TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur track and field performer Zachary Barcus is going to run at the collegiate level after he made that announcement at a special ceremony last week at the high school.
Barcus will continue his track and field career at Salem University.
Barcus said it was the coaching staff and the environment at the University that led him to become a Tiger.
“I got really interested in the coaching staff and Salem just seemed like it was better suited for me than other schools I looked at,” remarked Barcus. “I went to Salem for Upward Bound during the summer of my sophomore year and ever since then I have been talking to a few of their coaches and we just hit it off.”
Staying close to home to attend college also appealed to Barcus.
“It means a lot to me to stay close to home,” remarked Barcus. “My parents are my biggest supporters, and it means so much to me to have them there watching me compete.”
Barcus said it means the world to him to be able to continue his athletic career.
“I love track and field and it is something that I didn’t want to give up,” noted Barcus. “It’s very important to me. I love the competition. I love being able to run and know I have a person running next to me that wants to win just as much as I do.”
Barcus is preparing for his senior track and field season running the shuttle hurdles and participating in the long jump. His junior year was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic last spring.
Barcus praised his assistant coaches and head coach Patty Wager for helping him get to this point.
“If it weren’t for my coaching staff, I would have never made it this far,” said Barcus. “They will get you prepared for the collegiate level. You can be a great athlete but if you don’t have a great coach to take you further, there isn’t much use for it.”
“Zachary has worked very hard on long jump as well as hurdles,” remarked Wager. “Although we only spent two weeks in practice last year before the season ended abruptly. Zachary was so enthusiastic and had a goal of 21 feet for a long jump. We are hoping that he will be able to help us out on shuttle hurdle relay this season. I know he is thrilled to be going to the track and field program at Salem and work closely with coach Dan Myers.”