The Archbold track and field team will have high expectations for the 2022 season as their boys hope to capture a second straight Northwest Ohio Athletic League title.
The boys have 16 letter winners back for the upcoming season and the girls 14. “On both sides we are very excited to see the growth in these teams this season,” said head coach Rachel Kinsman.
Returning for the boys are Bronson Baden, Karter Behnfeldt (regional champion), Chase Cornell, Hunter Cullen-Lemley, Seth Foth, Brennan Garrow (regional qualifier), Brady Johns (regional qualifier), Jackson Keiser, Jordan Massengill, Aden McCarty (regional qualifier), Brady Miller, Cole Plassman, Dane Riley (regional qualifier), Gabe Short, Spencer Simon and Donmonic Simpson.
“With the newcomers, we have 12 new upperclassman and 11 freshmen,” said Kinsman, speaking about the boys team. “I am anxious to see how these new individuals combined with the returning athletes will improve the overall composition of the team. We have a lot of new talent added this year and we are excited. We have a well-rounded team in the running events, jumps and throws. As a staff we like to push our athletes to reach attainable goals each time they compete as they lead up to achieving a larger goal.”
The boys will have to replace the likes of Trey Theobald (state placer), Austin Roth (state placer), Caleb Ranzau (regional qualifier), Parker VonDeylen, Rudy Dua, Mason Conway, Sean Hageman, Weston Ruffer (regional qualifier), Levi Tilse (regional qualifier) and Brandon Taylor (state placer).
“Our league is always competitive and this year will be no different,” said Kinsman of the NWOAL. “Last season our boys won the league title by 1.5 points and this year we will be striving for those top team positions again. We will use the dual and tri-meets to work on things and challenge our athletes, getting them ready for the invitationals and postseason. A few of these guys competed at the state meet last year and that will be a goal again this season.”
The Blue Streak girls roster is of large quantity this season.
“With the newcomers, we have 11 new upperclasswomen and 10 freshmen,” explained Kinsman. “We have very talented athletes throughout all our events that will be able to contribute. We have a very large group of female athletes this season (35), and that we are excited for all the new talent. We will use them where their strengths are and move them around as we compete each week to gain as many points as we can.”
Returning for the Streaks are Allie Buehrer, Amya Coulon, Annika DeLong, Baylee Lumbrezer, Jenna Mahnke, Chloe Merillat (state placer), Chaina Nafziger, Briena Partin, Karley Ramirez, Zoey Ripke, Sophie Rupp (state placer), Natalie Seibert, Kacie Wolf and Hailey Wooley.
The girls have six letter winners departing, including Kylie Sauder who was runner-up at state in the 800m and was part of the 4x400m relay team that finished fourth. Also gone are Brittney Ramirez (state placer), Regan Ramirez (state qualifier), Camryn Hudson, Kiera Gensler (state qualifier) and Chelsea Brenneman.
“Our goal will be to compete well as a team at the invitationals and our NWOAL meet. During the postseason we will give these ladies the opportunity to advance and represent Archbold at the state meet again this year,” said Kinsman.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.