TENNERTON — Head Coach Patty Wager’s Boy’s Track and Field Team cruised to a team victory last Tuesday, April 5. Collectively, the Bucs won a staggering 13 events, compiling 196 team points en route to successfully defending their home track against a 7-team field. In comparison, Philip Barbour collected a second-place finish with 69 team points, barely ahead of Tucker County’s third-place team, who scored 68 points. Elkins had 49 points, Tygart Valley had 46 points and Grafton had 27 points, which rounded out the field. The Bucs’ massive score difference with the rest of the field was a result of their sheer dominance, with their 13 wins broke down into eight individual race wins and all five relay race wins.
Junior Shawn Blandino led the Bucs by picking up two individual event wins. First, Blandino collected a win in the 200-meter sprint with a final time of 23.71 seconds before winning the 400-meter sprint in 52.05 seconds to round out his day.
Joining Blandino in picking up individual wins were the following: Taiwo Thropp, who took the win in the 100-meter dash with a blazing fast time of 11.57 seconds; Jordan Gillum, who took the win in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:04.71; Landon Zirkle who won the pole vault event with a successful attempt clearing 8’ 6”; Dalton Crites, who earned first-place in the meet’s shot put competition with a toss that traveled approximately 39’ 7”; Dirk Riley, who won the discus throw competition with a throw of 118’ 3”; and Chase Hackett, who rounded out the group of individual Buccaneer winners, with a win in the 300-meter hurdles with a final time of 46.17.
Blandino also featured on two of the five winning Buccaneer relay teams, joining Savion Farmer, Sterlin Thropp and Taiwo Thropp on the 4x100-meter relay sprint team. The fearsome foursome cruised to the win on the heels of a blazing fast combined time of 45.45 seconds. Blandino also was featured in the 4x400-meter relay dash team, alongside Gillum, Sterlin Thropp and Julien Larcher with a time of 3:39.29.
The other three winning relay teams consisted of Riley, Camden Snyder, Sterlin Thropp and Taiwo Thropp, who joined forces to win the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:36.13; Gillum, Larcher, Reis Leonard and Jack Waggy, who combined to win the 4×800-meter relay with a time of 8:33.52; and Hackett, Carter Zuliani, Zade Woody and Leonard, who won the 4×110-meter shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 1:08.74.
The Bucs dominated the leaderboards all evening, in addition to collecting an impressive number of wins. Wager’s team also earned four runner-up finishes, as Larcher finished second in the 400-meter sprint with a final time of 54.05, Gillum finished in second-place in the 1600-meter distance run with a time of 4:46.61, Zuliani with a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdle event with a time of 18.70 seconds, and Farmer, who placed second in the long jump with a successful lead of 18’ 6”.