Taiwo Thropp (file photo)

Thropp sets meet records as track and field Bucs win 10 events at Doddridge County

BUCKHANNON – The Buckhannon-Upshur High School boy’s track team won 10 events – including all five relays – en route to a second-place team finish in their season-opening meet at Doddridge County on Friday.

B-U senior Taiwo Thropp won the 100-meter dash (11.39) and 200-meter dash (22.64) – setting a meeting record in latter – and was a member of the first-place 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams. Joining Thropp on the 4×200 (1:36.19) were Bryson Johnston, Landon Marple and Malaki Williams, while the 4×400 squad – which also set a meet record with a time of 3:39.57 –  consisted of Thropp, Shawn Blandino, Jordan Gillum and Reis Leonard.

B-U’s 4×100 squad of Johnston, Blandino, Marple and Savion Farmer also set a meet recording, crossing the line in 45.87 seconds.

Gillum, Leonard, Alex Sappey and Jack Waggy won the 4×800 in 8:39.84, and Leonard, Chase Hackett, Carter Zuliani and Zade Woody claimed gold in the shuttle hurdles in 1:03.91, just missing the meet record in that event.

Blandino and Gillum picked up individual wins on the track in the 400 (52.10) and 800 (2:03.75), respectively, while Zuliani grabbed gold in the discus with a heave of 126-04.

Overall, the Bucs racked up 167.75 points to finish second behind the host Doddridge County Bulldogs. Fairmont Senior, Philip Barbour, Lewis County, Wood County Christian, Moorefield, North Marion, South Harrison and Notre Dame rounded out the team scoring.

The Bucs are set to host their first home meet of the season Tuesday afternoon. Click here to see the full results from Friday’s meet at Doddridge County.

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