Lady Bucs’ cross country team headed to States for first time since 2014

Freshman Samantha Shreve places 9th at the AAA Region I meet in Preston County. Photo by Kenna Leonard.

KINGWOOD — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School girls’ cross country team traveled to Preston County High School Thursday to complete in the AAA Region I meet. Often referred to as the toughest region in the state, the Lady Bucs managed to qualify for the state meet as a team for the first time since 2014 by finishing third overall in the region behind University High School who took second and Morgantown High School who won the region.

At the Big 10 Championship, the Lady Bucs only defeated Preston by one point. This time, the Lady Bucs utilized their depth and defeated Preston by 14 points, knocking the Preston team out of the state team competition. “The girls were able to run a really strong race to rightfully earn the last spot for states,” remarked Head Coach Taylor Stacey.  

“Sam led the team with a really strong effort to earn 9th place. The rest of the girls ran personal records for the 5k distance and made a lot of progress. The majority of the girls finished in the top 20, which was huge for us. I am beyond proud to watch these girls accomplish a goal they set all the way back in June,” Coach Stacey expressed.

Only the top 10 individual runners qualify for single spots to the state meet. Freshman Samantha Shreve took 9th allowing her to qualify on her own; however, the strong pack of Lady Bucs behind her consisting of Mia Sappey (13th), Jessica Williams (14th), Miah Reger (19th), Malia Bowers (33rd), Pressley Bowers (34th) and Harlee Gillum (46th) enabled the team to qualify for a spot in the 2021 WV State Cross Country Championship to be held on October 30 at Cabell Midland High School.

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