Lima area girls high school track and field capsules


Erin Downing, left, and Alyssa Ellerbrock return for Columbus Grove and reaching state last year. Dean Brown | The Lima News

Erin Downing, left, and Alyssa Ellerbrock return for Columbus Grove and reaching state last year. Dean Brown | The Lima News


Coaches provided majority of information. Coaches wanting to add to their teams’ capsules should send information to mpurdy@limanews.com.

Western Buckeye League

Bath

Division: II

Coach: Kendra Bassitt (fourth season)

2018 league finish: Fourth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Jordain Craig (sr., throws); Riley Daniels (soph., throws); Natalie Crowe (jr., throws); Emma Deters (jr., 1,600, 3,200 relays, 1,600, 3,200); Katie Fisher (sr., 3,200 relay, 1,600, 3,200); McKenna Hale (soph., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100, 200); Faith Kindig (soph., 1,600 relay, 200, 400); Madison Noble (sr., hurdles, 100, 200, 400); Caitlyn Renner (sr., 800 relay, long jump, hurdles); Caylee Rieman (sr., high jump); Kylyn Schadewald (jr. 800 relay, 100, 200); Jenna Wireman (soph., 3,200 relay, 400, 800); Erica Ignarski (soph., 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Mallory Clark (jr., high jump, discus, 400); Dasia Hardison (soph., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200, 400); Ireland Lawrence (fr., 800 relay, 100, 200, 400); Madison Burden (fr., 800 relay, 100, 200, high jump), Madelyn Renner (soph., 1,600 relay, discus, 200, 400); Gracie Renner (fr., 100, 200, 400); Jordan Dilworth (soph., throws)

Coach’s analysis: We are returning a number of experienced sprinters and welcoming promising newcomers who we envision playing roles on our relays and field events. First year upperclassmen will also provide some depth we haven’t had in the past. Strengths include relays, hurdles, jumps and throws.

Celina

Division: II

2018 league finish: Third

No other information provided

Elida

Division: II

Coach: Trisha Smith (first season)

2018 league finish: Second

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Grace Earl (sr., pole vault); Jency Jenkins (sr., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100, 400); Amiah Jones (sr., 400 relay, high jump, 100); Jasmine Jones (sr., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Cienna Kuhn (sr., pole vault); Baylie Moening (400, 1,600 relays, 100, 300 hurdles); Alissa Cuffy (jr., shot put, discus); Kylie Lewis (400, 800 relays, 100); Aubrey Vincent (jr., 400, 800 relays, 100); Jae’Anna Hughes (soph., 400, 800 relays, 100, high jump); Marley Savill (soph., 100, 300 hurdles)

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Tayonna Lasenby (sr., shot put, discus); Emily Bowers (jr., shot put, discus); AnnaMarie Rose (jr., 100 hurdles, long jump); Epifany Johnson (soph., 800 relay, 100, 200).

Coach’s analysis: The team will be led by several letter winners from the 2017-18 season. The 400 regional qualifying team consisting of seniors Jency Jenkins, Baylie Moening and Jasmine Jones and junior Kylie Lewis will be back this year, intact, with hopes of making it to state. We look forward to a strong finish at the WBL meet, which will launch us into a successful postseason.

Kenton

Division: II

Coach: Chuck Downing (19th season)

2018 league finish: Tied for sixth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Makenzie Bays (soph., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100 200); Eve Fleece (soph., shot put, discus); Jenna Gibson (3,200 relay, 100 hurdles, 800, 1,600, 3,200); Kiki Krohmer (soph., 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600, 3,200); Erin Lyons (soph., pole vault, 100, 200); Alyssa McLaughlin (soph., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100 and 300 hurdles); Leslie Nichols (sr., high jump); McKinley Oates (soph., shot put, discus); Paige Osborn (sr., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100 and 300 hurdles); Payton Preston (jr., 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600, 3,200); Sammie Unger (soph., 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600, 3,200); Callie Wright (soph., 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600, 3,200).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Addy Modd (fr., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100 and 300 hurdles); Taylor Harshfield (fr., high jump, 200).

Coach’s analysis: We have a great group of young men and women on our team. The girls should be strong in the hurdles, sprint relays and distance events.

Ottawa-Glandorf

Division: II

2018 league finish: Tied for sixth

No other information provided

Shawnee

Division: I

Coach: Mike Lewis (third season)

2018 league finish: Eighth

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Lauren Baxter (1,600 relay), Liana Rodriguez (1,600 relay)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Belle Blake (sr., shot put, discus); Chloe Conley (sr., high jump); Kayana Cook (sr., pole vault); Anne Hardy (sr., 1,600); Grace Lewis (sr., shot put, discus); Kylee Thompson (sr., shot put, discus); Emelia Brenneman (jr., 1,600); Lexi Marshall (jr., 1,600); Megan Sherrick (jr., hurdles); Lauren Baxter (soph., 400, 800); Shalon McNeal (soph., 100, 200, 400); Liana Rodriguez (soph., 100, 200, 400).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Karrington Green (fr., hurdles); Lilly Cleaves (fr., 1,600)

Coach’s analysis: After a strong finish to the 2018 season that saw multiple athletes go to the state track meet in Columbus, we expect nothing less for the 2019 season. With the majority of last year’s high performers returning. I am excited to bring a team with an excellent mixture of experience and depth to all of our competitions.

St. Marys

Division: II

2018 league finish: 10th

No other information provided.

Van Wert

Division: II

Coach: Nate Hoverman (12 years)

2018 league finish: First

2018 state qualifiers who did not graduate last year: Cassidy Meyers (1,600 relay); Tabatha Saam (shot put); Jill Gemmer (shot put for D-III Delphos St. John’s)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Caylee Phillips, Kirsten Clay, Abby Jackson, Tabatha Saam, Carley Smith, Rachel Spath, Gracie Gunter, Jamison Clouse, Lyrissa Laukhauf, Ali Gemmer, Caton Williamson

Coach’s analysis: Expectations for 2018 season include competing for WBL title and advancing athletes to the state level. Caylee Phillips was a state qualifier in cross country this past fall.

Wapakoneta

Division: I

2018 league finish: Ninth

No other information provided.

Northwest Conference

Ada

Division: III

Coach: Tyler Craig (sixth season)

2018 league finish: Seventh

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Anabel Alexander (sr., middle distance); Nora Dellifield (sr., pole vault); Brenna Hissong (soph., 400); Kylie Shaffer (soph., throws); Keswa Akyeampong (soph., throws); Courtney McLaughlin (jr., middle distance); Paige Cole (soph., high jump).

Coach’s analysis: Our girls are led by a hard working group of seniors. We hope to be in the top half of the NWC meet and our girls will work very hard to accomplish that goal.

Allen East

Division: III

Coach: Michael Halker (first season)

2018 league finish: Eighth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Lauren Crizble (sr., throws); Rachel Kanney (jr., hurdles, sprints); Abigail Baughman (jr., sprints, middle distance); Devyn Hopkins (jr., throws, sprints); Gabby Townsend (soph., throws, sprints).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Anamya Truex (soph., sprints, hurdles, relays); Kiley McKenzie (soph., sprints, hurdles, relays); Adrine Goble (soph., sprints); Alex Rodriguez (jr., throws).

Coach’s analysis: There is a lot of returning talent. The ultimate goal for the coaching staff this season is to get as

many athletes out of districts and into regional and beyond. I also am so blessed to have this opportunity to lead this group of amazing student athletes, and assistant coaching staff that has built great relationships with them.

Bluffton

Division: III

Coach: Bill Theisen (fourth season)

2018 league finish: Fourth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Sarah Cartwright (sr., sprints); Arielle O’Neil (sr., throws); Olivia Burner (jr., 800, 1,600); Cierra Ackerman (soph., throws); Bella Basinger (soph., 100, 200, long jump); Cora Bischoff (soph., high jump); Pearl Lewandowski (soph., high jump); Clara Mathews (soph., 800, 1,600); Lauren Rhodes (soph., pole vault); Olivia Setzer (soph., 100, 200); Elizabeth Wright (soph., throws).

Promising Newcomers: Caitlin Dailey (fr., 200, 400, 800); Lauren Gray (fr., throws); Kylie Monday (fr., sprints); Nebraska Montgomery (fr., sprints); Presley Nelson (fr., sprints); Ellie Nickel (fr., throws); Olivia Parker (fr., 800); Jarvae Rogers (fr., sprints, throws); Taylor Schwab (fr., hurdles, high jump); Skyler Scoles (fr., sprints); Kylie Stackhouse (fr., sprints, long jump).

Coach’s analysis: The girls team is relatively young this year but should compete well in the conference meet. The team is led by several talented juniors and seniors who are strong in a number of events. The team also has a number of first- and second-year athletes who will play important roles in filling out the team.

Columbus Grove

Division: III

Coach: Tim Staley (22 years)

2018 league finish: First in NWC and Putnam County League

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Erin Downing (3,200 relay), Lauren Benroth (1,600, 3,200 relays), Alyssa Ellerbrock (3,200 relay, 3,200), Rylee Sybert (800, 1,600 relays, 100, 200), Lauren Benroth (800 relay), Madisyn Maag (discus)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Madizyn Maag (sr., throws); Ryle Sybert (sr., sprints, relays); Amy Vorst (sr., long jump); Autumn Thompson (sr., throws); Peyton Fenbert (sr., throws); Cassidy Brinkman (jr., throws); Becca Choi (jr., sprints, high jump); Makena Doseck (jr., hurdles); Alyssa Ellerbrock (jr., distance); Leanndra Price (jr., distance); Sydney Witteborg (jr., distance); Kennedy Flores (jr., throws); Abby Gladwell (jr., sprints, hurdles); Cassie Heilman (jr., pole vault); Kaitlyn Herman (jr., pole vault); Emily Ridinger (jr., pole vault); Ashtyn Bermudez (soph., throws); Morgan Deffenbaugh (soph., distance); Erin Downing (distance, relays); Addison Schafer (soph., distance).

Other returnees: Addison Bonnell (sr., long jump); Paige Langhals (jr., sprints); Mekennah Thompson (jr., distance); Sara Dipnarine (soph., throws); Emily Schumacher (soph., distance); Zoe Stechschulte (soph., distance); Lauryn Wischmeyer (soph., sprints).

Newcomers: Hannah Hines (soph., sprints); Faith Anderson (fr., throws); Kiersten Closson (fr., sprints); Koryn Halker (fr., high jump); Hannah Hopkins (fr., sprints); Mackenzie Langhals (fr., hurdles); Kiara Patrick (fr., sprints); Savanah Ridenour (fr., sprints); Hannah Schroeder (fr., distance).

Coach’s analysis: We have a very good senior class returning. Our strengths will be the distance, throws and sprints. There are many returning athletes that we will develop as the season goes. 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.

Crestview

Division: III

Coach: James Lautzenheiser (ninth year as coach, 10th year on staff)

2018 league finish: Sixth

Key athletes to watch: Chelsea Taylor (sr., jumps, sprints); Tiffany Thompson (jr., sprints, relays); Ragen Harting (jr., distance); Madelyn Lamb (jr., throws); Madalyn Ward (jr., sprints, hurdles), Lauryn Black (jr., sprints, distance), Chloee Case (jr., sprints, relays), Carolina Klude (jr., sprints relays); Nevaeh Pruett (soph., sprints, relays); Mackenzie Leeth (soph., sprints, relays, jumps); Haley Sheets (fr., sprints, relays).

Coach’s analysis: We currently have 50 student-athletes on the active roster for high school track and field. We are close to 30 student-athletes at the middle school level. Both teams (boys and girls) lost significant scorers and leaders from the 2018 high school squad; however this year’s crop of junior and senior leaders have an extensive body of experience — many have been key contributors on relays and/or individual events since their freshman or sophomore seasons. I think we are lacking depth in our high school distance group, and that may limit our ability to compete in the 3,200 relay regularly, but I do think that we have the potential to advance in tournament with some individual events (1,600, 3,200). We don’t have much room for error in building our speed relays, but I am confident that we have the pieces to compete in key relay events by the May tournament calendar. Our present depth appears to be in our hurdle and throws teams, but I believe we could have some surprising development in jumps when the weather turns for the better. As always, our team goal is to have fun, work hard and invest in our teammates. We would like to be in a position to finish well at the NWC championships, challenge Van Wert for a county championship, and put our student-athletes in the best possible position to advance in the OHSAA tournament.

Delphos Jefferson

Division: III

Coach: Josiah Stober (first season).

2018 league finish: Ninth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Maddie McClure (soph., 100, 200); Hali Haggard (soph., 100, long jump); Alivia Carpenter (1,600, pole vault); Emily Dienstberger (800, 1,600); Jenna Illig (soph., 100, hurdles); Alexa Chung (soph., shot put, discus).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Chloe Kunkleman (jr., 100, hurdles); Donna Decker (jr., 100, 200); Kyra Foust (fr., 100, 200); Tyra Moyar (fr., shot put, discus); Aliyah Smith (fr., shot put, discus); Olivia Radel (fr., shot put, discus); Jose McGue (fr., hurdles, 100); Lizzie Chung (fr., 800, 1,600); Kenzie Coffey (fr., 100, 200); Hannah Dickson (fr., 100, 200).

Coach’s analysis: This looks to be a fun year. We have a lot of young girls willing to work hard and get better. These girls have been working hard in the weight room to improve their strength and speed. We hope to compete in every meet this season.

Lincolnview

Division: III

Coach: Matt Langdon

2018 league finish: Third

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Rylee Byrne (sr.); Madeline Snyder (sr.); Brayden Langdon (sr.); Raegan Boley (sr.); Madelyn Dunn (jr.); Tori Snyder (jr.); Alexis Miller (jr.); Madison Langdon (soph.); Delaney Keysor (soph.); Arin Williams (soph.); Sami Sellers (soph.); Dylann Carey (soph.)

Other to watch: Cassidy Sell (sr.); Sage Whitaker (sr.); Jasmine Miller (jr.); Hannah Zickefoose (soph.); ; Ariel Pruden (soph.); Anastasia Kuentzler (soph.); Izzy Donnelly (soph.); Kenna Mason (soph.); Olivia Boecker (fr.); Sadie Welker (fr.); Bella Keller (fr.); Regan Case (fr.); Maddy Allen (fr.); Julia Stetler (fr.); Cheyenne Linton (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: The girls team returns 15 letter winners from 2018 including the entire group of girls that qualified for the state cross country meet in the fall, including individual state qualifier, Madison Langdon. The team also returns one of its top point scorers from last year in senior Brayden Langdon. Sami Sellers set the school record in the discus last season as a freshman and returns for her sophomore year. Like the boys, we have a solid group of seniors that have been a part of a lot of success over their four-year running careers. We hope to capitalize on that experience and talent. We hope to be able to take a step closer to placing high at the NWC meet and qualifying a large group down the tournament trail to regionals and the state meet. Many of the girls have been working hard over the winter, starting shortly after the cross country season ended. We are excited to see what the team can accomplish this year.

Paulding

Division: III

Coach: Paige Ordway (first season)

2018 league finish: Fifth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Elyse Manz (soph.); Maggie Manz (soph.); Baylee March (soph.); Leah Nusbuam (sr.); Jessica Weller (sr.).

Coach’s analysis: Looking to keep moving forward as a team. Last year there was a lot of individual success, which we want to continue, but also want to look to take on some meets as a team. I feel we have a lot of competitive, determined athletes that will experience a lot of success this season.

Spencerville

Division: III

Coach: Tim Wilson (fourth season)

2018 league finish: Second

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Nelaya Burden (100 and 300 hurdles, 400 relay), Gillian Goecke (400 relay), Ariana McMichael (400 relay)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Alex Carter (sr., throws); Tori Buggert (sr., distance); Brooke Bockey (sr., distance); Nelaya Burden (jr., sprints, hurdles); Olivia Goecke (jr., throws); Kottia Williams (jr., throws); Ariana McMichael (soph., sprints), Gillian Goecke (soph., sprints, jumps); Raigan Staup (soph., sprints, jumps).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Raygen Martinez (jr., sprints, middle distance); Lillee Stewart (fr., distance); Lilyan Goecke (fr., sprints); Adelyn Martin (fr., sprints, middle distance); Kirsten Voice (fr., distance); Chloe Orr (fr., throws); Emme Prine (fr., sprints, hurdles, jumps); Cadence Frew (fr., sprints); Rylie Edgington (fr., distance).

Coach’s analysis: We’ve set the goals high for the girls year. We have a lot of girls stepping up to fill some key spots. We have a lot of experience with this grou at the regional and state meet last year. We want to keep building off that, starting by putt the NWC as the No. 1 goal and then going from there.

Putnam County League

Continental

Division: III

Coach: Mindi Bradford

2018 league finish: Sixth

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Katie Keller (300 hurdles)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Brooke Bradford (sr.); Sierra Prowant (sr.); Katie Keller (jr.); Shelby Collier (soph.).

Others to watch: Riley Fenter (sr.); Kaitlyn Johnson (sr.); Mikayla Mayes (Jr.); Maddie Burke (soph.); Trinity Prowant (soph.); Ellie Schwarzman (soph.); Kayden Center (fr.); Peyton Stauffer (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have a strong group of girls this season. Our field events are looking stronger this year; Brooke has been in the weight room this winter and Shelby has pole vaulted all winter as well. That should pay off for those two. State participant Katie Keller will continue to work hard to get back to state again this year. We are looking forward to having a great season this year, and we hope the weather cooperates.

Fort Jennings

Division: III

Coach: Kevin Horstman (24th year, 21st at Fort Jennings)

2018 league finish: Seventh

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Kristen Luersman (800)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Abby Grone (sr., sprints), Kristen Luersman (jr., middle distance); Jessie Foust (soph., throws)

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Trinity Gilbert (sr., throws), Lexie Stant (sr., throws); Mackenna Stechschulte (jr., sprints); Marina Lucas (fr., sprints); Grace Martz (fr., sprints); Sarah Gasser (fr., sprints); Kaylee Gilchriest (fr., throws); Aubrey Jacomet (fr., middle distance); Haven Knippen (fr., hurdles); Abigail Koester (fr., sprints); Ellie Lindeman (fr., sprints); Gabby Martz (fr., throws); Casey Suever (fr. throws).

Coach’s analysis: The Musketeers return Abby Grone, a three-year letter winner (sprints) and Kristen Luersman a two year letter winner (middle distance). Luersman is the school record holder and returning state qualifier in the 800 meter run. Weaknesses include overall depth. We lack numbers in most events, but we have good leadership from Abby and Kristen. We hope to develop a team to complement what we have in Kristen. A team that works hard and competes daily.

Kalida

Division: III

Coach: Scott Miller (four years)

2018 league finish: Second

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Hannah Berheide (200)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Morgan Mock, Maclerin Morrissey, McKayla Maag, Carlie Rampe, Grace Miller, Abby Maag, Hannah Berheide, and Brenna Smith

Promsing newcomers: We have 10 incoming freshmen that were very successful on the track the last two years JH. The coaches are very excited to see where these young freshmen will fit into on the track team. They will also add depth to out team.

Coach’s analysis: A big strength of our team this year will be the depth that is beginning to be created. We will be a very well rounded team with a good mix of experience and youth in most events. Some of the technical events will still be a struggle early on in the season. We will try to work on adding depth to the vault and jumps. We also lose two event state qualifier Taylor Lucke and senior Kierstan Siebeneck from the distance crew and will look to find replacements. I think we have some excellent leadership by our seniors and experienced returners. We also have some young talented girls that are working very hard. The team attitude has been great and they are working hard each day to get better.

Leipsic

Division: III

Coach: Gary Kreinbrink (10th season)

2018 league finish: Fourth in PCL, ninth in Blanchard Valley Conference

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Carlee Siefker (sr., long jump, 1,600 relay, 200, 400); Peyton Henry (sr., 1,600, 3,200 relays, 1,600, 3,200); Selena Loredo (sr., 400, 800 relays, 800); Olivia Nunez (sr., high jump, 1,600 relay, 400); Claire Rigel (sr., shot put, discus, 3,200 relay, 800); Savannah Guevara (jr., 1,600, 3,200); Lyndie Hazelton (jr., pole vault, discus, hurdles, relays); Ella Rigel (soph., shot put, discus, relays); Morgan Schroeder (soph., hurdles, relays); Jillian Lutz (soph., long jump, hurdles, relays).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Reece Dulle (soph., distance); Lola Wensink (fr., high jump, 1,600, 3,200 relays, 1600), Peyton Heitmeyer (long jump, 3,200 relay, 800); Paige Revuelta (soph., relays, 400); Jackie Giron (jr., shot put, discus); Brooke Brown (jr., sprints relays).

Coach’s analysis: Leipsic has a combination of veterans and underclassmen and will be competitive in most events.

Ottoville

Division: III

Coach: Cory Eickholt (second season)

2018 league finish: Fifth

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Brynlee Hanneman (discus)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Quinley Schlagbaum (sr., hurdles, 400), Brynlee Hanneman (sr., shot put, discus), Kylee Hoersten (jr., shot put, discus), Haley Hoersten (sr., shot put, discus), Tori Thomas (soph., hurdles, 400), Alexa Honigford (soph., long jump)

Promising newcomers: Kasey Knippen (sr.), Aly Saxton (fr.), Heaven Ross (fr.), Shayla German (fr.), Gwyn Martz (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We will have another motivated group of seniors returning this year along with some talented athletes in several different field events. We should have a strong showing at meets with our best chance at points coming from our throwers, sprinters, and hurdlers. With our throwers building off the progress from last season, they should have another good opportunity to make it down to Columbus. Scoring in our relays and distance events will be a challenge for us this year but we have some motivated Freshmen and sophomores that should help to keep us competitive in those races. Overall we have a very solid team and I look for us to have a lot of fun and success throughout the 2019 season.

Pandora-Gilboa

Division: III

Coach: Brenda Terrian (second)

2018 league finish: Third in PCL, sixth in BVC

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Alaina Basinger (100)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Olivia Schulte (sr., hurdles, relays); Alania Basinger (sr., long jump, sprints, relays); Addilyn Diller (sr., sprint, relays); Sarah Schulz (sr., shot, discus); Fatima Salinas (sr., shot, discus); Lexie Neuenschwander (soph., high jump, relays); Caitlyn Maag (soph., pole vault, relays), Madison Hovest (soph., shot put, discus)

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Jaden Kohli (fr., sprints, relays); Taelor Miller (fr., sprints, relays, 800); Lillie Nofziger (fr., sprints, relays); Hailey Dysert (fr., shot put, discus); Regan Russell (soph., relays, sprints).

Coach’s analysis: Looking forward to another great year with our athletes. We are low in numbers again this year but have talent in our athletes. We have a returning state qualifier in the 100 and three of our four runners returning in the 400 relay this year who made it to regionals last year. Our field events should do very well also this year. Looking forward to see them reach their goals that they set for themselves.

Midwest Athletic Conference

Coldwater

Division: II

Coach: Mark Bruns (fourth season)

2018 league finish: Fourth

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Katie Alig (long jump)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Rachel Lyons (sr., shot and discus), Katelynn Vagedes (sr., pole vault, long jump); Brittany Walterbusch (sr., 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600); Amanda Melhouse (sr., shot, discus); Courtney Bye (jr., 800, 1,600, 3,200); Alicia Knapke (jr., shot, discus); Bree Knapke (jr., shot, discus); Jessica Break (jr., pole vault); Katie Alig (jr., shot, long jump, 400, 800 relays); Shelby Giere (jr., 100 and 300 hurdles), Serinety Bubp (jr., 800 relay); Maria Clune (soph., 1,600 relay, 400); Bethany Honigford (soph., 1,600 relay, pole vault, 400, 800); Sara Honigford (soph., 1,600 relay, 400, 800); Mallory Kremer (soph., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Katie Noonan (soph., high jump)

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Carlee Goodwin (fr., 100, 200, pole vault); Paige Ayers (fr., 200); Claire Wourms (fr. 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Ava Giere (fr., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Lindsey Pease (fr., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200).

Coach’s analysis: We have 40 girls out for this year’s team, and with added depth we are looking to be very competitive this season. Our girls won the Mercer County meet last year, and have a lot of returning letter winners. Katie Alig led us in points last season, and qualified for state in long jump, and also went to regionals in shot put. Her sister Haley joins us as a freshman and will compete very well in distance events. They are cousins to Sarah Kanney who is at Ohio State running distance, and was a great runner at Coldwater. We are a young team, but have a lot of talent in different areas. Courtney Bye finished third in the MAC at 3,200, Bree and Alicia Knapke should do very well in throwing events. Jessica Break is our school record holder in pole vault and had a very successful indoor season. Mallory Kremer was our top sprinter last year as a freshman, and finished fifth in the MAC in the 200. With an influx of freshman girls who went to junior high state as eighth-graders in the 800 relay. Shelby Giere finished 12th at regionals in 100 Hurdles, and will also be our top 300 hurdler. If we continue to improve throughout the season and stay injury free, this should be one of our better seasons as an overall team. Competing in Division II is certainly daunting, but we should be up to the task.

Delphos St. John’s

Division: III

Coach: Archie Metcalfe

2018 league finish: Ninth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Josie Schulte (sr., distance), Taylor Zuber (sr., sprints), Jenia Freewalt (jr., long distance), Kambrynn Rohr (soph., distance), Elly Wrasman (soph., sprints), Emma Reindel (soph., sprints), Courtney Ebbeskotte (soph., field events), Audrey Ferguson (soph., sprints), Reagan Ulm (soph., distance), Elizabeth Gerow (soph., long distance), Addi Mueller (soph., sprint)

Coach’s analysis: We have two really good senior leaders in Josie Schulte and Taylor Zuber, both are four-year letter winners, are very competitive and hard workers. They have been a blessing to have for four years. And I hope that the younger girls will follow in their footsteps.

Jenia Freewalt is our only junior. She will do anything you ask her to and really loves to run. We have a big sophomore class. If these girls keep working as hard as they have been, we expect a lot of good things from them and should only get better in the next couple of years. We only have two freshmen out this year in Kitty Kopack (distance) and Marissa Wieging (sprints), Both of these girls ran on the junior high team last year and did some very good things. We do not have very big numbers, and it is hard to compete as a team in our league, as there will be some events we will not enter any athletes in, we have to make sure we don’t wear the girls down before we get to the league meets and the districts, as I believe we have a couple of individuals, and a couple of relay teams that have a legitimate shot of finishing near the top. This group of girls are really hard workers and want to succeed, and can look and lean on the upperclassmen to carry them and lead them. We are working on figuring out what events we are going to be able to participate in. We hopefully should surprise some on field events too. Our league should be very strong again this year, as always.

Fort Recovery

Division: III

Coach: Kylee Moody (second season as head coach, fourth season with program)

2018 league finish: Seventh

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Cassidy Martin (400)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Ava Bubp (soph., middle distance); Elena Evers (soph., throws); Audrey Guggenbiller (sr., sprints); Cassidy Martin (sr., middle distance); Hanna Metzger (soph., distance); Sarah Siefring (soph., distance, high jump), Anna Wendel (soph., distance); Kierra Wendel (soph., sprints); Chloe Will (sr., distance).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: We have a couple of strong female throwers, but we lack in our jumps and hurdles. That’s an area we’re going to work on developing. Our Senior leadership is outstanding; they’re focused, hard-working and will do anything the coaches ask of them. Cassidy had a good showing at the State meet last year, and Chloe is coming off of a great State campaign from CC. They’d like to cap off their senior seasons in Columbus, as well as knock down a few school records along the way. It’s going to be an exciting season!

Marion Local

Division: III

2018 league finish: Sixth

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Aubrey Thobe (long jump)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Rachel Arling (sr., throws); Kelsey Broering (jr., distance); Kacie Clune (sr., throwers); Alison Blackford (soph., distance); Natalie Rethman (sr., sprints); Grace Knapke (sr., high jump, 400); Morgan Mescher (sr., sprints); Brooke Homan (jr., sprints); Aubrey Thobe (sr., hurdles, long jump); Kinsey Thobe (soph., hurdles); Becca Rindler (soph., hurdles, 800).

Coach’s analysis: The girls team has gone from 15 members to 25 this season. The freshman class is very talented and won the MAC junior high meet last year. With the numbers up, we will be able to have athletes in all the events. Aubrey Thobe returns for her senior season looking to make it back to state in the long jump. The coaching staff has high expectations for the season.

Minster

Division: III

Coach: Jessie Magoto (ninth season)

2018 league finish: First

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Kaitlynn Albers (3,200 relay, 1,600), Madeline Magoto (1,600, 3,200 relays), Jessica Falk (400, 800 relay), Ivy Wolf (400, 800 relay), Gwen Meiring (3,200)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Madeline Magoto (sr., 1,600, 3,200 relays, 800); Kaitlynn Albers (sr., 3,200 relay, 1,600); Hannah Pack (sr., high jump, long jump); Jessica Falk (sr., sprint relays); Gwen Meiring (jr., 3,200); Ella Boate (soph., 1,600, 3,200); Ivy Wolf (soph., sprint relays); Dana Prenger (soph., throws); Ava Sharp (soph., long jump, high jump); Mason Pohl (soph., middle distance).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Ella mescher (high jump)

Coach’s analysis: We have a strong varsity with plenty of postseason experience. Our young athletes are hard workers and eager to see what they can accomplish.

New Bremen

Division: III

Coaches: Mark Sharp (20 years), Chad Williams (24 years), Julie Gerguson (14 years), Kris Kuck (three years)

2018 league finish: Third

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Tess Lane (100 hurdles), Elli Roetgerman (high jump), Macy Puthoff (long jump, 1,600 relay), Rachel Kremer (1,600 relay).

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Rachel Kremer (sr.); Andrea Heitkamp (sr., distance); Kayla Bergman (sr., shot put, distance); Macy Puthoff (jr., long jump); Ellie Roetgerman (soph., high jump); Tess Lane (soph., 100 hurdles).

Additional athletes expected to play key roles: Kaylee Freund (fr., hurdles, sprints); Aliyah Truman (fr., hurdles, sprints); Mara Brackman (middle distance)

New Knoxville

Division: III

Coach: Samantha Fledderjohann (second season)

2018 league finish: 10th

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Erin Scott (shot put)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Erin Scott (sr., shot put); Samantha Steinecker (sr., long jump);

Taylor Gonzalez (sr., relays); Jacklyn Leffel (jr., high jump); Liberty Menke (soph. relays, 400); Lola Thompson (soph., relays, 200); Gretchen Dwenger (soph., hurdles, relays).

Coach’s analysis: Our numbers are way up on our girls team, and I look for them to be competitive at every meet. For the first time in years we have a girls team in all four relay events. Returning state contender and school shot put record holder Erin Scott returns with her eye on the podium in Columbus. We’ve got some experienced leadership in our upperclassmen and some young talent in our lower classmen. I look for these girls to make their own mark in the MAC.

Parkway

Division: III

Dan Cairns (seventh season)

2018 league finish: Fifth

Returning 2018 state qualifiers:

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Rachel Barrett (jr., sprints); Ansley Burtch (jr., sprints, hurdles); Alexis Cairns (jr., throws); Leah Harshman (jr., throws); Clarissa Krogman (jr. throws); Monica Steen (jr., throws); Ashlyn White (distance).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Rachel Breese (jr., throws); Kara Heck (sr., throws, sprints); Lily Hipply (jr., throws); Kassidy Crouch (fr., throws, sprints); Alexis Ferrell (fr., sprints); Raegan Roehm (fr., throws); Montanna Vann (fr., throws, sprints)

Coach’s analysis: Even though this year’s team is lacking in numbers it does have some quality individuals. Rachel Barrett and Ansley Burtch return as members of the record-setting 400 relay team that finished seventh in the state in 2017. The girl throwers, all of whom are juniors, are also loaded with talent and potential. Alexis Cairns, Leah Harshman, Clarissa Krogman and Monica Steen were all highly competitive in every meet they threw in last year as sophomores and are expected to go far this year. Rounding out this year’s team will be junior distance runner Ashlyn White, who has been one of the top distance runners for the Parkway cross country and track teams each of the past two seasons. The team is small compared to years past. Other than throwing we do not have a lot of depth and will struggle in relay meets due to a lack of numbers. I anticipate us struggling in large track meets due to our team size but see a lot of potential for us individually to get numerous people out of districts and possibly to state.

St. Henry

Division: III

2018 league finish: Eighth

Returning 2018 state qualifiers:

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Alexis Heath (sr., 1,600 relay, 800); Jessica Langenkamp (jr., pole vault, 800, 1,600 relays, 400); Colleen Meyer (jr., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Brooke Speck (jr., pole vault, 800, 1,600 relays, 400); Cora Stammen (jr., 400 relay, 100 hurdles); Marlee Vaughn (jr., high jump, 400, 800 relays).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Alyssa Buschur (jr., sprints); Erin Clune (sr., distance); Hannah Osterholt (jr., middle distance, hurdles).

Coach’s analysis: As always, our staff has high expectations for our girls’ squad this year. We bring back a handful of girls who competed at a high level last season, making it to regionals (Alexis Heath in the 800, Jessica Langenkamp in the pole vault, Marlee Vaughn in the high jump and Colleen Meyer in the 400 relay) and those who just narrowly missed getting there. Early in this season, I can can see a determination in the team’s eye to do more than we did last year. We have executed well in conditioning thus far and the team is making great strides to be ready for our first meets at the end of March.

Northwest Central Conference

Hardin Northern

Division: III

Carlie Roby (second season)

2018 league finish: Fifth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Rylie Bame (sr., sprints, shot put); Kara Pugh (sr., distance); Jolee Herrod-Gonzalez (jr., sprints); Renee Newton (soph., sprints, high jump, pole vault); Mara Ruhlen (soph., distance)

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Kelcie Couch (jr., distance); Dayja Slocum (soph., throws); Jadi Herrod-Gonzalez (fr., sprints, hurdles); Eris McCoy (fr., throws); Tosha Shepherd (fr., sprints).

Coach’s analysis: We have a pretty young team with only two seniors. We are still looking to build on lour season from spring 2018. We are looking to be more competitive with athletes competing in different areas. We look to be stronger in our throwing this year and equally competitive on the running side. Overall, we are looking to push our athletes to their best and see what they can do.

Perry

Division: III

Coach: Dan Kirby (1oth season)

2018 league finish: Eighth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Tia Barfield (jr., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Susan Rex (jr., shot put, discus); Kaylynn Boyed (jr., shot put, discus).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Zierre Thompson (soph., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Na’Niya Frazier (fr., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Jadlyn Ardner (fr., shot put, discus).

Coach’s analysis: Small squad. Very young. Tia Barfield is a returning regional qualifier. We look for big things from Tia in 2019.

Ridgemont

Division: III

Coach: Nick Cox (fifth season)

2018 league finish: Fourth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Lexi Oates (sr., distance); Rachael Stacklin (sr., sprints); Brooke Dilbone (jr., distance); Cami Lowery (jr., distance).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Alli Howard (sr., distance, throws); Danielle Mouser (sr., throws); Maddie Amspaugh (soph., throws); Callie Cromer (fr., hurdles); Amanda Howland (fr., pole vault, throws); Kayla Munafo (fr., springs, long jump); Zoei Wilson (fr., sprints).

Coach’s analysis: We are very young and inexperience this season. Our team goal for the season will be for each athlete to improve in their event from meet to meet.

Temple Christian

Division: III

Coach: Adam Blevins (eighth season)

2018 league finish: Ninth

Athletes likely to earn varsity letters this year: Allison Durst (jr.), Jenessa Klingler (jr.), Lindsey Stump (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: We’re excited to grow and develop a fresh group of athletes and remain competitive throughout the season.

Upper Scioto Valley

Division: III

Coach: Charles Renner (28th season)

2018 league finish: Fifth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Alexa Lowry (sr., sprints); Maddie Saunders (sr., distance); Allison Moore (soph., throws)

Coach’s analysis: Small team working hard. Will have individual success, but lack of depth will make team success difficult.

Waynesfield-Goshen

Division: III

Coach: Jim Epperly (21st season)

2018 league finish: Second

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Megan Barden (sr., relays, middle distance); Kiara Roof (sr., relays, middle distance); Savanna Spencer (sr., throws); Jenna Funk (jr., throws); Claudia High (jr., distance); Ashley Werling (jr., sprints); Cecilia Werner (jr., hurdles, vault); Erin Miller (jr., relays); Rylie Barrington (soph., hurdles, relays)

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Kayla Wicker (sr., throws, jumps, relays); Kyleigh Bigelow (fr., pole vault, sprints); Kaylee Earl (fr., throws); Kethryn High (fr., relays); Mariah Lender (fr., sprints); Jayde Newport (fr., sprints); Zoe Lambert (fr., jumps, relays); Aliva Spangler (fr., sprints, relays); Leah Werner (fr., hurdles, relays); Kapri Wilson (fr., throws); Molly Zechman (fr., throws, relays).

Coach’s analysis: The W-G girls will be looking to improve as the season goes on. Kiara, Megan and Savanna will be looked upon to be solid leaders as we progress toward our goal of winning an NWCC championship. We will need to improve in some areas and get healthy as the year goes along.

Others

Cory-Rawson

Division: III

Coach: Gary Holland (first season)

2018 league finish: 13th in BVC

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Mazie Parkins (jr., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100); Tae Moore (jr., shot put); Hannah Hasson (jr., 800, 1,600 relays, 300 hurdles); Paige Wolford (soph., shot put, discus); Aylissa Shoemaker (soph. 400 relay, discus, 100, 200); Grace Roebke (soph., 1,600, 3,200 relays, 800, 1,600); Madison Risner (soph., 800, 1,600 relays, 400); Katie Bish (soph., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100 hurdles).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Lily Woods (sr., 3,200 relay, 800); Ashley Schaller (sr., 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600, 3,200); Octavia Hassan (fr., 800, 1,600 relays, 200, 400); Mackenzie Schimmoeller (fr., 1,600, 3,200, 3,200 relay).

Coach’s analysis: We only have two seniors who are both out for their first year so I will be relying on my junior and sophomore classes to lead the team.

Lima Central Catholic

Division: III

Coach: Kayla Mullenhour (fourth season)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Kassidy Meyer (jr., sprints, relays); Jocelyn Morrisey (jr., sprints, relays, 400, 800, long jump); Avery Rice (sr., middle distance, relays, 800); Katherin Siatkosky (soph., sprints, relays, long jump); Anna Delamotte (soph., throws, shot put, discus).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Kristina Zupan (fr., distance); Allison Young (fr., relays, sprints, 400); Annika Wilker (fr., sprints, relays); Hailey Tidd (jr., distance); Lauren Chaney (soph., jumps); Arianna Vorise (jr., sprints); Quinnteana Rios (jr., sprints, throws); Erica King (jr., sprints, throws); Adi Howell (fr., sprints, hurdles).

Coach’s analysis: I’m excited to see where this season takes the T-birds. We had 18 seniors (boys and girls) graduate last year, so I’m excited to see some of the underclassmen stepping up and being strong leaders. Anna Delamotte is looking to make some noise this year in the shot put as she has been working hard in the offseason. Returners Jocelyn Morrisey and Avery Rice will be strong contenders in the mid-distance events as well.

Lima Senior

Division: I

Coach: Emmanuel Curtis (sixth season)

2018 league finish: First (Three Rivers Athletic Conference)

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Deji’ona Shurelds Simpson (800 relay), Elyse Kelley (800 relay)

Returning letter winners: Elyse Kelley (sr., sprints); Indian Benton (jr., long sprints, middle distance); Deji’ona Shurelds Simpson (soph., long sprints, middle distance); Ka’Niych Stevens (soph., sprints).

Others likely to earn varsity letters: Lynnae Wheeler (fr.); Dieva Glenn (soph.); Lakiyn Wheeler (fr.); Lexis Tarks (soph.); Emalea Collins (fr.).

Coach’s analysis: Spartans will be focusing on maxing the ability of our four returning letter winners and developing our younger talent. After a successful four-year run that has produced a district and TRAC championship, as well as placing eight alumni who are competing on the collegiate level. We will definitely remain tough and competive.

Erin Downing, left, and Alyssa Ellerbrock return for Columbus Grove and reaching state last year. Dean Brown | The Lima News
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