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Running to regionals

Salem girls finish second at Division II district cross country meet at Malone

October 22, 2011
RON FIRTH - Staff Writer , Salem News

CANTON - The Salem girls left the district cross country meet with another trophy.

The Quakers was the district runner-up - the ninth straight year they have placed in the top two in the team standings - in Malone Division II competition Saturday.

"We come here expecting to win every year and I don't think that is going to change," Salem coach Mark Shivers said.

The Quakers five of the top 20 runners for 55 points. Tuslaw had three of the top seven runners to win the team title with 45 points.

The top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to the Boardman regional next Saturday.

"We were focused on winning," Salem freshman Anna Shivers said. "We weren't disappointed we didn't win. But Salem is still in it and I'm confident we'll do well next week."

Anna Shivers topped the Quakers by placing eighth out of 73 runners. Also for the Quakers, Junior Mallory Maher was ninth, junior Caela Lehman was 11th, senior Gabrielle Shivers was 12th, sophomore Samantha Briceland was 20th, sophomore Kelli Little was 40th and freshman Lacey Shasteen was 62nd.

"It was a good race for us," Mark Shivers said. "We had a good week of practice and came together as a team."

"I don't know of any more special a group of runners than this team," Anna Shivers said. "I enjoy running with them."

The Quakers had four of the top 12 runners, which was reminiscent of the pack running on Salem's state championship teams.

"We're doing a little bit better," Mark Shivers said. "We're moving up a little bit. I'm pleased where we are at."

Salem hopes to be in the running for their first state berth since 2007.

"The goal is to make it to state," Anna Shivers said. "We definitely want to bring it back. I know this group is strong enough and talented enough to get Salem back to state."

Meet notes

- Salem will see some new faces at the Boardman regional. The top two teams in the state - Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary - have been moved to the Tiffin regional, but now the Quakers will see the likes of Minerva, Dover, Tuscarawas Valley and Claymont from the East district.

Minerva finished ahead of Salem in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference Meet on Oct. 15.

- The Quakers wore their pink jerseys for the fourth meet this season.

They were bought by Coach Shivers, a doctor, as part of the nationwide breast cancer awareness campaign.

"We've had a number of girls touched by cancer," he said. "It's a little way to say there is more to this than cross country."



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