hopefully, we can overcome them."
Bias said he's equally proud of the effort from the girls team. The Patriots finished third behind Region 4 squad Winfield, ranked No. 8 in the state, and Region 3 foe Capital.
"I really think, if we run our best, the girls have an excellent shot at winning regional, if they keep running up to their potential like they have been," Bias said.
Capital's Peyton Panger finished first individually, with Winfield's Brittney McMillion and Ripley's Ali Cunningham second and third.
In addition to Capital, Bias said he expects strong competition for the Region 3 crown from Greenbrier East, which finished fourth.
While the main competition focused upon Region 3 athletes, there were several other strong performances.
Buffalo's Dylan Rich placed fifth individually to lead a strong showing for the seventh-ranked Class AA squad. Also on the boys side, Winfield senior Stone Bellomy finished 12th.
Winfield faces a difficult climb to reach state as a team in a region filled with powers like Cabell Midland, Hurricane and Huntington, but Bellomy figures to factor into the state meet, at least individually.
"I feel pretty confident in myself in the season moving on," Bellomy said. "We have this three-week period coming up, so I'm actually really excited to buckle down and start working a lot harder. I'm at the point where it's either do or die for me to go to states, and I intend to give 110 percent to get there."
With the season winding down, there's not much time for teams and runners to make their moves.
George Washington will host both the Class AAA Region 3 and Region 4 championships on Oct. 18.