B-UHS girls’ cross country team earns title as Big 10 Champions, Bucs take runner-up

B-UHS girls’ and boys’ cross country teams celebrate big success at the 2021 Big 10 Cross Country Meet held at Philip Barbour High School Thursday. Photo Courtesy of Kenna Leonard

PHILIPPI — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School cross country teams traveled to Philip Barbour High School Thursday to complete in the Big 10 Conference Championship where the girls earned the title and the boys took runner-up. The Buccaneer’s cross country program has seen a lot of success this season under second-year Coach Taylor Stacey.  

Winning several meets this year, the Lady Bucs came into the conference championships poised well against several traditional distance powerhouses in the conference. The Lady Buccaneers would defeat Preston County Highschool by one point to claim the 2021 title. 

Four Lady Bucs took home First Team All-Conference honors:  Samantha Shreve (4th), Mia Sappy (8th), Miah Reger (16th), and Jessica Williams (20th).

Coach Stacey said, “The girls ran an awesome race. They put it together when they needed it to pull off the win over Preston.” Pleased with the girls’ performance, Coach Stacey remarked, “Mia Sappey, Miah Reger, and Jessica Williams had some really good races to earn their all-conference honors. Samantha Shreve led us as usual and served as a great motivator to the other girls.”  

Coach Stacey was also selected Big 10 Women’s Coach of the Year for his excellence in leading the Lady Bucs. In his second year as head coach, Stacey worked to reinvigorate the program at B-UHS. 

The B-UHS boys’ team took home second place in the Big 10 Championship, behind a dominant East Fairmont team. The Buccaneers edged Fairmont Senior by four points in the competition to take the runner-up spot. The Bucs had three runners take home First Team All-Conference honors:  Jordan Gillum (3rd), Reis Leonard (15th), and Jack Waggy (17th). Earning Second Team All-Conference honors was Logan Wyatt (24th).

Coach Stacey was very pleased with the team’s performance. “Collectively, this was the best race the boys have ran all year. They did a great job of running as a team and pushing one another until the end,” remarked Stacey. “Jordan Gillum led the team and helped pull Jack and Reis along to earn their first team honors.”  

The B-U cross country program will head into regional competition on October 21 at Preston County High School. The girls’ race is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with the boys race following at 5:45 p.m.

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