The West Liberty-Salem boy's and girl's cross country teams ran to victories tonight at the Ohio Caverns while competing in the Kiwanis Logan County Cross Country meet. The Big Orange girls were led by freshman Grace Adams with a 1st place finish crossing the finish line with a time of 20:40.7, she was followed by 2nd place finisher and teammate, Regahn Bieleski with a time of 21:08.2. The WL-S girls placed six runners in the top 15.
Coach Ann Vogel commented after the race, " When everyone steps up and does her part, it add up to a lot and thats what we did tonight. It was a total team effort".
A total team effort for sure as the Tigers finished with 24 team points out distancing Bellefontaine, who finished 2nd with 46 points. Triad ran to 3rd with 66 points, followed by Ben Logan with 101.
The WL-S boys won their 6th county meet in 7 years. The Tigers were able to pull out a victory over Bellefontaine with a 6th man tie breaker after both teams finished with 33 points. The Big Orange boys were led by Noah Smith, and his 2nd place time of 18:56.1.
"We are thrilled to repeat as county champs, despite the fact that our game plan going in didn't materialize", Coach Mike Louden commented after the race. Coach Louden shouldered the blame for his team not being prepared after the boys struggled throughout the race.
Coach Louden also praised Coach Davis of the Bellefontaine team, for what he described as a solid battle during tonight's race.
The WL-S girls placers were as follows: The WL-S Boy's Placers:
Grace Adams 1st Noah Smith 2nd
Reghan Bieleski 2nd Michael Conley 3rd
Kiana Reames 6th Nick Williams 4th
Lydia Moell 7th Charlie Williams 10th
Payton Umphpries 8th Bryan Woods 14th
Lauren Fowler 11th Isaac Smith 20th
Sarah Painter 17th Matthew Loffing 22nd
Michaela Holdridge 40th Caleb Siegenthaler 23rd
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