Created on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
It’s a familiar feeling for West Liberty-Salem’s track and field programs.
A jolt of momentum and an extra spark of confidence has spearheaded the Tigers’ boys and girls teams as they prepare to compete in the Division III regional meet today and Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
“I definitely think we have some momentum going into the regional meet,” said WL-Salem girls head coach Ann Vogel. “The girls have a lot of confidence.
“Their times have been dropping, which helps, but we just need to take it one race at a time. I think we have a chance to do well. We could be a top-five team if we do well. Our goal is to get as many girls out to state as we can.”
The Division III meet begins with field events at 4 p.m. today and the track events start at 4:30 p.m. The top two finishers in each heat, plus the next four best times move on to Saturday’s finals, which are at 1:30 p.m.
The top four placers in each finals event move on to the state meet next week in Columbus.
Competing for the Tiger girls are Meghan Vogel in the 1,600 and the 800, Morgan Freyhof in the 100 and the 200, Alyssa Strickland in the 3,200 and Megan Etgen in the pole vault.
It is also the first time in school history all four of the girls relay teams have qualified to the regional. That group includes the 400 relay of Michaela Rausch, Abigail Rabenstein, Etgen and Freyhof, the 800 relay of Darby Thomas, Savanna Shipp, Rausch and Rabenstein, the 1,600 relay of Caylee Karg, Thomas, Vogel and Freyhof and the 3,200 relay of Jasmine Smith, Shawnda Henault, Strickland and Vogel.
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