The West Liberty-Salem girls cross country team placed 5th out of 17 teams at Saturday’s Anna Rocket Invitational.
Freshman Grace Adams led the team, placing 5th out of 217 runners in a new career personal best time of 19:16.3. Adams’ time marks the fastest 5K time for a freshman in WL-S school history. Lydia Moell also ran a personal best (21:27) placing 35th, followed by Payton Umphries in 40th (21:41), Kiana Reames 50th (21:59), Jenna Magnuson 58th (22:11), Lauren Fowler 80th (22:45), Julie Parker 118th (24:03), Sarah Painter 121st (24:05), Savannah Weaver 129th (24:21-PR), 144th Anna Louden (24:48), Tory Pawelko 162nd (25:38-PR), 189th Taylor Henault (27:01) and 201st Mikaela Holdridge (28:33-PR).
“With several D1 schools in the field, this was a good test for us heading into the postseason. Our top three runners were freshmen, and they showed a lot of composure and focus. There’s always room for improvement, but I like the momentum we have right now,” WL-S Coach Ann Vogel said.
WL-S is currently ranked 16th in the latest D3 OATCCC state poll.
The Tiger boys’ squad finished 8th out of 25 teams at Anna. Each of the Tigers ran their fastest times of the season.
“The team is really gaining traction and confidence each and every day, and with the team performances these past three weeks we’ve put ourselves into a great spot heading into the postseason. I’m ecstatic that our team is now putting everything together when it matters the most,” WL-S Coach Mike Louden said.
Nick Williams squeaked into the top 10 in 10th place with a time of 16:46 to set a new personal record. Noah Smith (35th, 17:36-PR), Cade Clerico (65th, 18:15-PR), Charlie Williams (76th, 18:29), Isaac Smith (99th, 18:53), Bryan Woods (129th, 19:22) and Caleb Siegenthaler (171st, 20:12-PR) all ran.
The Ohio Heritage Conference Championships will be Saturday at Cedarville University.
Tigers compete at Glenview
West Liberty-Salem competed at the Division II district boys golf tournament on Friday, finishing 8th.
Max Eggleston shot an 80 to lead the Tigers, with Kannon Stillings and Dillon Callicoat following with a pair of 82s. Michael Frederick had a 99 and Logan Brown shot a 108.
“This team accomplished many of the goals we set forth at the beginning of the season,” WL-S Coach Darrin Leichty said. “I am proud of how we worked the entire round for every stroke. Our five seniors will be greatly missed next year. I appreciate all the time and hard work they put into this program.”
West Liberty-Salem defeated Kenton, 22-8, in jayvee football on Saturday. The Tigers have won four games in a row after dropping games the opening two weeks.
JH cross country
WL-S competed at the Anna Rocket Invitational.
The girls’ team won the race. Katelyn Stapleton (11:28) and Grace Adams (11:52) were 1st and 2nd. Madison Bahan (6th, 12:06) also turned in a top-10 time. Hallie Smith, Mandilyn Weaver, Maria Henderson, Micah Stoner, Lili Wilson and Lili Davis also ran.
The Tiger boys placed 8th. Dylan Lauck was 2nd in 11:14. Isaac Brown, Tate Yoder, Grant Schoenleben, Elliott Hager, Hayden Miller and Cody Matthews-Moore also ran.
Thd WL-S 8th grade volleyball team beat Madison Plains, 25-11, 25-23, in the OHC tournament. Emily Scott and Madeline Hutton each had 4 aces, Selena Weaver had 2 kills, Hutton had 2 kills and Makena Gardner had 2 kills for WL-S.
The 7th grade Tigers beat Catholic Central, 25-22, 25-11. Kylie Burgel and Kierra Gilroy each had 4 aces, Michele Smith had a kill and Gilroy had an assist for WL-S.