B-U 4×400 relay team wins title

Submitted photo Members of the state champion Buckhannon-Upshur 4x400 relay team include, from left to right, Julien Larcher, Sterlin Thropp, Shawn Blandino and Jordan Gillum.

CHARLESTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur boys placed fifth and the girls tied for 11th in the Class AAA portion of the state meet held Thursday and Friday at UC Stadium at Laidley Field.

The B-U boys tallied 45 points, capturing a state title in the 4×400 relay as Shawn Blandino, Sterlin Thropp, Julien Larcher and Jordan Gillum finished with a school-record time of 3:25.26.

Gillum also ran to a second-place finish in the 800 as his time of 1:56.76 was just behind University’s Josh Edwards (1:56.12).

Edwards captured three events to tie Huntington’s Noah Waynick for high-point honors.

In Thursday night’s 400, Blandino was second and Sterlin Thropp third in times of 49.54 and 49.69, respectively.


Taiwo Thropp placed sixth in the 200 (22.73) for the Bucs, while the 4×200 relay of Cam Snyder, Blandino, Sterlin Thropp and Taiwo Thropp was third with an effort of 1:29.95, the 4×800 (Jack Waggy, Reis Leonard, Gillum and Larcher) fourth in a time of 8:15.88 and the 4×100 (Blandino, Sterlin Thropp, Taiwo Thropp and Snyder) fifth with an effort of 43.96.

University won the team title with 93 points, followed by Jefferson (88), Huntington (53), Musselman (51) and B-U to round out the top five.

For the Lady Bucs, Cameron Zuliani placed second in the discus with a toss of 124-05, just behind Preston’s Sierra Davis (125-02).

She also joined Catherine Oliveto, Dezi Pugh and Chloe Cale in placing third in the shuttle hurdles in a time of 1:07.94.

Pugh was fifth in the 300 hurdles (47.71) and Cale fifth in the long jump (16-05.00).

B-U tied Martinsburg and Spring Mills for 11th with 51 points.

Morgantown took the team title with 96 points, while the top five included Jefferson (74), Hurricane (45), Parkersburg (44) and Huntington (42.50).


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