CHARLESTON – Chloe Cale and Cameron Zuliani both brought home second places for the Buckhannon-Upshur track and field Lady Bucs at the West Virginia State Championships this past Saturday at Laidley Field in Charleston.
Cale was second in the long jump with a leap of 16-09.25 while Zuliani was second in the discus with a throw of 118-07.
“Chloe and Cameron had a great meet bringing home runner-up medals in their individual events,” stated Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jackie Zuliani. “Not sure everyone knows just how hard it is to go against the top 16 individuals in the state and you have a short period of time to give it your all and see what happens. It is all you, no one else can do anything to help you at that point. This is an even bigger deal being in Class AAA and competing against some of the best athletes in the state. They both were very close to bringing home individual state titles. I am very proud of them.”
The other two Lady Bucs to compete in individual events both had top 10 finishes.
Dezi Pugh was seventh in the 400-meter dash which was contested on Friday with a time of 1:02.25 while Catherine Neely was 10th in the discus with a throw of 94-11.
Two relay teams earned points for the Lady Bucs as the 4x200-meter and the 4x400-meter relay team both took fifth.
The foursome of Pugh, Cale, Catherine Oliveto and Zuliani ran fifth with a time of 1:48.51 while the foursome of Miah Reger, Oliveto, Zuliani and Pugh took fifth with a time of 4:19.45
The 4x800-meter relay foursome of Allison Andrew, Ashley Catlin, Jessica Williams and Reger finished 13th with a time of 11:14.53 while the 4x102.5-meter shuttle hurdle relay team of Arbogast, Zuliani, Pugh and Cale suffered an unlucky break when they were disqualified for having a hand on the line.
“Our relays did very well and we either got our best time or improved from regionals, so I know they did their best,” remarked Zuliani. “It was nice to get two teams All-State honors. Our shuttles ran a great race getting their best time of the season by over a second and finished third. However, a questionable and picky call cost us a medal and we were disqualified. I feel so bad for the girls, they knew they were one of the top three teams in the state, and they proved it and then that happened. They had a great season and need to keep their heads up. Unfortunately, things like this happen.”
As a team, the Lady Bucs finished ninth with 20 points.
Jefferson won the team title with 87 points while Region I’s Morgantown was second with 77 and Region I’s Wheeling Park was third with 74.
“We would have finished eighth without the disqualification but placing ninth in AAA is very respectable for our young group,” commented Zuliani. “Very happy for them! The girls gave it their all. We came home with some hardware, but most importantly we came home with almost everyone getting a personal record. This shows all the hard workouts and dedication worked. This year’s group worked hard every day, many times putting in extra time going back to practice in the evenings. They wanted to be the best they could be! We had a lot of fun too! I always say, ‘The state track meet is the best weekend of the year!’”
Morgantown’s Irene Riggs earned High Point Award honors with 31.5 while Marlee Porter of Wheeling Park was second with 28.5.
1. Jefferson 87; 2. Morgantown 77; 3. Wheeling Park 74; 4. Hurricane 45; 5. University 40; 6. Huntington 35; 7. Preston 33; 8. Parkersburg 24; 9. Buckhannon-Upshur 20; 10. Capital 16; 11. Spring Mills 15; 12. (tie) John Marshall and Ripley 12; 14 (tie) Brooke and Hedgesville 10; 17 Musselman 9; 18. Washington 8. 19. (tie) Cabell Midland and Martinsburg 5; 21. Parkersburg South 4; 22. Bridgeport 2.5; 23. Oak Hill 2; 24. George Washington 1.5; 25. Woodrow Wilson 1.
LADY BUC STATE MEET RESULTS
400-meter dash – Dezi Pugh (7th) 1:02.19.
4x200-meter relay – Dezi Pugh, Chloe Cale, Catherine Oliveto, Cameron Zuliani (5th) 1:48.51.
4x400-meter relay – Miah Reger, Catherine Oliveto, Cameron Zuliani, Dezi Pugh (5th) 4:19.45.
4x800-meter relay – Allison Andrew, Ashley Catlin, Jessica Williams, Miah Reger (13th) 11:14.53.
4x102.5-meter shuttle hurdle relay – Kierra Arbogast, Cameron Zuliani, Dezi Pugh, Chloe Cale (DQ).
Long jump – Chloe Cale (2nd) 16-09.25.
Discus – Cameron Zuliani (2nd) 118-07; Catherine Neely (10th) 94-11