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Karg takes charge for WL-Salem boys on opening day

COLUMBUS — The expressions said it all. A mixture of excitement, anger, frustration, relief and eagerness.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Conner Karg runs his leg of the 1,600-meter relay semifinal heat during the Division III boys state track and field meet Friday in Columbus. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LABATT)

All were on the face of Conner Karg at the conclusion of the Division III state track and field meet here Friday inside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

It was far from a perfect day for the Tigers, but they now have four new opportunities to place at the state tournament in today’s finals events.

WL-Salem will be represented in the 400, the 800 relay, the 1,600 relay and the 3,200.

The top two finishers in each semifinal heat and next five best times advanced to today’s finals. The top eight place and earn a spot on the podium.

“We’re happy to be in the finals,” said WL-Salem boys head coach Joe Taylor. “Anything can happen at this point.

“I talked to the team about expectations and we are aiming for a top three finish in our (sprint) events. That is probably a lofty goal for us, but that is what we are shooting for.”

Karg played a key role Friday in getting WL-Salem’s boys track team in position to earn spots on the podium.

He won his semifinal heat of the 400-meter dash and rallied the 1,600 relay team to a second-place finish in their semifinal heat.

“Conner had a huge day for us,” said Taylor. “That has become the norm for him, though, and is expected of him. He continues to produce.”

“Overall, it was a good team effort,” said Karg. “We can take more time off, though. We want to be top three in everything we do now. We have high hopes in everything.”

 

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