Senior track and soccer player Julien Larcher, an international student-athlete transplant originally from Martinique earned his way onto the WVHSSCA All-State First-Team for his play as a defender for the B-UHS soccer team. However, it was not his play on the pitch that earned him the athlete of the week honors, instead it was his blend of agility, speed, and explosion for Coach Patty Wager’s track team.
The senior was the lead-off runner for the winning 4x200 and 4x800-meter relay team during last Tuesday, April 26. Larcher used his explosion out of the gate to fuel his relay teams to victory by providing the team with strong starts that seized control of the race early. Larcher also featured in the 4x400-meter relay team, alongside Jordan Gillum, Shawn Blandino, and Sterlin Thropp. After securing the race’s first hand-off from Gillum, Larcher sped off and helped seal his third win of the day in relay events.
It is no surprise that the athletically gifted Larcher excels on the track, as many of the gifts that earned him honors as one of the top soccer players in the state also apply to track. It isn’t a coincidence that Larcher is a key contributor to three of coach Wager’s most consistently successful relay pairings.
Back on Thursday, April 28, Lady Bucs LAX senior Hannah Walton made sure her presence was felt, as she scored five goals for Head Coach Jamie Greene’s Lady Buccaneers during their 18-4 road win against the George Washington Patriots.
The senior midfielder posted her second consecutive five goal performance, this time adding an assist to round out her stat-line, in an all-around strong offensive outing helping lead the Lady Bucs to a 16-5 trouncing of the University Hawks at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Field on Monday, May 2.
Walton has been one of the Lady Bucs most lethal offensive scoring options all season long, consistently teaming with Miranda Greene to form one of the most potent 1-2 punches in the Mountain State. The senior’s outstanding play has helped her team put together one of the best seasons in school history, standing on the cusp of postseason play with a 15-1 record.