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Tigers enter familiar territory

WL-Salem boys to run in third straight state cross country meet


Members of the West Liberty-Salem boys cross country team gather with head coach Mike Louden after last week’s regional race in Troy. The Tigers are preparing for their third consecutive Division III state meet on Saturday at National Trail Raceway in Hebron. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

Another wave of orange is washing over the Division III state cross country meet on Saturday at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

And like the two previous seasons, it has several of the same faces in the form of West Liberty-Salem’s boys squad.

When the Tigers take the start line at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, it will mark the third consecutive year they have qualified to the state meet. It is also the first time the Big Orange boys program has been to state three straight times since the late 1970s.

In addition, WL-Salem is one of just eight Division III squads to qualify to the state meet the past three years.

“I told the guys to take pride in that,” said WL-Salem head coach Mike Louden. “It shows they are one of the elite squads in the state and they should be proud of their accomplishments.”

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