B-UHS Track Junior Reis Leonard’s big week traces its roots back to the Big 10 Conference Championship back on Friday, May 6, where Leonard helped lead the Buccaneers to the overall team conference title. The junior collected a win in the 300-meter hurdles, edging out Bridgeport junior Camden Hess for the Bucs fourth and final individual event win of the day. Leonard’s strong time of 42.99 seconds allowed the team to keep building off to a strong start to the day with an excellent jump out of the gates off the block at the start of the race to cruise his way to the conference title. Leonard also played a hand in the final Buckhannon-Upshur win of the day came in 4x800-meter relay, as the team of: Gillum, Larcher, Leonard and freshman Jack Waggy combined to post the winning time of 8:21.59, sealing the Bucs their third relay and their seventh of seven overall wins in the conference championship meet.
Following an outstanding showing in the Big 10 Meet, Leonard carried high expectations into the Class AAA, Region I meet. First in the 300-meter hurdles event, Leonard cleared the 36 inch obstacles in just 42.61 seconds to capture third-place and secure a bid to the state meet.
The junior runner wasn’t finished quite yet, as Julien Larcher, Leonard, Gillum, and Jack Waggy collected a second-place finish with a combined time of 8:16.41z
Leonard also was a part of the 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle team, alongside Chase Hackett, Zade Woody and Carter Zuliani, who posted a combined time of 1:04.29 to bring home a third-place finish and qualify for states.
During the Lady Bucs Lacrosse team’s dominate 14-1 WVSLA state playoff semifinal win over the St. Albans Red Dragons, sophomore Emma Corder played the full game tending the net. Corder earned the win after lifting together an absolutely stellar performance guarding the goal. Corder stopped five of the Red Dragons’ six shots on goal, ending the game with a very efficient 83.3% save percentage mark. The sophomore goalie had her head on a swivel all game long, showing a level of composure that is far beyond her years or experience level.
In picking up the huge win in the state semi-final, Corder and the Lady Bucs moved to 17-1 on the 2022 campaign and ensured a rematch to potentially avenge the team’s only loss on the season, which came back on Friday, April 15 at home to the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears, by a final score of 14-7. With the state championship and a storybook end to the season on the line, Corder stands to play a big part in the coming showdown between the states two best teams.