West Virginia 2013 Cross Country Preview: Kaitlyn Workman

Kaitlyn Workman - Photo by Rollie Jacobs


This is the fourth in a series of previews on West Virginia High School boys’ and girls’ cross country for the 2013 season.

Athlete: Kaitlyn Workman

Year: Senior

School: Preston High School (Class of 2014)

Location: Kingwood, WV

Class: AAA Girls

Pre-Season Rank: West Virginia #2

Coach: Paul Martin


Personal Bests:

800 Meter Run - 2:29.26

1,600 Meter Run - 5:12.92

3,200 Meter Run - 11:20.00

Three Mile Run - 19:15.50

5,000 Meter Run - 18:43.00


Athletic Honors:

2013 WV Track & Field All-State First Team in 1600M – 5th Place (5:12)

2012 WV Cross Country All-State First Team – 4th Place (18:50)

2012 WV Track & Field All-State First Team in 1600M – 4th Place (5:13) & 3200M - 2nd Place (11:28)

2011 WV Cross Country All-State First Team – 5th Place (19:24)

2011 WV Track & Field All-State First Team in 1600M – 2nd (5:18) & 3200M – 3rd Place (11:20)

2010 WV Cross Country All-State First Team – 2nd Place (19:01) State Runner-Up


Kaitlyn Workman, a senior at Preston High School, is the preseason WV#2 ranked runner for AAA girls. She had a great junior year in cross country and track.

Cross Country: In October, Kaitlyn ran an 18:50.22 at the West Virginia State XC Championships to place fourth. In November, Kaitlyn ran a PR of 18:43.00 in the 5,000 Meter Run at the Foot Locker South Regional, placing 58th.

Outdoor Track: In May, Kaitlyn ran a PR of 5:12.92 in the 1,600 Meter Run (placing 5th) and ran a new season best time of 11:22.41 in the 3,200 Meter Run (placing 7th) at the West Virginia State Track & Field Championships.

Kaitlyn Workman 5000 meter career graph


Kaitlyn Workman played soccer and basketball, and danced as a child and always had a desire to win. Her initial experience as a competitive runner was when she was 13 and in the eighth grade at West Preston Middle School in Masontown, WV. Kaitlyn’s favorite workouts are hill runs because they can be the most challenging. Her running career was influenced by her eighth-grade coaches, Natalie and Lucas, because they really pushed her to work hard and they helped her develop a love for running. Workman is still undecided if she will run at Foot Locker or NXN.


Workman’s 2013 Cross Country Schedule:  

Sat., Aug. 24 - Knight Night XC Relays - Preston HS (Kingwood, WV)  

Sat., Sept. 7 - Chick-Fil-A Inv. - Wood County 4-H Camp (Mineral Wells, WV)    

Sat., Sept. 14 - Colt Stampede - Philip Barbour HS (Philippi. WV) 

Sat., Sept. 21 - Open - TBA 

Tue., Sept. 24 - East Fairmont Inv. - White Day Golf Course (Fairmont, WV)  

Tue., Oct. 1 - Preston Home Meet - Preston HS (Kingwood, WV)  

Sat., Oct. 5 - Buffalo Wild Wings Stampede - Hampshire HS (Romney, WV) 

Sat., Oct. 19 - Big 10 Conference XC Championship - Preston HS (Kingwood, WV) 

Thur., Oct. 24 - Region I AAA Championship - Wood County 4-H Camp (Mineral Wells, WV) 

Sat., Nov. 2 - WV State AAA XC Championship - Cabell Midland HS (Ona, WV)

Sat., Nov 30 - Foot Locker South Regional Championship - Charlotte, NC


A Final Thought:

Upon entering high school, Kaitlyn Workman quickly became one of the top West Virginia high school female distance runners in the state. As a high school freshman, she was the individual AAA Girls Cross Country State Runner-up and also State Runner-up in the 1600 at the State Track & Field Championship. A feat that not many WV high school girls can claim. Workman has made All-State First Team a total of eight times in cross country and track combined. If that weren’t enough, she has finished second, fifth and fourth in the last three West Virginia High School AAA Girls Cross Country State Championships. That is quite an impressive resume!

Will Kaitlyn Workman’s experience finally help her win an Individual AAA Girls Cross Country State Championship? Or will she hold off the talented field for another top five finish or better for the fourth year in a row?