B-U XC teams both run fifth at Region I Championships

WHEELING – Things didn’t go the way Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Taylor Stacy had hoped for his Buckhannon-Upshur cross-country Lady Bucs and Buccaneers in their Region I Championship Thursday afternoon in Wheeling.

No one from either team advanced individually to states and both teams finished fifth out of eight teams.

Samantha Shreve entered the race as the top Class AAA female runner, but an injury hampered her chances for state as she finished 15th while the top runner for the Bucs, Jack Waggy, finished 23rd.

“Regionals was a tough day for us and surely not the result we hoped for,” remarked Stacy. “We knew coming in our chances of getting a team out was going to be a hard and challenging task. Regardless we still wanted to go and compete to our best ability. We were hopeful Sam (Shreve) and Jack (Waggy) would make it out of the region as individuals but unfortunately it just wasn’t their day. Sam had been dealing with some pain in her calf and that seemed to culminate at the worst time of the year for us. It kept her from running with the top girls. That mixed in with the unfamiliarity of running from behind caught us by surprise and showed to be more than we were ready for.”

For the Lady Bucs, Shreve ended the event with a time of 20:36.21.

The rest of the B-U line-up was Anya Morehead in 30th (22:41.71), Mia Sappey in 31st (22:45.56), Angelina Winter in 32nd (22:47.76), Mallory Moss in 35th (23:10.19) and Pressley Bowers in 41st (23:75).

Abigail Rogers of University won the individual title with a time of 18:45.56 while Madeline Gump of Morgantown was second with a time of 18:48.18.

The Lady Bucs placed fifth with 143 points.

Morgantown won the girls’ title with 30 points while University was second with 40 and Preston was third with 75. All three teams will advance to the state championship meet.

For the boys, Waggy clocked a time of 17:19.25.

Running behind Waggy for the Bucs were Joey Nolte in 26th (17:44.93), Alex Sappey in 27th (17:56.40), Isaac Snodgrass in 36th (19:25.37), Jeremy Allman in 37th (19:28.95) and Bryce Mullens in 45th (20:20.01).

“Jack was in great position throughout most of the race, but lost position with about a mile left,” noted Stacy. “We still believe he’s capable of making states next year and is one of the best runners out there.”

University took the top three spots as Drew Zundell was first (15:55.96), Tyler Umbright was second (15:56.19) and Jacob Wright was third (15:57.26).

University won the boys’ title with 20 points while Morgantown was second with 65 and Wheeling Park was third with 78 points as all three teams will run at states.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t get the story book ending we were looking for,” concluded Stacy. “ Regardless of everything, it was still a great season for us. Nothing can take away from the hard walk these kids put in all season, and the sacrifices they made to accomplish what they have. We’re still proud of our crew and couldn’t ask for a better group of kids to coach.”

The state meet will be held this Saturday at Cabell Midland.

The results:



  1. Morgantown 30; 2. University 40; 3. Preston 75; 4. John Marshall 116; 5. Buckhannon-Upshur 143; 6. Wheeling Park 147; 7. Bridgeport 177. (Brooke did not field a complete team).


Abigail Rogers (University) – 18:45.56.

Madeline Gump (Morgantown) – 18:48.18.

Adelyn Tager (University) – 19:07.73.

Maraid Johnson (Morgantown) – 19:12.81.

Zoe Zervos (John Marshall) – 19:15.98.


Samantha Shreve (15th) – 20:36.21

Anya Morehead (30th) – 22:41.71.

Mia Sappey (31st) – 22:45.56.

Angelina Winter (32nd) – 22:47.76.

Mallory Moss (35th) – 23:10.19.

Pressley Bowers (41st) – 23:52.75.

Martina Mota (49th) – 26:27.67.



  1. University 20; 2. Morgantown 65; 3. Wheeling Park 78; 4. Bridgeport 91; 5. Buckhannon-Upshur 149; 6. Preston 172; 7. John Marshall 194; 8. Brooke 222.


Drew Zundell (University) – 15:55.96.

Tyler Umbright (University) – 15:56.19.

Jacob Wright (University) – 15:57.26.

Seth Franke (Wheeling Park) – 15:58.07.

Ethan Conroy (University) – 16:03.19.


Jack Waggy (23rd) – 17:19.25.

Joey Nolte (26th) – 17:44.93.

Alex Sappey (27th) – 17:56.40.

Isaac Snodgrass (36th) – 19:25.37.

Jeremy Allman (37th) – 19:28.95.

Bryce Mullens (45th) – 20:20.01.

Boys Class AAA qualifying teams:

  • Morgantown (Region I)
  • University (Region I)
  • Wheeling Park (Region I)
  • Hampshire (Region II)
  • Jefferson (Region II)
  • Washington (Region II)
  • George Washington (Region III)
  • Riverside (Region III)
  • Woodrow Wilson (Region III)
  • Cabell Midland (Region IV)
  • Hurricane (Region IV)
  • Parkersburg (Region IV)

Girls Class AAA qualifying teams:

  • Morgantown (Region I)
  • Preston (Region I)
  • University (Region I)
  • Hampshire (Region II)
  • Jefferson (Region II)
  • Spring Mills (Region II)
  • Greenbrier East (Region III)
  • St. Albans (Region III)
  • Woodrow Wilson (Region III)
  • Cabell Midland (Region IV)
  • Hurricane (Region IV)
  • Parkersburg (Region IV)

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