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WL-Salem girls win Graham Invitational

Even short handed, West Liberty-Salem’s girls track and field team can make winning look easy.

The Tigers comfortably won the 16-team Graham Invitational on Friday despite not having its full team on hand.

WL-Salem claimed the meet title with 114 points, Miami East was second with 85 points, Sidney was third with 70.33 points and Urbana came in fourth with 68 points.

Riverside’s girls were also in action and took 12th with 11 points, while Indian Lake’s girls were 13th with nine points.

Springfield Shawnee won the boys meet with 106 points, Sidney took second with 78 points, the Tigers were third with 56 points, Graham was fourth with 45 points, Urbana was close behind in fifth with 41 points and the Lakers were sixth with 39 points. The Pirates finished 16th with three points.

“We were without some of seniors tonight because of the senior trip so I wasn’t expecting to win,” said WL-Salem girls head coach Ann Vogel. “The girls stepped up and filled some key positions to beat a solid Miami East team. Our distance crew had a big night for us and Alyssa Strickland ran a career best in the 3,200 meter run.”

Senior Meghan Vogel sparked the Tigers’ efforts with four first-place finishes. She won two individual events and was part of two winning relay teams. Vogel took first in the 800 (2:27.9) and the 1,600 (5:29.1) and was part of the winning 3,200 relay along with Jasmine Smith, Caylee Karg and Alyssa Strickland (10:31.5) and the winning 1,600 relay with Karg, Darby Thomas and Abigail Rabenstein (4:33.8).

Strickland won the 3,200 with a personal-best time of 12:17.6, while freshman Morgan Freyhof continues to win after taking the 100-meter dash title in 13.2. She also took second in the 200 (28.5).

Third-place finishes came from Rabenstein in the 100 hurdles (17.99), Maddie Gantz in the shot put (33-4) and the 800 relay of Thomas, Karg, Rausch and Freyhof (1:58.4).

Placing fourth were Smith in the 1,600 (5:53.7) and the 3,200 (12:33.1), Thomas in the 400 (1:06.4) and Rabenstein in the 300 hurdles (53.5).

Adding fifth-place finishes were Lauren Godwin in the shot put (30-1) and the 400 relay of Rausch, Rabenstein, Freyhof and Isabella Clark (55.9).

The Pirates were led by Kerri Meade, who took fifth in the high jump (4-10) and seventh in the 100 (14.1). Ella Jackson was seventh in the 1,600 (6:03.3) and eighth in the 3,200 (13:04.03). Brooke Hickey added a seventh-place finish in the 100 hurdles (18.7).

For the Lakers, Caylee Wurster was fifth in the 100 (13.8), Emali Sroufe was seventh in the 400 (1:09.5), the 400 relay of Josie Corwin, Heidi Sanabria, Sroufe and Wurster was seventh (56.4) and Tarrah Berg was eighth in the 100 hurdles (19.05).

Boys results

West Liberty-Salem’s boys saw a standout effort from Taylor Cordell. The junior won the 100 (11.7) and the 110 hurdles (15.7), took second in the 300 hurdles (43.4) and finished fourth in the long jump (17-8 1/2).

Aaron Scott was third in the 3,200 (10:36.6) and fourth in the 1,600 (4:57.5), while fifth-place efforts came from Kelvin Shank in the 200 (24.7) and the 800 relay of Shank, Trevor Anderson, Conner Karg and Nikolas Yoder (1:40.9).

Coming in seventh were Karg in the 400 (55.1) and finishing eighth were Shank in the 400 (55.2) and the 3,200 relay of Levi Spencer, Joey Adams, Ross Kelley and Scott (9:35.2).

Indian Lake saw two of its relay teams place first. That included the 400 relay of Bobby Dye, Cole Merritt, Ben Wahl and Cole Wurster (46.2) and the 800 relay of Dye, Wahl, Chris Teague and Hunter Vance (1:36.8).

Teague also came in second in the long jump (17-10 3/4) and fourth in the 400 (54.5).

Placing seventh were Evan Zorn in the shot put (40-7 1/2) and the 1,600 relay of Joe Corwin, Brad McIntire, Merritt and Teague (3:50.2), while eighth-place finishes came from Dye in the 110 hurdles (17.4) and Merritt in the long jump (16-11 1/4).

Ryan Davidson was the lone scorer for Riverside. He took seventh in the 200 (25.04) and eighth in the 100 (12.2).

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