Lima area boys track capsules

Kalida’s Josh Verhoff begins the outdoor season after setting a record in winning the state indoor Division II/III 200-meter dash with a time of 21.68 seconds.

Kalida’s Josh Verhoff begins the outdoor season after setting a record in winning the state indoor Division II/III 200-meter dash with a time of 21.68 seconds.

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Western Buckeye League


Division: II

Coach: Kendra Bassitt (fourth season)

2018 league finish: Tied for seventh

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Vinny Abrams (sr, 3,200 relay, 1,600, 3,200); Harrison Abrams (soph., 3,200 relay, 400, 800); Micah Cox (sr., throws); Isaiah Cox (soph., long jump, hurdles); Blaze Maynard (soph., throws); Hunter Reed (sr., sprints); Logan Wheeler (sr., sprints, hurdles); Jeremy Jeffery (soph., sprints, jumps).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Ian Armentrout (fr., relays, 100, 200, 400); Jadin Marquez (fr., relays, 200, 400); Keaton Liles (fr., long jump, relays, 100, 200); Collin Hoehn (soph., throws), Robert Mooney (200, 400, long jump); Steven Shook (jr., 100, 200, long jump); Joshua Carman (sr., high jump); Tanner Delacerda (soph., throws).

Coach’s analysis: We are returning a number of experienced middle distance athletes on the boys’ side. Our freshman class along with first-year junior and seniors will help give us some versatility where we need it.


Division: I

2018 league finish: First

No other information provided.


Division: II

Coach: Tim Folger (third season)

2018 league finish: Second

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: KeShawn Spivey (110 hurdles), Dravyn Jones (400 relay), Nazareus Wright (400 relay).

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Cameron Fetter (sr., 400 relay); Corbin Fingerle (sr. 3,200 relay, 1,600); Dravyn Jones (sr., 400, 1600 relays, 100, 200); Jacob Michael (sr., pole vault); Jayden Pullen (sr. 800, 1,600, 3,200 relays, 400); Jon Stotts (sr., 3,200 relay, 1,600, 3,200); Nazareus Wright (sr., 400, 1,600 relays, 100, long jump); Derek Brockert (jr., 800, 1,600, 3,200 relays, 400); Joel Purugannan (jr., pole vault); KeShawn Spivey (jr., 110 and 300 hurdles, high jump, 800 relay); Sean Dancs (soph., 3,200); Ryan Moore (soph., 3,200 relay, 800); Layton Mowery (soph., 800 and 1,600 relay, 200, high jump).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Arzaiah Little (sr., 400, 1,600 relays, 100, 200); Larry Slygh (sr., shot put, discus); Devon Barnett (jr., 110 and 300 hurdles, high jump); Ethan Hunt (jr., 800 relay, 100, 200, long jump); Caden Marsee (jr., shot put, discus); Dylan Harmon (soph., shot put, discus); Scott Holmgren (soph., 3,200 relay, 800).

Coach’s analysis: Thirteen returning letter winners provide leadership for a Bulldog squad with goals to compete for a WBL title, district title, and send several athletes to the state meet. Elida will be strong in the sprints, relays, hurdles and pole vault. Seniors Dravyn Jones and Nazareus Wright will anchor a 400 relay that placed fifth at the 2018 state meet. Junior KeShawn Spivey is poised for a strong season after winning the 60m hurdles at the 2019 OATCCC indoor state championship.


Division: II

Coach: Chuck Downing (19th season)

2018 league finish: Ninth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Landon Bartlett (sr., 3,200 relay, 400, 800, 1,600); Brady Cameron (jr., pole vault); Reed Cook (jr., high jump); Bryce Ellis (jr., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, long jump, 100, 200); Hayden Hicks (sr., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100, 200); Logan Hurt (soph., 110, 300 hurdles, 100, 200); Malik Jett (jr., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Jacob Jolliff (sr., shot put, discus); Noah Leffler (sr., shot put, discus); KP Miller (soph., pole vault); Preston Oates (sr., shot put discus), Andrew Taylor (jr., 800, 1,600 relays, 200, 400); Noah Thibaut (sopoh., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Landen West (soph., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Keegan Wright (soph., 3,200 relay, 300 hurdles, 800, 1,600, 3,200), Jacob Zepeda (sr., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100, 200, 400)

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Jayden Cornell (soph., long jump, 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100, 200); Ethan Manns (jr., 3,200 relay; 800, 1,600, 3,200); Jaron Sharp (sr., long jump, 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100, 200, 400); Keegan Wright (soph., 3,200 relay, 300 hurdles, 800, 1,600, 3,200).

Coach’s analysis: We have a great group of young men and women on our team. Our boys sprints and jumps will be our strengths.


Division: II

Brian Heebsh (fourth season as head coach, 22 years with program)

2018 league finish: Tied for seventh

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Josh Rosengarten (sr., distance), Connor Niese (sr., distance), Dwayne Quinn (sr., sprints); Shawn Beverly (jr., sprints); Garret Croy (jr., middle distance); Eric Heebsh (jr., sprints); Clay Recker (jr., sprints); Solomon Bensman (jr., sprints).

Top prospects: Connor Haselman (soph., pole vault); Gavin Hedrick (soph., hurdles); Murray Niese (soph., sprints); Marco Rosales (soph, throws); Carter Schroeder (soph., hurdles); Ian Fenbert (fr., middle distance).

Coach’s analysis: We have a strong core of eight returning lettermen who gained valuable experience and were competitive in the league and districts as underclassmen. They are a hard-working bunch that are improving each year and are as excited as I am about their potential this season. These young men are a class act and will serve as excellent leaders for the large number of freshmen and sophomores that will make up the core of our team for years to come.


Division: I

Coach: Mike Lewis (third season)

2018 league finish: Sixth

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Christian Ford (100, 200)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Micah Chambers (sr., hurdles); Austin Edwards (sr., hurdles); Caleb Fisher (sr., shot put, discus); Christian Ford (sr., 100, 200, 400); Josh Kuhlman (sr., 1,600); Marcus VanMeter (sr., shot put, discus); Gabe Williams (sr., 1,600); Keegan Fay (jr., shot put, discus); Trever Miller (jr., pole vault); Owen Schoonover (jr., 100, long jump); Brody Bolois (soph., high jump); Zach Chambers (soph., 100, 200); Grant Ricker (soph., 100, 200, high jump); Alec Robertson (soph., 100, 200); Ryan VanMeter (soph., 100, 200); Kenton Waldraup (soph., high jump).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Jason Farmer (fr., 100); Isaiah Johns (fr., 1,600).

Coach’s analysis: Looking at the year’s team, we expect the 2019 season to be exciting. With the return of Christian Ford for his final year, a return to Columbus is likely. We lost some key athletes from last year, but replaced them with some excellent underclassmen. When looking at the roster, I see talent and depth at nearly every event.

St. Marys

Division: II

2018 league finish: 10th

No other information provided.

Van Wert

Division: II

Coach: Mark Collins (20 years)

2018 league finish: Fifth

2018 state qualifiers who did not graduate last year: Austin Clay (shot put)

Returning 2018 letter winners: Blake Henry, Austin Clay, Kenneth Salcido, Asnake Steyer, Sam Cassidy, James Hagaman, Noah Carter, Gage Chiles, Ryan Chen, Colin Place, Ben Lange, Jacob Hart, Jackson Edwards.

Coach’s analysis: Expectations for 2018 season include to compete for the WBL title, and advance athletes to the state level. Austin Clay finished third in the indoor state meet in the shot put and weight throw. He has signed with Central Michigan University.


Division: I

2018 league finish: Fourth

No other information provided.

Northwest Conference


Coach: Tyler Craig (sixth season)

Division: III

Coach: Chris Grothaus (15 years)

2018 conference finish: Fourth

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Noah Mattson (shot put)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Noah Mattson (sr., throws); Nate McClure-Nira (sr., thrower); Miguel Jordan (sr., 800); Sam Hibbard (sr., sprints); Alex Morgan (jr., hurdles, pole vault); Michael Crouse (jr., 400); Ian Dellifield (soph., high jump)

Coach’s analysis: We have a very hard working group of young men. They prepare and work hard every day. We are led by a good group of seniors who are good examples for our younger athletes. We should be competitive in our meets and hope to be in the top half at conference.

Allen East

Division: III

Coach: Michael Halker (first season)

2018 conference finish: Seventh

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Albert Hughes (sr., sprints, jumps, relays); Austin McKenzie (jr., sprints, relays); Nick Baughman (jr., hurdles, sprints); Gavin Hutchison (jr., middle distance); Gabe Criblez (soph., throws, sprints).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Cole Austin (soph., throws, sprints); Logan McClure (jr., middle distance, jumps, relays); Aiden Robey (fr., distance, middle distance, relays); Alic Winner (fr., throws); Caleb Welch (soph., sprints).

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.


Division: III

Coach: Bill Theisen (fourth season)

2018 conference finish: Second

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Asher Antrim (3,200 relay), Simon Derstine (3,200 relay), Luke Young (3,200 relay), Baylor Garmatter (3,200 relay)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Luke Young (sr., 400, 800); DeAndre Nassar (sr., throws); Tanner Pinks (sr., 1,600, 3,200); Jackson Steinmetz (sr., 1,600, 3,200); Chad Veit (sr., sprints, throws); Baylor Garmatter (jr., 400, 800); Nicholas Beach (jr., sprints, long jump); Xavier Dunifon (jr., hurdles); Sumner Kibele (jr., hurdles); Sam Luke (jr., throws); Brandt Manns (jr., sprints, long jump); Asher Antrim (soph., 800, 1,600); Simon Derstine (soph., 800, 1,600); Eli Lemley (soph., 100, 200); Jonathon Shriner (soph., 200, 400); Elijah Conley (soph., 1,600, 3,200).

Promising Newcomers: Matt Daws (jr., sprints, high jump); Andrew Heldman (soph., sprints); Brien Bassinger (soph., 100, 200); Nick Jebson (soph., middle distance); Jayden Mays (soph., hurdles, long jump); Ethan Bogart (fr., hurdles).

Coach’s analysis: The boys team should once again be competing for one of the top places in the NWC championship. The team has strong upper class leadership along with several new athletes allowing them to be competitive in most events.

Columbus Grove

Division: III

Coach: Chris Grothaus (15 years)

2018 conference finish: First in NWC and Putnam County League

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Grant Mumaugh (sr., distance); Jordan Bellman (sr., distance); Grayson Flores (sr., sprints); Hunter Roethlisberger (sr., throws); Dane Selby (sr., intermediate, high jump); Isaiah DeLuna (sr., throws); Caiden Watkins (jr., intermediate); Deuce Alt (jr., intermediate); Evan Hopkins (jr., pole vault); Tanner Smith (jr., intermediate); Breece Pingle (jr., distance); Cody Tabler (soph., hurdles); Zeke Halker (soph., jumps); Jon Banal (soph., hurdles, long jump); Gabe Clement (soph., pole vault, sprints); Ethan Halker (soph., throws)

Promising newcomers: Jarid Goedde (sr., sprints); Collin Metzger (fr., sprints); Carson Closson (fr., distance); Caleb Stechschulte (fr., distance); Ezra Jones (soph., intermediate)

Coach’s analysis: We have 17 letter winners back so we expect our team depth to be much improved this season.We should be very strong in our field events this year as well as having great depth in our middle distance and distance events on the track. We need to improve in the sprints and find more depth in our throws program. We are still a little bit young so we will need to find a way to peak at the right time. After only graduating three seniors we feel as though the team should be much improved this season. Our goals are to repeat as conference champions but also to advance as many athletes as possible to regionals and on to the state meet this year. We have an excellent freshman class coming in that will have an immediate impact.


Division: III

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

2018 conference finish: Sixth

Key athletes to watch: Jordan Perrott (sr., sprints, relays); Josiah Beck (sr., hurdles); Clancey Morgan (sr., hurdles); Robert Gonzalez (sr., throws); Isaiah LaTurner (jr., throws); Caylib Pruett (sprints, relays); Cameron Cearns (jr., distance); Wyatt Richardson (distance, relays); Jordan Updegrove (soph., hurdles); Dayton Schuerman (soph., distance); Dylan Barricklow (fr., throws); Hayden Tomlinson (fr., distance); Trevon Barton (fr., throws).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year:

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: Eric Wallace (second season)

2018 conference finish: Tied for eighth

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Kole McKee (400 relay), Brayden McClure (400 relay)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Kole McKee (sr.); Jacob McClure (sr.); Brayden McClure (sr.); Jeffrey Caputo (jr.); Seth Estle (soph.); Josh Radler (soph.).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Logan Teman (jr.); John Radler (jr.); Kaden Schrader (jr.); Julian Grant (soph.); Cody Redmon (fr.); Kayne Miller (fr.); Jacob McConnahea (fr.); Anthony Bodine (fr.); Garrett Hart (fr.); Bruce Hutchison (fr.); Logan Stemen (fr.).

Coach’s analysis: Strong in sprints and better in distance this year. Have some young talented athletes coming up.


Division: III

Coach: Matt Langdon

2018 conference finish: Third

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Evan Cox (high jump), Brad Korte (long jump)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Collin Puckett (sr.), Logan Williams (sr.), Jacob Keysor (sr.), Karter Tow (sr.); Alek Bowersock (sr.); Jorge Salinas (sr.); Austin Welker (sr.); Ryan Moody (sr.); Drew Brenneman (jr.); Devon Bill (jr.); Brad Korte (jr.); Joe Sadowski (jr.); Colton Trenkamp (jr.); Cole Gorman (soph.); Camden Miller (soph.); Dylan Schimmoeller (soph); Landon Moody (soph.).

Others to watch: Grant Slusher (sr.); Jacob Hausenstein (sr.); Dillon Ellerbrock (jr.); Jared Rusk (jr.); Jerron Taylor (jr.); Alex Rosbaugh (soph.); Dawson Kimmet (soph.); Sam Wolfrum (soph.); Connor Johnson (fr.); Avery Slusher (fr.); Daegan Hatfield (fr.); Jackson Robinson (fr.); Ethan Crow (fr.), James Reinhart (fr.).

Coach’s analysis: The boys team returns 19 letter winners from 2018 including several state qualifiers. Brad Korte qualified for the state meet last year in the long jump and he returns as a junior. Senior, Alek Bowersock, first team All-Ohio in cross country, returns along with individual state qualifiers from the fall in Jacob Keysor and Karter Tow. Karter was also a state indoor qualifier in the 1,600 and the 3,200. The boy’s team finished third last season at the NWC, only a few points from the top spot. We have a lot of last year’s talent returning in 2019 so we are very excited about the boys team and what they can accomplish this season. We have a talented and dedicated group of seniors that have already been working extremely hard this winter. We are also hoping that the success of the cross country team in the fall will carry over to the spring season in track as well as the winter training the boys have been doing. We are also looking forward to our freshman class making contributions to the team as well.


Division: II

Coach: Paige Ordway (first season)

2018 conference finish: Tied for eighth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Owen Carnahan (jr); Riley Coil (jr.); Jacob Deisler (jr.); Preston Hull (soph.); Brandon Jackson (jr.); Hunter Kesler (sr.); Drew Lumpkins (sr.); Deyton Price (soph.).

Coach’s analysis: Looking to keep moving forward as a whole 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 whole team. I feel we have a lot of competitive, determined athletes that will experience a lot of success this season.


Division: III

Coach: Time Wilson (fourth season)

2018 conference finish: Fifth

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Dylan Baughman (400, 800 relays), Cannan Johnson (400, 800 relays)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Cannan Johnson (sprints, jumps); Conner Holmes (sr., springs, jumps, hurdles); Drew Armstead (sr., sprints, jumps); Seth Schwartz (sr., throws); Dylan Baughman (jr., sprints); Jackson Goecke (jr., sprints, hurdles); Reese Hodge-Miller (jr., throws); Keagan Gaskill (jr., distance); Seth Clark (jr., distance), Isaiah Pugh (soph., throws); Brandon Dues (soph., throws).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Elijah Yahl (jr., throws); Jacob Jenkins (jr., sprints); Cade Elling (fr., sprints, jumps); Reed Miller (fr., distance); Gunner Grigsby (fr., throws, sprints); Heath Gaskill (fr., sprints, hurdles); Dale Smith (fr., jumps); Ethan Martinez (fr., sprints, jumps).

Coach’s analysis: Our numbers are down a little from previous years but we have quite a few returning letter winners that will be able to push the younger guys to become better. Our goal is as always to win the NWC. Cannan and Dylan are both returning state qualifiers and have shown good leadership so far at the start of the season.

Putnam County League


Division: III

2018 league finish: Fifth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Taron Butler (sr.); Jaden Warner (sr.); Noah Becher (jr.); Karson Prowant (jr.); Wyatt Stauffer (jr.); Isaac Gibbs (soph.); Curtis Mansfield (soph.).

Others to watch: Trevor Brecht (jr.); Connor Maag (soph.); Wyatt Davis (fr.); Caden Garcia (fr.); Elijah Mayes (fr.); Dominic Moore (fr.); Zach Okuly (fr.); Luke Recker (fr.); David Speiser (fr.); Dalys Tice (fr.).

Coach’s analysis: We are a smaller group this year with 17 guys. With the majority of the roster being freshmen who have strong work ethics, we look at that to be a factor in how the entire team performs this season. Our two seniors, Taron and Jaden, have worked in the weight room since last track season, and I think that will help them achieve their goals this year. We have some promising freshman sprinters coming in this year with Wyatt Davis and David Speiser.

Fort Jennings

Division: III

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

2018 league finish: Sixth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Adam Noriega (sr., sprints); Ian Ricker (sr., hurdles); Alex Wieging (sr., middle distance); Eric Wieging (soph., middle distance)

Others: Zach Piasecki (sr., throws); Seth Bullock (soph., middle distance); Brayden Bolenbaugh (fr., sprints); Troy Calvelage (fr., throws); Ryan Edinger (fr., middle distance); Gavin Gilbert (fr., sprints); William Lucas (fr., middle distance); Gage Stone (fr., throws); Keaton Suever (fr., sprints); Nick Trentman (fr., middle distance).

Coach’s analysis: The Musketeers return seniors Ian Ricker (hurdles), Adam Noriega (sprints) and Alex Wieging (middle distance). Noriega and Wieging are three-year letter winners. Ian Ricker returns as a two-year letter winner after winning the 110 meter hurdles at the PCL meet last spring. Weaknesses include overall depth. We lack numbers in most events. We have no juniors and only three sophomores. We will be relying on our seniors to provide leadership and support to our freshmen. 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.


Division: III

Coach: Scott Miller (four years at Kalida, 10 overall)

2018 league finish: Second

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Josh Verhoff (800, 1,600 relays, 100, 200), Keith Doepker (1,600 relay), Grant Laudick (800, 1,600 relays), Brad Siefker (1,600 relay), Trevor Vorst (800 relay),

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Josh Verhoff, Trevor Vorst, Grant Laudick, Keith Doepker, Brad Siefker, Treyton Martin, Aden Fersch, Kaden Ellerbrock, Tanner Schultz, Will Zeller, Jayce Horstman, Trevor Siefker

Promising Newcomers: We have a small, but very talented freshman group this year. We are excited to see where they fit in. Also excited by a Connor Krouse, a senior first year track athlete, that will give us some flexibility and depth in our lineup.

Coach’s analysis: Our sprint team will again be a strength this year with four of our top six sprinters back from last year anchored by senior All-Ohioans Josh Verhoff, Grant Laudick and Trevor Vorst. With a few additions to the sprints we should be competitive in the sprints, including all the relays. 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. Our two graduated seniors from last year will be hard to replace in the hurdles and jumps. The outlook I believe is very bright for Kalida track & field. 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 as we will look to improve upon last year’s finish.


Division: III

Coach: Kevan Westenbarger (fifth season)

2018 league finish: Seventh in PCL; 11th in Blanchard Valley Conference

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Alex Hernandez (jr., distance); Caleb Lammers (jr., sprints); Juan Pena (jr., sprints, hurdles, jumps); Anthony Roman (jr., sprints); Ryley Spangler (jr., throws); Cole Williamson (jr., middle distance, sprints, throws); Ethan Chambers (soph., distance); Gabriel Jimenez (soph., middle distance, jumps)

Others to watch: Eric Williamson (sr., throws); Hunter Spangler (jr., throws); Gideon Brake (soph., middle distance, distance); Elijah Saldana (soph., throws, sprints); Roman Delarosa (fr., distance); Aaron Hernandez (fr., middle distance, sprints); Ethan Lammers (fr., sprints, middle distance, jumps); Antwan Parker (fr., throws); LaBrandon Wright (fr., throws).

Coach’s analysis: Good core of lettermen back from last year. Many back from relay teams last year. Concerns: Experience in throwing events.


Division: III

Coach: Ryan Horstman (19th season)

2018 conference finish: Fourth

This year’s squad: Conner Wannemacher (sr., middle distance, sprints); Tyler Birr (sr., throws, sprints, long jump); Zach Spencer (jr., throws); Nolan German (jr., middle distance, distance); Kyle Looser (jr., middle distance, distance); Michael Burgei (jr., throws, sprints); Cole Furley (soph., middle distance, distance); Jacob King (soph., throws); Kyle Manns (hurdles, long jump, high jump); Kaiden Trentman (throws, long jump, sprints); Ben Horstman (soph., distance); Adam Looser (fr., throws); Michael Steffan (middle distance, distance); Will Horstman (middle distance, distance).

Coach’s analysis: Nolan German has been running behind Brendan Siefker for two years and is coming off of his first season of cross country where he qualified for regionals. I believe he is ready to be a factor in any race 800 on up. Zach Spencer, Kaiden Trentman, Michael Burgei and Adam Looser look to push each other in the throwing events this spring. I

think Kyle Manns will be strong in the high jump and will also be there with Grant Kortokrax in the hurdles in which they both continue to improve. The continuation of the habitually small numbers on the track team has all but eliminated my ability to field all events at meets, especially relays. It is hard to compete on a team level when you don’t field all events. Hopefully with bigger class sizes coming up through the school it will translate to bigger numbers in track. For now we will field what makes the most sense for the kids.


Division: III

Mike Terrian (15 years)

2018 conference finish: Third in PCL; sixth in BVC

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Sam Burkholder, Bryce Basinger, Austin Miller, Nick Norton, Riley Larcom (long jump), Travis Maag (300 hurdles), Jackson Ridge (400), Gage Hovest, Zach Duling, Levi Ladden.

Promising Newcomers: Will Huffman, Cole Wentz

Coach’s analysis: Our team is balanced and will score points in most events. the upperclassmen are talented and will be successful this year.

Midwest Athletic Conference


Division: II

Coach: Mark Bruns (fourth season)

2018 conference finish: Sixth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Ryan Leugers (sr., shot, discus); Andrew Schoen (sr., 800, 1,600, 3,200); Galen Backs (sr., pole vault, 400, 800 relays); Alex May (sr., hurdles, 400, 800 relays); Paul Bushur (sr., hurdles, 400, 800 relays); Derek Siefring (sr., pole vault, 400, 1,600 relays).

Others likely to contribute this year: Patrick Cupp (jr., shot, discus); Thomas Pax (jr.); Zach Hamberg (100, 200, 400); Robert Kahlig (soph.), Isaac Schoen (soph., 800, 1,600, 3,200); Dylan Wenning (soph.), Gabe Weaver (soph.), Tyler Schweiterman (fr., hurdles); T.J. Burrows (sr., throws, jumps); Caleb Spencer (jr., shot, discus); Kendrick Tebbe (fr.), Tanner Muhlenkamp (fr., sprints), Landen Bubp (fr.), Caleb Stammen (fr.), Adam Diller (fr.), Blake Findley (fr.), Cameron Crowell (fr.).

Coach’s analysis: Current roster of 26 is the most we have had in a long while. Bringing in 11 freshmen is great for our numbers, but in boys that doesn’t always equal success. With having more depth this year, the Cavs should be improved from last year. Thomas Schwieterman, who graduated, was our best thrower last year and finished eighth in Division II state at discus. We expect a lot of points in pole vault from Galen Backs who is a two-time regional qualifier and finished fifth at that point last year. Ryan Leugers will be our top thrower for the boys. Alex May will be competing in hurdles alongside Tyler Schwieterman, who was third in the 200 hurdles at junior high state last year in competition that doesn’t designate divisions. Derek Siefring, Zach Hamberg, Paul Bushur, Tanner Muhlenkamp, and Jesse Meyer will all make a lot of contributions to varsity this year in sprints and relays. The Schoen brothers of Andrew and Isaac will likely be our top distance runners. With a lot of youth comes a lot of growing pains, but we are excited for the opportunity we get to compete and try and advance as many people as we can come tournament time.

Delphos St. John’s

Division: III

2018 conference finish: Ninth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners:

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year:

Coach’s analysis:

Fort Recovery

Division: III

Coach: Kyle Moody (second season, fourth with program)

2018 conference finish: Fourth

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: Robby LeFevre (400, 800 relays, 100, 200), Riley Pearson (400, 800 relays), Jared Timmerman (800, 1,600 relays), Brayden Schoen (400, 800 relays), Jacob Acheson (400, 1,600 relays), Owen Moorman (1,600 relay), Drew Muhlenkamp (1,600 relay)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Jacob Acheson (jr., sprints); Robby LeFevre (sr., sprints); Owen Moorman (soph., sprints); Drew Muhlenkamp (jr., middle distance); Riley Pearson (jr., sprints); Brayden Schoen (sr., sprints); Jared Timmerman (jr., sprints, long jump).

Coach’s analysis: We have a smaller team this year, so it’s going to be a challenge not to give up points in events simply because we don’t have the numbers. We’re going to do our best to develop and maximize the talent we have. You’re going to see individuals in some different events this year; it’s all working toward the team goal. Almost immediately after last year’s state meet, the boys made a detailed list of goals they wanted to accomplish this track season. Their minds are in the right place and I have no doubt they’re going to accomplish big things this season. Rob has had a successful track career, thus far. We know he wants to go out with a bang, so we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that happens.

Marion Local

Division: III

2018 conference finish: Second

Returning 2018 state qualifiers: John Tangeman (1,600 relay, 400), Luke Schwieterman (1,600 relay), Austin Kremer (1,600 relay)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Luke Brunswick (sr., 110, 300 hurdles, pole vault); Logan Fleck (soph., pole vault, 110, 300 hurdles); Charlie Huelsman (soph., 3,200 relay, 400, 800, 1,600); Austin Kremer (sr., 1,600, 3,200 relays, 800, 1,600); Alex Klosterman (jr., 200, 400, long jump, high jump); Jake Knapke (jr. 110, 300 hurdles, long jump); Ben Mescher (soph., 100, 200, high jump); Simon Mescher (soph., 1,600, 3,200); Matthew Oury (soph., 100, 200); Cody Pohlman (sr., 1,600, 3,200 relays, 400, 800); Eric Schlarman (sr., shot put, discus); Luke Schwieterman (sr., 1,600 relay, 200, 400, 800); John Tangeman (sr., 1,600 relay, 200, 400, long jump); Tanner Ungruhn (sr., 100, 200, triple jump); Austin Wendel (sr., 110, 300 hurdles, long jump, 200, 400).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Nick Tangeman (sr., 100, 200, long jump); Austin Grieshop (fr., 800, 1,600); Luke Tangeman (soph., pole vault); Aaron Broering (fr., 800, 1,600); Ben Pohl (fr., 110 hurdles); Peyton Otte (fr., 100, 200); Josh Brunswick (soph., 100, 200).

Coach’s analysis: With a large team coming off a second place MAC finish in 2018 and multiple underclassmen getting regional and state experience. The 2019 team is looking to improve in every event at each level to win the first MAC title since 1995. If that happens, it will be a team success.


Division: III

Coach: Larry Topp (31 years as head coach, three as assistant)

2018 conference finish: Third

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Jon Albers (sr., distance); Broc Miller (sr., sprints, vault); Joe Winner (sr., sprints, jumps); Jay Prenger (sr., sprints, vault); Luke Barga (jr., distance); Austin Felice (jr., middle distance); Dustin Frericks (jr., shot put, discus, sprints); Alex Heuker (jr., hurdles, vault); Carson Prenger (jr., sprints, jumps); Ethan Smith (jr., sprints, jumps); Cody Frericks (sr., shot, discus); Devon Schultz (jr., sprints); Joel Berelsman (soph., distance); Jacob Heuker (soph., hurdles); Dominic Miller (soph., sprints); Brock Schulte (soph., distance); Isaiah Slonkosky (soph., middle distance); Phil Trzaska (soph., sprints).

Others who may make an impact: Sophomores Isaiah Slonkosky (soph., distances), Brock Schulte (soph., distances), Joseph Slonkosky (fr., distances). Alex Frimel (fr., shot, discus), Sam Werling (jr., shot, discus), Nicholas Sparks (soph., shot, discus); Brendan Bornhorst (jr. sprints), Alex Schmitmeyer (jr., sprints), Nathan Webb (fr., sprints).

Coach’s analysis: This year Minster will continue to rebuild, losing seven important seniors last year. Thankfully, we have 18 returning letter winners from last year’s team and are looking for them to lead and rally their team to success. Leading the way in the sprint events should be seniors Broc Miller, Joe Winner and junior Devon Schultz. The distance and middle distance events should be shored up by a host of seasoned and young runners, some of which should be Jon Albers, Aaron Huwer, Austin Felice and Luke Barga. Our hurdle crew looks to be led by Jacob Heuker, Kaden Baker, Alex Heuker. Shot and discus look to be led by Cody Frericks, Dustin Frericks, Sam Schmiesing and Dawson Oldiges. Long jump should be led by Ethan Smith, Jacob Heuker and a host of young jumpers. Pole vault will showcase Broc Miller, Alex Heuker and Jay Prenger, and the high jump will have a youth-filled bunch led by Ethan smith, Joe Winner and a great group of young jumpers.

New Bremen

Division: III

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

2018 conference finish: Eighth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Brandon Heitkamp (sr., sprints); Jacob Rindler (sr., shot put, discus); Casey Parkler (sr., shot put, discus)

Additional athletes expected to play key roles: Micah Condon (sr., sprints); Braden Suchland (fr., sprints); Mason Kuck (fr., shot put, discus).

Coach’s analysis: Our boys will also look to compete and get better each and every week. Without the depth we will be strong in areas and work to get into the top half at our league meet. Success will be gauged on reaching consistent improvement and setting personal records, times and distances throughout the progression of the season. We would like to be in a position to finish in the top half of the MAC.

New Knoxville

Division: III

Coach: Samantha Fledderjohann (second season)

2018 conference finish: 10th

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Sam Anspach (soph., shot put, discus); Trent Lehman (jr., long jump, sprints); Ryland Dyrness (high jump, sprints)

Coach’s analysis: Our boys team is relatively small this year. We will be able to have 400 and 800 relays. We look for Sam Anspach to get to regionals to see what he can do there with the shot put. Ryland Dyrness is consistently perfecting his high jump. These two sophomore boys work hard and we look for them to do big things in the next three years.


Division: III

Coach: Steve Fisher (12th season)

2018 conference finish: Fifth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Matt Gaerke (sr., distance); Lance Wirrick (sr., throws); Aaron Bruns (jr., distance); Ryan Hesse (jr., sprints, long jump); Kyle Roth (jr., distance); Liam Ferroggiaro (soph., sprints, long jump); Haydn Ridenour (soph., sprints); Brendan Etzcorn (soph., sprints); Tyler Tinkham (soph., sprints, long jump).

Newcomers: Wesley Ford (jr., distance); Jonathan Steinhoff (soph., sprints, jumps); Gage Hamrick (soph., sprints); Graham Farmer (soph., sprints); William Popp (soph., thrower); Blake Stricker (fr., distance); Caden Slusher (fr., sprints, long jump), Grant Bollenbacher (fr., sprints).

Coach’s analysis: Our numbers are up from last season, so that should help with depth. We are a young team, but have a lot of experience returning and several regional qualifiers. Distance will be a strength for us with all of our top runners returning and a couple younger kids to add to the mix as well. Our top sprinter returns also, and we have a lot more depth in our sprint events, and our relays should be much better. We need to develop some hurdlers and jumpers from that group. We have one returning thrower, but we may struggle to score points in field events until we figure out who can fill those spots. We have finished in the middle of the MAC the past couple of years, but I feel like we have the ability to move up and finish in the upper half of the league this year. We do have several individuals who have the ability to advance to the regional and state level.

St. Henry

Division: III

Coach: Matt Thobe (second season)

2018 conference finish: Seventh

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Seth Brookhart (sr., 800, Long jump, 1,600 relay); Alex Dues (sr., 800, 1,600 relays, 400); Greg Howe (sr., shot, discus); KJ Jacobs (soph., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Blake Ontrop (sr., 3,200, high jump, 3,200 relay); Zach Ontrop (sr., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Ian Speck (soph., 110 hurdles, relays); Jon Sutter (soph., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Nathan Howe (soph., pole vault).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Blake Beyke (sr., distance); Brandon Keller (fr., shot, discus); Matthew Rindler (sr., distance); Peyton Thomas (fr., shot, discus); Ryan Post (sr., pole vault, 110 and 300 hurdles, 800 relay).

Coach’s analysis: Our boys bring back a veteran group and the expectations are very high. We have good balance across all events and we are challenging our kids to take the next step in competition. We get Ryan Post back from an early season injury in 2018 that derailed his entire season. Zach Ontrop (800 relay) , KJ Jacobs (800 relay) and Blake Ontrop (high jump) look to lead as many teammates as possible back into regionals for another shot at getting to state. Before we get to that point, we are going to take it one day at a time. Our kids are competing hard in practice to make the gains needed to achieve their season and personal goals. I am looking forward to watching our team grow and compete this season.

Northwest Central Conference

Hardin Northern

Division: III

Coach: Travis Rettig (fifth season)

2018 conference finish: Third

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Brady Lamb (sr., 3,200 relay, 1,600); Gabe Sheldon (sr., 3,200 relay, 800); Cody Wilmoth (sr., 3,200); Eli Cooper (jr., 3,200 relay, 800); Jayce Curlis (jr., 3,200 relay); Brayden Flowers (jr., shot put, discus); Sebastian Johnson (jr., pole vault, 110 hurdles); Frank McCoy (jr., long jump, 300 hurdles); Alex Stewart (jr., shot put, discus); Zachry Warmbrod (jr., discus, 400 relay); Tyler Shepherd (soph., 400, 800 relays, 100); Owen Wetherill (soph., 100, 200, 400, high jump).

Newcomers: Jadyn Drakeford (jr., shot put, discus); Ewan Martin (jr., high jump, pole vault); Seth Parsons (jr., shot put, discus); Wade Crooks (soph., shot put, discus); Lance Good (soph., shot put, discus); Adrius Franklin (soph., 200, 400); Brock Hipsher (soph., shot put, 400 relay); David Whitaker (soph., pole vault); Jacob Diller (fr., 1,600, 3,200); Jonah Diller (fr., 800, 1,600); Aidan Gatchell (fr., 1,600, 3,200); Kobee Hooker (fr., shot put); Kaden Kirkpatrick (fr., shot put, discus); David Shirt (fr., 1,600, 3,200).

Coach’s analysis: We look to finish in the top half of the Northwest Central Conference. We have a solid core returning from last year and look to build off a good 2018 season. All of our district placers return (1,600, 3,200 relays, 200, 400, 800, high jump, long jump, pole vault), including our only regional qualifier (Gabe Sheldon, 800). We have some question marks in shot put and discus, but there are several athletes looking to step up and fill those roles for us. Our three seniors are great leaders and will push the other athletes during practice and in competition.


Division: III

Coach: Dan Kirby (10th season)

2018 conference finish: Eighth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Malik Waters (sr., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 400); Kevin Rader (sr., long jump); Evan McDonnell (sr., shot, discus); Ethan Lauck (jr., 200, 400, 800 relays, 200); Dyonte Parker (soph., 110 and 300 hurdles); Marquis Shorter (soph., 110 and 300 hurdles); Jason Dove (soph., shot, discus); Devares Glenn (soph., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); Nate Gipson (soph., 1,600, 3,200 relays, 800, 1,600); J.Q. Austin (soph., long jump).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Brayden Yingst (fr., 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600, 3,200); Andre Clavell (fr., 400, 800 relays, 100, 200); James Shorter (fr., 110 and 300 hurdles).

Coach’s analysis: Very young team with a large sophomore class. They will improve as the season moves along. Looking for big things from Sophomore Dyonte Parker in both hurdle events and from Brayden Yingst in long distance events.


Division: III

Coach: Nick Cox (fifth season)

2018 conference finish: Seventh

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Payne Clark (sr., sprints); Levi Beiler (jr., throws); Tyrese Patterson (jr., sprints); Isaiah Savage (jr., distance).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Ashtin Elliott (fr., throws); Wyatt Furer (fr., throws); Dylan Jenkins (fr., sprints); Dominic Newland (fr., pole vault, sprints); Jeb Patterson (fr., hurdles).

Coach’s analysis: We have a young inexperienced team this season. We will be focusing on improving individual event performances from meet to meet.

Temple Christian

Division: III

2018 conference finish: Fifth

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Austin Hill (soph., distance)

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Jonathan Acklin (sr.); Brody Bowman (sr.); Dakota Clay (sr.); Sam Sharik (sr.); Danny Engle (soph.); Joey Engle (soph.); Josh Engle (soph.); Michael Nungester (soph.); Darrick Clay (fr.)

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: Adam Blevins (eighth season)

2018 conference finish: Second

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Brady Hipsher (sr., distance); Korwin Kurtz (sr., pole vault); Quinten Parker (sr., sprints, jumps); Evan Thompson (jr., jumps, sprints); James Lee (jr., jumps, sprints); Zack Britton (soph., distance); Collin Dyer (distance)

Coach’s analysis: Young team working hard. The team strength is distance. Brady Hipsher is a returning regional qualifier and place sixth in regional in 1,600.


Division: III

Coach: Jim Epperly (21st season)

2018 conference finish: First

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Alan Hatfield (sr., middle distance); Quinn Humes (sr., jumps, sprints); Gallant Shephard (sr., sprints); Nick Wolke (sr., sprints); Kyle Searson (jr., hurdles, vault); Javier DeLeon (jr., distance); Austin Birt (soph., throws); Grady Spencer (soph., jumps); Kort Sutherland (soph., distance).

Athletes expected to make an impact who didn’t letter last season: Hayden James (fr., sprints, jumps); Cole Steinke (fr., vault, hurdles); Blake Barnes (fr., sprints, jumps); Bryan Ferris (soph., sprints, jumps); Alec Spangler (fr., distance); Sam Meeks (fr., hurdles, jumps); Ayden Crites (fr., jumps, sprints).

Coach’s analysis: A new era will be starting at W-G in track and field. Gone are four-time All-Ohioan Tyler Eller, three-time All-Ohioan Gabriel James, Brandon James and state runner-up in the discus Brock Waitman. These young men made up the core of our district and regional championship team. The current crop of seniors are really stepping up as leaders and are coming from a successful indoor season that saw many personal bests. We will look to Alan Hatfield, Gallant Shephard, Quinn Humes and Nick Wolke to lead a new group that includes Kyle Searson and Alan Hatfield as regional qualifiers. The NWCC will be a challenge for us to embrace as teams such as Hardin Northern and Perry have improved and will be seeking to dethrone the Tigers as champions.



Division: III

Coach: Gary Holland (first season)

2018 conference finish: Fourth in BVC

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Zakk Stiles (sr., 400, 1,600 relays, 100); Brandt Marshall (sr., pole vault, 100); Patrick Dearwester (sr., 400, 800, 1,600 relays, 100, 200); Brandon Zuercher (jr., shot put, 100); Tyler Lones (jr., 3,200 relay, 1,600, 3,200); Garrison Holland (jr., 400, 800, 3,200 relays, long jump, 800); Amos Garmatter (jr., shot put, discus); Deonte Davis (jr., long jump, 800, 1,600 relays, 100, 200); Hunter Bixler (jr., 800, 1,600 relays, 200, 400); Nick Thompson (soph., shot put, discus)

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Hunter Rader (sr., high jump); Zakk Stoodt (fr., 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600).

Coach’s analysis: We have a young team but we have our regional qualifying 800 relay back. Also, Brandt Marshall in pole vault and Hunter Rader in high jump. Both broke the school indoor records this past winter.

Lima Central Catholic

Division: III

Coach: Kayla Mullehhour (fourth season)

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Quentin Potempa (jr., 1,600, 3,200 relays, 1,600, 3,200); John Sreenan (Jr., sprints, relays); Kemen George (sr., sprints, 400); Kemen George (sr., sprints, 400); Jaron Banks (sr., sprints, throws, relays); Ethan Truex (jr., throws); Zachary Patterson (soph., distance).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Brayden Truex (fr., throws); Alex Wisser (soph., middle distance); Dylan Wilson (soph., sprints, relays); Sean Murphy (sr., sprints); Keiron Bailey (fr., sprints); Traves Hoyle Jr. (fr., sprint); Nathaniel Bruno (fr., sprints).

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. For the boys, we expect big things from Quentin Potempa in the 1,600 and 3,200 and Ron Banks in the short sprints and throws.

Lima Senior

Division: I

Coach: Stephen Carter (18th season as head coach)

2018 conference finish: First

Returning 2018 varsity letter winners: Anthony Lutz (1,600, 3,200); Bill Barnette (110, 300 hurdles); Davarus Young (110, 300 hurdles); Yarlen Chambers (400 relay, 100, 200); Jourdyn Rawlins (400 relay, 100, 200, long jump).

Others likely to earn varsity letters this year: Cartez Thomas (800, 1,600 relays, 400); Nathan Liles (400 relay, 100, 200, long jump); Darelyst Clark (800, 1,600)

Coach’s analysis: This season we will have a good balance of competitiveness in the sprints and distance races. Our field events will make a big difference in points.

Kalida’s Josh Verhoff begins the outdoor season after setting a record in winning the state indoor Division II/III 200-meter dash with a time of 21.68 seconds.’s Josh Verhoff begins the outdoor season after setting a record in winning the state indoor Division II/III 200-meter dash with a time of 21.68 seconds.

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