The West Liberty-Salem girls cross country team earned a 20th place finish at the Division III State Cross Country meet held Saturday in Hebron. This was the 6th state championship appearance for the Big Orange, who finished the season 129-40. WL-S was led by Reghan Bieleski who ran to a 47th place finish.
47th Reghan Bieleski 19:43.1
60th Grace Adams 19:55.5
148th Payton Umphries 21:58.7
154th Lydia Moell 22:12.8
170th Kiana Reames 22:45.0
173rd Lauren Fowler 23:03.6
177th Jenna Magnuson 23:15.6
On the boys side Nick Williams finished 49th out of 188 runners with a time of 16:48.3. Nick's finish was the 3rd best finish by a Big Orange runner at the state meet in school history.
"Nick ran a solid and consistent race, he was 45th at the mile mark and was 50th at the two mile mark before finishing in 49th. I think that this experience and positive result will be huge for our entire program going into the winter and spring track seasons. I'm extremely appreciative of Nick and what he brought to the program day in and day out this season. He was a model of consistency and a true class-act for our program.", said Coach Mike Louden after the meet. Coach Louden also pointed out that Nick also earned All-Ohio Academic Honors this season.
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