CEDARVILLE – The West Liberty-Salem boys cross country team won the Division III district title. It marks back-to-back years winning the title and the program’s 17th overall.
WL-S won with 67 points and Versailles was second with 130.
Results for the Tigers were Asher Knox 4th 16:18.3, Dylan King 12th 17:05.3, Caleb Larson 13th 17:05.8, Troy Bradley 18th 17:16.8, Brevin Louden 20th 17:18.8, Garrett Wallen 21st 17:21.6 and Quentin Rudolph 22nd 17:24.1.
“I’m ecstatic for the program,” said WL-S Coach Mike Louden. “Having both the boys and girls winning district titles is truly something special. I was really pleased with how the entire team performed today. Individually, I thought Asher and Brevin had outstanding races both moving up throughout the entire race. The rest of our pack (Dylan, Caleb, Troy, Gary, and Quentin) did exactly what was needed for us to win and advance to regional next week. We will definitely enjoy this district title, but will refocus quickly towards the regional race next Saturday.”
For Triad, Henry Beaverson was 27th in 17:30.4, Wyatt Robison was 44th in 17:52.60 and Cohen Millice was 98th in 18:53.2.
The Tigers will run in the regional meet this Saturday at Troy Stadium at 10:45 a.m.
WL-S will be looking to make its 6th straight trip to state and the program’s 22nd overall.
The WL-S girls cross country team won its seventh consecutive Division III district title on Saturday.
WL-S won with 62 points, Botkins was second with 71 and Fort Loramie was third with 81.
Malia Miller led the Big Orange placing 4th overall in 19:16.6. The Tigers went on to place three more runners in the top 15 with Ashley Yoder placing 11th (20:02.78), Breece Gullett 12th (20:04.64) and Addison McAuley 14th (20:16.32). Placing in the top 25 were Hattie Jacobs 21st in 20:54.21 and Gwen McCullough 25th (21:05.56). Mallory Bostick rounded out the WL-S placers in 41st (22:11.90).
“Coming into the race, we knew we had to run smart and disciplined against two of the best teams in the state,” said WL-S Coach Ann Vogel. “I really liked how we stuck to our race plan and didn’t get drawn out too early. The girls were focused and showed a lot of determination in the second half of their race.”
For Triad, Shalyn Smiles placed 31st in 21:27.20.
WL-S will compete at the Troy regional this Saturday at 10 a.m.
At the Central District Division III district boys cross country meet at Hilliard Darby on Saturday, the Mechanicsburg boys team placed fourth to advance to this Saturday’s regional meet.
For the Indians, Will Negley was second in 16:21.56, Beck Negley was fourth in 16:29.82, Joshua Porter was 12th in 17:01.32 and Jon Luke Blanton was 41st in 18:45.32.
The Mechanicsburg girls team also placed fourth to advance to the regional meet.
For the Indians, Clair Rodgers placed third in 20:07.21, Isabelle Rodgers was fifth in 20:23.70, Ava Sexton was 26th in 22:22.71 and Bailey Stapleton was 44th in 23:59.2.
Urbana’s Hazel Lightle placed 13th in 20:35.1 at the Division II district cross country meet at Cedarville on Saturday to qualify for this Saturday’s regional meet.
Graham’s Hailey Nash placed 14th in 20:41.5 to advance to this Saturday’s regional meet.
In the Division II boys district race, Urbana’s Vincent Lightle placed 16th in 17:10.8 to advance to the regional, and Graham’s Ayden Rudolf also qualified for the regional by placing 25th in 17:22.1.
The WL-S junior high cross country teams finished their seasons Sunday at the OHSAA 7th and 8th Grade Invitational hosted at Fortress Obetz.
The boys were first out of 25 teams in the Section E race.
For the Tigers, Asher Cole was 1st in 10:52, Brayan Gullett was 2nd in 11:15 and Adly Knox was 6th in 11:25.
The WL-S girls were 4th out of 19 teams in the Section H race.
For the Tigers, Addi Wallen was 5th in 12:45.