The Big Orange boys placed 12th in the DII State Meet. Junior Dylan Lauck earned All-Ohio honors.
Jr. Dylan Lauck 12th 16:10.9 (3rd straight year making the podium) All-Ohio
Jr. Tate Yoder 43rd 16:48.7
So. Michael Jones 106th 17:40.7
So. Owen Harrison 114th 17:47.8
Sr. Josh Spinner 119th 17:52.3
Sr. Hayden Kennedy 122nd 17:57.7
Jr. Ayden Estep 154th 18:51.9
Season Record: 71-21
Meet Record: 8-11
Total Runners: 168
State D2 Standings
River View 192
Van Wert 232
McD Northwest 263
West Liberty-Salem 278
West Liberty-Salem cross country student athletes, Madison Bahan, Katelyn Stapleton and Megan Adams have been named OATCCC Academic All-Ohioans. To qualify, student athletes must qualify for the OHSAA state meet, be in grades 10-12, and have a accumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater.
This is the third consecutive year for Stapleton to earn this honor, and the second consecutive year for Bahan and Adams.
Photo credit: John Coffman
The West Liberty-Salem girls cross country team capped off an undefeated season, with its first state title in school history Saturday at the OHSAA DIII State Championships at the Fortress Obetz. The Big Orange held off the 4 time defending state champion Minster and state powerhouses Liberty Center and Fort Loramie for the convincing win.
1st WLS 55, 2nd Minster 83, 3rd Liberty Center 115, 4th Fort Loramie 126, 5th Gilmour Academy 163, 6th Mount Gilead 185, 7th Maplewood 224, 8th Mineral Ridge 275, 9th Colonel Crawford 283, 10th Versailles 291, 11th Woodmore 302, 12th Anna 322, 13th Ft. Recovery 323, 14th Ottawa Hills 349, 15th Liberty Union 381, 16th St. Henry 392, 17th Smithville 421, 18th Grandview Heights 432, 19th Cardington-Lincoln 459, 20th Caldwell 479.
Four Big Orange runners earned First Team All-Ohio status with Megan Adams leading the way in 5th place in 18:43. Freshmen Ashley Yoder and Addison McAuley placed 8th and 10th respectively in 18:49 and 18:56, and Katelyn Stapleton placed 18th in 19:20. Madison Bahan earned Second Team All-Ohio placing 31st in 19:30. Rounding out the WLS placers were Taylor Kennedy in 89th place 20:49, and Claire Longshore 127th in 21:51.
Adams and Stapleton have become the first Big Orange athletes to earn All-Ohio in three consecutive years.
The team caps off the season being ranked #3 in all divisions in Ohio and #58 in the nation.
The 2020 Alumni Run has been cancelled. We hope to bring the event back in 2021.
The West Liberty-Salem Big Orange Cross Country teams kicked off the 2020 Fall sports season with a Midnight Mile at Tiger Stadium Saturday morning. The returning state runner-up Big Orange high school girls team kicked things off at 12:00 a.m. followed by the high school boys, middle school girls, and middle school boys. The event was live-streamed on the M.I.B.N. youtube channel.
The Big Orange coaching staff would like to thank the event volunteers, including timers Larry Steider and Sam Park, clerk Mandy Lauck, announcer Andy Hoover, M.I.B.N. broadcaster Caleb Spinner, and Big Orange alums, Grace Adams, Noah Smith, Gavin Harrison.
Stay tuned for more Big Orange Cross Country news soon!
Dear Big Orange Parents and Family,
The Big Orange is excited to start our summer conditioning! Our student athletes health and safety is our #1 priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read our guidelines for conditioning, and go over them with your student athlete. We will require participants to social distance, and keep team members in groups of 10 people or less at all times.
West Liberty-Salem Big Orange Summer Conditioning Schedule:
High School Boys start Monday, June 1st and meet Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00-9:30 a.m
High School Girls start Monday, June 8th and meet Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Middle School Girls and Boys will start Monday, June 15th and meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Practices will be held at Lions Park in West Liberty. We will meet at the south shelter house by the football practice field.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our coaching staff. We look forward to seeing you all soon.
Go Big Orange,
Sports physicals must be turned in to your coach on or before August 1st for student athletes to participate in mandatory practice. Please take this form to be filled out by your family physician.
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, Tuesdays 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!
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.