Allure of state meet fuels WL-Salem boys

In sports, certain athletes live for the big moments and shine on the biggest of stages.


West Liberty-Salem’s Conner Karg competes in the finals of the 800 relay as teammate Kelvin Shank looks on at the Division III regional meet last weekend in Troy. The Tigers are preparing to compete in the state meet in five different events this Friday and Saturday in Columbus. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

History has proven that West Liberty-Salem’s track and field program has produced a lengthy list of those prep athletes. When the state meet arrives, the Tigers thrive.

This year’s group of Tigers are hoping to continue that tradition Friday and Saturday in the Division III state meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

“West Liberty-Salem has had some relays place very well in recent years at the state meet,” said WL-Salem boys head coach Joe Taylor. “There have also been a couple of state champions in individual events in the past five or six years.

“I’m not predicting state champions in any events, although anything can happen if we are fortunate enough to make finals in (our other events). I do know we can do very well in every event that we have guys running in.”

WL-Salem was flawless at the regional meet last week in qualifying to the state tournament. Every event the Tigers competed in, they advanced to Columbus. That included multiple athletes in the same event. That momentum has carried over to this weekend.

“Practices this week have been pretty good in terms of energy,” said Taylor. “I know when our bus pulls in the parking lot on Friday and Saturday morning, our guys will feel excitement and adrenaline that they have yet to feel all season.”


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