The West Liberty Salem girls cross country team had a solid season opener, placing 3rd out of 20 teams in the DII/III race at the Bob Schul Invitational in West Milton Saturday.
Top 5 team scores: 1st Minster 27, 2nd Russia 75, 3rd WLS 133, 4th Covington 135, 5th Waynesville 185.
Junior Reghan Bieleski led the Big Orange to a 3rd place finish (20:26.2) in the field of 217 runners, and freshman Grace Adams cracked the top 25 placing 21st (21:51.4). Also placing for the Big Orange were Kiana Reames 38th (23:07), Payton Umphries 43rd (23:26.5), Lydia Moell 56th (24:02.1), Lauren Fowler 70th (24:27), Sarah Painter 96th (25:03.7), Anna Louden 116th (26:41), Savannah Weaver 130th (27:10.1), Tory Pawelko 144th (28:01).
Coach Ann Vogel after today's race, "Placing third and beating two of last year's D3 state qualifying teams (Covington and Xenia Christian) is a good way to start the season. There's plenty of room for improvement however, and we need continue to do the little things that will allow us to be physically and mentally more competitive as the season progresses"
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