Girls track: 2024 Lima area preview capsules


Division III

Northwest Conference

Head coach: Tyler Craig (11th season)

Key returners: Elsie Allen (Sprinter, middle distance, long distance, sprint relays), Jillian Hazelton (Sprinter, middle distance, Long jump, hurdler), Mariah King (300 hurdles, sprints, runs relays, high jumps), Kennedy Jones (Thrower), Anna Conley (Thrower, hurdler, High Jumper), Lydia Demascio (Middle Distance, relays, High Jump), Jordan Smith (Middle distance, sprinter, Long Jumper, High Jumper, Relays), Ashley Hevlin (Thrower, Sprinter).

Promising newcomers: Laenen Ulrey (Sprinter, Relays), Grace Lawrence (Hurdler, Sprinter, Relays), Karmen Hall (Sprinter, relays), Harlyn Lowery (Hurdler, Pole vaulter, Sprinter), Rylie Satterfield (Sprinter, Pole vaulter), Katelynn Metzger (Thrower).

Coach’s outlook: “Our team is small in numbers, but they are very enthusiastic and hard-working. They will always be willing to put in the work necessary to compete. We have several girls returning who scored a lot of points last season and have set high goals for themselves this season. We always preach to our girls to go out and give an elite effort in everything they do and we know they will do that at all of our meets.”


Division III

Northwest Conference

Head coach: Brady Crea (fourth season)

Key returners: Isabelle Carman (distance), Sierra Studer (throws), Allysa Kimmet (throws), Rilynn Jones (hurdles), Kaiya Hinebaugh (distance), Arleigh Hoover (sprints), Rylie Jordan (sprints), Delaney Neff (pole vault), Neena McGue (sprints), Lydia Payne (sprints).

Promising newcomers: Aubrey Young (sprints), Evelyn Lehman (sprints), Lyla Clum (sprints).

Coach’s outlook: “Rilynn Jones returns for her junior year after making runs to the state meet in each of her first two high school seasons, placing fifth in the 300 hurdles as a sophomore. We expect her to build on this experience and make a repeat performance. Sprints are another strength of this team. There is a depth at sprinting and the hope is to put together a relay team that can compete at a high level. The are a bunch of underclassmen that will contribute to the team this season.”


Division III

Northwest Conference

Head coach: John Rosebrock (fifth season)

Key losses: Addyson Dowler, Macy Kulwicki, Baylee Miller

Key returners: Anna Gardner (Distance), Marissa Gros (Long Jump/Sprints), Grace Ross (Mid Distance), Courtney Mefferd (Throws), Evelyn Lamb (Throws), Josephine Williamson (Pole Vault), Leah Sowers (High Jump)

Coach’s outlook: “The girls lost major point-getters from last year in Addyson Dowler and Macy Kulwicki. The team is senior-laden in throws and young everywhere else. I expect the senior throwers to set the tone and for the young runners to continue to make major strides. This will be an exciting year to see which ladies step up and take the role of getting points at every meet. Sophomores Anna Gardner and Grace Ross will both be expected to do this in distance. Marissa Gros will do the same in the long jump, Josephine Williamson in the pole vault and Leah Sowers in the high jump.”


Division I

Western Buckeye League

Head coach: Steve Rittenour (11th season)

Key returners: Joslyn Renn (mid-distance), Layla Briseno (distance), Gabbi Rittenour (long jump, pole vault), Kendalynne Kroeckel (pole vault, hurdles).

Coach’s outlook: “I thought the girls competed well last year and we have had a nice increase in numbers this year. I think it will only improve our team as it develops throughout the season. I look forward to seeing how the team meshes and learns to compete with the other teams in our league. I think we have a lot of promise but we have to earn it. Our goal is to win the league title, but we have to challenge ourselves every day. I think this group of people has the capability to put themselves in a position to be there, but we have to enjoy the grind and the privilege that comes with competing in the WBL.”


Division III

Northwest Conference

Head coach: Bub Lindeman

Key returners: Lyv Lindeman (hurdles and sprints), Kyah Kimmett (sprints), Kyla Carder (shot, discus), Megan Hoersten (seated shot put).

Promising newcomers: Nephtalie Miller (sprints and relays), Brooklyn Wallace (sprints).

Coach’s outlook: “The team is geared up for the season and will look to work hard and compete each day in practice to prepare for the postseason. The team is led by all-state hurdler Lyv Lindeman and Kyah Kimmett in the sprinting events. We want to work hard and get better every day.”


Midwest Athletic Conference

Head coach: Archie Metcalfe

Key returners: Emma Schneer, Alivia Hines, Lydia Hablitzel, Alex Kessen, Evie Vonderwall, Olivia Bockey, Keirstin Jackson, Aliah Fergeson, Alayna Wrasman, Brezlynn Rohr, Ava Hershey, Sydney Rostofer.

Promising newcomers: Loreli Mceddey, Cady Donaldson, Kaylie Sunderhaus, Lila Jackson, Leah Develvis, Maddie Hablitzel, Claire Martz, Avery Pohlman, Lillian Schneer, Anika Freewalt, Madelyn Haehn, Natalie Bewsey.

Coach’s outlook: “I believe we will be strong in sprints and relays, as well as our mid-distance, and long-distance. All of the girls are coming in with a good attitude. We are blessed to have a good group of senior leaders again and we have a big class of freshmen who are ready to step in and contribute. The sophomores and juniors want to continue what they started last year and keep improving week to week. I am very excited about this year. The girls are very eager to compete and I’m so blessed to have a great cast of coaches.”


Division III

Northwest Conference/Putnam County League

Head coach: Michelle Flores (second season)

Key returners: Morgan Apple (sprints, hurdles, relays), Lexi Reynolds (sprints, relays, long jump), Serenity Puente (throws), Ava Schroeder (sprints, relays), Kylee Schroeder (sprints, relays, pole vault), Lexi Vo (sprints, throws), Tia Paniagua (sprints).

Coach’s outlook: “We are a small, young team. We will struggle from a team standpoint with only seven girls, but we’ll be able to do well in the events that we’re able to fill.”


Division III

Northwest Conference

Head coach: Matt Langdon

Key returners: Brynleigh Moody, Ava Milligan, Lilly Mount, Kendall Hoffman, Braylee Welker.

Coach’s outlook: “We will find a lot of points in the middle distance and distance events. We return some key scorers from last year who were freshmen and we’re excited to see how they progress this season. We are also looking forward to seeing how some of our freshmen are able to score points for us at the high school level.”


Division III

Putnam County League

Head coach: Katie Keller (first season)

Key returners: Andra Pfau (1600m, 800m, 3200m)

Promising newcomers: Josie Otto (100m, 200m, 400m), Cloe Kuhlman (100m, shot put, discus), Gemma Otto (100m, shot put, discus).

Coach’s outlook: “I have a great group of kids that are willing to work hard. They come to practice ready to go and want to learn and improve. I’m ready to see what the season brings us.”


Division II

Western Buckeye League

Head coach: Matt Burwell (10th season)

Key returners: Anna Buddelmeyer (800, 1600, 3200, and 4×800), Corinne Closson (400, 800, 1600, 4×4 and 4×8), Delaney Duling (100, 200, 4×1 and 4×2), Averie Fox (4×1, 4×2, 4×4, open 200 and 400), Laney Hedrick (4×1 and 4×2), Emma Hoffman (Shot and Disc), Madelyn Hovest (800, 1600, 3200, and 4×8), Savannah Recker (100, 200, 4×1, 4×2, and LJ), Rose Turnwald (400, 800, 4×4, and 4×8).

Promising newcomers: Liana Fortman (400, 800, 1600, 4×4 and 4×8), Calvery Fox (400, 800, 4×4 and 4×800), Alivia Grothause (100, 200, 400, 4×1 4×2 4×4), Greta Liebrecht (100H and 300H), Madison McKee (High Jump), Brea Recker (400, 800, 4×4 and 4×8), Katelyn Reed (Long Jump), Kelsey Schmitz (High Jump).

Coach’s outlook: “This should be another good season for OG Lady Titan Track. We lost some big pieces from last year (Alexa Fortman, Olivia Fenbert, Clara Beach, and Lily Haselman), but we’ve returned a solid core, including all of our sprinters that were on the state qualifying 4×100 and 4×200. Our strength again will be our mid-distance (400 and 800 as well as the 4×400 and 4×800). We should score very well again in our field events (Throws Emma Hoffman, LJ Savannah Recker, and HJ Madison McKee).”


Division III

Putnam County League

Head coach: Kevin Horstman (second season)

Key returners: Jessa Burgei (300 hurdles), Kendal Ellerbrock (throws), Isabelle Furley (mid-distance and disc), Lexie Honigford (throws), Gabriele Metzger (sprints).

Promising newcomers: Kristen Pohlman (mid-distance, high jump), Kyla Ellerbrock (throws), Kiley Hilvers (long jump, sprints), Ava Martz (long jump, sprints), Rachel Steffan (throws), Kayla Unterbrink (mid-distance), Reese Horstman (mid-distance).

Coach’s outlook: “We hope to develop a team that competes daily to improve our current marks and times. This group has the potential for tremendous growth.”


Division III

Northwest Conference

Head coach: Karri Purdy (first season)

Key returners: Grace Goecke (800m run, 4x200m relay, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay), Lexie Greer (Pole vault, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay), Nadia Ricker, Claire Zerbe (shot put, discus), Audra McMichael (100m dash, 200m dash, 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay), Jewel Stemen (100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, high jump).

Promising newcomers: Kiarah Dodds (Long jump, 100, 200), Eilan Muniz (100m dash, 200m dash, 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay), Lenna Smith (4x800m relay, 400m dash), Cloey Coulter (Shot put, discus), Kylianne Jones (Shot put, discus), Morgan Volbert (Shot Put, discus), Hope Hamilton (1600m run, 3200m run), Katelynn Braun (Pole vault, 1600m run, 3200m run), Kyleigh Foust (100m hurdles, 300m hurdles), Grace Fledderjohann (Long jump, 300m hurdles, 4x200m relay, 4x400m relay), Lillian Strayer (Long jump, 100m dash, 200m dash, 400m dash 4x400m relay), Briley Cook (Shot put, Discus), Aubreigh Eutsler (4x800m relay, 800m), Karleigh Brown (High jump, 4x800m relay), Megan Miller (4x800m relay, 800m run, 1600m run), Jovie Holtzapple (Shot put, discus), Analeigh Hood (Pole vault, mid-distance).

Coach’s outlook: “We have a competitive group of girls out this year. With their hard work and best efforts, I know we will be competitive. The girls are determined and I am excited to see all of their progress throughout the season. I am anticipating a great first season at Spencerville.”


Division II

Western Buckeye League

Head coach: Nick Page (second season)

Key returners: Ella Jacobs (sprints, high jump), Syerra Greber (sprints), Reghan Puthoff (high jump), Logan Henschen (shot put, discus), Lauren Schloemer (distance), Peyton Gabel (distance), Madi Mauter (distance), Lauren Jacobs (distance), Hannah Brackman (high jump).

Promising newcomers: Allison Ankerman (mid-distance, relays, high jump), Kendal Davis (mid-distance, relays), Piper Tripplet (sprints, relays), Piper Marsee (sprints, relays).

Coach’s outlook: “The girls have shown a strong work ethic and positive attitude. We have a solid foundation of experienced upperclassmen returning with some very talented underclassmen. We have been emphasizing consistent improvements and focusing on getting better each day. Our goal is to be competitive at every meet with a focus on qualifying a significant amount of these athletes for the regional competition.”


Division III

Northwest Central Conference

Head coach: Jocelyn Hennon

Key returners: Cassidy Bigelow (distance), Anna Brodman (distance), Haley Faulder (shot put, discus), Gracie Klenke (long jump, sprints), Kayla Myers (shot put, discus), Lauren Youtsey (high jump, hurdles, sprints), Gracy Zechman (mid-distance, distance), Amelia Bell (pole vault, hurdles, mid-distance), Raegan Hutchison (high jump, discus, mid-distance), Audrey Crites (hurdles, sprints), Isabella Fry (hurdles, sprints), Emri Harpster (shot put, discus).

Promising newcomers: Bailey Barnes (sprints), Avery Kessen (high jump, long jump, sprints), Brooklyn DeWitt (pole vault, hurdles, sprints), Abby Dulebohn (distance), Karleigh Copeland (distance), Jayla Edmiston (long jump, sprints), Addisen Faulder (shot put, discus), Jocelyn Hadding (long jump, sprints), Layla Overmyer (shot put, discus), Emma Pence (pole vault, hurdles, sprints), Raelynn Stiles (long jump, sprints), Kaymi Sutherland (shot put, discus, sprints), Hallie Wireman (long jump, sprints), Maren Witenbrink (shot put, discus).

Coach’s outlook: “We have 26 girls out this year, which makes it fun because we can compete in a variety of events. Our seven seniors are excellent leaders. They have created a positive atmosphere and hold the younger athletes accountable in order to carry on our culture. Our sophomores and freshman make up more than half the roster and they are excited to compete this season. We have a great group of young ladies who work well together and would like to defend their league title.”