This year, the West Liberty Big Orange running family lost two legends in Corey Frost and Butch Sower. Teammates, All-Ohioans and West Liberty-Salem Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, Corey and Butch were still active and enthusiastic supporters of the Big Orange cross country program. Corey was called upon each year to deliver a post season pep talk to our Big Orange student athletes and Butch, who recently moved back to the area, ran the BOSS Summer Run just weeks before his death. They will both be remembered as fierce and enthusiastic competitors as well as supportive, unselfish teammates. Their contributions to our community have left a lasting legacy to those of us who love running and their passings have left holes in our hearts.
All photos courtesy of Scott Davis
The MS Big Orange Cross Country teams competed at the Max Evans Invitational hosted at the Ohio Caverns Saturday.
The boys finished 2nd out of 9 teams. The team was led by Andrew Kimball's 3rd place finish in a time of 11:47. There were 75 runners.
Other finishers for the Big Orange MS Boys were:
Ryan Henry was 6th 12:05
Owen Harrison 23rd 13:06
Joey Laroche 24th 13:08
Owen Garmin-King 35th 13:40
Philip Marr 47th 14:12
Sam Lauck 54th14:54
Mason Barger 61st, 15:41
The girls were 1st place out of 9 teams.
The team was led by Ashley Yoder and Taylor Kennedy who finished 2nd (12:40), and 3rd place (12:50) respectively. There were 74 runners.
Other finishers for the Big Orange MS Girls were:
Lilly Weaver 5th 13:30
Maggie Davis 8th 13:40
Makenzie Bahan 26th 14:52
Lily Smith 29th 15:02
The teams will compete next Saturday at the Buck Creek Invitational.
The race kicks off the 46th Annual Ohio Caverns Max Evans Memorial Cross Country Invitational. This year’s meet features 19 teams, including our own state ranked Big Orange boys and girls teams and state ranked Columbus Grove boys and girls teams.
8:30 a.m. Big Orange Alumni 5K
9:00 a.m. High School Boys
9:30 a.m. High School Girls
10:00 a.m. Middle School Boys
10:30 a.m. Middle School Girls
11:00 a.m. Awards and Senior Recognition
Special thanks to Eric Evans and the Ohio Caverns for hosting our meet!
The 2018 Kiwanis Logan County Cross Country Championships were held at Benjamin Logan Tuesday, August 28.
Runners from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Indian Lake, Riverside, Triad, and West Liberty-Salem competed. West Liberty-Salem took home Logan County titles in the High School Boys & Girls races, as well as the Middle School Boys & Girls races.
The West Liberty-Salem Big Orange Cross Country program hosted the 41st Annual BOSS Summer Run at Lions Park in West Liberty Saturday.
In the Men’s 5K race, TJ Lentz (pictures) was the overall champion in 17:15.6.
2nd Bryson Tipton 17:18.1
3rd Josiah Belzer 17:40.1
4th Mike Thomas 19:40.9
5th Collin Jordan 19:41.6
In the Women’s 5K race, WLS freshman, Megan Adams (pictured) was the overall champion with a course record time of 19:29.8
2nd Grace Adams 20:12.6
3rd Katelyn Stapleton 20:34.0
4th Madison Bahan 20:48.8
5th Danielle Widmark 21:27.6
In the Boys’ One Mile Fun Run Ayden Knox (pictured) was the overall champion in 6:48.1
2nd Zeke Longshore 7:10.3
3rd Adly Knox 7:11.9
4th Brock Henry 7:29.6
5th Brevin Louden 7:41.8
Arianna Weaver (pictured)was the girls’ champion in the One Mile Fun Run covering the course is 7:57.1
2nd Abriley Krabill 8:34.0
3rd Madison Whitehead 8:46.2
4th Haley Whitehead 8:50.0
5th Avery Brown 8:53.5
Thank you to our race sponsors, Reliant Mechanical Inc. and Big Orange Shoe Shop!
Complete results are available at www.tigersrun.com
Please come out and support the 1977 Big Orange state championship cross country team at its induction into the West Liberty-Salem Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night (Feb. 9th) before the start of the varsity boys basketball game. Let’s fill the gym wearing our Big Orange gear. There will be a dessert reception following the game in the auxiliary gym.
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All of us at Born and Raced in West Liberty would like to thank our community, businesses, volunteers, friends and family for the love and support they've shared with our West Liberty runners in 2017.
From road races, track and cross country meets, All-Ohioans, to our Big Orange youth running program, West Liberty is truly a running community. Here are some of 2017's best photos of our runners. May 2018 bring you health, happiness, and miles and miles of good running!
Due to the extreme weather conditions forecasted for Monday, January 1st, we have decided to cancel the Liberty Half Marathon this year for the safety and welfare of our runners and our volunteers.
We will happily reimburse your entry fee. Please email email@example.com with your mailing address, and I will have checks sent out by the beginning of next week. If you would like to use your entry fee as a donation, (all proceeds of the race benefit the West Liberty-Salem Girls Track and Field program), I will send you a race shirt and a race medal. Again, send me your mailing address in a separate email.
We apologize for any inconvenience and plan on continuing this race in 2019. For more information on road races in the West Liberty, Ohio area in 2018, click here.