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Tigers are state bound for third straight year

TROY — Fueled by faith in each other, West Liberty-Salem’s boys cross country team found itself headed back to the state meet for a third consecutive time here Saturday.

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West Liberty-Salem’s boys cross country team celebrates after hearing they qualified to the Division III state meet Saturday in Troy. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Tigers huddled as a group before the team scores were announced at the Division III regional meet and then burst into cheers and nearly came to tears when they learned of their fourth-place finish, cementing another trip to the biggest meet of the fall.

“It’s a very surreal feeling right now,” said WL-Salem boys head coach Mike Louden after it was announced his squad had qualified back to state. “I told the guys we did what we needed to today to qualify. If another team beat us to state then they deserve it, but thankfully we made it.

“We had four of our seven guys run their career bests at the most important meet of the year. I couldn’t be more proud of these guys.”

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