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WL-Salem seniors cap perfect run in OHC meets

It was a memorable day for West Liberty-Salem’s senior cross country runners on Saturday at the Ohio Heritage Conference meet.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Alyssa Strickland, left, and Aaron Scott, right, compete in the Ohio Heritage  Conference meet Saturday at Triad High School. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | TONY BARRETT)

Both the Tigers’ boys and girls senior classes kept their league record perfect by winning a fourth consecutive league championship at Triad High School.

The WL-Salem seniors have won an OHC title every year of their prep careers.

It was a commanding win in the girls race as WL-Salem won with 20 points. The Tigers are currently ranked sixth in the latest Division III state poll. A distant second was Northeastern, which edged Mechanicsburg 53-55 for runner-up honors.

WL-Salem’s boys also had an impressive day to take first with 30 points. Northeastern tied with Cedarville 50-50 for second place, but the Jets won the tiebreaker. Greeneview took fourth with 111 points, M’burg finished fifth with 144 points and Triad was sixth with 163 points.

It was the eighth consecutive league title for the Tiger girls and the fourth consecutive for the Tiger boys. Senior Meghan Vogel was named the OHC female runner of the year for the third straight season and senior Aaron Scott was named the OHC male runner of the year for the second straight year.

“It says a lot about the dedication of our seniors to win their fourth conference title and to add onto our program’s winning streak,” said WL-Salem girls head coach Ann Vogel. “These girls are leaving a legacy of success for our younger runners to strive for in the years to come.”

WL-Salem boys head coach Mike Louden was equally as proud of his team and his seniors on Saturday.

“It’s a really satisfying feeling as a coach knowing that this senior class has won all four league titles in their high school careers,” said Louden. “I just can’t say enough about how much Aaron Scott and Alex Adams mean to this program. They have invested so much and have worked extremely hard to earn these accolades.”

Vogel won the girls race for the third time in her prep career with a blistering time of 18:45. Helping claim four of the top five spots were Jasmine Smith in third (19:46), Alyssa Strickland in fourth (19:59) and Shawnda Henault in fifth (20:10).

Also aiding the Tiger girls were Savanna Shipp in 10th (21:40), Jordan Smith in 17th (22:47), Madison Woodruff in 18th (22:58), Darby Thomas in 20th (23:23), Sarah Williams in 21st (23:41), Lyndsey Eshleman in 26th (26:50), Grace Edwards in 28th (28:58) and Annie Steiner in 32nd (30:59).

WL-Salem’s boys claimed three of the top four spots, led by Scott in first with 16:47. Also giving strong performances were Alex Adams in second (17:06) and Joey Adams in fourth (17:16).

Other Tigers in action were Chris Buschur in eighth (18:04), Ross Kelley in 16th (18:55), Stephen Whetstine in 20th (19:02), Chris Davis in 22nd (19:25), Michael Lehman in 25th (19:37), Alex Steiner in 27th (19:44), David Patterson in 36th (21:04), Kaden Cox in 43rd (22:19) and Quincy Glunt in 46th (23:47).

Alyssa Ferguson led Triad’s girls with a 16th-place finish in a time of 22:46, while Miranda Linscott finished in 31st in a time of 30:46.

For Triad’s boys, Chad Reisinger was 24th (19:35), Tanner Stengel was 35th (21:04), Ryan Kaylor was 42nd (21:54), Ethan Davis was 44th (22:54), Zack Moore was 47th (24:08) and Kegan Anderson was 48th (24:09).

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