GRAFTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur boys captured the Big 10 Conference title Friday at McKinney Field.
Under steady rain showers throughout the day and into the evening, the Bucs tallied 132 points to outdistance Bridgeport’s 87 points.
Fairmont Senior was third with 70 points, followed by East Fairmont (51), North Marion (46), Robert C. Byrd (32), Elkins (31), Preston (22), Lincoln (20), Philip Barbour (19) and Grafton (7).
Taking firsts for B-U were Sterlin Thropp in the 400-meter run in a time of 50.73, Jordan Gillum in the 800 (1:58.88), Reis Leonard in the 300 hurdles (42.99) and freshman Carter Zuliani in the discus (126-07).
The Bucs took first in the 4×200 relay (Sterlin Thropp, Taiwo Thropp, Shawn Blandino and Cam Snyder) in a time of 1:32.12, the 4×400 (Sterlin Thropp, Blandino, Julien Larcher and Jordan Gillum) in 3:31.84 and the 4×800 (Gillum, Larcher, Leonard and Jack Waggy) in 8:21.59.
Taiwo Thropp was second in the 100 (11.22) and 200 (22.79), Blandino in the 400 (51.07), Dalton Crites in the shot put (40-08.00) and Dirk Riley in the discus (119-08).
Thirds went to Sndyer in the long jump (18-02.75), the 4×100 relay of Blandino, Taiwo Thropp, Snyder and Savion Farmer) in 45.72 and Sterlin Thropp in the 200 (23.27).
Zuliani was fifth in the 110 hurdles (17.97) and Farmer sixth in the long jump (17-00.75).
Elkins was led by senior Charlie Smoak, who captured first in both the 1,600 (4:42.80) and 3,200 (9:46.83).
Fellow senior Luke Anger was second in the 800 in a time of 2:08.11.
The 4×800 relay comprised of Luke Anger, Isaac Anger, Tyler McKisic and Smoak was fifth with a season-best time of 8:59.41 and the 4×200 unit of Gavin Boland, Jayden Shreve, Zane George and Isaiah Sigley was sixth in 1:41.61.
Philip Barbour was led by senior Grant Dadisman, who was third in the 400 (53.49) and fifth in both the 100 (11.80) and 200 (23.90).
Dadisman joined Jacob Davies, Michael Morral and Matthew Croston in placing fourth in the 4×400 (3:47.94) and Brandon Carpenter was fourth in the long jump (17-09.75).
Elkins and Philip Barbour will compete in the Class AA, Region II Championships Wednesday at Lewis County High School, while B-U is entered in the Class AAA, Region 1 Championships slated for Thursday in Morgantown.