CHARLESTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers didn’t score at the 2019 West Virginia State High School championships this past weekend at the UC Stadium/Laidley Field, but still had an impressive showing with times that continued to get better for the Bucs.
The 4 x 400-meter relay team of Dakota Smith, Dash Davis, Drew Griffith and Sterlin Thropp had the top Buckhannon-Upshur finish placing eighth with a time of 3:34.64.
“The 4 x 400-meter squad dropped almost a second off their best time and finished sixth in the last heat, but they were bumped to eighth overall from teams that ran in the first heat,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Patty Wager.
The 4 x 200-meter relay team of Davis, Joseph Tomasula, Logan Bailey and Thropp placed ninth with a time of 1:33.98.
The two other relay teams that advanced to states were the 4 x 110-meter shuttle relay unit of Damien Claypool, Rondon Caesar, Smith and Griffith that placed 13th with a clocking of 1:04.12 and the 4 x 100-meter relay foursome of Tomasula, Bailey, Trenton Westfall and Davis taking 14th in 48.74.
“We had some bad luck in those two events,” explained Wager. “We had a fall in the shuttles and a dropped baton in the 4 x 100. Those times are indicative of how those teams can compete.”
The state meet was hampered by bad weather which caused long delays on Friday and events to be rescheduled.
Individually for the Bucs, Bailey finished 11th in the long jump (19-05), Smith took 13th in the 300-meter hurdles (42.94), Jordan Weston placed 13th in the shot put (39-04.50) and Thropp took 15th in the 400-meter dash.
“Thropp is only a freshman and continued to improve on his 400-meters time and was one of only two freshman to make the top 16 in that event,” noted Wager.”
Spring Mills won the team title with 71 points while Wheeling Park was a close second with 68 and Cabell Midland was third with 63.
Woodrow Wilson’s Chris Barbera earned high-point honors.
Barbera won the 800-meter, the 1600-meter and the 3200-meter races.
“We repeatedly told the boys that it’s nice to have a medal but the road to states is very difficult for any athlete on any team and we were thrilled to represent Buckhannon with these 14 fine athletes,” concluded Wager.
1. Spring Mills 71; 2. Wheeling Park 68; 3. Cabell Midland 63; 4. Woodrow Wilson 42; 5. Hedgesville 40; 6. Parkersburg 35; 7. Spring Valley 30; 8. Capital 26; 9. George Washington 24; 10. Hurricane 23; 11. Riverside 20; 12. Parkersburg South 18; 13. Martinsburg 14; 14. (tie) Mussleman and Hampshire 12. 16. (tie) Morgantown and Washington 10; 19. (tie) University and Preston 21 (tie) Ripley, Jefferson and Greenbrier East 4. 24. Huntington 2.
400-meter dash – Sterlin Thropp (15th, 53.21).
300-meter hurdles – Dakota Smith (13th, 42.94)
4 x 100-meter relay – Joseph Tomasula, Logan Bailey, Trenton Westfall, Dash Davis (14th, 48.74).
4 x 200-meter relay – Dash Davis, Joseph Tomasula, Logan Bailey, Sterlin Thropp (9th, 1:33.98).
4 x 400-meter relay – Dakota Smith, Dash Davis, Drew Griffith, Sterlin Thropp (8th, 3:34.64).
4 x 110-meter shuttle relay – Damien Claypool, Rondon Caesar, Dakota Smith, Drew Griffith (13th, 1:04.12).
High Jump – Logan Bailey (NH).
Pole Vault – Julius Hobbs (NH).
Long Jump – Logan Bailey (11th, 19-05).
Shot Put – Jordan Weston (13th, 39-04.50).
Discus – Jordan Weston (Foul).