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Strickland turns in gutsy effort in final race

HEBRON — A silver lining was hard to find for Alyssa Strickland following her race here Saturday at National Trail Raceway.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Alyssa Strickland nears the finish line during the Division III state cross country meet Saturday at National Trail Raceway in Hebron. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The West Liberty-Salem senior completed her fourth and final Division III state cross country race, finishing 94th in a time of 21:05.95.

“I’m happy I made it back here, but I just don’t know what happened,” said an emotional Strickland after the race. “I wish I would have gotten a new best time at least.”

Despite being disappointed with her finish, Strickland is now one of eight runners at WL-Salem to compete in the state meet four times during her career and she is third all-time in career best times for the Big Orange.

Strickland was not at 100 percent Saturday. She was in visible pain during the race with cramps she had also experienced at the regional meet.

It was also a different experience for Strickland, who competed as an individual instead of with her teammates like the previous three times at state.

“Emotionally, I think not having a team took a toll on her,” said WL-Salem girls head coach Ann Vogel. “I think it was tougher than she thought it would be.”

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