Congratulations to our middle school Big Orange teams! Boys State Champs and Girls State Runner-up!
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
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.
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!