TENNERTON – The Glenville State Lady Pioneer track and field program instantly got better with the addition of Buckhannon-Upshur’s Kaitlyn Luterek.
After a stellar four-year track and field career, Luterek is going to continue her sport at the next level following a recent signing ceremony at the high school.
Luterek, a shot put and discus thrower for the Lady Bucs, is a two-time qualifier for the state meet in the shot put.
Last year, she finished 12th in the shot put at states as a junior.
She just missed out qualifying for the state meet this year placing fourth in the discus and sixth in the shot put at regionals.
Luterek said being able to perform at the college level was something she never dreamed would come true.
“It was something I thought I would never be able to do,” remarked Luterek. “So it is such a blessing overall to continue my track career because it’s something that I absolutely love.”
While her passion for track and field took her to this level, it was the science department at Glenville State that led her to become a Pioneer.
“They have a wonderful science department,” she noted. “I am really interested in the science field and their department just drew my attention immediately.”
Luterek wants to earn a double major in biology and chemistry which will take her on a pre-med path.
She said the program and the facilities were also a big reason for her signing with Glenville State.
“Their facilities are amazing,” she stated. “They were much nicer than everywhere else I visited. Overall, it was just affordable and beautiful and I loved it.”
Glenville State just finished fourth in the recent Mountain East Conference track and field championships held on campus at GSC. Former Buckhannon-Upshur standout Megan Wilfong took runner-up honors in the shot put for the Pioneers at the conference meet.
Luterek said she hopes to add the hammer throw to her discus and shot put events at Glenville State.
Luterek noted that it was Glenville State that found her initially, not the other way around.
“They found me during a lunch,” she explained. “The coaching staff came for a visit and told me they had been watching me for a few years and they were interested in me coming to Glenville State.”
Luterek was also a member of the B-U volleyball team.
For her head coach Jackie Zuliani, it was certainly a special moment for her to see one of her athletes continue their career.
“It’s always really special to witness one of your athletes sign to perform at the collegiate level,” remarked Zuliani. “It shows their dedication and the love of the sport that they want to continue it. It also helps our program when other athletes see the success we have that they can grow here and move on if they wish to. I am really proud of her.”