2018 WL-S HS Girls Cross Country Team
4th in the State of Ohio
OHSAA District III State Meet
Saturday, November 10
The West Liberty-Salem Girls Cross Country team placed 4th at the OHSSA State Cross Country meet Saturday at National Trail Speedway in Hebron.
Top 5 teams(20 total teams): 1st Minster, 2nd Ft. Loramie 134, 3rd Archbold 139, 4th WLS 139 (lost on the 6th man tie breaker) 5th Liberty Center 171
Megan Adams (19:25) and Katelyn Stapleton (19:55) led the Big Orange placing 8th and 18th respectively to earn 1st Team All-Ohio honors. Adams 8th place finish is the highest state meet finish for any freshman in the program’s history.
Also placing for WLS were Grace Adams 56th (20:51), Lydia Moell 65th (21:01), Madison Bahan 67th (21:04), Maria Henderson 138th (22:34) and Mya King 158th (23:32).
WLS finishes the season at 149-6.
2018 All-Ohio Cross Country Runners
Katelyn Stapleton, Dylan Lauck, Megan Adams
District III Southwest Regional Champions
Saturday, October 27
The West Liberty-Salem Girls Coss Country Team won its second consecutive DIII Southwest Regional title Saturday at Troy. The Big Orange girls currently ranked #2 in the DIII OATCCC state poll held off #3 Fort Loramie for the win. The Big Orange is currently 133-3 on the season. The top four teams qualify for the OHSAA State Meet Championships in Hebron on Saturday, November 10. This is the third consecutive state meet qualification for the Big Orange and the eighth for the school’s program.
Team scores: 1st WLS 41, 2nd Fort Loramie 69, 3rd Bradford 120, 4th Versailles 135, 5th Summit Country Day 146, 6th Springfield Catholic Central 152, 7th Botkins 155, 8th Russia 167, 9th Covington 189, 10th Clark Montessori 253, 11th Cincinnati Country Day 268, 12th Georgetown 325
Freshman Megan Adams was the individual race winner, covering the course in 18:51. Katelyn Stapleton (19:17) and Grace Adams (20:01) were close behind placing 4th and 5th respectively, and Madison Bahan (20:16) and Lydia Moell cracked the top 20 placing 16th and 19th. Rounding out the placers for WLS were Maria Henderson 54th (22:11) and Mya King 57th (22:20).
Coach’s comments: This was a great team race for us. The girls showed a lot of composure mid race and closed strong the last 800 meters. Winning a Regional title is never easy in Troy, and Fort Loramie really pushed us today. We’re excited to come away with the win and humbled to represent our school and community at the state meet again this year.
District III Southwest District Champions
Saturday, October 20
The West Liberty-Salem Girls Cross Country Team won its second consecutive DIII Southwest District title Saturday at Cedarville University.
The Big Orange currently ranked second in the OATCCC state coaches poll beat third ranked Fort Loramie. The top eight teams qualify for next week’s Regional meet at Troy.
Team scores (top 8): 1st WLS 28, 2nd Fort Loramie 81, 3rd Versailles 130, 4th Bradford 142, 5th Springfield Catholic Central 157 6th Russia 158, 7th Covington 187, 8th Botkins 195
There were 24 teams and 184 runners in the race. WLS is now 122-3 on the season.
Big Orange pacers:
Megan Adams 2nd (19:20)
Katelyn Stapleton 3rd (19:36)
Grace Adams 6th (19:56)
Madison Bahan 8th (19:58)
Lydia Moell 9th (20:18)
Maria Henderson 48th (22:07)
Mya King 60th (22:40)
Coach’s comments: The girls took care of business today. Our 3 through 5 runners, Grace, Madison and Lydia ran gutsy, focused races and Megan and Katelyn continue to be solid front runners for us. We’re just taking it one race at a time and putting the team first.
Ohio Heritage Conference Champions
Saturday, October 14
The West Liberty-Salem girls cross country team won its fifth consecutive Ohio Heritage Conference title Saturday at Cedarville University. The Big Orange currently ranked third in the OATCCC DIII State Coaches Poll placed nine runners in the top 20 and improved its record to 99-3 on the season.
Team Scores: 1st WLS 25, 2nd Springfield Catholic Central 42, 3rd Fairbanks 63, 4th Cedarville 112, 5th Mechanicsburg 133
Megan Adams became the third Big Orange freshman to win a OHC title in the past three years covering the 5K course in 18:42. Adams received the OHC MVP award. Also earning OHC First Team honors were Katelyn Stapleton 3rd place (19:27), Grace Adams 5th place (20:07) and Madison Bahan 7th place (20:13).
Earning Second Team All-OHC were Lydia Moell 9th (20:49), Maria Henderson 12th (21:58) and Mya King 15th (22:35).
Rounding out the placers for the Big Orange were Lauren Fowler 18th (22:48), Sarah Painter 20th (22:56), Mandy Weaver 26th (23:28), Dani Smith 30th (24:12), and Savannah Weaver 32nd (24:26).
Coach’s Comments: “It’s always a season goal to win a conference title, and it’s especially satisfying when our conference is becoming more competitive. Placing nine girls in the top twenty is testament to our depth and our collective team commitment.
Anna Rocket Invitational
Saturday, October 7
The Big Orange placed 7 runners in the top 30 for the team win.
Team scores: 1st WLS 23, 2nd Brookville 109, 3rd Lakota West 116, 4th Covington 175, 5th Botkins 188, 6th Piqua 191, 7th Anna 194, 8th Houston 200, 9th Wapakoneta 217, 10th Bellebrook 249, 11th Lakota 255, 12th Sidney 308, 13th Bethel 324, 14th Lehman Catholic 332, 15th National Trail 343, 16th Indian Lake 389
WLS is currently 95-3 on the season.
1st Megan Adams 19:36
2nd Katelyn Stapleton 19:57
3rd Madison Bahan 20:19
7th Lydia Moell 20:58
11th Grace Adams 21:26
23rd Mya King 22:24
26th Lauren Fowler 22:35
41st Maria Henderson 23:10
44th Mandy Weaver 23:16
76th Sarah Painter 24:39
98th Dani Smith 25:28
104th Anna Louden 25:51
107th Savannah Weaver 26:01
Coach’s comment: “Winning the last regular season meet is a good confidence booster for us heading into the post season. I’m proud of the total team effort and the way the girls competed for every place.”
The Big Orange girls combined with the boys team to win the combined girls and boys team title.
Buck Creek Jim Murray Memorial Invitational
Saturday, September 22
This year’s meet was dedicated to former Northeastern Coach and Athletic Director, Jim Murray who passed away earlier this week. Murray was instrumental in starting the Ohio Heritage Conference and worked for Finishtiming.
Team scores: 1st WLS 47, 2nd Hilliard Davidson 92, 3rd New Albany 109, 4th West Clermont 139, 5th Springfield Catholic Central 155, 6th Tecumseh 157, 7th Springfield Shawnee 187, 8th Fairbanks 219, 9th Vandalia-Butler 232, 10th Harrison 267, 11th Bellefontaine 300, 12th Greenville 345, 13th Indian Lake 360, 14th Xenia 362, 15th Dayton Christian 421, 16th Mechanicsburg 427
In a field of 225 runners, WLS placed 5 runners in the top 14.
2nd Megan Adams 18:50
7th Katelyn Stapleton 19:43
11th Grace Adams 20:28
13th Lydia Moell 20:38
14th Madison Bahan 20:39
45th Mya King 22:24
50th Maria Henderson 22:31
56th Mandy Weaver 22:39
59th Lauren Fowler 22:50
109th Sarah Painter 24:30
133rd Anna Louden 25:31
157th Dani Smith 26:22
161st Savannah Weaver 26:38
Coach’s comments: This was the best team race we’ve put together this season and I like the way things are starting to gel for us as we head into the post season. When we run as a team, good things will happen for us.
Max Evans Invitational
Saturday, September 22
The West Liberty-Salem Girls Cross Country Team won the 46th Annual Ohio Caverns Max Evans Memorial Invitational Saturday.
The Big Orange currently ranked 3rd in the OATCCC DIII State poll held off 7th ranked Columbus Grove for the win.
Team scores: 1st WL-S 36, 2nd Columbus Grove 55, 3rd Kenton 104, 4th New Bremen 107, 5th Fairbanks 116, 6th Bellefontaine 191, 7th Ben Logan 205, 8th Emmanuel Christian 214, 9th Indian Lake 233, 10th Mechanicsburg 247, 11th Jackson Center 267.
The Big Orange placed 7 runners in the top 20 with freshman, Megan Adams winning the race in 18:44. Katelyn Stapleton was 4th (20:11), Grace Adams 9th (20:51), Lydia Moell 10th (20:54), Madison Bahan 12th (21:14), Mya King 16th (22:12), and Maria Henderson 19th (22:18).
Also for WL-S, Mandy Weaver 24th (22:35), Lauren Fowler 29th (23:02), Sarah Painter 47th (24:17), and Anna Louden 65th (26:03).
WL-S is 65-3 on the season.
Coach’s comments: The Ohio Caverns is the toughest course we’ll race on all season and I was proud of the way the girls competed and battled throughout the race. Megan Adams ran a smart race and was able to beat the Columbus Grove girl who beat her two weeks ago. Lydia Moell had also really stepped up for us when we’ve needed her, running a career PR on a hilly course.
Tiffin Carnival Invitational
Saturday, September 8
The West Liberty-Salem varsity girls cross country team placed 3rd out of 54 schools at the Tiffin Carnival Cross Country Invitational Saturday.
Top 10 team scores: 1st Minster 53, 2nd Ft. Loramie 164, 3rd WLS 166, 4th Liberty Center 205, 5th Mt. Gilead 284
Big Orange Placers:
Megan Adams 7th 19:25
Grace Adams 32nd 20:43
Madison Bahan 33rd 20:45
Lydia Moell 43rd 21:01
Mandy Weaver 56th 21:30
Katelyn Stapleton 81st 21:58
Maria Henderson 83rd 22:02
Total 357 Runners
In the DII B Race the Big Orange placed 23rd out of 31 teams.
Mya King 46th 22:31
Sarah Painter 95th 23:43
Anna Louden 159th 25:58
Dani Smith 162nd 26:20
Savannah Weaver 170th 26:44
Total 202 Runners
The Big Orange is ranked 5th in the latest OATCCC DIII state poll.