Lima area high school track capsules


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Allen East

Division III

Head Coach: Brett Nickles (four years)

Boys

2017 conference finish: Fifth (NWC)

Returning Letterwinners: Austin Bolender, sr., distance; Kyle Nickles, sr. hurdles, sprints, long jump; Tim Dunn, sr., throws; Albert Hughes, jr., sprints, relays, long jump; Austin MaKenzie, so., sprints, relays; Bryce Belcher, so., sprints, relays.

Promising Newcomers: Nate Yeazell, sr., sprints, relays; Hunter Paxson, so., sprints, relays; Gavin Hutchison, so., distance; Nick Baughman, so., hurdles, relays; Cole Austin, fr., throws; Gabe Criblez, fr., throws.

Girls

2017 conference finish: Fourth (NWC)

Returning Letterwinners: Drea Hensley, sr., throws; Sonya Truex, sr., distance, relays; Lauren Criblez, jr., throws; Kiana Barber, so., distance, relays; Rachael Kanney, so., hurdles, relays.

Promising Newcomers: Devyn Hopkins, so., sprints, relays; Medina Nungester, fr., sprints, relays.

Coach’s Comments: The Mustangs are very young with most of the team made up of freshmen and sophmores. We will look to get better as the season goes on as we gain experience. For the boys, expected strengths will be in the sprints and hurdles with the need to score more points and distance and throwing events. For the girls, the throws and hurdles will be our strong areas with a need to score points in sprints and distance events.

Bath

Division II

Head Coach: Kendra Bassitt (third season)

Boys

2017 conference finish: Ninth (WBL)

Returning Letterwinners: Vinny Abrams, jr., 3,200, 1,600, 3,200 relay; Jackson Chiem, sr., 400, 800; Drew Spragg, sr., 200, 400, 800, 3,200 relay; Micah Cox, jr., shot put, distance; Ryan Dickrede, sr., 100, 200, 400; Christian Kleman, sr., shot put, discus; Brayden Miller, so., 400, 800; Hunter Reed, jr., 100, 200, 400, 400 relay; Miguel Reyes, so., 200, 400, 1,600 relay; Josh Swaim, sr., shot put, discus; Logan Wheeler, jr., 100, 200, 400, 400 relay.

Promising Newcomers: Zach McGue, sr., 100, 200, 400; Isaiah Cox, fr., hurdles, long jump; Jeremy Jeffrey, fr., 200, 400, long jump; Blaze Maynard, fr., 200, 400; Harrison Abrams, fr., 400, 800, long jump.

Coach’s Comments: Leadership and experience on our boys’ side in the long sprints and middle distance will help to develop our classes of younger athletes and provide some versatility for our season this year and the future. Returners are excited for another opportunity to complete at the regional level. Our ultimate goal is always to become faster, stronger, and develop the grit that will carry through all aspects of a student athlete’s career here at Bath.

Girls

2017 conference finish: 10th (WBL)

Returning Letterwinners: Charis Barnes, sr., 1,600, 3,200, 3,200 relay; Quinnlyn Conley, sr., 1,600, 800, 3,200 relay; Emma Deters, so., 1,600, 3,200, 3,200 relay; Katie Fisher, jr., 1,600, 3,200, 3,200 relay; Lexi Foley, sr., 200, 400, high jump; Tabitha Miller, so., 200, 400, 800; Caitlyn Renner, jr., 100, 200, 400, long jump; Caylee Rieman, jr., 100, high jump; Kylyn Schadewald, so., 100, 200, 400; Alex Scott, sr., shot put, discus; Kelsey Wallace, sr., 100, 200, 400.

Promising Newcomers: Pip Johnson, fr., 800 relay, 100, 200, 400; Faith Kindig, fr., 100, 200, 400; Claire Plikerd, fr., 100, 200, 400; McKenna Hale, fr., 800 relay, 100, 200, 400.

Coach’s Comments: Returnees on our girls’ sprints and jumps have regional experience and will serve as quality leaders for our incoming athletes. Women’s sprints will see more depth with the addition of this year’s freshman class. Our ultimate goal is always to become faster, stronger and develop the grit that will carry through all aspects of a student athlete’s career here at Bath.

Bluffton

Division III

Head Coach: Bill Theisen (third season)

Boys

2017 conference finish: First (NWC)

Returning Letterwinners: Christopher Harnish, sr., 400, 800; Kaleb Jefferson, sr., 100, high jump; Luke Young, jr., 400, 800; DeAndre Nassar, jr., throws; Tanner Pinks, jr., middle distance; Logan Rhodes, jr., sprints; Jackson Steinmetz, jr., distance; Chad Veit, jr., sprint, throws; Baylor Garmatter, so., middle distance.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Garmatter (3,200 Relay); Harnish (3,200 Relay); Young (3,200 Relay); Jefferson (high jump).

Promising Newcomers: Sumner Kibele, so., hurdles; Xavier Dunifon, so., middle distance; Asher Antrim, fr., middle distance; Elijah Conley, fr., distance; Simon Derstine, fr., middle distance; Eli Lemley, fr., sprints; Jonathon Shriner, fr., sprints; Nicholas Beach, so., sprints, jumps; Brandt Manns, so., sprints, jumps; Joel Piercefield, sr., sprints; Ian Stuard, sr., throws; Nick Essinger, fr., throws.

Coach’s Comments: The Bluffton boys track team should once again compete for the spots in the NWC. The team is fairly young with a large group of talented freshmen but should have enough senior leadership to be competitive in most events.

Girls

2017 conference finish: Third (NWC)

Returning Letterwinners: Karis Wilson, sr., sprints; Allison Wise, sr., sprints; Sydney Hoff, sr., 800, 1,600; Lucie Fett, sr., 200, 400; Leah Conley, sr., 800, 1,600; Kaylah Kindle sr., 400, 800; Alyssa Casemier, sr., sprints, long jump; Abbey Gambrell, sr., hurdles; Darby Pritchard, sr., throws; Sarah Cartwright, jr., sprints; Arielle O’Neil, jr., throws.

Promising Newcomers: Cierra Ackerman, fr., throws; Bella Basinger, fr., sprints; Cora Bischoff, fr., jumps; Elizabeth Bourassa, fr., jumps; Pearl Lewandowski, fr., jumps; Clara Mathews, fr., middle distance; Lauren Rhodes, fr., pole vault; Olivia Setzer, fr., sprints; Julia Smallcombe, fr., throws; Elizabeth Wright, fr., throws; Maria Spallinger, so., sprints; Olivia Burner, so., middle distance.

Coach’s Comments: The Bluffton girls track team should compete well in the conference meet. The team is led by a large number of talented seniors who are strong in a number of events. The team also welcomes an athletic group of newcomers who will play important roles in filling out the team.

Columbus Grove

Division III

Boys

Head Coach: Chris Grothaus (14 seasons)

2017 conference finish: Second (NWC); first (PCL)

Returning Letterwinners: Enoch Jones, sr. shot, discus; Dylan Fruchey, sr., shot, discus; Ross Renner, sr., shot; Caleb Barrientes, jr., sprints; Jordan Bellman, jr., distance; Grayson Flores, jr., sprints; Hunter Roethlisberger, jr., shot, discus; Dane Selby, jr., high jump; Caiden Watkins, so., intermediate; Deuce Alt, so., intermediate; Evan Hopkins, so., pole vault; Tanner Smith, so., intermediate; Breece Pingle, so., distance.

Promising Newcomers: Cody Johnson, jr., shot put; Johnny Schmiedebusch, so., distance; Jon Banal, fr., hurdles, long jump, Gabe Clement, fr., pole vault.

Coach’s Comments: We are hoping that our depth can give us a chance to be competitive to win our conference titles. We do not have the automatic points in the field events that we have had in the past. With the graduation of Rece Roney, Caiden Grothaus, and Ryan Tabler we will need to find other ways to generate points. We only have three seniors in our program. We will need to have our younger kids to really step up for us. Look for us to improve as the season progresses

and hopefully are able to compete for NWC and PCL titles.

Girls

Head Coach: Tim Staley (21 years)

2017 conference finish: First (NWC and PCL)

Returning Letterwinners: Allison Choi, sr., middle distance; Bailey Dunifon, sr., sprints, long jump; Taylor Ellerbrock, sr., distance; Carlee McCluer, sr., hurdles; Alycea Ruhlen, sr., sprints; Kayla Reynolds, sr., high jump; Madisyn Maag, jr., throws; Rylee Sybert, jr., sprints; Amy Vorst, jr., hurdles, long jump; Autumn Thompson, jr., throws; Cassidy Brinkman, so., throws; Becca Choi, so., sprints; Makena Doseck, so., hurdles; Alyssa Ellerbrock, so., distance; Leanndra Price, so., distance; Sydney Witteborg, so., distance.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: McCluer (100 hurdles, 800 Relay); Ruhlen (800 Relay); Sybert (800 Relay; 200).

Promising Newcomers: Leah Dawson, so., sprints; Abby Gladwell, so., hurdles; Cassie Heilman, so., pole vault; Emily Ridinger, so., sprints.

Coach’s Comments: We have a very good senior class returning. Our strengths will be the distance, hurdles, and sprints. There are many returning throwers that could make some noise as the season progresses. We look for our seniors and state qualifiers to show leadership in practice. Our sophomores and freshmen are big classes with a lot of talent. We hope to defend our NWC and PCL titles.

Continental

Boys

2017 conference finish: Seventh (PCL)

Returning Letterwinners: Christian Keller, sr.; Garrett Recker, sr.; Taron Butler, jr.; Jaden Warner, jr.; Noah Becher, so.; Dominik Tice. so.; Eli Troyer, so.

Other Team Members: William McMonigal, sr.; Cristian Perez, jr.; Justin Etter, so.; Andrew Johns, so.; Wyatt Stauffer, so.; Karson Prowant, so.; Isaac Gibbs, fr.; Connor Maag, fr.; Curtis Mansfield, fr.; Bryce Recker, fr.

Girls

2017 conference finish: Seventh (PCL)

Returning Letterwinners: Brooke Bradford, jr.; Sierra Prowant, jr.; Katie Keller, so.

Other Team Members: Cami Butler, so.; Kiya Wiggins, so.; Shelby Collier, fr.; Trinity Prowant, fr.; Ellie Schwarzman, fr.

Crestview

Head Coach: James Lautzenheiser (eighth season in position)

Boys

2017 conference finish: Ninth (NWC)

Returning Letterwinners: Brayden Sellers, Caylib Pruett, Danil Lichtensteiger, Jordan Perrott, Josiah Updegrove, Robert Gonzalez, Wyatt Richardson, Nick Springer, Tyler White.

Promising Newcomers: Dayton Schuerman, Isaiah Laturner

Girls

2017 conference finish: Eighth (NWC)

Returning Letterwinners: Chelsea Taylor, Lauryn Black, Ragen Harting, Tiffany Thompson

Promising Newcomers: Mackenzie Leeth, Sophia Kline, Allison McCoy, Hailie Chesbro.

Coach’s Comments: With more than 50 student-athletes on our track & field squad, we look forward to using our schedule in March-April in order to identify what athletes fit into the appropriate events to maximize success. We know that we have quite a few freshmen and sophomores, but we believe that we are athletic enough to compete in some key events once we get to tournament action. Our upperclassmen will be counted on to provide quality leadership and to help define the type of team that we’ll grow into by early May. After a few years of scattered home meets, we will have five opportunities to showcase our student-athletes and our facilities in Convoy. Last year was a frustrating, early end to the tournament trail due to some untimely injuries and our heavy reliance on youth in key events. We are looking forward to taking the next step this year to get some of these Knights to Troy (regional) and beyond.

Elida

Division II

Boys

Head Coach: Tim Folger (second season)

Returning Letterwinners: Seth Bailey, sr., throws; Xavier Gilkey, sr., hurdles; Cole Harmon, sr., long jump, sprints; Noah Paris, sr., sprints; Gavin Peare, sr., distance; Mike Purdy, sr., throws; Corbin Fingerle, jr., distance; Dravyn Jones, jr.; sprints; Jacob Michael, jr., pole vault; Jayden Pullen, jr., middle distance; Jonathon Stotts, jr., distance; Nazareus Wright, jr., long jump, sprints; Ke’Shawn Spivey, so., hurdles, high jump.

Promising Newcomers: Calvin Brown, sr., sprints; Jerry Mason, sr., high jump, long jump; Lawrence Smith, sr., high jump, long jump; Derek Brockert, so., sprints; Draek Littler, so., middle distance; Joel Purugannan, so., pole vault; Sean Dancs, fr., distance; Ryan Moore, fr., middle distance; Layton Mowery, fr., sprints.

Coach’s Comments: The 2018 Bulldogs will be strong in sprints, hurdles and relays, but need to continue developing our throwers and distance runners. Thirteen returning letterwinners provide leadership for a team hungry to improve upon a second-place finish at the 2017 WBL Meet.

Girls

Head Coach: Andy Etzkorn (third season)

2017 conference finish: Fourth (WBL)

Returning Letterwinners: Aubrey Etzler, sr., 3,200 relay, 800; Jacqueline Nichols, sr., 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles; Jessica Siefker, sr., high jump, long jump; Shyah Wheeler, sr., high jump, long jump, 400, 1,600 relay; Grace Earl, jr., pole vault; Naudia Frieson, jr., 1,600, 3,200; Jency Jenkins, jr., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100; Amiah Jones, jr., high jump, 800 relay, 200; Cienna Kuhn, jr., pole vault; Baylie Moening, jr., 100 hurdles, 400 relay, 300 hurdles; Aneesea Bott, so., 400 relay, 100, 200; Kennedy Howard, so., 3,200 relay, 800, 1600; Kylie Lewis, so., 400, 800 relays, 100; Aubrey Vincent, so., 1,600 relay, 400.

Promising Newcomers: Sidney Roberts, sr., 3,200 relay, 800; Isabelle Shrider, sr., 400, 1,600 relay; Hayleigh Bacome, jr., 400, 1,600 relay; Kim Jackwert, jr., 1,600, 3,200; Jasmine Jones, so., 400 relay, 100, 200; Tayonna Lasenby, jr., shot put, discus; Alissa Cuffy, so., shot put, discus; Bella Wallace So. 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles; Jaeanna Hughes, fr., 800 relay, 200.

Coach’s Comments: This is the deepest and most well-rounded girls team we’ve had here in a while. We expect to be very competitive in the WBL and have postseason success. The team’s strength lies in our sprints, sprint relays, jumpers and vaulters, just as it did last year. However, we expect to see much improvement in our hurdles, distance and throw events, as the numbers of competitive athletes are growing in these areas.

Fort Jennings

Division III

Head Coach: Kevin Horstman (20th season at Fort Jennings)

Boys

2017 conference finish: Fourth (PCL)

Returning Letterwinners: Ian Finn, sr., middle distance; Jeff Hoersten, sr., middle distance; Adam Noriega, jr., sprints; Ian Ricker, jr., hurdles; Alex Wieging, jr., middle distance.

Coach’s Comments: We lack numbers in most events, but we have a strong group of seniors and juniors to build around. We look to be strong in the middle distance events this spring, in addition we have a good hurdler and sprinter. Our goal is to develop a relay that can advance in the postseason.

Girls

2017 conference finish: Sixth (PCL)

Returning Letterwinners: Marissa Krietemeyer, sr., throws; Makenna Ricker, sr., middle distance; Abby Grone, jr., sprints; Madison Neidert, jr., middle distance; Kristen Luersman, so., middle distance; Annabelle Wisner, so., sprints.

Coach’s Comments: We lack numbers in most events, but we have good leadership from our two seniors. With good numbers in the lower classes, we hope to develop strong athletes by the end of this spring. Our success will likely be measured by our improvements, not our places.

Fort Recovery

Division III

Head Coach: Kylee Moody (first season as head coach)

Boys

2017 conference finish: Seventh (MAC)

Returning Letterwinners: Robby LeFevre, jr., sprints; Jared Timmerman, so., sprints, long jump; Riley Pearson, so., sprints, high jump; Brayden Schoen, jr., sprints, high jump; Jacob Acheson, so., sprints; Matt Kuess, sr., throws.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: LeFevre (400 Relay, 200); Pearson (400 Relay); Schoen (400 Relay); Timmerman (400 Relay)

Promising Newcomers: Owen Moorman, fr., sprints; Drew Muhlenkamp, so., middle distance.

Coach’s Comments: We’re fortunate to have one of the largest teams the school has ever had. So we’re going to use that, as well as the versatility of the athletes, to maximize our potential across all events. Each of the past two years we’ve had

representation at the state meet; the athletes know the type of work and dedication it takes to qualify and they’re

willing to put in the effort to ensure that they’re down there again in June.

Girls

2017 conference finish: Ninth (MAC)

Returning Letterwinners: Chloe Will, jr., distance; Cassidy Martin, jr., sprints, middle distance; Audrey Guggenbiller, jr., sprints; Hannah Heitkamp, jr., hurdles, sprints; Kristen Keller, sr., throws; Kiah Wendel, sr., sprints.

Promising Newcomers: Kierra Wendel, fr., sprints; Elena Evers, fr., throws.

Coach’s Comments: Over half the team is composed of freshmen, most with previous track experience. It’ll be exciting to watch as they adjust to the heightened intensity of competition that is seen at the high school level. As a whole, they’re healthy, strong and driven. I anticipate continuous improvement and infinite potential.

Hardin Northern

Boys

Head Coach: Travis Rettig (four years)

2017 conference finish: Third (NWCC)

Returning Letterwinners: James Rickenbacher, sr., pole vault, sprints; Nick Adams, jr. sprints; Brady Lamb, jr., distance;

Gabe Sheldon, jr., middle distance; Eli Cooper, so., middle distance; Brayden Flowers, so., shot put, discus, sprints; Sebastian Johnson, so., pole vault, hurdles, sprints; Frank McCoy, so., long jump, high jump, hurdles, sprints; Alex Stewart, so., shot put, discus, sprints; Zachry Warmbrod, so., shot put, discus, sprints.

Prospects: Dylan Hale. jr., sprints; Cody Wilmoth, jr., middle distance; Bryce Hipsher, sr., shot put, discus; Brock Hipsher, fr., shot put, sprints; Owen Wetherill, fr., high jump, sprints; Tyler Shepherd, fr., sprints; Jayce Curlis, so., distance.

Coach’s Comments: How do you replace Nicholas Bame? In short, you don’t. We don’t have anyone that is going to be able to run all the events Nick did at that high of a level. Nicholas was our go to for leadership, work ethic, and success and while we can’t replace him with a single person, we do have several athletes who can step up and run some of those events at a high level and can be leaders on the team. Through practice so far, we’ve had great leadership from all of our upper classmen and they’ve really done a nice job of filling those shoes in that regard. Their drive and work ethic has really helped provide the younger athletes with a format for success and hopefully we’re able to build on that this season and in future seasons. We return a solid core from last year’s team and the addition of several first-year guys gives us a roster of 20 (the highest I’ve had at HN). Middle distance runners will be strong for us this year. We have a lot of new faces in the sprints/sprint relays, and with only two seniors on the roster (one returning), youth is a concern.

Kalida

Head Coach: Scott Miller (three years)

Boys

2017 conference finish: Second (PCL)

Returning Letterwinners: Josh Verhoff, Trevor Vorst, Treyton Martin, Carter Moore, Aden Fersch, Chandler Hopkins, Keith Doepker.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Verhoff (400 Relay, 200); Vorst (400 Relay).

Promising Newcomers: Will Zeller, Jayce Horstman, Tanner Schultz.

Coach’s Comments: Our sprint team will again be a strength this year with three of our top five sprinters back from last year anchored by juniors Josh Verhoff and Trevor Vorst. With a few additions to the sprints we should be competitive in the sprints, including all the relays. Our jumps will be solid with Carter Moore returning and Aden Fersch returning after a solid first year in pole vault. A little lack of depth overall will be our challenge. We are excited about the newcomers we have and believe they can step up in those areas to fill the void. We have good numbers back out and excellent leadership by the upperclassmen. I think as the season progresses we will see great strides in our athletes and we will look to improve upon last year’s finish.

Girls

2017 conference finish: Second (PCL)

Returning Letterwinners: Taylor Lucke, sr.; Sarah Klausing, sr.; Morgan Mock, jr.; Maclerin Morrissey, jr.; Kyla Fortman, so.; McKayla Maag, so.; Madison Langhals, so.; Carlie Rampe, so.; Abby Maag, so.; McKenna Bockrath, so; Grace Miller, so.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Fortman (3,200 Relay); Langhals (3,200 Relay), Lucke (3,200 Relay).

Promising Newcomers: Morgan Ridinger, fr.; Brenna Smith, fr.; Hannah Berheide, fr.; Kathryn Siebeneck, fr.; Carlee Recker, fr.; Jillian Kueve, fr.; Dayna Schimmoeller, fr.; Grace Klausing, fr.

Coach’s Comments: Our overall depth will be a key to success this year. We return quite a bit of scoring from last year’s squad in our throws and distance squads and have added some additional sprinter depth from incoming freshmen. We are young in our sprints and jumps. But we are very excited with the group we have and look for them to do some nice things and help score points in those areas. I think we have some excellent leadership and some young talented girls that are working very hard.

Leipsic

Division III

Boys

Head Coach: Kevan Westenbarger (fourth season)

2017 conference finish: Sixth (PCL); 11th (BVC)

Returning Letterwinners: Hunter Casteel, jr., sprints, jumps; Alex Hernandez, so., distance; Rafael Lopez, so., distance;

Ryley Spangler, so., throws; Cole Williamson. so., middle distance, sprints, throws.

Prospects: Quinton Bruce, sr., sprints, jumps; Dallas Diaz, sr., throws; Victor Sanchez, sr., middle distance, sprints; Adam Schroeder, sr., throws, jumps; Juan Pena, so., hurdles, jumps; Anthony Roman, so., sprints; Ethan Chambers, fr., distance; Gabriel Jimenez, fr., middle distance, sprints, jumps.

Girls

Head Coach: Gary Kreinbrink (12th season)

2017 conference finish: Fourth (PCL); sixth (BVC)

Returning Letterwinners: Grace Rigel, sr.; Emily Butler, sr.; Carlee Siefker, jr.; Peyton Henry, jr.; Selena Loredo, jr.; Olivia Nunez, jr.; Claire Rigel, jr.; Sophomores – Lyndie Hazelton, so.; Savannah Guevara, so.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Rigel (shot put); Siefker (long jump)

Coach’s Comments: We have a couple of girls who are looking forward to a possible return to the state meet. Grace Rigel is attempting to get back to the state meet in the shot put for the fourth consecutive year. Carlee Siefker is also returning and trying to get back to the state meet and improve her placement in the long jump from 2017. We have good depth in the field events with Emily Butler and Olivia Nunez in the high jump and Lyndie Hazelton in the pole vault. Grace Rigel along with her younger sisters, Claire and Ella, will handle the majority of the shot put and discus duties. Peyton Henry will be the top distance runner along with Savannah Guevara.

Lima Senior

Division I

Boys

Head Coach: Stephen Carter (18th season)

2017 conference finish: Eighth (TRAC)

Returning Letterwinners: Kyuis Simpson, jr., distance, 3,200 relay, 1,600, 3,200; Cory Clair, sr., distance, 3,200 relay, 800; Kamarous Williams, jr., middle distance, 800.

Promising Newcomers: Bill Barnett, jr., sprints, 110 and 300 hurdles; Terris Collier, jr., middle distance, 800; Jermaine Daniel, so., sprints, high jump, 400, 800 and 1,600 relays; Xylon Payne-Greeno, so., middle distance, 800, 400; Devonte Horton, fr., shot put, discus, sprints; Jordyn Rawlins, fr., long jump, 100, 200, 400 and 800 relays; Anthony Lutz, fr., 1,600, 3,200; Yarlen Chambers, fr., 100, 400 relay, 200; G’Angelo Davis, fr., 800; Jermaine Daniel, so., 400.

Coach’s Comments: This year’s roster is dominated with a lot of talented freshmen. We will be stronger in the distance events which will give us a balance to our sprints. We need to improve on field events but we are gradually getting better. With only three returning lettermen, the future does look bright.

Girls

Head Coach: Emmanuel Curtis (fifth season)

2017 conference finish: Third (TRAC)

Returning Letterwinners: Suerthia Henderson; Briana Wright; Corion McDonald-Gordon; I’tayia Harris, Sckiyha Matthews.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Henderson (100, 200, 800 Relay); McDonald-Gordon (800 Relay)

Promising Newcomers: Deji’Ona Shurelds Simpson, fr.; Ka’Niyah Stevens, fr.; Elyse Kelley, jr.; India Benton, so.; Mersadies Denson, jr.

Coach’s Comments: The Lady Spartans will be talented but not as deep of a team. Our indoor team finished fifth overall out of 60 teams at state. Our outdoor goals remain to finish as league and district champions while sending several competitors to the state championships.

Lincolnview

Head Coach: Matt Langdon

Boys

2017 conference finish: Third (NWC)

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Karter Tow (3,200)

Coach’s Comments: Karter Tow qualified for the indoor state meet this winter for the second consecutive season and competed in the 3,200. In the fall, the boys cross country team qualified for the state meet for the 5th consecutive season. Many of the members of the cross country team that reached state in the fall are on the track team, including Tow, Jacob Keysor and Alek Bowersock. This year’s team will be much younger as we have a talented and hard-working freshman class coming in to the program with 11 on the roster. Many of those freshman will be varsity competitors. The boy’s team should be very competitive and I believe you will see a great deal of growth as the season progresses. We hope to be competitive in the NWC again this season and qualify a large number of athletes to the regional meet and again be represented at the state meet in June.

Girls

2017 conference finish: Sixth (NWC)

Coach’s Comments: This year’s team will be very young as three-quarters of the team are either ssophomores or freshmen. We currently have 14 freshmen on the team. The girls also had a very successful fall in qualifying as a team to the state cross country meet. A large majority of those girls are on the track team, including Madison Langdon, Victoria Snyder, Madeline Snyder, Brayden Langdon, Rylee Byrne, and Dylann Carey. The girl’s team returns the 2017 MVP in Olivia Gorman who was a key member of relays and competed in the high jump and the long jump as a first team NWC. The girls also return their second leading scorer from two years ago in Brayden Langdon. Brayden missed the entire 2017 season due to a season ending injury. Brayden ended the indoor track season ranked No. 17 in the 400 in Division III. We are looking to continue to build the girls’ track program. We have several key parts and are looking to improve as the season progresses. We are hoping that some of our freshmen can immediately contribute so that we can be competitive in the NWC. Our ultimate goal is to advance as many athletes as possible down the tournament trail at the end of the season.

Minster

Boys

Division III

Head Coach: Larry Topp (30 years as head coach)

2017 conference finish: Third (MAC)

Returning Letterwinners: Andrew Broering, sr., middle distance; Zach Heuker, sr., hurdles; Carter Pohl, sr., distance; Max Prenger, sr., shot put, discus; Jon Albers, jr., distance; Broc Miller, jr., sprints, vault; Jon Albers, jr., distance; Joe Winner, jr., sprints, jumps; Jay Prenger, jr., sprints, vault; Luke Barga, so., distance; Austin Felice, so., middle distance; Dustin Frericks, so., shot put, discus, sprint; Alex Heuker, so., hurdles, vault; Carson Prenger, so., sprints, jumps, Ethan Smith, so., sprints, jumps.

Returning 2017 State Qualifer: Max Prenger (shot put)

Coach’s Comments: This year Minster will continue to rebuild, losing six important seniors from last year. Thankfully, we have 15 returning letterwinners and are looking for them to lead and rally their team to success.

New Bremen

Division III

Girls

Coach: Sue Burnell (43rd season)

2017 conference finish: Third (MAC)

Returning Letterwinners include: Celeste Kuck, sr.; Rachel Kremer, jr.; Alana Speelman, so.; Andrea Heitkamp, jr.; Macy Puthoff, so.; Julia Goettemoeller, sr.; Paige Jones, sr.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Kuck (pole vault)

Promising Newcomers: Clare Pape, fr.; Elli Roetgerman, fr.; Lane, fr.; Vivian Niekamp, fr.

Coach’s Comments: The number of team members remains pretty constant with past years at 25, including 13 track letter recipients. The year we welcome nine freshmen to our track family. Four of them participated in the First OHSAA Junior High Track Meet. With seven returning regional qualifiers from last season (five of whom made podium) along with some current members who experienced the 2016 state meet, we are hopeful that we will advance ladies to Columbus again this season.

Ottoville

Division III

Boys

Head Coach: Ryan Horstman (18th season coaching)

2017 conference finish: Fifth (PCL)

Key Returnees: Brendan Siefker, sr., distance, middle distance; Zach Spencer, so., thrower; Evan Boecker, sr., sprints.

Returning 2017 State Qualifier: Siefker (800, 1,600, 3,200)

Promising Newcomers: Grant Kortokrax, fr., hurdles, middle distance; Kyle Manns, fr., high jump, sprints, long jump; Kaiden Trentman, throws, long jump, sprints.

Coach’s Comments: The weather has thus far only allowed for a hand full of productive practices as much of our work is forced to be done inside due mainly to the combination of low temps and high wind. I believe that barring injury this year should be quite successful.

Girls

Head Coach: Cory Eickholt (first season)

2017 conference finish: Third (PCL)

Returning Letterwinners: Madison Averesch, Nicole Williams, Lindsay Schweller, Quinley Schlagbaum, Brynlee Hanneman, Kylee Hoersten, Madicyn Schnipke, Haley Hoersten, Elyse Baker.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Hanneman (discus); Schweller (1,600 Relay); Williams (1,600 Relay)

Promising Newcomers: Taylor Beining, Faith Gamble, Alexa Honigford, Tori Thomas.

Coach’s Comments: W have a motivated and talented group of seniors, sprinters, and throwers, several of which made it down to state last year. We hope to make the trip back to state with our 1,600 relay team and throwers, building upon their successes from last season. Our biggest struggle will come with scoring points within distance events.

Pandora-Gilboa

Division III

Boys

Head Coach: Mike Terrian (third season)

2017 conference finish: Third (PCL); seventh (BVC)

Returning Letterwinners: Cameron Hilty, sr., 800, relays; Gage Fenbert, jr., discus, shot put; Travis Maag, jr., hurdles, relays; Nick Norton, jr., high jump, distance; Jackson Ridge, jr., 400, relays; Ethan Frankart, jr., middle distance; Riley Larcom, jr., sprints, relays; Peyton Traxler, jr., sprints, discus, shot put; Kole Baumgarnter, so., middle distance, long jump; Austin Miller, so., hurdles, high jump, long jump; Walker Macke, so., relays, middle distance, sprints.

Promising Newcomers: Bryce Basinger, fr., sprints; Gavin Biery, fr., sprints, middle distance, relays, discus; Samuel Burkholder, fr., sprinter, hurdles, relays; Cisco Lugo, fr., middle distance, pole vault, Silas Schmenk, fr., sprints.

Coach’s Comments: With the wide variety of talent we have this year, we should be able to compete in most of the meets we are in. We have some strong freshmaen this year with some of our good athletes from last year.

Girls

Head Coach: Brenda Terrian (first season)

2017 conference finish: Fifth (PCL); seventh (BVC)

Returning Letterwinners: Makenna Diller, sr., distance; Amelia Arthur, sr., long jump, 400, relays; Kayla Ferguson, sr., high jump, relays; Alaina Basinger, jr., long jump, 100, 200, relays; Olivia Schulte, jr., middle distance, relays, Sarah Schulz, jr., shot, discus; Addilyn Diller, jr., shot, relays; Fatima Salinas, jr., shot, discus; Kaylynne Koepplinger, jr., shot, discus.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Arthur (1,600 Relay); Basinger (400 Relay); Schulte (1,600 Relay).

Promising Newcomers: Madison Hovest, fr., shot, discus; Lauren Beachboard, so., sprints; Lexie Neuenschwander, fr., high jump, relays, sprints; Emma Fisher, fr., sprints.

Coach’s Comments: We are small in numbers but great athletes who are ready to compete. We have returning athletes who went to state last year and are working hard to have a chance to go back this year.

Parkway

Division III

Boys

Head Coach: Steve Fisher (11th season)

2017 conference finish: Fifth (MAC)

Returning Letterwinners: Reid Etzcorn, sr., sprints, long jump; Hank Etzler, sr., hurdles, pole vault; Jeremy Feldes, sr., throws; Matt Gaerke, jr., distance; Duncan Morton, jr., distance; Lance Weirrick, jr., throws; Aaron Bruns, so., distance; Ryan Hesse, so., sprints, long jump; Kyle Roth. so., distance.

Promising Newcomers: Wesley Ford, so., distance; Preston Browning, so., middle distance; Liam Fox, fr., sprints, long jump, Haydn Ridenour, fr., sprints; Brendan Etzcorn, fr., sprints; Tyler Tinkham, fr., sprints, long jump.

Coach’s Comments: The strength of our team should be in our distance events, with Matt Gaerke, Kyle Roth, Aaron Burns, and some younger kids that will provide some depth. Our sprinters will be led by Reid Etzcorn and Ryan Hesse who will score a lot of points for us, but we will need some younger kids to step up and fill in some relay spots. We have Hank Etzler back in the hurdles, and two really good throwers in Jeremy Feldes and Lance Weirrick. Our numbers are down a little, so depth is an issue, but we have several individuals who have the ability to advance to the regional and state level.

Girls

2017 conference finish: Fourth (MAC)

Returning Letterwinners: Laura Barrett, sr., sprints; Rachel Barrett, so., sprints; Ansley Burtch, so., sprints, hurdles; Alexis Cairns, so., throws; Sydney Crouch, sr., sprints; Leah Harshman, so., throws; Clarissa Krogman, so., throws; Emma May, so., sprints; Faith Rollins, jr., distance; Olivia Scott, jr., pole vault; Monica Steen, so., throws; Izzy Strunk, jr., distance; Ashlyn White, so., distance.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Rachel Barrett (400 Relay); Burtch (400 Relay); Crouch (400 Relay, 200, long jump).

Coach’s Comments: This year’s team will be anchored by seniors Sydney Crouch and Laura Barrett. Crouch returns for her final season having scored 200 points in each of the last several years and qualifying for state in multiple events. Crouch will have some help, including three out of the four from the state qualifying 400 relay and the entire group of throwers from last year’s team. The distance team should also be much improved with the numbers being bolstered from this year’s success in cross country. The team is still very young and lacks depth in some of the relays and field events. We will have a very young team, with over half the team being underclassmen. That being said, we will have some outstanding individuals but will struggle in big meets due to our lack of depth.

Perry

Division III

Head Coach: Dan Kirby (ninth season)

Boys

2017 conference finish: Eighth (NWCC)

Returning Letterwinners: Logan Havenstein, pole vault, 400, 1,600 relay; Evan McDonnell, shot, discus; Kevin Rader, long jump; Ethan Lauck, 200, 400, long jump; Terrell Sibert, 100, 200; Dakota Cox, shot, discus.

Promising Newcomers: Devares Glenn, fr., 100, 200, 400 and 800 relays; D’yonte Parker, fr., hurdles, 400 and 800 relays; Eric Jackson, sr. shot, discus; Malik Waters, jr., 100, 200.

Coach’s Comments: The strength of the team should be our sprints and relays. The throwers should be competitive also.

Girls

2017 conference finish: Seventh (NWCC)

Returning Letterwinners: Tia Barfield, 400, 800 relays, 100, 200; Autumn Roberts 400, 800 relays, 100, 200; Kaitlyn Johnson, shot, discus; Susan Rex, shot, discus.

Promising Newcomers: Te’aira Matthews, so., 100, 200; Rickia Barnes, 400, 800 relays, 100, 200.

Coach’s Comments: The strength of the team should be sprints and relays. Tia Barfield returns after making it to regionals in the 100 and 200 dashes.

Ridgemont

Division III

Head Coach: Nick Cox (fourth season)

Boys

2017 conference finish: Seventh (NWCC)

Returning Letterwinners: Cameron Bright, sr., throws; Colin Feschcorn, sr. sprints; Wade Marling-Gilpin, sr., middle distance; L.J. Jackson, jr. throws, sprints; Ethan Mouser, so., middle distance; Levi Beiler, so., throws.

Promising Newcomers: Isaiah Savage, so., middle distance; Payne Clark, jr., sprints; Justin Powell, jr., middle distance; Brendon Skeen, fr., sprints.

Coach’s Comments: This is a veteran group looking to improve upon last season’s NWCC finish. Individually, we are looking to break personal bests and peak at the end of the season. Middle distance and sprints will be team strengths.

Girls

2017 conference finish: Fourth (NWCC)

Returning Letterwinners: Meadow Cromer, sr., pole vault, high jump, sprints; Sidney Richardson, sr., sprints, long jump; Destiny Wells, sr., sprints; Rachael Stacklin, jr., sprints; Esther Kagac-Patterson, jr., throws; Brooke Dilbone, so., middle distance; Cami Lowery, so., middle distance; Autumn Manns, so., throws.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Cromer (pole vault); Richardson (200).

Promising Newcomers: Lexiie Oates, jr., middle distance; Angela Kep, fr., sprints; Maria Buckingham, sr., throws.

Coach’s Comments: This is a senior led team with multi-year state qualifiers returning (Cromer and Richardson). We are looking to improve on last season’s fourth place NWCC finish. Sprints and jumps will be team strengths this season.

Spencerville

Divison III

Head Coach: Tim Wilson (third season)

Boys

2017 conference finish: Fourth (NWC)

Returning Letterwinners: Chris Picker, sr., sprints; Robert Modic sr., middle distance; Jacob Settlemire, sr.; Matt Wood, sr., sprints; Ben Dues, sr., throws; Gage Bellows sr., jumps; Cannan Johnson, jr., sprints; Seth Schwartz, jr., throws; Connor Holmes, jr., hurdles; Jackson Goecke, so., sprints, jump; Joel Lotz, so., sprints, jumps; Reese Miller, so., throws; Keagan Gaskill, so., distance; Seth Clark, distance.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Johnson (800 Relay); Picker (800 Relay).

Promising Newcomers: Vinicius Vieira De Souza, sr., sprints; Drew Armstead, jr., sprints, jumps; Isaih Pugh, fr., throws; Brandon Dues, fr., throws; Hogan Lee, fr., throws; Chase Smith, fr., jumps.

Coach’s Comments: We have plenty of experience coming back and with a few new athletes out we should be where we want to be come conference time.

Girls

2017 conference finish: Second (NWC)

Returning Letterwinners: Gabrielle Goecke, sr., pole vault, sprints; Allison Bowsher, sr., throws; Sydney Shaffer, sr., middle distance; Alivia McMichael, jr., sprints; Sophia Nourse, jr., jumps; Brooke Bockey, jr., middle distance; Torie Bockey, jr., distance; Olivia Goecke, so., throws; Nelaya Burden, so., hurdles, sprints; Taylor Hobbs, so., distance.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Burden (100 hurdles); Goecke (pole vault).

Promising Newcomers: Madison Pugh, sr., middle distance; Ariana McMichael, fr., sprints; Gillian Goecke, fr., sprints, jumps; Raigan Staup, fr., sprints, jumps; Audrey Sherer, fr., middle distance.

Coach’s Comments: It’s going to be an exciting year. We have a really good returning group that has had some success in last year’s postseason as well as in the fall on the cross country course. With the addition of the freshman class, I’m looking forward to seeing what this team can accomplish.

St. Henry

Division III

Head Coach: Matt Thobe (first season)

Boys

2017 conference finish: Second (MAC)

Returning Letterwinners: Brandon Dues, sr.; Connor Hemmelgarn, sr.; Braydon Hoying, sr.; Devin Huelskamp, sr.; Kevin Meier, sr.; Seth Brookhart, jr.; Alex Dues, jr.; Jared Hoying, jr.; Blake Ontrop, jr.; Zach Ontrop, jr.; Ryan Post, jr.

Promising Newcomers: Jake Broerman, sr., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200, high jump; Garret Schwenzer, sr., shot, discus; Grge Howe, jr., shot, discus; Ethan Pearcy, so., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200; K.J. Jacobs, fr., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200, long jump; John Sutter, fr., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200.

Coach’s Comments: As a team our strength lies in our distance runners as we return the most depth in this area. We do have some hopeful young guys who are going to be asked to step in and contribute in the sprints this year. Due to our

overall depth, I think it is very possible for us to compete for a couple of team titles or a bunch of top three or four finishes as a team. Like any team, our goal is to make a good tournament run in May and get a few teams and individuals to the state meet.

Girls

2017 conference finish: Seventh (MAC)

Returning Letterwinners: Britney Siefring, sr., long jump, 100, 400, 800 relays; Renee Lange, sr., 400, 800 relays; Danielle Imel, sr., 200, 400, 800, 1,600 relays; Olivia Hemmelgarn, sr., 3,200 relay, 1,600, 3,200; Vanessa Goewert, sr., 400, 800; Alexis Heath, jr., high jump, 3,200, 1,600 relays, 800, 1,600; Cora Stammen, so., 100 and 300 hurdles, long jump, 400 relay; Brook Speck, so., pole vault, 1,600, 800, 400 relays, 100, 200; Hannah Osterholt, so., 100 300 hurdles, 1,600 relay, 400; Colleen Meyer, so., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200; Jessica Langenkamp, so., 800, 1,600 relays, 400, pole vault; Lauren Hemmelgarn, so., 3,200 relays, 1,600, 3,200; Tracey Balster, so., shot, discus.

Returning 2017 State Qualifiers: Heath (3,200 Relay); Lauren Hemmelgarn (3,200 Relay).

Promising Newcomers: Allison Lefeld, sr., shot, discus; Marlee Vaughn, so., high jump, discus; Katie Kunkler, fr., long distance.

Coach’s Comments: Our numbers are low but the quality couldn’t be any better. We are led by a very strong senior group with some of the girls just missing state the last few years with very close finishes at regionals. They aim to make this the

year that we finally break through and get more of the team to state! Our girls are well rounded with many of our top runners and field event specialist returning. We look to be in the running to bring home some trophies or at the very least some top 4 finishes in invitationals. I look forward to seeing these ladies progress during the season as they look reach their goals.

Temple Christian

Division III

Head Coach: Adam Blevins (seventh season)

Boys

2017 conference finish: Fifth (NWCC)

Returning Letterwinner: Cameron Worsham, sr., long jump, 110 and 300 hurdles, 100.

Returning 2017 State Qualifier: Worsham (110 and 300 hurdles)

Promising Newcomer: Austin Hill, fr., 1,600.

Girls

2017 conference finish: Fifth (NWCC)

Returning Letterwinners: Madelyn Crawford, sr., long jump, 100, 200; Olivia Lugibihl, sr., long jump, 100, 200, 400; Heather Goliver, sr., shot put, discus, 100.

Promising Newcomer: Kamryn Huffaker, fr., 100.

Coach’s Comments: We’re looking forward to building off of the success of our returning letterwinners and developing our underclassmen.

Waynesfield-Goshen

Division III

Head Coach: Jim Epperly (20th season)

Boys

2017 conference finish: First (NWCC)

Returning Letterwinners: Brandon James, sr., hurdles, jumps; Gabriel James, sr., sprints, jumps; Dustin Klenke, sr., sprints, throws; Brock Waitman, sr., throws; Austin Spring, sr., throws; Keaton Webb, sr., distance; Dawson Carmean, sr., vault, distance; Blake Valenti, sr., throws, sprints; Alan Hatfield, jr., distance; Quinn Humes, jr., jumps, sprints; Gallant Shephard, jr., sprints; Kyle Searson, so., hurdles, vault; Cole Lambert, so., middle distance, jumps; Peyton Burden, so., hurdles.

Promising Newcomers: Javier DeLeon, so., hurdles, jumps; Austin Birt, fr., throws; Grady Spencer, fr., jumps; Kort Sutherland, fr., distance; Mason Boggs, fr., throws.

Coach’s Comments: We will count on our seniors to lead the way and hopefully contend for another NWCC championship. It will be a challenge due to the loss of two sprinters to season ending injuries (Kurtis Bowersock and Nick Wolke.) Some of our younger athletes will need to step up and fill the voids. We should be solid in the throws. We will need to avoid any more injuries and work hard to achieve the goals before us. We think the James brothers, Waitman and Klenke, all have potential to challenge for berths at the state meet. They will need to work hard and stay healthy.

Girls

2017 conference finish: First (NWCC)

Returning Letterwinners: Audra Meeks, sr., jumps, sprints; Amelia Werner, sr., vault, sprints; Megan Barden, jr., relays, middle distance; Kiara Roof, jr., relays, middle distance; Savanna Spencer, jr., throws; Jenna Funk, so., throws; Claudia High, so., distance; Taylor Lowe, so., hurdles; Jeanie Meeks, so., distance; Ashley Werling, so., sprints; Cecilia Werner, so., hurdles, vault.

Promising Newcomers: The Waynesfield-Goshen girls will be looking to improve as the season goes on. Audra and Amelia will be looked upon to be solid leaders as we progress toward our goal of repeating as NWCC champions. We will need to improve in some areas and get healthy as the year goes along.

Wapakoneta

Division I

Boys

Head Coach: Mark Cook (39 years)

Returning Letterwinners: Chris Reichenbach, pole vault; Kyle Lenhart, sprints; Dylan Timmerman, high jump; Grant Turner, discus; Ryan Thompson, hurdles; Owen Simonson, middle distance; Tate Kohler, middle distance; Austin Gegel, hurdles, relays; Preston Stahler, relays.

Promising Newcomers: Tate Presar; Conner McDonnald; Aaron Chambers; Austin Schulte; Bradley Hicks; Travis Rains;

Jacob Schlesselman; Deakin Hiestand; Alex Eisert.

Coach’s Comments: We entertain the true meaning of high school sports by having fun and making track and field a positive experience.

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