POCA, W.Va. - It is a good thing brothers Quentin and Christian Buckley are easy going, best buddies.
If the Poca track and field star siblings ever became mad at each other and started throwing things the damage would be unimaginable.
They each placed in the top six in both the discus and shot put in the Dick Darby Invitational Track Meet at Poca High on Thursday.
Besides the host Dots, teams competing included Herbert Hoover, Sissonville, Buffalo, Point Pleasant, Logan, Wayne, Hannan, Teays Valley Christian, St. Albans and Nitro.
Quentin, a junior, qualified for the Class AA State Meet in both events. He took sixth in the discus.
Christian, a freshman, picked up his first win over his big brother in the discus with a throw of 132 feet. That was good for fourth place. He also took fourth in the shot while Quentin finished second in the shot and sixth in the discus.
"He took it pretty well," Christian said of his win over his brother. "We know we're building off each other and it's early and we're just getting ready for states."
It was actually only the second time they had competed against each other. In summer meets, they are in different age groups.
"We were both able to qualify for the Youth Olympics in Wichita, Kan., last summer," Quentin said. "Christian made All-American, I had a little steeper competition."
Quentin was in the first year in his age group, which ranged from 17 to 19 while Christian was at the top of the 13- to 14-age group.
He took fourth in the national meet with a discus throw of 157-08.
Though Christian also plays basketball for Poca, the duo has made track their top priority ever since their father, who played football at Winfield, introduced them to the sport.
"He knew from the start we had the build for it," Quentin said.
He stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 230 pounds. Christian is just slightly shorter but weighs in closer to the 160- to 170-pound range.
Once introduced to the discus and shot put, they had found their true calling in athletics even though they readily admit they probably would not have found it on their own.
"It's not something we would have gotten as passionate about if it wasn't for him," Christian said. "Then Quentin started doing it and of course I followed.