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WL-Salem squads focused on return to state meet

Riverside’s Jackson also set for regional run

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West Liberty Salem’s Alex Adams, Aaron Scott (FRONT PAGE PHOTO) and Jasmine Smith (ABOVE LEFT) compete in meets earlier this season. They will try to help their squads advance to the state meet when they run in the regionals Saturday at Troy. Sophomore Ella Jackson (ABOVE RIGHT) will represent Riverside on Saturday during the Division III regional meet in Troy. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTOS | AARON LaBATT)

Big meets are nothing new to the West Liberty-Salem boys and girls cross country teams.

The pressure is on again Saturday as the Tigers attempt to qualify back to the state meet when they compete in the Division III regional race at Troy.

The top four teams and top 16 individuals qualify to the state meet.

WL-Salem’s boys team competes first at 11 a.m., while WL-Salem’s girls team and Riverside sophomore Ella Jackson run at 1:30 p.m.

The Tiger girls won the regional meet last season in a talented field. They have qualified to the state meet three straight times and are currently ranked sixth in the Division III state poll.

While the girls squad would like to capture another regional title, they are keeping the main goal in perspective.

“I think right now we are sitting in a good position to qualify,” said WL-Salem girls head coach Ann Vogel. “I’m not sure if we’ll win the regional, but I definitely think we are one of the top three teams there. Minster, Russia and us make three solid teams.

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