Big Orange has big day at county meet

WL-Salem squads sweep titles at Kiwanis meet

The Big Orange made a big splash at the Kiwanis Logan County Cross Country Championship Tuesday as the boys and girls squads claimed the team titles. 

The Tiger boys avenged losses as both team and individuals and the girls improved on prior races from earlier this season after racing in humid conditions at Indian Lake High School.

WL-Salem’s boys pulled away from the rest of the field to grab a 28-point win. Benjamin Logan’s boys gave a strong performance to finish second with 43 points, Bellefontaine came in third with 55 points and Indian Lake was fourth with 114 points. Riverside and Triad did not post team scores.

“Simply incredible is how I would describe the night for our team,” said an elated WL-Salem boys head coach Mike Louden. “The overall takeaway from winning the county meet tonight is pleasing in many ways, but most of all was to see several guys gain confidence and finally battle some internal demons.” 

The Tiger boys had four runners finish in the top 10, including the top two finishers. They also had every runner finish in the top 30.

“It was a solid collective team effort, but several key performances really stuck out to me besides the top guys,” said Louden. “I thought Charlie Williams, Andrew Landis, James Loffing, Bryan Woods and Jordan Lewis really responded well and proved to themselves and their teammates that they can produce positive race results. Joey Adams, Ross Kelley, and Nick Williams continue to show early on what dedication and effort in the off season equal and that is success at a high level. I think tonight’s meet will carry a lot of weight going forward for many guys.”

WL-Salem’s young, but talented girls team saw all of its runners finish in the top half of the field, including seven runners in the top 15, to help fuel the night’s second 28-point victory. 

Bellefontaine took the runner-up spot with 46 points, Triad came in third with 59 points and Ben Logan was fourth with 102 points. Indian Lake and Riverside did not post team scores.

“After a rocky start at Saturday’s meet (at Milton-Union) I was proud of the way the girls regrouped and came focused and ready to compete,” said WL-Salem girls head coach Ann Vogel. “There were a lot of gutsy individual performances, but I was most impressed with the team effort the girls put forth to win. We had only 42 seconds separating our first through fifth runners.”

WLS-girls

ABOVE: From the left, West Liberty-Salem’s Reghan Bieleski, Leah Cole and Caylee Karg compete in the girls race during the Logan County meet Tuesday at Indian Lake High School. HOME PAGE SLIDE SHOW PHOTO: From the left, Bellefontaine’s Justin Clayton and West Liberty-Salem’s Joey Adams lead the boys race. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LABATT)

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