WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Throwing discus and shot put runs through the Buckley family almost like tradition. Now, it appears the youngest member to pick up the torch is the strongest yet in Poca sophomore Christian Buckley.
In the footsteps of his father Dana Buckley and older brother Quentin Buckley, a senior, Christian Buckley continues the line of succession, with heavy emphasis on success. Christian leads Class AA in both shot put and discus, and not by fractions, but feet, as he sets personal record (PR) after personal record.
"He's PRing every meet we go to in both events," Poca Coach John Bonecutter said of Christian. "I don't even think it's been real close yet."
Entering last week's track and field events, Christian maintained a three-foot lead on his closest competitor in the shot put, with his best throw 49 feet, 11 inches, according to www.runwv.com. In the discus, Christian led by nine feet.
The next closest was Quentin, his brother.
Christian and Quentin placed one-two in the discus at Friday's Winfield Classic, with Christian taking first on a new personal record throw of 162 feet, eight and one-half inches.
While Christian certainly contributes plenty of hard work toward his own success, the younger Buckley gave credit to his big brother for introducing him to disc and shot.
"He's the reason I got into this sport," Christian said. "I probably wouldn't have even gotten into it if he didn't start in middle school, so it feels great to have somebody there and we pull each other up. We both work out together, lift weights. It's a great feeling."
Quentin said he's enjoyed sharing the sport with his brother and watching Christian's progress.
"He was throwing in the third grade, throwing them back to me when I was sixth, practicing for the middle school," Quentin said. "It's been great watching him grow up to meet me in the discus and later pass me by quite a bit. I've loved it. It's great.
"We've gone to the youth Olympics, me once and him twice. He's gone All-American in both events, I believe, twice. It's just been incredible watching him develop like this."