West Liberty-Salem Track Teams Take Top Place


The West Liberty-Salem girls track and field team won its 12th consecutive Ohio Heritage Conference title Thursday at WLS Tiger Stadium.

Team Scores:  1st WLS 182, 2nd Fairbanks 145.5, 3rd Triad 91, 4th Mechanicsburg 65.5, 5th Northeastern 22, 6th West Jefferson 11

Delaney Jones led the way for the Lady Tigers winning the 100 Meter Dash in a new OHC record time of 12.23, the 200 Meter Dash (26.60), and the long jump (17’5).

Jones was also a part of the winning 4×100 Meter Relay with teammates Tori Douthwaite Gwen McCullough and Chloe Griffith (51.41).  Also placing first for WLS were Sophia Hardwick in the 300 Meter Hurdles (48.38) and Malia Miller in the 3200 Meter Run (11:51.53).

Second-place finishers for WLS included Claire Longshore in the 100 Meter Hurdles (16.45), Mallory Bostick in the 400 Meter Dash (1:01.95), the 4×200 Relay team of Tori Douthwaite, Hattie Jacobs, Claire Longshore and Gwen McCullough (1:51.92) and the 4×400 Meter Relay team of Ashley Yoder, Gwen McCullough, Claire Longshore and Mallory Bostick (4:20.25).

Placing third for the Lady Tigers were Sophia Hardwick in the 100 Meter Hurdles (16.59), Claire Longshore in the 300 Meter Hurdles (49.92), Gwen McCullough in the 800 Meter Run (2:32.66), Tori Douthwaite in the 200 Meter Dash (28.71) and Ashley Yoder in the 3200 Meter Run (12:14.72).

Fourth-place finishers included Chloe Griffith in the 100 Meter Dash (12.95), Malia Miller in the 1600 Meter Run (5:27.19), Addie McAuley in the 800 Meter Run (2:39.09), and Lyndee Harrison in the Shot Put (29’3).

Addie McAuley’s 1600-meter run (5:41.80) and Ashley Yoder in the 400 400-meter dash (1:03.78) placed fifth to round out the WLS scorers.

“With the wind and rain, we knew times and performances would be off, so we really focused on competing and trying to place higher than our seed.   Our girls were really scrappy tonight and fought for every point and I’m proud of the energy and determination they showed,” said WLS Head Coach, Ann Vogel.  Winning a conference title is always important to our program and the boys winning it as well, was icing on the cake.” Coach Ann Vogel said.

Photo credit-John Coffman

On the boy’s side of things in West Liberty, they also came in first place at that meet.

Coming in first place were Jackson Steider 110m Hurdles (16.06), Troy Bradley 400m (52.9), Tarryn Bradley 300m Hurdles (43.31), 4x200m relay (1:34.87) Henderson, McGill, Lauck, Bahan, 4x100m relay (45.40) Henderson, Bahan, McGill, Steider, 4x400m relay (1:41.53) Henderson, Lauck, Louden, Bradley).

Taking second place included Mark Bair Shot Put (48-2.75), Discus (142-8), Jackson Steider 300m Hurdles (45.70), Jack Bahan 200m (23.6), Craig Stanford Pole Vault (12-0), and 4x800m relay (8:24) Tr. Bradley, Q. Rudolph, Knox, King.

Coming in third place was Jack Bahan 100m (11.15), Asher Knox 1600m (4:40.76), 3200m (10:03.17), Brevin Louden 400m (54.26), Slayde Merriman Pole Vault (12-0), and Quentin Rudolph 800m. (2:05.47)

Fourth-place winners included Taryn Bradley in 110 Hurdles (17.51), Dylan King in 1600 (4:41.10), and Troy Bradley in 200m (24.31).

Joey LaRoche’s 800m (2:09.26), Dylan King’s 3200m (10:16.08), and Casey Boyer’s High Jump (5-4) took 5th place.

Finishing in 6th place was Hunter Knotts High Jump (5-2) and Bryant Eaton Discus (108-8).

WLS will compete in the DIII Southwest District at Graham with prelims on Tuesday and finals on Saturday.