WELLSBURG – Cameron Zuliani won the lone regional title for the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc track and field team in the Region I championships at Brooke High School last Friday.
Zuliani won the discus with a throw of 111-11.
Zuliani won the event as a freshman at regionals in 2019 but didn’t have a chance to repeat in 2020 as the track season was wiped out by COVID-19.
Zuliani qualified for all four events she entered as did Chole Cale who made it to states in two individual events and two relay events.
Zuliani was on three relay teams that qualified as she was part of the 4x102.5-meter shuttle hurdle relay with Kierra Arbogast, Dezi Pugh, and Cale that took second (1:10.03), the 4x200-meter relay with Pugh, Catherine Oliveto and Cale that took third (1:48.94) and the 4x400-meter relay with Miah Reger, Oliveto and Pugh (4:20.27) that finished third.
Cale qualified for two individual events after taking second in the long jump (16-03.5) and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.56).
Catherine Neely finished third in the discus with a throw of 99-00 to punch her ticket to states while Pugh is heading to states in the 400-meter dash after taking fifth in that event (1:01.95).
The 4x800-meter relay team earned an at-large bid running sixth. The foursome of Jessica Williams, Ashley Catlin, Reger and Allison Andrew ran a time of 11:40.04.
Overall, the Lady Bucs will send 10 runners in eight events to states.
“The girls did really well,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jackie Zuliani. “Some of our times weren’t exactly where we wanted them to be, but things happen. We had the long drive, and it was the hottest meet we have competed in this season. It made it challenging but am super proud of the effort!
“Most got the ticket to Charleston and that is what they have been working for all season! It was great to see Cameron repeat as Region I discus champion! Being in the best region, by far, in the state and being able to place, much less win an event is quite an accomplishment. We have several good chances to medal; we just have to bring it on Saturday and have no regrets. Finish knowing you couldn’t have gone any harder. I think these girls will do that. They have been great to work with and they were fun to watch as they improved all season!”
The Lady Bucs finished fourth in the very competitive Region I standings with 54 points.
Wheeling Park was first with 136 while Morgantown was second with 129.5.
“I think the top two overall AAA teams making it onto the podium at states will be from Region I,” stated Zuliani.”
The state meet will begin Friday and go until Saturday at Laidley Field in Charleston.
1. Wheeling Park 136; 2. Morgantown 129.5; 3. Preston 58; 4. Buckhannon-Upshur 54. 5. University 52; 6. John Marshall 51; 7. Brooke 4.5; 8. Bridgeport 32.
LADY BUC RESULTS
100-meter dash – No qualifiers.
200-meter dash – No qualifiers.
400-meter dash – Dezi Pugh (5th) 1:01.95.
800-meter run – Ashley Catlin (13th) 2:53.09; Jessica Williams (14th) 2:54.17.
1600-meter run – Ashley Catlin (12th) 6:38.52; Jessica Williams (13th) 6:43.45.
3200-meter run – No entries.
100-meter hurdles – Chloe Cale (4th) 17.56; Kierra Arbogast (5th) 17.81.
300-meter hurdles – No entries.
4x100-meter relay – Miah Reger, Kierra Arbogast, Allison Andrew, Kyleigh Keener (7th) 56.20.
4x200-meter relay – Dezi Pugh, Cameron Zuliani, Catherine Oliveto, Chloe Cale (3rd), 1:48.94.
4x400-meter relay – Miah Reger, Cameron Zuliani, Catherine Oliveto, Dezi Pugh (3rd), 4:20.27.
4x800-meter relay – Jessica Williams, Ashley Catlin, Miah Reger, Allison Andrew (6th) 11:40.04.
4x102.5-meter shuttle hurdle relay – Kierra Arbogast, Cameron Zuliani, Dezi Pugh, Chloe Cale (2nd) 1:10.03.
High jump – No entries.
Pole vault – No entries.
Long jump – Chloe Cale (2nd) 16-03.5; Catherine Oliveto (6th) 14-08.5; Kyleigh Keener (8th) 13-08.75.
Shot put – Catherine Neely (8th) 29-00.
Discus – Cameron Zuliani (1st) 111-11; Catherine Neely (3rd) 99-00.