TENNERTON — The Lady Buccaneers Track Team welcomed East Fairmont, Tygart Valley, Pocahontas County and Pendleton County to Tennerton for a small, five-team meet this past Tuesday, April 12. The Lady Bucs thoroughly dominated the field of competition, cruising to the overall team title.
In total, the Lady Bucs won an astounding 9 of the 15 day’s events, winning seven individual events and two relay events, while racking up 135 team points. The Lady Bucs’ overall team score saw a major boost seeing some runners claim four runner-up finishes and several notable third-place finishes. East Fairmont took second-place honors with 52 team points, just barely edging out both Tygart Valley and Pocahontas County who finished the meet tied for third-place with 50 team points. Pendleton County distantly brought up the rear of the pack with just 12 points.
The trio of senior Catherine Oliveto, senior Cameron Zuliani and freshman Samantha Shreve combined to win 6 of the 7 individual event titles for the Lady Bucs, with each winning two events apiece.
Oliveto, wowed with her ability as a sprinter, turning on the afterburners and winning the 200-meter dash in just 27.58 seconds. She followed her impressive showing in the 200-meter dash with an equally dominant outing in the 400-meter dash, capturing her second win of the meet with a time of 1:03.15. Dezi Pugh was the runner-up in both the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:04.48 and the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.28 seconds.
Shreve, a medium-distance specialist showed she has the combination of speed and endurance needed to be a threat for the state meet in both the 800-meter and the 1600-meter runs. First, Shreve collected win 800-meter run with a time of 2:34.05 before winning the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:42.34.
Zuliani, a multi-talented senior, vigorously attacked the 300-meter hurdles event, winning with a time of 51.49 seconds. Ever the versatile athlete, Zuliani collected her second win of day in the discus toss, with a throw that traveled 118’ 10”. Catherine Neely lost to Zuliani discus toss with a throw that traveled 100’ 11”.
Junior Chloe Cale picked up the Lady Bucs seventh and final individual event win by taking the long jump, with a successful leap of 15’ 10”. Kaydence Monti finished back in third in the long jump with a jump of 15-10) and Cale also finished third in the 100-meter hurdles event with a time of 17.76.
Coach Zuliani’s team also boasts some of the top relay pairings in the state. Cale, Shreve, Pugh and Zuliani to form one such pairing. These four athletes combined to win both Lady Bucs relay event titles. Looking sharp in both events, picking up wins in 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:26.85 and the 4x102.5-meter relay with a time of
Senior Kacey Davis narrowly missed out on the shot put crown, taking a second-place finish with a toss that traveled 28’ 1”. Allison Andrew claimed a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.73 before also taking third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 29.99 seconds. Junior Ashley Catlin captured third-place honors in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:50.15. Other notable third place finishes were: Sophomore Brianna Dalton in the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:40.14, freshman Olivia Shipley in the shot put with a toss of 27’ 3”, as well as third-place finishes in the 4×100-meter and 4×200-meter relay events, respectively.