ONA — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School girls’ cross country team took eighth place, in a field of 12 teams, at the West Virginia State High School Cross Country Meet held Saturday on the wet 3.1 mile course at Cabell Midland High School.
The weather conditions were challenging for all the runners at the state meet. Proving how tough AAA Region I is, Morgantown High School had five of the top seven finishers to win the state title, with University taking second. The Lady Bucs had placed third behind them to squeak into the state meet as a team.
The Lady Bucs were led by freshman standout Samantha Shreve finishing in 11th place, just off the podium. Shreve was a mere 10 seconds from receiving all-state honors, which is impressive for her first appearance in the state meet.
The Lady Bucs battled hard in tough conditions against a field of the 87 best AAA runners in the state. Finishing the course for the rest of the Lady Bucs was sophomore Mia Sappey (31st), junior Jessica Williams (35th), sophomore Miah Reger (45th), junior Malia Bowers (70th), freshman Pressley Bowers (74th) and freshman Harlee Gillum (82nd).
“The girls ran great this weekend. We wanted to do something better but have nothing to hang our heads on,” remarked Head Cross Country Coach Taylor Stacey.
“It’s been an incredible season for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. I couldn’t be more proud of the way this team came together as a family. We’ve got a young team and good core to build on for next year,” noted Coach Stacey.
With all the state meet participants returning next year, the future for the Lady Bucs cross country program is sure to be bright.