TENNERTON — Head Coach Jackie Zuliani guided the Lady Bucs Track and Field Team to victory in a 7-team meet last Tuesday, April 5. The Lady Bucs compiled a final score of 161 points, winning 8 events on the day; highlighted by 7 individual wins and one relay team win. The Philip-Barbour Colts finished second with 92 points, followed by Elkins with 67 points, Tygart Valley with 59 points, Lewis County with 59 points, Grafton with 41 points and finally Tucker County which rounded out the field in seventh-place with 22 points. The Lady Bucs’ score soared above the competition as they picked up five second- place finishes and two third- place finishes, in addition to their eight wins.
The Lady Bucs’ picked up the win on the heels a duo of seniors in Catherine Oliveto and Cameron Zuliani, alongside junior long jump star Chloe Cale. The team’s three veteran talents were joined by a rising name on the B-UHS Girl’s Track Team, freshman Samantha Shrew in picking up huge wins for the Lady Bucs.
Oliveto showed off her burst and explosiveness in the 200-meter sprint, collecting her first of two wins on the day with a final time of 27.20 seconds. The multi-sport senior standout also got to put her endurance as a sprinter on display in the slightly longer 400-meter sprint, winning with a time of 27.20 seconds.
Zuliani joined her senior classmate with two wins on her home track. Cameron looked comfortable in the 300-meter hurdles, clearing the obstacles in just 53.41 seconds. Zuliani won the girl’s discus event with a toss that traveled 118’ 7”.
Cale won the long jump event, with a successful attempt of 16’ 9”. Cale joined both Oliveto, Zuliani, and fellow junior Dezirae Pugh to win the 4x200-meter relay event with a time of 1:51.34. Cale also showed off her sprinting ability, narrowly missing out on another win in the 100-meter dash with a second-place time of 13.55 seconds.
Shreve, a long-distance specialist, has quickly established herself as one of the best young endurance runners in North Central West Virginia. The freshman took wins in both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter events, with times of 5:48.32 and 12:42.98, respectively.
Aside from Cale, other notable top finishes for the Lady Bucs’ included: Pugh’s second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a blazing fast time of 17.52, sophomore Mia Sappey taking second-place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:47.20, junior Jessica Williams in the high jump with a successful attempt of 4’ 4” and junior Catherine Neely in the discus with a toss of 94’ 11” and one half of an inch. Freshman Kaydence Monti and senior Regina Petrokovich took third-place in the long-jump and distance events, rounding out the day for the Lady Bucs.