Created on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
West Liberty-Salem’s girls showed what it is capable of when firing on all cylinders Saturday as the Tigers won the Greenville Treaty City Invitational.
The Tigers won the girls race with 79 points and avenged an earlier loss this season by beating Coldwater, which was runner-up with 84 points on Saturday. The Cavaliers were state runner-up last season and had beaten WL-Salem at the OHSAA preseason meet earlier this fall.
“This was the most exciting team race of the day,” said WL-Salem girls head coach Ann Vogel. “The girls kept their heads in the race and kept fighting until the finish. I like the way we’re progressing, but there is always room for improvement and I know we’re up to the challenge.”
WL-Salem had four girls finish in the top 16 and saw a great battle between state placers at the finish line. Coldwater’s Sarah Kanney won the girls race with a time of 18:28.2, Russia’s Lauren Francis came in second with a time of 19:23.0, while Tiger standout Meghan Vogel was third with a time of 19:38.5.
Helping fuel the WL-Salem girls win was Jasmine Smith in ninth (20:04.4), Shawnda Henault in 14th (20:37.6), Alyssa Strickland in 16th (20:48.6) and Savanna Shipp in 38th (22:06.07).
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