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 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
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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