TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Track Teams kicked their season off with a home meet this past Wednesday, March 23. The track Buccaneers season debut saw them welcome six teams from across West Virginia to Buckhannon to kick off the 2022 campaign.
On the men’s side, exchange student Taiwo Thropp won the 100-meter sprint with a time of 11.47.
Shawn Blandino continued the Bucs fast start to the meet, taking the win in the 200-meter sprint with a time of 23.24.
Sterlin Thropp took the 400-meter event with an impressive final time of 51.68 to make the Bucs third straight win of the meet. Jordan Gillum won the 800-meter event with a time of 2:04.69 to round out the list of individual Buccaneer boy winners from Wednesday.
Jack Waggy finished second in the boy’s 1600-meter distance event with a time of 4:57.97, while Reis Leonard also captured a second-place finish in the 3200-meter distance event.
Promising freshman Carter Zuliani collected a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, with a final time of 17.89. In the 300-meter hurdles event, Chase Hackett narrowly missed out on a collecting the win, taking second-place honors with a final time of 45.99.
In the 4x100-meter relay, the Buckhannon-Upshur team consisting of: Zach Mayle, Sterlin Thropp, Savion Farmer, and Taiwo Thropp claimed victory with a combined final time of 46.63. The other B-UHS 4x100-meter relay team, consisting of: Shawn Blandino, Cameron Ervin, Chase Hackett and Camden Snyder finished the event with a third-place finish.
In the 4x200-meter relay event, the team of Shawn Blandino, Devin Phillips, Dirk Riley, and Camden Snyder edged out the other Buckhannon relay team consisting of: Sterlin Thropp, Savion Farmer, Christian Dowell, and Timothy Snyder to claim the victory.
The Bucs continued their dominance in the team relay events, as the team of Shawn Blandino, Jordan Gillum, Julian Larcher and Sterlin Thropp won 4x400 relay with a combined time of 3:36.49.
The fearsome foursome of Julian Larcher, Jack Waggy, Jordan Gillum, and Reis Leonard followed that up by winning the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 8:29.59.
In the 4x110-meter shuttle hurdles, the team comprised of Chase Hackett, Reis Leonard, Zade Woody, and Carter Zuliani cleared the 39” hurdles and completed event in an impressive, combined time of just 1:09.26 to take the win.
In the shotput event, Dalton Crites lobbed the 12 pound ball 42’ 10” to cruise to an easy win.
Dirk Riley finished second in the discus event after tossing the 1.6 KG disk 120’ 3”. Carter Zuliani also nabbed a top-finish for the Bucs, staking claim over third-place with a throw of 111’ 11”.
Owen Cutright took second in the High Jump event, clearing the bar at a height of 5’ 2”. In the pole vault event, Landon Zirkle cleared the 8’ mark on his best attempt, claiming the win as the only competitor in the event.
The boys wrapped up competition after Savion Farmer won the long jump after recording a score of 19’ .5” on his best attempt, while Camden Snyder finished back in third after jumping 18’ 5” on his best attempt.
On the girl’s side, the Lady Bucs found a great deal of success under head coach Jackie Zuliani. 2022 marks Zuliani’s twenty-fifth year as head girl’s track coach at B-UHS. It also marks her twenty-ninth season with the program overall, as she was an assistant for former B-UHS track coach Jane Poundstone for 4 years before being elevated to the head coaching gig.
Zuliani took a minute to speak on her time as coach, saying, “I am pretty proud of the program and all the girls who have been a part of it over all these years. 3 state championships and 2 runners-up, I am proud of what I have accomplished as the track coach here.
After the meet, Zuliani beamed with pride at her team’s performance, saying, “I have to say, I was very pleased with everyone’s effort. I am looking forward to seeing what the girls can go on to accomplish this season.”
In the 100-meter sprint, Chloe Cale collected a second-place finish with a time of 13.50 to get the meet off on the right foot for the Lady Bucs.
Catherine Oliveto won the 200-meter spring with a final time of 27.59, marking the first win of the year for the Lady Bucs and coach Zuliani. Oliveto wasn’t done, following up her strong 200-meter race, by winning the 400-meter event with a final
Time of 1.03.62, collecting her second win the evening.
Freshman Samantha Shreve took a second-place finish in the 800-meter distance event with a time of 2:36.56, before thoroughly dominating the competition in the 1600-meter distance event. Shreve won the event with a time of 5:42.52, nearly 15 second faster than Baylee Jarrett’s (Richwood) second-place time of 5:57.02.
Senior standout Cameron Zuliani won the 300-meter hurdles event, clearing 30” hurdles with ease, en route to registering a blazing fast time of 52.59.
In the 4x100-meter relay, the Lady Bucs team, consisting of: Kaydence Monti, Olivia Shipley, Kasey Davis, and Destinee Thomas finished back in fourth-place with a combined time of 1:00.44.
Then in the 4x200-meter relay, the Lady Bucs team consisting of: Miah Reger, Allison Andrew, Cameron Zuliani, and Catherine Oliveto took second-place with a time of 1:53.88.
The Lady Bucs 4x400-meter relay team, comprised of: Miah Reger, Allison Andrew, Ashley Catlin, and Samantha Shreve maintained the Lady Bucs consistent form in the relay events, capturing a second-place finish with a final time of 4:44.31.
Finally, in the 4x800-meter race, the Lady Bucs captured a victory when the team of: Miah Reger, Mia Sappey, Ashley Catlin, and Samantha Shreve finished the event with a final time of, 10:48.15.
In the final team relay event of the meet, the Lady Bucs finished back in second-place in the 4x102.5-meter Shuttle Hurdles event, with the team of: Catherine Oliveto, Cameron Zuliani, Dezi Pugh, and Chloe Cale clearing the 33” obstacles on their way to finishing the race in just 1.15.16.
Cameroon Zuliani won the meet’s discus event with a toss that tracked an astounding 108’ 1”, capping off her nearly flawless evening on the track.
In the last event of the meet, Chloe Cale put the finishing touches on a dominate performance by both Buckhannon-Upshur track teams, by cruising to a crushing victory in the long jump event. Cale recorded a jump of 16’ 9”, easily besting her next closest competition, Paytyn Neal’s (Fairmont Senior) mark of 14’ 11” by nearly a full two feet.
The Buckhannon-Upshur track teams easily won meet’s team title, with a combined score of 192 points, with Webster County finishing second with only 101.50 total team points. These two teams were the only teams to break the century mark in terms of scoring during the meet, with Fairmont Senior taking a third-place finish with just 81 total team points.