LeVan sparkles in 1st trip to Columbus

WL-Salem junior finishes fourth in 400

COLUMBUS — In the short span of three weeks Raiph LeVan learned he was among the state’s best.

LeVan podium

West Liberty-Salem’s Raiph LeVan stands on the podium after placing fourth in the boys 400-meter dash Saturday at the OHSAA Division III state track and field meet in Columbus. LeVan took fourth with a personal-best time of 50.13. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The first-year runner for West Liberty-Salem’s track and field team captured a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash here Saturday at the OHSAA Division III state meet. 

A junior, LeVan ran a personal-best time of 50.13.

“It’s a pretty good feeling,” said LeVan. “I wanted to win it, but top four is a pretty big accomplishment.”

The two finishers in each semifinal heat advanced along with the next five fastest times. The top eight finishers placed for a spot on the podium.

“For a first-year guy, that is awesome,” said WL-Salem boys head coach Joe Taylor. “Even cooler is going into the finals, he believed he could win it. We though he could, too. 

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