Information provided by coaches. Capsules will be updated as information is submitted.
Coach: Josh Klein (fourth season)
Returning letter winners: Hunter Wells, sr.; Riley Ferguson, soph.; Keegan Giddens, soph.
Others that may run varsity: Seth Swaney, soph.; Robby Waters, fr.; Connor Daugherty, fr.; Xander Wells, fr.; Ashton Cowan, soph.
2018 NWC finish: Fifth
2018 postseason: 11th at district (Miguel Jordan advanced as individual); Jordan did not advance to state.
Coach’s analysis: We have a lot of young blood on the Ada cross country team. I am hopeful that this young group of guys will stay out for the next three-four years and help build up the team and continue to become stronger runners. This is a new sport for all but three of the members, so our first few meets will be a major learning opportunity as to how to pace themselves, when to increase speed and how to handle running on uneven terrain. We mostly train on the roads in Ada, but will continue to do hill training, and some off-road running in preparation for some of the hillier locations we will run at. Overall, I am looking forward to a good season with this year’s group of guys. They have great attitudes and are eager to learn and improve themselves. Although we probably will not go out and set any records as a team, my biggest goal this year is for each kid to set a goal time they would like to run and beat that time before our conference meet and give everything we have at the conference meet.
Coach: Leah Long Sanderson (second season)
Returning letter winners: Jordan Kennedy, sr.; Aidan Neff, sr.; Nicholas Baughman, sr.; Hunter Sidelte, soph.; Gavin Miller, Mason Hutchison, Ezra Garver, Ethan Garver.
Others that may run varsity: Ethan Boday, sr.; Ethan Kale, soph.; John Raines, fr.
2018 NWC finish: Sixth
2018 postseason: 12th at district.
Coach’s analysis: The team is returning stronger than last year. We are training to win. With our past experience, we are moving forward to be one of the best teams.
Coach: Bill Theisen (fourth season)
Returning letter winners: Elijah Conley, jr.; Carter Dyar, jr.; Trey Boblitt, soph.; Caleb McKenzie, soph.
Others that may run varsity: Vanias Carnauba, fr.; Isaiah Conley, fr.; Wyatt Lovell, fr.; Erik Nygaard, fr.; Jonah Rehm, fr.; Sam Derstine, fr.
2018 NWC finish: Fourth
2018 postseason: Sixth at district; 16th at state.
Coach: Terry Schnipke (14th season)
Returning letter winners: Jacob Bish, sr.; Rob Langhals, sr.; Nathan Maenle, sr.; Breece Pingle, sr.; Johnny Schmiedebusch, sr.; Tanner Smith, sr.; Derek Birkemeier, jr.; Dylan Birkemeier, jr.; Carson Closson, soph.; Roy Langhals, soph.; Caleb Morman, soph.; Tayden Pingle, soph.; Caleb Stechschulte, soph.
2018 NWC finish: First
2018 postseason: First at district; fourth at regional; 16th at state.
Coach’s analysis: This group has a unique combination of senior leadership, outstanding work ethic and God-given talent. We have consistently had 10-12 guys at summer running and at camp this year four guys ran a 20 miler and two guys ran a 17 miler after three days of hard running already in the books. I can tell this group to run 6, 8, 10 miles and they do it without batting an eye. They like to work hard and have already set some goals for this season. We have a good mix of senior, junior and sophomore runners who all compete at a high level. We look to finish strong this year after a less than stellar showing at the state meet last year. A few of these guys finished last season with a bad taste in their mouth after achieving at a high level for most of the season. I attribute some of that to our youth last year. This year we will be stronger.
Coach: Jeff Bagley
Returning letter winners: Jacob Forwerck, sr.; Cameron Cearns, sr.; Danil Lichtensteiger, sr.; Wyatt Richardson, sr.; Brian Myers, jr.; Dayton Schuereman, jr.; Hayden Tomlinson, soph.
New prospect: Isaiah Watts, fr.
2018 NWC finish: Third
2018 postseason: Fifth at district (Wyatt Richardson advanced as individual); Richardson did not advance to state.
Coach’s analysis: Positive competition in our practice atmosphere will help us develop a culture of toughness and grit. Our focus will be on the process of being committed to our teammates.
Coach: Matt Langdon
Returning letter winners:
2018 NWC finish: Second
2018 postseason: Won district; second at regional; 10th at state.
Coach’s analysis: The boys return Joe Sadowski, Devon Bill and Daegan Hatfield. Joe and Devon are seniors this year and Daegan is a sophomore. These three boys all ran in the state meet last fall as team qualifiers and are currently leading the team so far this summer and after cross country camp. The boys also gain a strong freshman class that should challenge for varsity spots this season. The boys understand the talent that graduated and have done everything in their power to continue the legacy of success that we have worked so hard to achieve. I am very excited for this team, and although we are mostly sophomores and freshmen, I think we have the potential to surprise some teams, especially as the season moves forward, and we get some races under us. It has been a joy to see these boys step up and lead. It has already been a rewarding season, and I am proud of their fight and commitment to do the hard things.
Coach: Jeremy Thompson (first season)
Returning letter winners: Caleb Thompson, soph.
Others that may run varsity: Nick Manz, fr.; Luke Zartman, fr.; Peyton Adams, fr.; Ean Scibert, fr.; Isac Reeb, fr.; Alex Tresler, soph.; Reid Johanns, soph.; Brian Manz, soph.; Christian Bauer, sooph.
2018 NWC finish: No team score
2018 postseason: No team score (Bailey Manz advanced to regional as individual); Manz did not advance to state.
Coach’s analysis: As you can see, we will be a young team with only one runner returning and all of our runnerw being wophmores or younger. However, we do have a lot of talent. Caleb Thompson is looking to improve on his freshman season and be a team leader since he has been there and done that. Nick Manz is looking to follow in his brother’s footsteps and begin his high school career with a strong showing. Reid Johanns is a newcomer but one that shows great promise and talent. It will be fun watching these boys run together over the season, and the future is looking bright for Paulding cross country.
Coach: Brian McMichael (48th season)
Returning letter winners: Keagan Gaskill, sr.; Hogan Lee, jr.
Others that may run varsity: Reed Miller, soph.
2018 NWC finish: No team score
2018 postseason: No team score
Coach’s analysis: With small numbers we will look for individual achievement. Team goals: Improve each week and on last year’s results.
Western Buckeye League
Coach: Dan Grime
Returning letter winners: Tyler Ross, sr.; Thomas Douglas, sr.; Derek Inskeep, sr.; Kaden Truman, soph.; Dillon Wireman, soph.; Drew Young, soph.
Others that may run varsity: Treg Sibert, Reid Siefker, Damien Mouk, soph.; Sam Poe, soph.
2018 WBL finish: Ninth
2018 postseason: 12th at district
Coach’s analysis: How the boys team does will depend how much the six returning letter winners improve. We have a senior and sophomore dominated team. If they step up and improve we can have a nice pack of runners.
2018 WBL finish: Sixth
2018 postseason: Sixth at district (Ethan Ly advanced as individual); Ly did not advance to state.
Coach: Mark Alstaetter (fifth season)
Returning letter winners: Sean Dancs, jr.; Elijah Terry, sr.; Logan Develvis, jr.; Jacob Hedlund, jr.; Connor Broshes, soph.; Dalton Swickrath, soph.
Others that may run varsity: Ethan Foster, jr.; Conner Douglass, soph.; Zachary Wagner, soph.
2018 WBL finish: Eighth
2018 postseason: 10th at district
Coach’s analysis: With six returning letter winners, including all-WBL performer Sean Dancs, Elida looks to compete with the top half of teams in every invitational this season. The Bulldogs should have plenty of depth this season with 14 athletes.
Coach: Jared Manns (16th season)
Returning letter winners: Gaige Newman, jr.; Josh Piper, sr.; Keegan Wright, soph.
Others that may run varsity: Ethan Manns, jr.; Jarrett Jolliff, fr.
2018 WBL finish: 10th
2018 postseason: 11th at district.
Coach’s analysis: We are very young this year. We have one senior this year. Four out of our eight runners have never ran high school cross country. Looking for leadership from Josh Piper and Gaige Newman. Both ran in our top three spots last year. Ethan Manns, a transfer from football, should also contribute nicely for us. Keegan Wright, a returning letter winner, should also be competing for the top spot on the boys’ side. With one returning sophomore and three incoming freshmen, there’s a lot of uncertainty of how things will unfold.
Coach: Holly Flueckiger
Returning letter winners: Kamron Maag, Parker Schomaeker, Max Buddelmeyer, Matt Schneeg
2018 WBL finish: Fourth
2018 postseason: Second at district; seventh at regional.
Coach’s analysis: Expecting great times from returning lettermen Kamron Maag, Parker Schomaeker, Max Buddelmeyer. I am looking forward to the talent, focus, and consistancy that freshmen Hunter Stechschulte will add to this seasons team. Hunter demonstrated his natural running ability as a Jr High cross country runner and is transitioning seamlessly into the more challenging high school workouts. The varisity team has the same mindset to reach lofty goals set to attain this season, starting with a better placing at WBL’s and a Three-peat to Regionals. They have worked hard this summer to prepare for this season. Now that Defiance is back in Division II this will pose a challenge at districts to repeat the runner-up placing. I believe that the returning lettermen are physically and mentally prepared and that we have two underclassmen ready to help bring this team success. OGHS cross country will be a team to look out for in the WBL. We have several experienced runners that know what it takes to be successful and are leading the underclassmen down a path to success.
Coach: Russell Holly (more than 25 years)
Returning letter winners: Kaleb Egri, sr.; Trever Miller, sr.; Ben Curl, sr.; Cole Lewis, soph.; Isaiah Johns, soph.; Justin Altenbach, soph.
Promising newcomers: Thomas Cover, fr.; Noah Goens, fr.; Hayden Miller, fr.; Trevor Bowers, soph.
2018 WBL finish: Third
2018 postseason: Third at district; sixth at regional
Coach’s analysis: Both teams are looking to improve their position in the league. We work well together as a group. We have good senior leadership and plan on improving throughout the season. We always set goals to go as far possible in the postsason.
Coach: Rob Cisco (13th season)
Returning letter winners: Jack Cisco, sr.; Jordan Heitkamp, sr.; Alex Martin, sr.; Noah Tobin, sr.; Jadin David, jr.; Robert Bayham, jr.; Tyler Hisey, soph.; Treavor Hisey, soph.
Other possible varsity runners: Craig Stittler, soph.; Michael Crites, fr.; Tyler Birt, fr.
2018 WBL finish: Fifth
2018 postseason: Seventh at district (Noah Tobin advanced as individual); Tobin did not advance to state.
Coach’s analysis: Will be led by veteran runners and are working hard to practice. This team has the right formula to have a successful year. One of the larger boys teams I’ve had in my career. Expectations are to be successful and doing what it takes to be good. They are positive, good kids that are fun to coach with great work ethic. We have a good mix of all grades.
Coach: Ryan Holliday (fourth season)
Returning letter winners: Ben Lange, sr.; Jacob Sealscott, soph.; Hunter Sherer, soph.; Gage Wannemacher, soph.
Other varsity runners: Gage Springer, fr.; Jayden Welker, fr.; Killian Sudduth, jr.
2018 WBL finish: Second
2018 postseason: First at district; fourth at regional.
Coach’s analysis: We are very fortunate to be a part of a program that has an incredible tradition of winning and success, both on the guys’ and girls’ side. We want this year’s teams to improve from last year as teams and as individuals
and leave their mark on the legacy of the VWXC program. We have a young, but very promising group of guys this year. They have been working incredibly hard this summer. We enjoyed some team success last year as district champions and runners-up in the WBL, and in one sense, we want to build on that. On the other hand, we know last year is in the past and nothing is guaranteed this year. Any success we see this year will be because this year’s squad earned it through hard work, not because of anything we did last year. In the WBL, Defiance is the team to beat, as always. We have finished runner-up to Defiance for four years running, and each year our goal is to close that gap. Defiance has a strong returning squad so this year will be no different. We want to put in the work in August and September so once October hits we put ourselves in the best position possible to run our best when it counts.
2018 WBL finish: Seventh
2018 postseason: Eighth at district
Midwest Athletic Conference
2018 MAC finish: Fifth
2018 postseason: Fourth at district; 22nd at regional.
Delphos St. John’s
Coach: Steve Hellman (10th season)
Returning letter winners: Noah Heiing, sr.; Marcus Freewalt, soph.; Drew Palte, soph.; Zane Stevenson, soph.
2018 MAC finish: Ninth
2018 postseason: Eighth at district
Coach’s analysis: Unfortunately I only have four boys this season so we will not be able to compete as a team this year. They are having a very good summer of training. The two sophomores Marcus Freewalt and Drew Palte will give us two strong upfront as they look to qualify for regional this year. Senior Noah Heiing looks to end his high school career on a strong note. The fourth runner, sophomore Zane Stevenson looks to bounce back from an injury plagued freshman season.
Coach: Christy Diller (first season)
Returning letter winners: Drew Muhlenkamp, sr.; Jared Timmerman, sr.; Connor Gower, jr.; John Knapke, sr.; Andy Weitzel, sr.; Jayden McEldowney, sr.
Other possible varsity runners: Caleb Rammel, fr.; Ethan Evers., fr.
2018 MAC finish: Sixth
2018 postseason: Eighth at district (Drew Muhlenkamp advanced as individual); Muhlenkamp did not advance to state.
Coach’s analysis: The boys team returns a lot of experience with nearly all seniors and juniors. They are looking to build on a solid summer of running to work to qualify as a team for regionals this year. Drew Muhlenkamp qualified as an individual to regionals last year and gained valuable experience with a solid run there, but is looking to build on last year’s success and make his first state cross country run. The men’s team will need to focus on solid pack running and putting themselves in good position every race to improve their overall scoring.
Coach: Katie Heitkamp
Returning letter winners: Aaron Broering, soph.; Alex Broering, jr.; Austin Greishop, Simon Mescher.
Other possible varsity runners: Noah Budde, Trevor Muhlenkamp, Troy Stucke.
2018 MAC finish: Eighth
2018 postseason: Ninth at district
Coach’s analysis: Aaron Broering and Alex Broering will be leading the boys’ team this season. Both are looking to continue building on a strong finish last year. It will be exciting to watch who’s pushing for postseason spots toward the end of the year. Each practice someone seems to break away from the pack and go that extra mile to improve. For the boys it will be matter of who continues to do so. This summer, both the boys and girls have shown dedication and have continuously pushed themselves. With the commitment and miles logged thus far the team has high potential. We plan to improve our times each meet and hope to be in a position to advance to regionals as a team toward the end of the season.
Coach: Larry Topp (34th season)
Returning letter winners: Alex Albers, soph.; Luke Barga, sr.; Austin Felice, sr.; Brock Schulte, jr.; Joseph Slonkosky, soph.
Other possible varsity runners: Joel Berelsman, jr.; Mathew Droesch, jr.; Noah Walter, fr.
2018 MAC finish: First
2018 postseason: Second at district; 1oth at regional (Luke Barga advanced to state as individual); Barga was 107th at state.
Coach’s analysis: The athletes are working very hard and are looking to find their spot on the team and to be ready for the first meet. We lost two great leaders to graduation (Jon Albers and Aaron Huwer) from last year’s team, with them we also lost a lot of our leadership. The seniors are now accepting their new rolls as leaders and the team is starting to work hard toward their goals. We return a great nucleus of three very good runners from last year’s top four (Alex Albers, Luke Barga, Austin Felice) and two others from our top eight (Brock Schulte and Joseph Slonkosky) with that we need to improve and fill the voids left from graduation. The boys have been working on becoming a cohesive and hardworking team. The seniors and last year’s letter winners are hungry for more success and are learning their new rolls on the team. The boys are looking to build on the success from last year’s season. The team has high expectations for this season and with the hard work that they have been putting in they just might reach their goals. There will be many obstacles in their way but we hope to see them through to the team’s goals. We will be working hard and hope to overcome the losses to graduation to be in the league mix this year but it looks to be a dogfight again.
Coach: Julie Ferguson (16th season)
Returning letter winners: Landin Boyle, sr.; Will Kaiser, sr.; Luke Davidson, jr; Zach Ashman, soph.; Connor Ransbottom, jr.
Others that may run varsity: Patrick Bernhold, fr.; Cole Powers, fr.; Gavin Spragg, fr.; Jonathan Zimpfer, fr.
2018 MAC finish: Seventh
2018 postseason: Sixth at district
Coach’s analysis: Being a young team, I look to see these boys make big improvements as they work together and freshmen acclimate to the 5K distance. Landin Boyle will be our leader, with Zach Ashman close behind. Our freshmen group of Cole Powers, Patrick Bernhold and Gavin Spragg and Jonathan Zimfer are coming up from a strong junior high campaign of being solid pack runners.
Coach: Stephanie Boyle Fledderjohann (ninth season)
Returning letter winners: Jakob Rollins, sr.; Jonah Resor, jr.
Other possible varsity runners: Ryan Osborne, soph.; Caleb Lageman, sr.; Parker Banner, soph.; Andrew Poppe, sr.; Noah Katterheinrish, sr.
2018 MAC finish: 1oth
2018 postseason: 13th at district
Coach’s analysis: Jakeob Rollins, Noah Ketterheinrich and Jonah Resor are all returning runners with three years of
experience, so I will be counting on them to lead the team with their experience. We have some first-year runners , including a few seniors, and I am excited to see how they can develop as runners through the season. Because we only have two returning letter-winners from last year, we will be looking to develop pack strength and experience this year.
Returning letter winners: Kyle Roth, sr.; Aaron Bruns, sr.; Wesley Ford, sr.; Blake Strickler, soph.; Riley Samples, soph.; Gage Hamrick, soph.; Cade Schoenleben, soph.
Other possible varsity runners: Colby Bentz, fr.; Carter Hellwarth, fr.; Blayne Fullenkamp, fr.; Bryce Stearns, fr.; Lino Tormin, jr.; Tom Etzler, sr.
2018 MAC finish: Second
2018 postseason: Second at district; Matt Gaerke and Kyle Roth advanced state as individuals; Roth was 53rd and Gaerke was 99th at state.
Coach’s analysis: We have a very young team this year with four seniors and all the rest underclassmen. However, there is a great deal of talent there. Our goal this year is to be able to go to regionals as a team. My ultimate goal would be to be able to go to state as a team. It will take lots of hard work on their part, but I know they are willing to try.
Coach: Angie Wendel (third season)
Returning letter winners: Blake Beyke, sr.; Brady Post, sr.; Wyatt Rose, sr.; Isaac Wendel, sr.
Newcomer to watch: Nolan Fullenkamp, fr.
2018 MAC finish: Fourth
2018 postseason: Fourth at district; 20th at regional.
Coach’s analysis: After losing our top five scorers last year, we return four seniors that often jockeyed for the 6-7 spots. The guys are an ambitiouis and competitive group that will set many PRs and make a serious push to ge to regionals.
Northwest Central Conference
Coach: Matthew Pauff (12th season)
Returning letter winners: Brady Yingst, soph.
Other varsity runners: Joey Hoersten, soph.; Cody Burgess, fr.; Grant Miller, fr.
2018 postseason: No team score (Brady Yingst advanced as individual); Yingst did not advance to state.
Coach’s analysis: We will be competing as individuals this year so we are hoping for improvement throughout the season from our newer members. Brady Yingst is my only returning runner, and we are hoping he can improve on an outstanding showing last year. Our goal is for him to make it to state. While it is a lofty goal, it is achievable.
Coach: Jim Hennon (17th season)
Returning letter winners: Javier DeLeon, sr.; Cole Schlegel, sr.; Peyton Burden, sr.; Alec Spangler, soph.; Logan Henderickson, soph.; Sam Meeks, soph.
Others that may run varsity: Kort Sutherland, jr.; Cole Steinke, soph.; Sean Agner, soph.; Ayden Crites, soph.; Brody Barrington, fr.
2018 postseason: 11th at district
Coach’s analysis: We will be very competitive this season and be pushing each other for top spots. We hope to be competitive in invitationals this year, and our goal is to finish in the top of our conference as a team.
Putnam County League
Coach: Scott Miller (13th season)
Returning letter winners: Will Zeller, jr.; Ryan Lucke, jr.
Other possible varsity runners: Heath Miller, fr.; Kevin Schumaker, fr.
2018 PCL finish: Second
2018 postseason: Seventh at district
Coach’s analysis: We have a great tight knit group that has been working hard this summer. The juniors have been great leaders this summer logging the miles and leading by example. They will be a big strength early in the season while the younger runners gain experience throughout the season. The weakness of this team will be inexperience with over half the team being freshmen. We will need those young athletes to step into varsity positions very early.
Coach: Stacy Campbell (third season)
Returning letter winners: Alex Hernandez, sr.; Marcus Amador, jr.; Roman DeLaRosa, soph.
Other possible varsity runners: Jeremy Reynolds, fr.; Landen Erickson, fr.
2018 PCL/BVC finish: Fourth/sixth
2018 postseason: No team score (Ethan Chambers advanced to regional as individual); Chambers advanced to state; Chambers was 97th at state.
Coach’s analysis: We are a very young team. Even though we have three returning lettermen, they are all returning with just one varsity letter. We are also a very small team so if injuries could become a problem. We are looking at building on the success we had last year and the boys have set lofty goals for themselves. If we stay healthy I think we could possibly be in the top 3 for our league and conference.
Coach: Bob Kaple (50 years)
Returning letter winners: Nolan German, sr.; Kyle Looser, sr.; Cole Furley, jr.; Adam Kimmet, jr.
Other possible varsity runners: Michael Steffan, soph.; Adam Looser, fr.; Austin Landin, fr.
2018 PCL finish: Third
2018 postseason: 10th at district (Nolan German advanced as individual); German did not advance to state.
Coach’s analysis: We have four returning lettermen. Nolan German and Kyle Looser were our top two runners. We should be better than last year’s team.
Coach: Gary Holland (fourth season)
Returning letter winners: Garrison Holland, sr.; Tyler Lones, jr.
Other possible varsity runner: Brock Boehm, fr.
2018: Blanchard Valley Conference finish: No team score
2018 postseason: No team score
Coach’s analysis: This is a hard working team with my top three runners have the potential to finish in the top 25% every week. Tyler has potential to be all league this year. Garrison has run cross country since his kindergarten year at St. Michael’s.
Coach: Lacy Green (first season)
Returning letter winners: Quentin Potempa, sr.; Zachary Patterson, jr.; Jacob Mangette, jr.
Others that may run varsity: Ben Siatkosky, fr.; Ean McComber, fr.; Jarrin Pangle, fr.
2018 postseason: 12th at district (Quentin Potempa advanced as individual); Potempa did not advance to state.
Coach’s analysis: Quentin Potempa returns as a two year individual regional qualifier and as his second year as team captain. We are small group consisting of three seasoned veterans and three freshmen. After not having a full team last year, we are looking forward to compete as one this year. With hard work and perseverance we are looking forward to some exciting individual and team results.
Coach: Alan Kingsbery (second season)
Returning letter winners: Anthony Lutz, jr.; Xylon Payne-Greeno, sr.; Dalton Hahn, soph.; Chris Selatti, soph.
2018 TRAC finish: Seventh
2018 postseason: 11th at district
Coach’s analysis: After graduating four seniors we are rebuilding the team with four returning varsity letter winners and incoming freshmen. The TRAC conference is very tough in running. We will have some individual success but have to keep working for team improvement.