TENNERTON — Several members of the Buckhannon-Upshur boys track team will begin Class AAA state meet competition today at Charleston’s Laidley Field.
The Bucs will be represented by 11 athletes, including Andrew Nesselroade, a favorite to win the 400-meter dash. The senior’s regional-winning time of 49.99 is the fastest among the state field.
Nesselroade will also compete in the 300 hurdles, a new event for him this spring.
“[Andrew] has a very good chance of winning the 400 and he’s in the fast heat in the 300 hurdles,” said B-U boys coach Patty Wager. “He had never competed in the hurdles until the regional meet and was always asking me if he could try it. I think he did very well for his first attempt.”
Nesselroade will also compete in two relay events, joining fellow seniors Kenny Jackson and Evan Roylance and sophomore Joey Tomasula in the 4x200 and teaming with Brian Kaubisch, Roylance and Tomasula in the 4x400.
Nesselroade and Roylance were part of last year’s state-champion 4x400.
“I think we have a shot to win it again,” Wager said. “If things fall our way, we should be in contention at the end.”
Members of the state-qualifying shuttle hurdle team include senior Jack Garcia, sophomores Adaryus Gillum and Rondo Caesar and freshman Boe Masterman. Trenton Westfall, another freshman, will serve as the alternate.
Individually, junior Jeremiah Nicola will compete in the high jump, Jackson in the long jump and sophomore Dash Davis in the discus.
“The kids are excited to be going to Charleston,” Wager said. “They have worked very hard and we’re looking forward to seeing how we stand up against the state’s best.”
The state meet runs through Saturday.