CHARLESTON – Eleven Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers will have thoughts of winning a state championship this weekend at the West Virginia State Track and Field Championships at Charleston’s Laidley Field.
The Bucs will compete in seven events in Charleston.
Shawn Blandino and Sterlin Thropp lead the way as both will compete in the same four events.
Individually, both will compete in the 400-meter dash and three relay events.
Based on their best runs of the season in the 400-meter dash, Blandino will enter the race ranked fifth while Thropp is ranked sixth.
Blandino’s best time is 51.08 while Thropp is right behind at 51.20.
Wheeling Park’s Torrence Walker has the best current time at 49.47.
The other Buccaneer to compete in an individual event will be Julius Hobbs in the pole vault.
Hobbs is ranked fifth clearing 12-00 this year. The current best belongs to Frank Amore of Washington at 16-05.
All five of head coach Patty Wager’s relay teams earned the right to compete at states.
The highest ranked relay team is the 4x400-meter relay team of Jordan Gillum, Milo Baumann, Thropp and Blandino who are ranked fourth.
Their best time came last week at the Region I meet of 3:34.21. Jefferson has the best time of time of the year thus far at 3:27.24.
The 4x800-meter relay team and the shuttle hurdle relay team are both ranked seventh.
The 4x800-meter relay team consists of Gillum, Baumann, Julian Larcher, and Hobbs while the shuttle hurdle relay squad is made up of Gillum,
Baumann, Damien Claypool and Dakota Smith.
The 4x800-meter relay’s best time was also at the Region I meet of 8:38.17. The state’s best right now belongs to University at 8:18.58.
The shuttle hurdle’s best time is 1:02.23 which was also acquired at the regional meet.
The best time in the state is currently held by Riverside at 58.71.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Barcus, Blandino, Camden Snyder and Thropp and the 4x200-meter relay squad of Blandino, Dakota Smith, Thropp and Donovan Abel are both currently unranked.
Both finished fourth at the Region I meet as the 4x100-meter team had a time of 45.47 and the 4x200-meter relay team had a time of 1:35.17.
Wheeling Park has the top spot in the 4x100-meter relay at 43.12 while Jefferson has the top mark in the 4x200-meter relay at 1:29.08.
BUCCANEER STATE QUALIFIERS
Donovan Abel – 4x200-meter relay
Zach Barcus – 4x100-meter relay, Shuttle hurdle relay
Shawn Blandino – 400-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay, 4x200-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay
Milo Baumann – 4x400-meter relay, 4x800-meter relay
Damien Claypool – Shuttle hurdle relay
Jordan Gillum – 4x400-meter relay, 4x800-meter relay
Julius Hobbs – Pole vault, 4x800-meter relay, Shuttle hurdle relay
Julian Larcher – 4x800-meter relay
Dakota Smith – Shuttle hurdle relay
Camden Snyder – 4x100-meter relay
Sterlin Thropp – 400-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay, 4x200-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay