We are excited to announce we will be holding our annual Big Orange Elementary Run Club starting July 20th. We will have practices on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. When we get a final count as to the number of participants, we will inform families concerning practice times, and safety guidelines that we will ask everyone to follow. As stated earlier, our #1 priority is protecting the well-being of our runners and our community. We will be vigilant in following our state safety guidelines, as well as guidelines set forth by the NFHS and OHSAA.
Please check here for further updates and information as they become available. Until then, please be sure to sign up your runner, and feel free to share this information with others. We look forward to seeing our Big Orange runners soon!
Answers to your most frequently asked questions as the virus continues to spread.
By JORDAN SMITH, RunnersWorld.com
While the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, causing running races—and many other large events—to be postponed and canceled, you might be wondering what you should do for your own personal health and how this could affect your training.
We tapped David Nieman, Dr.PH., health professor at Appalachian State University and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus, and Brian Labus, Ph.D., MPH, assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, to help answer runners’ most frequently asked questions.
Is it safe to run outside?
Yes—as long as you’re alone. When people congregate together and someone sneezes or coughs, droplets get onto objects that people touch, and then people touch their face, Nieman explains. The best plan for running right now is to go out for a solo run and enjoy the outdoors, in noncrowded areas. And, try timing your run for when you know the trails will be less crowded.
Additionally, people might be afraid to run in the colder weather for fear of illness, but that’s not true; there is no data that you will get sick from really any respiratory pathogen when running in cold weather, Nieman says.
Getting in 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to brisk activity can help your immune system keep viruses at bay. Be sure you know what’s going on in your area and if there are any restrictions or mandatory self-quarantines. And, if you’re sick or at-risk of spreading the virus, you shouldn’t go out—the bigger concern is spreading it to those who are at high risk, such as the elderly or immunocompromised.
During a self quarantine, Nieman suggests doing some exercise while staying where you are quarantined to keep healthy—doing bodyweight exercises or running on an at-home treadmill are great ways to do this. Unless you’re sick.
“If you do have flu or coronavirus, or have fever, sick people think wrongly they can ‘exercise the virus out of the system’ or ‘sweat it out,’ that’s a myth. It’s actually the opposite,” Neiman says.
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Six West Liberty-Salem cross country student athletes earned 2019 OATCCC All-Ohio Academic honors at Saturday’s state cross country championships. To be eligible student athletes grades 10-12 must have a 3.5 or higher grade point average and compete in the state meet. Earning this recognition for the Big Orange are Grace Adams, Megan Adams, Madison Bahan, Lydia Moell, Katelyn Stapleton and Mandilyn Weaver (pictured below)
The Big Orange girls cross country squad finished as the state runner-up in the Division III race at National Trail Raceway, capturing their highest state finish in school history.
“The girls showed so much composure today,” said longtime head coach Ann Vogel. “We were in fifth after the first 800, but they just kept working their way through the pack. They are a veteran team and they knew what to expect. I couldn’t be more proud of them. That last 800 was phenomenal. Everyone gave it their all.”
Minster and Ft. Loramie jumped out strong, but the Big Orange turned it up over the final half of the race to jump in the thick of the championship chase.
WL-S trailed Ft. Loramie by 44 points and Minster by 16 after the first mile. At the two-mile mark, the Big Orange were 26 points behind Minster and 13 from Ft. Loramie.
The Big Orange remained in third at the 2 1/2-mile mark, sitting 21 points away from Minster and five from the Redskins.
“The race played out very well for us,” said Megan Adams. “We just kept working hard to move up as the race went on.”
Megan Adams was one of three Big Orange runners to earn all-Ohio honors with top-30 finishes.
Also for the Big Orange, Madison Bahan was 52nd (20:08.6), Lydia Moell finished 68th (20:26.9), Mandilyn Weaver placed 124th (21:48.9) and Maggie Davis finished 128th (21:54.9).
The Big Orange girls are very familiar with competing with the cream of the crop in the state. Five of the seven runners that ran Saturday were instrumental in the track and field team’s state championship last spring.
“These girls expect to win,” said Vogel. “I didn’t think we would be state champs in track last spring, but these girls have very high expectations. They wanted to win today and that’s all they talked about. They gave it their all and I couldn’t ask for anything more out of them.”
Saturday’s race offered a lot of individual pride for the Big Orange runners as many of them overcame adversity to turn in stellar outings.
For Megan Adams, as of a few weeks ago, she wasn’t even sure if she would be able to run anymore this season. She suffered a broken foot early on this fall and was sidelined for most of the regular season.
“To be able to finish third is an amazing feeling,” she said. “I had a broken foot, but God blessed me with a quick recovery and gave me the ability to get back to my teammates.”
“Megan is pure guts,” said Vogel. “I remember her riding a bike in a boot while we practiced at Ohio Caverns. She just wanted to be there with her teammates. Her resilience has been amazing. She is one of those special kids that only come around every once in a while.”
Stapleton enjoyed a feeling of redemption after not being able to finish in the state meet as a freshman two years ago.
“I am so happy with how I finished,” she said. “I didn’t finish this race as a freshman, so it feels really good to be able to accomplish this.”
“Katelyn’s maturity and growth has been tremendous,” said Vogel. “She knew what she had to do and went out and did it. She passed 10 people in the last 800.”
Grace Adams, one of two seniors on the team along with Moell, also left a lasting legacy on the program with her all-Ohio performance.
“Grace has improved so much,” said Vogel. “She really took on the role of a leader and was a great example for the rest of the girls.”
Grace Adams and Moell became the 9th and 10th runners in program history to qualify for four consecutive state meets.
Rounding out the top 10 teams in the Division III standings Saturday were Liberty Center (161), Mt. Gilead (165), Centerburg (224), McDonald (252), Gilmour Academy (264), Columbus Grove (286) and Maplewood (289).
Springfield Catholic Central’s Addie Engel ran a blistering time of 17:46.9 to win the Division III race. Her time was a new course record. Her twin sister Bridget was fourth (18:44.5).
Waynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer also put on a standout showing with a sixth-place finish (18:52.2).
The West Liberty-Salem Big Orange Girls Cross Country team will be collecting hats and gloves for the underserved in our community.
From October 28 - November 1, West Liberty-Salem students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to donate new or gently used and clean hats and gloves to help keep those in need warm during the cold winter months.
Our goal this year is to collect 500 warm hats and gloves. Donation boxes will be located outside the school's main office and cafetorium.
The West Liberty-Salem Jr. High Big Orange cross country teams finished their season at the Middle School and Elementary State Cross Country Championships at Dublin Jerome High School on Sunday.
The girls were 1st out of 12 teams in the Division III race.
Addison McAuley was the individual champion in a time of 11:42. Her time was the fastest female in all divisions winning her the distinction of "Ohio's Fastest Middle School Girl."
Other Big Orange finishers:
Ashley Yoder 4th in 12:21
Lily Smith 8th 12:36
Claire Longshore 24th 13:24
Kerrigan Burgel 33rd 13:50
Anna Cole 43rd 14:08
Izzy Wygal 90th 15:39
Jane Fullenkamp 116th 18:41
Laney Craig 117th 18:45
Nevaeh LaFollette 123rd 20:28
The boys team finished 12th in the Division II race.
Troy Bradley 35th in 12:18
Joey LaRoche 54th 12:43
Quentin Rudolph 77th in 13:08
Clay McAuley 117th 14:32
Max Rudolph 126th 15:21
The 42nd annual BOSS Summer Run took place Saturday morning at Lions Park in West Liberty. The race is the longest running road race in Logan and Champaign counties and serves as a fundraiser for the West Liberty-Salem Big Orange cross country programs.
Ezekiel Longshore was the top finisher in the 1 Mile Fun Run, winning the race in 6:22.6. Also for the boys, Brandel Sullivan placed second in 6:29.11, and Zachary Carter placed third in 6:54.5.
Arianna Weaver was the top girl finisher in the 1 Mile Fun Run in 7:05.7. Raylea Henry placed second in 7:06.8, and Ellery Wygal placed third in 7:27.
West Liberty-Salem sophomore, Megan Adams was the top female finisher in the 5K setting a new course record in 17:57.7, while Dylan Lauck was the overall winner in 16:59.0.
Top Female 5K Finishers
2nd Grace Adams 18:58.8
3rd Addison McAuley 19:29.5
4th Katelyn Stapleton 19:32.4
5th Madison Bahan 20:01.3
6th Meghan Vogel 20:29.1
7th Mandilyn Weaver 21:04.2
8th Lydia Moell 21:23.1
9th Ashley Yoder 21:42.6
10th Taylor Kennedy 22:03.7
Top Male 5K Finishers
2nd Clayton Slemmons 17:33.4
3rd Thomas Lentz 17:47.1
4th Gavin Wilson 18:28.5
5th Aaron Scott 18:30.1
6th Tate Williamson 19:12.2
7th Blake Rhoades 19:12.5
8th Norant King 19:37.4
9th Mike Thomas 20:26.1
10th Ryan Henry 20:33.3
Thank you to our race sponsors!
Complete results are available at www.tigersrun.com