For the first time in school history, the West Liberty-Salem girls and boys track and field programs won the district meet in the same year!
The West Liberty-Salem girls cross country team earned its seventh consecutive DIII state berth Saturday at the Troy Southwest Regional meet. The Big Orange ranked #5 in the latest DIII state coaches poll was edged out by #2 state-ranked Ft. Loramie by 1 point to place second overall. The top three teams qualified for next week’s state meet.
The duo of Ashley Yoder and Malia Miller powered the Big Orange with top-10 finishes. Yoder placed 6th (19:46) and Miller 7th (19:51). Breece Gullet ran for 15th place (20:31) and Addison McAuley and Gwen McCullough recorded top 25 finishes with McAuley placing 22nd (20:49) and McCullough 23rd (20:52). Taylor Kennedy placed 37th (21:33) and Claire Longshore 51st (22:13).
“The girls left it all out on the course today against two top 10 state-ranked teams,” said WLS head coach, Ann Vogel. “I’m so proud of the fight and determination they showed throughout the race. Qualifying for the state meet is always tough, and today’s race is a testament to their work ethic, love for their team, and commitment to the tradition of the Big Orange program.”
WLS will compete at the OHSAA State Championships Saturday at The Fortress in Obetz starting at 11:45 a.m.
West Liberty-Salem boys, #3 in this week’s OATCCC D3 State Poll, finished Regional Runner Up at the D3 Troy Regional. It’s the second consecutive year finishing Regional Runner Up and will be the teams 5th consecutive trip to State. It also marks the program’s 21st state appearance.
Sr. Owen Harrison 3rd 16:44.7; Fr. Garrett Wallen 13th 16:58.5; Jr. Joey LaRoche 20th 17:16.5 PR; Fr. Dylan King 21st 17:17.0 PR; So. Troy Bradley 29th 17:34.3; So. Quentin Rudolph 33rd 17: 40.2; Fr. Brevin Louden 46th 18:09.1
Comments from head coach Mike Louden:
“I’m very proud of the way this team responded after all of the sicknesses that has run its course through the program this week. Qualifying to state for the 5th consecutive year is a testament of this team’s fight and character. In fact, today we ran without Asher Knox the team’s #2 runner who didn’t compete because of illness. Just happy for the whole team stepping up in his absence and running an outstanding team race. We’re hopeful he’ll be back next week to help us at the state meet. Senior Owen Harrison ran an almost flawless race moving up methodically from 35th at mile 1 to finish in 3rd to lead the team. Freshmen Garrett Wallen rose to the occasion and delivered a top-15 finish, which is incredible for a freshmen. Junior Joey LaRoche and Freshmen Dylan King both had remarkable races and set career personal bests. Troy Bradley also ran a solid race rounding out the scoring for the Big Orange. Quentin Rudolph and Brevin Louden ran great races despite coming off of illnesses.”
Here’s the link for tickets and here is the link for directions and more information about the state meet at The Fortress in Obetz.
DIII Southwest District Champions!
This marks the sixth consecutive district title for the Big Orange girls.
Congratulations to our middle school Big Orange teams! Boys State Champs and Girls State Runner-up!
Congratulations to the Big Orange middle school and high school boys and girls teams who swept the OHC Championships.
The West Liberty-Salem girls cross country team will be collecting socks, hats, gloves and scarves October 10th-14th for those in need in our community. The home rooms collecting the most items in the elementary, middle school and high school will receive a pizza party.
If you would like to donate, but don’t have a family member attending WLS, contact Coach Ann Vogel or a member of the Big Orange cross country team.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- After finishing in 56th at the UNA Invitational, Megan Adams (West Liberty-Salem HS) was named the Gulf South Conference freshman of the week. Adams ran the 5K race in 18:01 to come in 54th. She helped the Lee University women's cross country team earn a seventh-place finish at the North Alabama Showcase.
The Lady Flames, ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division II, placed three runners in the top 40 on their way to recording 204 points. Alabama was the top team with 73 points, while Kentucky was right behind with 78. Georgia Tech (110), Auburn (125) and Kennesaw State (189) rounded out the top five teams. Southern Miss was just ahead of Lee in sixth with 196 points.
The Lady Flames will be in action again on October 1 in the 21st Annual Live in Lou Cross Country Classic at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky.
The 50th Annual Ohio Caverns Max Evans Memorial Invitational is set for Saturday, September 24th, 2022. The day kicks off with the Big Orange Alumni 5K and Youth 1 Mile Run starting at 8:00 a.m. Both races are open to the public. Registration is at the link below. Race day registration is also available from 7:00-7:30 a.m.
After the Alumni Run you can support the state ranked Big Orange cross country teams.
8:40 a.m. High School Girls
9:20 a.m. High School Boys
10:00 a.m. Middle School Girls
10:30 a.m. Middle School Boys
After the races, we will be celebrating our Big Orange seniors, Owen Harrison, Michael Jones, Chandler McCafferty and Micah Smith. Finally, make a day of it with a tour of the Ohio Caverns. Go Big Orange!
Last week, the West Liberty-Salem girls track and field team hosted JET Track and Field Camp. Athletes from Bellefontaine, Ben Logan, Graham, Marysville, Triad, Versailles and West Liberty-Salem participated in the camp.
The camp coaching staff included camp director, Ralph Jones of Jones Elite Training in Charlotte, North Carolina, Matthew Murphy, Head Coach of Cross Country and Track and Field at Alabama A&M, James Daniels of Daniels High Performance in Jamestown, North Carolina, Ann Vogel, West Liberty-Salem Head Coach Girls Cross Country and Track and Field, Tony Mascadri, Mechanicsburg pole vault coach and Nate Bratka, West Liberty-Salem throws coach.
“The JET Track and Field Camp is an excellent opportunity for local athletes to improve not only their track and field skills, but their skills athletic skills for any sport without the expense of an overnight camp,” said Ann Vogel. “We’re thankful to have D1 and professional coaches who have worked with some of the best athletes in the country, right here at WLS coaching our local athletes.”
West Liberty-Salem track and field student athletes, Megan Adams, Mallory Bostick and Ashley Yoder received OATCCC Academic All-Ohio honors this weekend at the state track and field meet.
The award is given to student athletes in grades 10-12, who compete at the state meet and have a GPA of 3.5 or above.