TENNERTON — This week’s Buckhannon-Upshur “Sport”-light features athlete, Junior Cross Country standout Jack Waggy, who had every reason to be excited following the conclusion of the AAA Region 1 meet.
At Regionals, Waggy, as well as all other male runners, were falsely told that the top 11 competitors at regionals will qualify for the State meet. Waggy placed 11th overall among the day’s field at regionals, which, to his and his team’s knowledge, was enough to earn him a well-deserved trip to compete for a State Cross Country Championship.
Hours later, uncertainty and frustration replaced what should have been a joyous moment for Waggy, his family and his team, as they were informed that Waggy did not qualify, as they would only be sending the top 10 competitors to States following a change in numbers.
According to the standard set before the race, Waggy met the requirements for qualification. He should not be penalized for changes that were made to the qualification standard, which no one had taken the time to inform him, his team, his coaches or the rest of the field, about.
Waggy’s team and local supporters have started an online petition, fighting to get his spot at the W.Va. State meet, that he rightfully earned. Check out the B-UHS XC page on Facebook for information on how to get involved and help Waggy secure his spot in the State meet!