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!
Answers to your most frequently asked questions as the virus continues to spread.
By JORDAN SMITH, RunnersWorld.com
While the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, causing running races—and many other large events—to be postponed and canceled, you might be wondering what you should do for your own personal health and how this could affect your training.
We tapped David Nieman, Dr.PH., health professor at Appalachian State University and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus, and Brian Labus, Ph.D., MPH, assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, to help answer runners’ most frequently asked questions.
Is it safe to run outside?
Yes—as long as you’re alone. When people congregate together and someone sneezes or coughs, droplets get onto objects that people touch, and then people touch their face, Nieman explains. The best plan for running right now is to go out for a solo run and enjoy the outdoors, in noncrowded areas. And, try timing your run for when you know the trails will be less crowded.
Additionally, people might be afraid to run in the colder weather for fear of illness, but that’s not true; there is no data that you will get sick from really any respiratory pathogen when running in cold weather, Nieman says.
Getting in 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to brisk activity can help your immune system keep viruses at bay. Be sure you know what’s going on in your area and if there are any restrictions or mandatory self-quarantines. And, if you’re sick or at-risk of spreading the virus, you shouldn’t go out—the bigger concern is spreading it to those who are at high risk, such as the elderly or immunocompromised.
During a self quarantine, Nieman suggests doing some exercise while staying where you are quarantined to keep healthy—doing bodyweight exercises or running on an at-home treadmill are great ways to do this. Unless you’re sick.
“If you do have flu or coronavirus, or have fever, sick people think wrongly they can ‘exercise the virus out of the system’ or ‘sweat it out,’ that’s a myth. It’s actually the opposite,” Neiman says.
Read the rest of the article on RunnersWorld.com.
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.