Bucs Cross Country win Forest Festival Invitational

Bucs runner maintains his stride during the previous event on September 3.

ELKINS — The Buckhannon-Upshur boys cross country team coasted to the overall team title in Elkins’ Forest Festival Invitational this past weekend on Saturday, September 10. Three of head coach Taylor Stacy’s Buccaneer runners finished inside the top four among the races 61 individual competitors, representing eight full teams in Elkins last weekend. Senior Jordan Gillum led the trio of top placing Buccaneers by taking runner-up honors after clocking a time of 19:16.34. Junior Jack Waggy was right on Gillum’s heels all afternoon, eventually taking third overall with a time of 19:44.49. Senior Reis Leonard was the third and final Buccaneer to finish inside the top four, taking fourth overall with a time of 20:15.97. Big days from their upperclassmen leaders helped fuel the Coach Stacy’s Buccaneers to the top of the Forest Festival Invitational leaderboards last weekend, soundly beating the competition after amassing 34 team points. Doddridge County finished the day with distant runner-up honors with 76 team points. Lewis County’s Slate Swiger took the top individual honor of the day, taking first overall with a time of 18:32.40, leading his Minutemen team to a third place finish with 84 team points. Elkins finished fourth with 97 team points and Ritchie County with 127 team points in fifth rounded out the top five.  

The trio of top scoring Bucs were complemented by solid finished from both Joey Nolte and Brycen Allen, each of whom collected top fifteen finishes on the day. Nolte, just a freshman, evidenced why the future of the Buckhannon-Upshur cross country program is strong after the young, talented runner just barely missed out on a top ten finish, taking eleventh overall after turning in a time of 21:14.73. Allen, a senior, also delivered a solid performance, taking fourteenth overall with a time of 21:32.22. Junior Owen Cutright narrowly missed out on being the sixth of coach Stacy’s Buccaneers to place inside the top fifteen, settling for a sixteenth place finish with a time of 21:40.66. Junior Jeremy Allen in thirty-ninth with a time of 24.17.94, sophomore Brandon Landis in forty-fourth with a time of 

25:11.88, freshman Weldon Zirkle in forty-eighth with a time of 25:37.04 and both senior Ryan Tenney and junior Ryan McDowell tied for fifty-fourth overal with a time of 27:56.49 to round out the field of eleven Buccaneer participants in last weekend’s Forest Festival Invitational.  

Both Coach Stacy’s cross country teams will skip out on the upcoming Big 10 Conference meet this coming Saturday which is being hosted by Preston County and instead begin preparations for their meet later this month on Saturday, September 24 in Taylor County.  

Team Results 

1. Buckhannon-Upshur - 34 team points

2. Doddridge County - 76 team points

3. Lewis County - 84 team points

4. Elkins - 97 team points

5. Ritchie County - 123 team points

6. South Harrison - 139 team points

7. Tucker County - 152 team points

8. Lincoln - 178 team points

9. Philip Barbour*

10. Clay-Battelle*

11. Braxton County*

*=did not field complete team

Individual Top Five

1. Slate Swiger (Lewis County) – 18:32.40.

2. Jordan Gillum (Buckhannon-Upshur) – 19:16.34.

3. Jack Waggy (Buckhannon-Upshur) – 19:44.49.

4. Reis Leonard (Buckhannon-Upshur) – 20:15.97.

5. David Hughes (Lewis County) – 20:22.57.

B-UHS Individual Results 

Jordan Gillum (2nd) – 19:16.34. 

Jack Waggy (3rd) – 19:44.49. 

Reis Leonard (4th) – 20:15.97. 

Joey Nolte (11th) – 21:14.73. 

Brycen Allen (14th) – 21:32.22. 

Owen Cutright (16th) – 21:40.66. 

Jeremy Allen (39th) – 24:17.94 

Brandon Landis (44th) – 25:11.88. 

Weldon Zirkle (48th) – 25:38.04. 

Ryan Tenney (54th) – 27:56.49. 

Ryan Dowell (59th) – 29:42.26.

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