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WL-Salem remains positive after 16th-place finish at state meet

HEBRON — For the third consecutive year, West Liberty-Salem’s boys cross country team finished its season among Ohio’s best here Saturday at the Division III state meet at National Trail Raceway.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Joey Adams leads a pack of runners during the boys Division III state cross country meet Saturday at National Trail Raceway in Hebron. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The Tigers turned in a 16th-place performance with 373 points and finish with a season record of 127-58.

“I told the guys despite the finish they had nothing to be ashamed of,” said WL-Salem boys head coach Mike Louden. “There are 200 other Division III schools who would have given anything to have been in their spot.

“We weren’t even supposed to make it to the state meet, and had you asked me halfway through the season with two key guys injured, I would have said it looked pretty bleak. For the guys to overcome that adversity and prove critics wrong was awesome in itself.”

Sophomore Joey Adams led the Tigers on Saturday with a 64th-place finish in a time of 17:18.71.

“I think we did really well,” said Adams. “The times were slow, but I think it was like that for all of the teams. I feel that we still finished the season on a high note.”

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