HomeLocal SportsWLS Hosts XC Invitational; Both Teams Take 1st PlaceWLS Hosts XC Invitational; Both Teams Take 1st PlaceMon, September 25, 2023 by April KingSHARE NOW West Liberty-Salem, #2 in this week’s OATCCC D3 State Poll, won the 51st Annual Max Evan’s Ohio Caverns Invitational.Jr. Asher Knox. 2nd. 16:37.8So. Caleb Larson 4th. 16:41.7 (Career PR)Jr. Troy Bradley 5th. 17:13.8Jr. Quentin Rudolph 6th. 17:15.2So. Dylan King 7th. 17:15.9So. Brevin Louden 12th. 17:43.3 (Season Best)So. Garrett Wallen 13th 17:50.2So. Taryn Bradley 18th. 18:17.1Sr. Mason Barger 31st. 19:06.6 (Season Best)Fr. Zac Carter 43rd. 20:15.4Sr. Maxwell McCombs 54th 21:03.4So. Levi Miller 79th 24:18.7 (Career PR)Fr. Tanner Myers 80th 24:21.2“It was a great day for the Big Orange! All four teams took away team titles! I thought the team ran exceptionally well despite racing on the most difficult course we will race on all year. To beat Bellefontaine ranked #8 in division 2 was a plus, Coach Davis has a phenomenal team and I think they can compete for a regional title and qualify to the D2 State meet later this season.” The Big Orange high school girls’ team won the team race with 15 points followed by 2nd place North Union 63, 3rd place Northwestern 71, 4th place Fairlawn 106, and 5th place Yellow Springs 126.Big Orange sophomore, Malia Miller took home the individual title covering the course in 19:28.78.Other Tigers:Ashley Yoder took second place (20:07.43)Breece Gullett was third (20:10.87) and Addie McAuley fourth (20:37.52)Mallory Bostick 7th (21:26.68)Hattie Jacobs 8th (21:42.02)Gwen McCullough 9th (21:43.02)Claire Longshore 13th (22:01.81)Mariska Smith 20th (23:05.84)Mylee Dooley 23rd (23:36.15)Emma Smith 24th (23:50.52)Chloe Griffith 26th (24:03.93)Lily Smith 27th (24:06.31)Celia Fernandez 31st (25:51.24)“I’m really excited about the depth of our team right now. Our girls ran a smart race on the toughest course we’ll compete on this season. Our strength is in our pack and I like the way they pulled each other through the race,” said WLS head coach Ann Vogel.WLS currently ranked #2 in the latest OATCC DIII state coaches poll will race at Centerville’s Saturday Night Lights Invitational on September 30th.