WL-S wins meet for 1st time in 32 years

With a rich tradition and history, West Liberty-Salem’s girls track and field team accomplished something Saturday it had not done in over 30 years by winning a Division III district championship at Piqua High School.


West Liberty-Salem’s girls track and field team poses with its Division III district championship trophy Saturday. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

It is the program’s first district title in 32 years and it came in dramatic fashion after beating Ft. Loramie 114-110.

The Tigers were in eighth place after prelim action last Tuesday. They crawled their way up the team scores and into second place with two events to go Saturday.

WL-Salem took the lead after the 3,200 by two points (106-104). In the last event, the Tigers had to beat Ft. Loramie in the 1,600 relay, and did by finishing second ahead of the Redskins’ third-place team.

“It was a thrill for our program and says a lot about the talent on our team,” said WL-Salem girls head coach Ann Vogel. “Everyone stepped up when we needed them to. We dug ourselves in a hole on prelim night. The points we didn’t get that night, I wasn’t sure if we could get them back and fight for the title. The girls fought back, though, and were resilient.”

DIV III ROUNDUP and more photos in Monday's Bellefontaine Examiner
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