WELLSBURG — Julius Hobbs clocked an 18:02 to lead the Buckhannon-Upshur High School boys cross country team to a sixth-place finish at the Region I meet on Thursday.
The Bucs hit the road for the long trip to Brooke High School for the regional competition. Hobbs finished in 28th and was closely followed by the rest of the B-U top five: Samuel Walker in 30th (18:23), Harrison Walker in 32nd (18:41), Ethan Cutright in 35th (18:52) and Cory Hamner in 37th (19:11).
Tanner Hardman (40th place, 19:39) and Spencer Vaught (42nd place, 19:55) rounded out the Buccaneer runners.
University’s Larry Josh Edwards blew through the 5K course in 15:42 to win the regional meet by nearly half a minute. Ronnie Sanders of Wheeling Park finished second in 16:10.
The Hawks captured the team title with all five runners finishing in the top 10; Wheeling’s team secured second place. Morgantown, Preston, John Marshall, B-U and Brooke finished in that order behind the top two.
For the B-U girls, Tiffany Williams led the way, finishing 28th in 22:51. Molly Fox (33rd, 24:27), Kassidy Wilfong (35th, 25:05), Kellie Casto (37th, 25:38) and Jenny Williams (38th, 25:41) comprised the top five for the Lady Buccaneers, who finished sixth.
University also captured the girls team title, with the 1-2 duo of Zoe Shetty (17:51) and Caroline Kirby (18:03) leading the way for the Hawks. Morgantown finished second, with Preston third, John Marshall fourth, Wheeling Park fifth and B-U sixth.
The regional competition brought an end to the 2018 season for the Buckhannon-Upshur runners, with the top three teams and top 10 individuals advancing to the state meet.