KINGWOOD – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers are your 2022 Big 10 Conference cross-country champions!
The Bucs claimed first place in the conference championship Thursday at Preston High School.
The Bucs amassed 51 points, well ahead of second-place Fairmont Senior who scored 61 points while East Fairmont was a distant third in the 12-team event with 87 points.
All five scoring Bucs finished in the Top 20 as those who placed in the Top 10 earned First Team All-Conference honors while those placing 11th to 20th earned Second Team All-Conference honors.
Jack Waggy took second overall with a time of 17:10.7 while Jordan Gillum was fourth with a clocking of 17:24.3 and Reis Leonard was sixth with a time of 17:44.6.
The two other Bucs scoring were Joey Nolte in 19th (18:45.9) and Owen Cutright in 20th (18:57.2).
For his efforts, Nolte was named as the Performer of the Meet.
“I am really happy for the boys and the fact we finally got our seniors a Big 10 Championship,” stated Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Taylor Stacy. “We had some great individual performances all-around that led to a big team win. This is a really good confidence boost rolling into regionals next week.”
Slate Swiger of Lewis County won the individual title with a time of 17:02.8.
The Bucs will compete in the Region I championships on Thursday at Brooke High School.
- Buckhannon-Upshur 51; 2. Fairmont Senior 61; 3. East Fairmont 87; 4. Lewis County 116; 5. Elkins 163; 6. Grafton 184; 7. North Marion 191; 8. Bridgeport 217; 9. Preston 220; 10. Lincoln 238; 11. Liberty 272; 12. Robert C. Byrd 301. (Philip Barbour did not field a complete team).
INDIVIDUAL TOP 5
- Slate Swiger (Lewis County) – 17:02.8.
- Jack Waggy (Buckhannon-Upshur) – 17:10.7.
- Nathaniel Stuck (East Fairmont) – 17:16.3.
- Jordan Gillum (Buckhannon-Upshur) – 17:24.3.
- Josiah Brannen (Fairmont Senior) – 17:39.7.
Jack Waggy (2nd) – 17:10.7.
Jordan Gillum (4th) – 17:24.3
Reis Leonard (6th) – 17:44.6.
Joey Nolte (19th) – 18:45.9.
Owen Cutright (20th) – 18:57.2
Alex Sappey (28th) – 19:32.7
Brycen Allen (30th) – 19:39.4.
Weldon Zirkle (59th) – 21:16.4 (JV)
Jeremy Allman (60th) – 21:23.7 (JV)
Brandon Landis (68th) – 21:59.8 (JV)