Lady Bucs collect seven total victories, gain team title at 2022 Patriot Classic

Junior Chloe Cale runs the 100 high hurdles. PHOTOS SUBMITTED

CHARLESTON — Head Coach Jackie Zuliani led her red-hot Lady Buccaneer track and field team into the Friday, April 22, Patriot Classic held at Charleston’s Laidley Field with high expectations. The Lady Bucs dominated the ten-team field Friday evening, collecting seven total wins, including four individual event wins and three relay event wins en route to cruising to the overall team title. The Lady Bucs compiled 128 team points following a dominate overall performance at the Patriot Classic in Charleston. George Washington finished second with 83 total team points, while Capital and South Charleston tied for third with 54 team points. Charleston Catholic with 52.5 points finished fifth, Braxton County with 49 points finished sixth, Riverside with 46.5 points finished seventh, Greenbriar East with 42 points finished eighth, Oak Hill with 22 points, finished ninth and last and least was Summers County who finished the meet with 4 total team points, rounding out the results for all ten teams in the Patriot Classic field.  

Junior Chloe Cale got the day started off with a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.82 seconds. Cale garnered her second top placement of the day, taking second-place in the 100-meter hurdles, clearing the obstacles with ease in just 17.71 seconds. Cale finally broke through in her signature event, the long jump. The junior long jump specialist successfully jumped 16’ .25” easily capturing first-place honors. Up and coming freshman Kaydence Monti took fourth-place, with a jump of 14’ 10”. 

Senior Cameron Zuliani narrowly missed out on picking up the win in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing the event in 51.74 second to capture a second-place finish, while sophomore Miah Reger took a sixth-place finish with a time of 55.28 seconds. 

Senior Catherine Oliveto picked up the Lady Bucs first win of the day in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 1:03.82 to secure the victory. 

Freshman Samantha Shreve edged out sophomore teammate Mia Sappey in the 800-meter run. Shreve finished the race in 2:34.82, beating out Sappey’s time of 2:46.27; as Coach Zuliani’s team took the top two placements in the event. Shreve, a medium-distance event specialist, again put her unique blend of speed and endurance to the test in the 1600-meter run. Shreve collected her second win of the day, crossing the finish line in 5:34.39, marking the team’s third overall individual event win of the meet. 

Senior Kasey Davis and junior Catherine Neely took third and fourth-place finishes in the shot put toss, with throws of 27’ 3” and 26’ 3”, respectively. Cameron Zuliani and Neely took the top two spots in the discus toss, with Zuliani’s throw traveling 123’ 2” and Neely’s traveling 98’ 1” to wrap up the list of top individual performers for coach Zuliani’s Lady Bucs at Laidley Field. 

Coach Zuliani’s relay pairings also found a high degree of success, winning three of the meet’s relay events. The 4x100-meter relay team, consisting of junior Ashley Caitlin, senior Kasey Davis, sophomore Haley White and Monti, combined to win with a time of 58.28 seconds. This fearsome foursome also took second-place honors the 4x200-meter relay, posting a strong time of 4:28.44. 

The Lady Bucs 4x800-meter relay team, consisting of Reger, Jessica Williams, Caitlin and Shreve, took third with a time of 11:00.87. The Lady Bucs 4x102.5-meter shuttle hurdles event relay team consisting of Oliveto, Abigail Hurst, Zuliani and Cale, narrowly missed out on collecting the win, finishing back in second with a time of 1:13.95 to wrap the meet up for the Lady Bucs. 

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