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Tigers don’t slow down in Columbus

WL-Salem’s girls 400 relay wins heat, holds third-best time going into today’s finals

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West Liberty-Salem’s Abigail Rabenstein takes the baton from teammate Michaela Rausch during the girls 400-meter relay semifinals race Friday morning at the Division III state track and field meet in Columbus. The Tigers won their heat with a time of 50.66 and advanced to today’s state finals. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

COLUMBUS — The surprises keep on coming for West Liberty-Salem’s girls.

The Tigers’ 400 relay team of senior Megan Etgen, sophomores Abigail Rabenstein and Michaela Rausch and freshman Morgan Freyhof gave another impressive performance here Friday and advanced to finals of the Division III state track and field meet.

After breaking their own school record six times this season, the talented quartet ran another strong race on the biggest stage of the season. The four Tigers won their heat of the 400 relay inside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with a time of 50.66. That advanced them to today’s state finals, which are at 10:30 a.m.

The top two relays in each heat, plus the next five best times advances to the state finals. The top eight runners earn a spot on the podium.

“All they had to do first was qualify and they did that,” said WL-Salem girls head coach Ann Vogel. “It was big for them to win their heat because that gives us a good lane for the finals.

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