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WL-Salem boys take Troy by storm

TROY — It was a rare feat West Liberty-Salem’s boys track and field team accomplished here Friday at the Division III regional meet.

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: West Liberty-Salem’s Taylor Cordell hands the baton to teammate Kam Evans during the second leg of the boys 800-meter relay final Friday at the Division III regional meet in Troy. The Tigers placed second in the event and qualified to the state meet. ABOVE: West Liberty-Salem’s Madison Gantz competes in the girls discus competition Friday at the Division III regional meet in Troy. Gantz placed fourth in the event to earn a state berth. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Tigers were perfect, qualifying to the state meet in every event they competed in. They finished fourth as a team, won a regional title and set a school record in the final event to add an exclamation point to an already stellar performance.

“It’s definitely outstanding we went 5-for-5 in getting guys to the state meet,” said WL-Salem boys head coach Joe Taylor. “Everybody is really, really happy. It’s been a lot of fun tonight and we’re looking forward to state. We’ll get back to work Monday and see if we can drop some more time before state.”

The top four placers in each event advance to the Division III state meet next week in Columbus.

WL-Salem won a regional title in the 1,600 relay with the group of Taylor Cordell, Kam Evans, Kelvin Shank and Conner Karg in a time of 3:23.26, which is also a new school record.

That same foursome also finished second in the 800 relay with a time of 1:28.86. That would have been good enough for a new regional record, but the relay from Lima Central Catholic ran a 1:27.63, which is a new Division III state record.

 

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