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Ben Logan boys 1st, Big Orange girls 3rd Saturday (Cross country roundup)

The Ben Logan boys cross country team won the Spencerville Invitational on Saturday.

Ben Logan finished with 68 points, St. Marys was 2nd with 76, and Bellefontaine was 3rd with 81.

Individual results:

Jake Henman was 5th - 18:12
Daniel McPherson 6th - 18:22
Grant Ward 11th - 18:30
Bryson Tipton 19th - 18:56
Landon Wenger 27th - 19:12
Tucker Munz 35th - 19:27
Trey Allen 44th - 20:03
Noland King 46th - 20:05
Blake Rhoades  82nd - 22:15
Ryan Spatz 85th - 22:32
Timmy Porter 86th - 22:35
Joel Doss 108th - 27:34

Ben Logan will run again next Saturday at the Graham Invitational. 

The West Liberty-Salem Big Orange girls cross country team placed 3rd out of 54 teams in the DIII Varsity race at the Tiffin Carnival Invitational Saturday at Hedges-Boyer Park. The Big Orange is currently ranked #9 in the latest OATCCC DIII State Poll.

Top 10 team scores: 1st Minster 55, 2nd Mt. Gilead 68, 3rd WLS 171, 4th Columbus Grove 196, 5th Ft. Loramie 241, 6th Badger 255, 7th Versailles 270, 8th Russia 337, 9th St. Thomas Aquinas 338, 10th Coldwater 382.

WLS Placers: (Total 370 Runners)

4th Katelyn Stapleton 19:17.2

8th Grace Adams 19:28.8

12th Reghan Bieleski 19:44.2

53rd Madison Bahan 20:52.6

99th Lydia Moell 21:54.2

105th Lauren Fowler 22:03.3

131st Payton Umphries 22:25.6

Coach's comments: "The Tiffin Carnival is the most competitive meet we'll race in before the post season and the girls really rose to the challenge. We had season or career PR's from all 13 of our girls who raced today, and I couldn't ask for much more when it comes to effort and determination. Collectively, we stuck to our race plan and made big gains in the second half of the race."

The Big Orange JV team placed 10th out of 25 teams in the Open DII/III race.

WLS Placers: (Total 375 Runners)

35th Maria Henderson 23:22.5

62nd Sarah Painter 23:51.3

116th Anna Louden 24:51.1

142nd Savannah Weaver 25:10.1

238th Tory Pawelko 27:16.3

The Big Orange Boys finished 18th out of 41 teams in the Div. III A race at the Tiffin Carnival.

Coach Mike Louden said, "To exceed team expectations back to back weeks is a win for us heading into our off week. Going in we were looking for a top 25, maybe a top 20 finish and to finish 18 is a real momentum builder for us.

I thought our team collectively ran very well; especially Gavin Harrison who just seems to get better each and every week. Gavin is really narrowing the gap between himself and Nick and Noah, which will only solidify our top 3 going into the second half of the season. Solid performances were also turned in by Isaac Smith and Ian Maurice who set Season and Career PR's today."

WL-S individual results:

Noah Smith 17:23.0 40th

Nick Williams 17:37.8 65th

Gavin Harrison 18:04.8 91st CPR

Jordan Lewis 19:11.0 168th

Hayden Kennedy 19:22.3 184th

Isaac Smith 19:50.2 214th SPR

Ian Maurice 20:00.0 222nd CPR

Meet Record: 23-17

Season Record: 58-40

Total Runners: 283

WL-S will host the 45th Annual Ohio Caverns Max Evans Memorial Invitational Saturday September 23rd.

The Big Orange Middle School Cross Country teams competed at the Spencerville Bearcat Invitational Saturday.

The girls were first out of 15 teams.

Megan Adams was 1st out 129 runners setting a new course record of 11:57.

Emily Hollar was 8th 13:10

Mandilyn Weaver 11th 13:27

Hallie Smith 30th 14:14

Maggie Davis 42nd 14:44

Makenzie Bahan 85th 16:01

Micah Stoner 117th 18:38

The boys were 3rd out of 20 teams.

Dylan Lauck was 1st out of 192 runners in a time of 11:04.

Tate Yoder was 10th in 11:46

Isaac Brown 36th 12:38

Andrew Kimble 41st 12:42

Isaac Reames 71st 13:14

Ayden Estep 75th 13:16

Owen Johnson 81st 13:22

Hayden Miller 82nd 13:23

Elliott Hager 114th 14:03

James Powell 119th 14:09

Owen Harrison 120th 14:10

The teams will compete at the Graham Invitational next Saturday.

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