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Adding to program’s rich tradition is the focus for West Liberty-Salem boys

Success and the state meet have gone hand-in-hand with the West Liberty-Salem’s boys track and field program over the years.


West Liberty-Salem’s Taylor Cordell competes in the 110-meter hurdles at the Ohio Heritage Conference meet earlier this season. Cordell qualified to the Division III state meet in the event and is also on the qualifying 1,600 relay team. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

It has become an expectation, not just a goal, to compete at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. And so a poised Tiger group is ready to find success once again.

Competing at the Division III state meet for WL-Salem are the 1,600 relay team of senior Ross Hickenbottom and juniors Taylor Cordell, Conner Karg and Kelvin Shank, while Cordell will race as an individual in the 110 hurdles.

“That success has been the topic of conversation this week,” said WL-Salem boys head coach Bart Zirkle. “These guys want to walk away with a medal. When people look at the team points, we want to see West Liberty-Salem on there. That won’t happen if we don’t give our best efforts.”

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