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WL-Salem girls run away with Graham Invitational


West Liberty-Salem’s girls cross country team recorded some of its best times of the season Saturday on the way to winning the Graham Invitational championship.

The Tigers, who are ranked fifth in the latest state poll, had no trouble with state-ranked Versailles and defeated their rival 30-62 for first place. Tecumseh came in third with 110 points, Indian Lake finished in sixth with 164 points and Benjamin Logan was eighth with 221 points.

“This was a solid team race for us and I was encouraged by the team’s focus and energy for a smaller meet,” said WL-Salem girls head coach Ann Vogel. “There is still work to be done and holes to fill as we’re at the midway point of our season.”

The Tiger boys suffered a tough break on Saturday as they tied Versailles for first place with 83 points, but lost a tiebreaker and settled for the runner-up spot. Graham was close behind in third with 89 points.

Other local boys teams in the field included Indian Lake in 10th with 284 points and Ben Logan in 11th with 300 points.

“The only disappointment of the day was losing the tiebreaker to Versailles,” said WL-Salem boys head coach Mike Louden. “Other than that I couldn’t be anymore pleased with the overall performance of each of my athletes.

“I continue to tell the guys it’s all a process and it’s the last few weeks of the season that count, so as long as we continue to improve and stay healthy we will be right where we need to be come postseason time.”

Girls results

The Tiger girls claimed four of the top five individual spots and saw two of their runners record career-best times. Senior standout Meghan Vogel won the girls race out of 129 runners with a time of 18:47.12 and junior Alyssa Strickland finished third in 19:59.49.

Also finishing in the top five were Shawnda Henault in fourth (20:01.8) and Jasmine Smith in fifth (20:03.5), while Savanna Shipp added an 18th-place finish (22:01.9).

Rounding out the rest of the Tiger girls were Sarah Williams in 34th (23:02.8), Jordan Smith in 36th (23:08.8), Madison Woodruff in 57th (24:21.1), Darby Thomas in 58th (24:22.6), Lyndsey Eschelman in 86th (25:58.9) and Grace Edwards in 96th (26:48.6).

Riverside’s girls had two runners compete. Sophomore standout Ella Jackson placed 10th in a time of 20:59.8, while Emily Teague was 88th in 26:06.3.

The duo of Ellen Schwieterman and Leslie Reichert paced Indian Lake’s girls. Schwieterman was 24th (22:30.7) and Reichert was 28th (22:35.1).

Others in action for the Lakers were Katie Ray in 41st (23:18.4), Dianna Meek in 46th (23:34.9), MaCaleb Miller in 68th (25:10.7), Corine Thomas in 73rd (25:25.08) and Josie Taylor in 113th (29:10.1).

For Ben Logan, Logan Dunn was 54th (24:09.9), Amanda Frasure was 59th (24:22.6), Lauren Johns was 63rd (24:45.2), Ashley Gearheart was 65th (24:55.2), Kelsey Baughman was 81st (25:41.1), Carli Henman was 94th (26:39.9) and Lindsey Longbrake was 99th (27:12.7).

The remaining runners for the Raiders were Madison Leis in 115th (29:51.2), Haley Jones in 116th (30:01.4), Jessica Skidmore in 117th (30:03.7), Jessica Goff in 123rd (33:20.3) and Katie Honaker in 128th (36:36.4).

Boys results

WL-Salem’s boys had two runners finish in the top five with Aaron Scott in third (16:36.5) and Alex Adams in fifth (17:05.6).

Also finishing in the top 25 were Chris Buschur in 11th (17:29.05) and Alex Steiner in 25th (18:12.3).

Rounding out the Tigers’ runners were Ross Kelley in 40th (18:45.6), Michael Lehman in 42nd (18:53.8), Stephen Whetstine in 45th (19:02.4), Chris Davis in 58th (19:26.05) and Kaden Cox in 75th (20:27.5).

For Indian Lake, Brad McIntire was 24th (18:10.9), Zack Oakley was 32nd (18:36.8), Seth Mackesy was 87th (21:09.5), Shane Asman was 88th (21:12.5), Tyler Avila was 94th (21:29.1) and Brandon Huffman was 102nd (22:19.9).

Adam Kavanagh and Wyatt Warren paced the Ben Logan boys squad. Kavanagh finished in 50th (19:12.6) and Warren was 51st (19:14.3).

Also for the Raiders, Cameron Johnson was 71st (20:20.5), Troy Sellhorst was 73rd (20:25.8), Sean Daugherty was 79th (20:39.8), Trent Rees was 83rd (20:50.4), Logan Glauner was 108th (22:36.1) and Matt Kavanagh was 113th (23:23.1).

Riverside saw Brett Rappold take 98th (22:02.7) and Ben Rappold take 109th (22:40.1).

Chieftains compete at Galion

Bellefontaine’s boys and girls cross country teams competed at the Galion Cross Country Festival on Saturday and finished in the middle of a large team field.

Lexington won the girls Division II race out of 25 teams with 45 points, Dover was second with 68 points and Granville was third with 92 points. The Chieftains were 13th with 368 points.

The boys meet saw Granville claim the top spot out of 28 teams with 100 points, Bay Village was second with 138 points and Perkins was third with 160 points. The Chieftains finished in 18th with 463 points.

Amber Jones was the top finisher for the Chieftains with a 33rd-place finish in a time of 21:04.6.

The rest of the BHS girls saw Maddi Butler in 60th (22:03.4), Mallory Stolly in 74th (22:22.3), Casey Mehl in 99th (23:07.5), Hannah Clayton in 117th (23:38.2), Karen Garcia in 125th (23:51.2) and Sarah Vetorino in 139th (24:28.6).

For the Chieftain boys, David Guajardo was 59th (17:39.5), Cody Proffitt was 92nd (18:04.2), Storm Harman was 96th (18:05.8), Jay Clement was 107th (18:20.0), Wesley Samuels was 149th (19:02.6) and Patrick Tarasiewicz was 162nd (19:36.4).

Galion Open results

Several other Chieftains competed in the boys and girls Division II open races.

Bellefontaine boys finishing in the top 200 were Josh Haisley in 69th (19:22.2), Bob Vermillion in 73rd (19:27.9), Cale Sterling in 107th (19:58.6), Kyle Harris in 133rd (20:24.9), Dyllan Laber in 148th (20:34.7) and Dean Smith in 200th (21:28.7).

Rounding out the Chieftains were Zach Smith in 223rd (21:56.0), Keith Wisecup in 230th (22:06.3), Todd Taylor in 232nd (22:10.5), Adam Verbsky in 243rd (22:22.0), Cameron Minter in 244th (22:24.5), Jon Plogger in 254th (22:43.3), Drew Nye in 272nd (23:19.1), Zach Bodemiller in 274th (23:27.8), Tyson Yeager in 294th (24:29.7), Peace Brandon in 303rd (27:16.9), Michael Coakley in 306th (28:08.8) and Scott Conover in 309th (29:26.8).

Bellefontaine’s girls saw Olivia Breckler in 80th (24:35.7), Naomi Orndorf in 120th (25:28.0), Katie Vetorino in 121st (25:30.7), Melanie Moon in 133rd (25:44.6), Brook LeVan in 202nd (28:01.7) and Emma Earick in 205th (28:05.8).

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