The Archbold track and field team has many athletes back with experience at the state level which should allow them to have success as a team in 2017.
While the Blue Streaks took second to Wauseon at the NWOAL meet in the girls competition and their boys finished third, head coach Dina Gladieux feels they can be even better this season.
“In general, I see (the) Wauseon boys and girls teams still being very strong because of their depth. However, after placing second to Wauseon girls by only 10 points in 2016, I am very anxious to see how that contest will play out this season,” said Gladieux. “I am also looking forward to seeing how the new additions on the boys side will improve the overall team performance. As always we are striving for team unity. Since we are fortunate enough to have enough bodies to compete in all of the events, we strive to be competitive not only as individuals but also as a team.”
Notable returnees for the boys are Jack Fisher who placed third at state in the 400m, and Logan Garrow (mid-distance/distance) who was a state qualifier in both 2014 and 2015.
Other returning letter winners are Brian Ball (throws), Shane Bechtel (vault/sprints), Noah Blankenship (sprints), Levi Carmody (throws), Cam Collins (long jump/sprints), Elijah Esquibel (throws), Isaiah Esquibel (Vault/sprints), Caden Garrow (mid-distance), Deven Girdham (hurdles/sprints), Brendon Johns (distance), Daniel Nieves (mid-distance), Kegan Ott (sprints), Sam Petersen (sprints), Brock Ranzau (Vault/sprints), Kasyn Schaffner (vault/sprints), LJ Tijerina (sprints), Ryan Trevino (sprints), Nick Waidelich (sprints), Camden Warncke (throws), Caleb Wooley (throws), Andrew Wyse (throws/sprints).
The Streaks have 10 freshmen boys and six first time upperclassmen performers on the roster as well.
“Our athletes that have this experience are great role models for the underclassmen,” said Gladieux on a strength of both teams.
Notable returning letter winners for the girls team are Emily Roth (state placer), Julia Lambert (state placer), Gwynne Riley (state placer), Dakota Stamm (state placer), Lexa Richardson (state qualifier) and Sydney Ranzau (state qualifier).
Roth, Lambert, Riley and Stamm were all part of the 4×400 meter relay team that placed second at the 2016 state meet. In addition, Stamm took fourth in the 400m.
Other returnees are Giulia Lee (vault/shot/sprints, Kennedy Miller (mid-distance), Morgan Miller (sprints), Maura Riley (mid-distance), Natalie Roth (throws), Macey Rupp (high jump/sprints), Lizzy Schmucker (distance) and Katie Short (Vault).
The girls also add four freshmen and two first time upperclassmen performers.
“Our overall numbers are decreasing,” said Gladieux of her team’s possible weaknesses. “There are so many options for young athletes these days they are spread very thin. When they get to high school it is time to make a choice and track is often cut. We continue to work on strengthening our field events.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010