TENNERTON — Head Coach Taylor Stacy’s Buccaneers Cross Country Team swept the competition, as both the boys and girls defended their home course in the Buckhannon-Upshur Invitational last Saturday, September 3.
Coach Stacy’s Lady Buccaneers cross country team fended off a field of eight other full teams for the top spot last Saturday, finishing the day with 59 points. Three of his Lady Buccaneer runners earned in the top ten finishes, as well as both of the top two spots on the individual leaderboard. East Fairmont ended the competition as the afternoon’s distant runner-up, taking a second-place team finish with 90 points while Tucker County finished third with 96 points. Fairmont Senior with 108 points and North Marion with 120 points rounded out the top five. Competitors from Lincoln, Lewis County and South Harrison also competed individually, but the teams didn’t field enough competitors to take part in the team competition.
Senior Lydia Falkenstein led the way for the Lady Buccaneers, taking first place individually out of the sixty-eight-competitor field, completing the rigorous course in just 20:36.71. Sophomore teammate Samantha Shreve was on her heels all afternoon, taking a runner-up individual honors with an impress time of 21:28.81. Junior Mia Sappey was the third Lady Buccaneer to place in the top ten, earning an eighth-place finish with a time 23:30.99. Several other top finishes boosted the Lady Bucs’ team score, including junior Brianna Dalton taking twenty-third with a time of 25:32.28 and senior Jessica Williams finishing twenty-ninth with a time of 26:34.91. Coach Stacy’s team also saw a pair of sophomores enjoy solid days with Pressley Bowers finishing thirty-seventh with a time of
27:32.24 and Harlee Gillum taking the fifty-ninth spot with a time of 33:39.75.
The girls enjoyed an outstanding day as a team despite injuries to key contributors junior Miah Reger and senior Jessica Williams. Stacy spoke on how other competitors stepped up in their absence, helping lead to a team title, saying, “We strongly believe a “team first” attitude will bring the individual performances along with it. The girls were a great example of that when Miah and Jessica went down, we had some other girls ready to step up and fill those spots.”
Stacy continued, “Our preparations as a team stayed pretty consistent even for a home meet. We are a lot more relaxed at home because we’re familiar with the course, but nonetheless we kept working as hard as we could throughout the week because we knew our course would pose a difficult challenge. I thought the girls really stepped up and competed well, with great days from Lydia and Sam, but also strong days from Mia and Brianna as well.”
Coach Stacy’s teams will look to carry the momentum of their team wins at their home course in the B-U Invitational over to this weekend as they travel to Elkins to take part in the Forest Festival invitational. Stacy spoke on his team’s mindset heading into this weekend, saying, “These wins gave us some confidence going into the middle part of the season. There’s still a lot of work to be done but we’re doing the right things and headed in the right direction.”
1. Buckhannon-Upshur - 59 points
2. East Fairmont - 90 points
3. Tucker County - 96 points
4. Fairmont Senior - 108 points
5. North Marion - 120 points
6. Philip Barbour - 121 points
7. Elkins - 140 points
8. Robert C. Byrd - 143 points
9. Webster County - 207 points
10. Lincoln* - N/A
11. South Harrison* - N/A
12. Lewis County* - N/A did not field complete teams.
*=did not field complete teams.
1. Lydia Falkenstein
(Buckhannon-Upshur) – 20:36.71
2. Samantha Shreve
(Buckhannon-Upshur) – 21:28.81
3. Claudia Moore
(Robert C. Byrd) – 22:06.92
4. Kailee Haynond
(East Fairmont) – 22:55.04
5. Erin Chambers
(Tucker County) – 22:59.19
Lydia Falkenstein (1st) – 20:36.71
Samantha Shreve (2nd) – 21:28.81
Mia Sappey (8th) – 23:30.99
Brianna Dalton (23rd) – 25:32.28
Jessica Williams (29th) – 26:34.91
Pressley Bowers (37th) – 27:32.24
Harlee Gillum (59th) – 33:39.75