The Archbold cross country team are likely to be contenders for an NWOAL title in 2015. The Blue Streaks return 10 letter winners that includes a pair of all-league performers to their boys team, while their girls squad gets back seven letter winners.
For the boys, the roster is full of quality runners that can help them contend for a league championship.
“(We) Will be able to contend for top three in the league,” said Archbold coach Rachel Kinsman of the boys team.
Coach Kinsman also states that her boys have a few front contenders to go along with a deep pack. “We will get stronger as the season goes on,” she said.
Returning for the Streaks are Matt Kinsman, Garrett Grime, Lathon Babcock, Logan Garrow (second team All-NWOAL), Michael Short, Bryson Taylor, Eli Wyse, Adam Kinsman, Gravin Grime and Luke McQuade (honorable mention All-NWOAL).
They will have to replace the losses of Zach Belknap (honorable mention All-NWOAL) and Brandon Bryan. However, helping with that transition is the addition of newcomers Cory Erbskorn, TJ Rice, Caden Garrow, Brendon Johns and Jacob Rodriguez.
One hurdle for the boys squad will be getting their young runners up to speed on how to run a 5K. But with a bevy of experienced runners back, look for a competitive season out of the Streaks.
Similar to the boys, Kinsman looks for her girl runners improve as the season goes on.
“(We are) Looking to improve on our own fourth place finish from 2014,” said Kinsman on her girls’ goals for league play. She said that they have a good freshmen class to go along with an already great group of upperclassmen.
Back for the Kinsman on the girls side are Taylor DeWolfe (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Alicia Hernandez, Anna Schoenhals, Maura Riley, Emily Roth, Rosalyn Flores and Elizabeth Schmucker.
Gone for the Streaks are Demetria Martinez (honorable mention All-NWOAL) and Jensyn Garrow. Newcomers to the squad are Caitlyn Beldon, Dakota Stamm, Gwynn Riley, Keyndal Hudson and Natalie Roth.
In an attempt to get her girls to reach their end of the season goals, Kinsman notes that a key will be to develop a few “front runners.”
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