The Archbold track teams lost a wealth of state meet experience with the class of 2015 graduates. But that doesn’t mean the cupboard is bare.
For the Archbold boys, three athletes with state meet experience return. Jack Fisher was eighth in the 400 meter run last year and also sixth as part of the 3200 relay team.
Matt Kinsman and Logan Garrow are also back from that relay team. Garrow was also a qualifier in the 1600m.
Other letter winners returning are Isaiah Esquibel (PV/sprints); Jacob Rodriguez (distance); Lukas Rodriguez (mid-distance); Garrett Grime (mid-distance); Alex Weaver (sprints); Elijah Esquibel (throws); Collin King (sprints); Kegan Ott (sprints); Kyle Ott (sprints); Andrew Wyse (throws/LJ/mid-distance); Nick Waidelich (LJ/sprints); Jacob Sauber (hurdles); Luke McQuade (mid-distance), Sam Petersen (sprints/hurdles); Nic Rodriguez (mid-distance); Ryan Trevino (sprints/LJ); Brian Ball (throws); Noah Blankenship (sprints); Levi Carmody (throws); Collin King (sprints); and Jaryd Hobbs (sprints/hurdles).
The boys team does have some key athletes to replace, most notably sprinter Levi Wyse. Wyse was an eight time state placer during his high school career, including a pair of runner-up finishes in the 100m dash.
Zach Belknap is also gone after placing sixth at state as part of the 3200 relay. Also lost from last year are Isaac Burkholder (throws), Ethan Warncke (throws), Aaron Zimmerman (LJ/PV), Jackson Kelley (distance) and Jorge Arce (mid-distance).
The boys team has several promising newcomers, including freshman Caden Garrow who qualified for the indoor state track meet.
The Archbold girls return three state qualifiers. Delanie Driver was second in the 800 relay last year and third in 2014 and also qualified in the 400 relay. Emily Roth qualified individually in the long jump, while also placing second in the 800 and 1600 relays and running in the 400 relay. Julia Lambert was part of the 400 relay team that qualified.
Also returning for the Streaks are Shelby Cline (throws); Sydney Ranzau (PV/LJ); Lexa Richardson (hurdles/LJ); Giulia Lee (PV/shot/sprints); Rosalyn Flores (distance); Morgan Miller (sprint/hurdles); Maura Riley (mid-distance); Lizzy Schmucker (distance); and Macey Rupp (HJ).
Among the athletes lost to graduation is Jensyn Garrow. She placed at state in five relay events, including a first place finish in the 1600 relay in 2014. Also on that relay team was Meredith Short who placed at state four other times in her career.
Newcomers to the team include Gwynne Riley, Dakota Stamm and Kennedy Miller, all of whom qualified for the indoor state meet.
Also gone are Mara Beck, who advanced to state four times in the 3200 relay, Demetria Martinez, who advanced once in that relay and Maddy Roth.
“We have a number of athletes returning with state experience both indoor and outdoor. We are a young team with lots of heart,” said head coach Dina Gladieux. “Heart is what keeps them working hard through each and every practice preparing to give their best effort every time they compete.”
A possible weakness for the squad is a decline in overall numbers. They also need to work on strengthening field events, according to the coach.
“I am not one to make predictions about how the season will play out. In general, I see Wauseon boys and girls teams still being very strong because of their depth,” Gladiuex said. “However, throughout the indoor season the Montpelier boys team kept catching my eye.”
Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010