WL-Salem boys break records en route to Division III championship

It was a long list of highlights the West Liberty-Salem’s boys track and field team created here Saturday at Milton-Union High School during the Division III district championships.


West Liberty-Salem’s boys track and field team poses with their Division III district championship trophy after Saturday’s meet at Milton-Union High School (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

The Tiger boys captured the district title, broke meet records, a school record and sent several athletes on to the regional meet.

“Our team performed very well today as everyone that competed was fighting for points,” said WL-Salem boys head coach Joe Taylor. “We knew the team standings were going to be close. Almost everyone that competed for us today ran the fastest times of their careers and both relay teams dropped time as well.”

The top four in each event advanced to the Division III regional meet this week in Troy.

WL-Salem’s boys held off Anna to finish in first place and claim the district crown with 95 points. The Rockets settled for second with 87 points, Lehman Catholic was third with 80 points and Russia came in fourth with 69 points. Triad was 11th with 22 points.

The Tiger girls finished fifth in their team race with 65 points. Russia won the girls title with 107 points and Ft. Loramie came in second with 76 points.

Riverside took 15th with seven points and the Cardinals were 17th with five points.

Topping the list of highlights for the WL-Salem boys was the winning 800 relay of Taylor Cordell, Kam Evans, Kelvin Shank and Conner Karg.

That group set a district record during the prelims last Tuesday. On Saturday, the same relay team broke their own district record with a winning time of 1:30.06.

Cordell, who would win a total of four district titles, won two as an individual. He took first and set a district record in the 110 hurdles with a winning time of 15.00, and also took first in the 300 hurdles (40.09).

 “Taylor has consistently won all year and he continued that today, which isn’t always easy to do because he is expected to win,” said coach Joe Taylor.

The Tigers’ 1,600 relay of Cordell, Evans, Shank and Karg won a district title with a winning time of 3:27.2.

Karg also stood out in the 400 finals. He finished second with a time of 48.98 to Covington’s Lane White, who is one of the top 400 runners in the state. Karg’s time was still good enough to break his own school record in the event.

Several of those same athletes also qualified as individuals for the WL-Salem boys. Shank was second in the 200 (23.22), Karg was third in the 200 (23.27), Joey Adams was third win the 3,200 (10:02), Evans took fourth in the 110 hurdles (16.5) and Nikolas Yoder was fourth in the 100 (11.98).

“Kelvin ran two great open races as did Conner to give the team points,” said Taylor. “Conner had his sights set on beating the best Division III 400-meter runner in Ohio, but came up just short at the end. He still ran in the 48-second range for the first time, re-breaking his own school record and the district meet record...

See a Division III regional preview in Wednesday’s Examiner.


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