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 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!
The Big Orange boys cross country team placed second at the DII SW Regional and qualified for this year’s OHSAA state meet. The boys will race at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 6th at The Fortress in Obetz.
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
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.
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