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A ‘miracle’ performance sends WL-S boys back to state

TROY — If you ask any of the runners on West Liberty-Salem’s boys cross country team they would say there was something extremely special about their race here Saturday at the Division III regional meet.

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ABOVE: West Liberty-Salem’s Joey Adams races toward the finish line during Saturday’s Division III boys regional race at Troy Stadium. The Tigers placed third as a team to earn a second-consecutive state berth. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: WL-Salem boys head coach Mike Louden reacts after hearing his team placed third at Saturday’s regional race. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LABATT)

Unranked in the state poll, the Tigers surprised everyone with a third-place finish to earn their first back-to-back state meet appearance since the 1995-96 seasons.

“I prayed for a miracle last night and we got one,” said senior Aaron Scott after Saturday’s race.

The top four teams and the top 16 individuals qualified to the Division III state meet Saturday at National Trail Raceway. WL-Salem will compete in the first race of the day at 11 a.m.

“I’m speechless right now,” said WL-Salem head coach Mike Louden. “After everything we’ve overcome this year, we put it together and had the best race of the year when we needed it the most. This is the meet where you have to show up. We did and I couldn’t be more proud of our guys.”

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