B-U’s 4x400-meter relay team finishes second at state track and field championship

The Buckhannon-Upshur 4x400-meter relay team finished second at the state championship meet with a time of 2:34.70. The team was made up of, left to right: Milo Baumann, Jordan Gillum, Shawn Blandino and Sterlin Thropp. The Bucs finished 16th as a team with 11 points.

CHARLESTON – Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Patty Wager had all five of her relay teams advance to the West Virginia State Track and Field Championships this past Saturday at Laidley Field in Charleston.

And it was the 4x400-meter relay team that had the best showing for the Buccaneers as they took state runner-up honors.

The foursome of Milo Baumann, Sterlin Thropp, Jordan Gillum and Shawn Blandino took second place with a time of 2:34.70.

“It wasn’t their best time, but they still finished second after being predicted for fourth place,” noted Wager.

Two other Bucs scored for Wager at the state meet.

Julius Hobbs took fifth in the pole vault clearing 12-00 while Thropp ran sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.87.

Blandino ran 10th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.67.

The 4x800-meter relay team had the next best relay finish as the quartet of Gillum, Hobbs, Julian Larcher and Baumann ran eighth with a time of 8:41.08.

The 4x200-meter relay foursome of Blandino, Thropp, Zach Barcus and Donovan Abel placed 10th with a time of 1:34.44 while the 4x100-meter relay team of Blandino, Thropp, Barcus and Camden Snyder were 13th with a clocking of 45.36.

The 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay team of Hobbs, Smith, Barcus and Damien Claypool caught an unlucky break when a hand touched a hurdle, and they were disqualified from their event.

The Bucs finished 16th overall with 11 points.

Parkersburg won the meet with 110 points while two Region I teams took second and third as Wheeling Park was runner-up with 81 points and University was third with 59.

Wheeling Park’s Torrence Walker was the High Point Award winner with 30 points while Keegan Barnette of Parkersburg was second with 27.

The results:


1. Parkersburg 110; 2. Wheeling Park 81; 3. University 59; 4. Jefferson 53; Morgantown 36; 6. Cabell Midland 25; 7. Huntington 24; 8. Riverside 22; 9. Martinsburg 21; 10. Musselman 19 11. Capital 16; 12. Parkersburg South 14; 13. Hampshire 13; 14. (tie) Washington and South Charleston 12; 16. Buckhannon-Upshur 11; 17 (tie) Hedgesville and Woodrow Wilson 8; 19. Ripley 7; 20. Bridgeport 3; 21. Spring Mills 2; 22 (tie) Hurricane and Greenbrier East 1.


400-meter dash – Sterlin Thropp (6th) 50.87; Shawn Blandino (10th) 51.67.

4x100-meter relay – Shawn Blandino, Sterlin Thropp, Zach Barcus, Camden Snyder (13th) 45.36.

4x200-meter relay – Dakota Smith, Sterlin Thropp, Shawn Blandino, Donovan Abel (10th) 1:34.44

4x400-meter relay – Milo Baumann, Sterlin Thropp, Jordan Gillum, Shawn Blandino (2nd) 3:34.70.

4x800-meter relay – Jordan Gillum, Julius Hobbs, Julian Larcher, Milo Baumann (8th) 8:41.08.

4x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay – Julius Hobbs, Dakota Smith, Zach Barcus, Damien Claypool (DQ)

Pole vault – Julius Hobbs (5th) 12-00.



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