Shreve wins Forest Festival Invitational; Lady Bucs take second as a team

ELKINS – Buckhannon-Upshur’s Samantha Shreve overcame a mid-week illness to claim first place in the Forest Festival Invitational Saturday morning.

Shreve, who is listed second in the Class AAA RunWV rankings, dominated a field of 49 other runners posting a winning time of 21:07.93. She was over 90 seconds faster than runner-up Julia Biola of Elkins who posted a time of 22:50.39.

“Samantha looked phenomenal after battling some sickness this week,” stated Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Taylor Stacy.

B-U’s Mia Sappey had a top 10 finish running ninth with a time of 24:36.15 while Anya Morehead was 12th with a clocking of 24:36.15.

“Mia and Anya are both stepping it up big time in those two and three spots,” noted Stacy.”

Rounding out the B-U scoring were Angelina Winter in 20th (26:33.36) and Mallory Moss in 25th (27:19.49).

The other two Lady Bucs runners were Pressley Bowers in 26th (27:23.89) and Martina Mota Lobato in 46th (35:30.47).

As a team, the Lady Bucs just missed out on the team title with 51 points, just five more than Elkins who won the event with 46 points.

“It was a good race for the girls,” concluded Stacy. “It was a good showing and helps us to gauge our middle of the season fitness levels. I am hoping to put together some nice races again next weekend before we really step into the championship part of our season. I am excited for the weeks ahead.”

The Lady Bucs will be back in action this Saturday at the Grafton Bearcat Invitational at 9 a.m.

The results:


  1. Elkins 46; 2. Buckhannon-Upshur 51; 3 Hampshire 56; 4. Tucker County 96; 5. Robert C. Byrd 103 (Lincoln, Philip Barbour and North Marion did not field complete teams).


  1. Samantha Shreve (Buckhannon-Upshur) – 21:07.93.
  2. Julia Biola (Elkins) – 22:50.39.
  3. Bailey Nichols (Hampshire) – 23:02.86.
  4. Katie Hicks (Tucker County) – 23:50.05.
  5. Layna Grassi (Philip Barbour) – 24:06.34.


Samantha Shreve (1st) – 21:07.93.

Mia Sappey (9th) – 24:36.15.

Anya Morehead (12th) – 25:09.81.

Angelina Winter (20th) – 26:33.36.

Mallory Moss (25th) – 27:19.49.

Pressley Bowers (26th) – 27:23.89.

Martina Mota Lobato (46th) – 35:30.47.

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