Information provided by coaches. Capsules will be updated as information is submitted.
Coach: Bill Theisen (fourth season)
Returning letter winner: Caitlin Daily, sr.
Other varsity runners: Sophia Gott, sr.; Caitlin Dailey, soph.
2018 NWC finish: No team score
2018 postseason: No team score
Coach: Jason jay (13 years)
Returning letter winners: Alyssa Ellerbrock, sr.; Leanndra Price, sr.; Addison Shafer, sr.; Sydney Witteborg, sr.; Morgan Deffenbaugh, jr.; Erin Downing, jr.; Zoe Stechschulte, jr.; Emily Schumacher, jr.; Hannah Schroeder, soph.
Newcomers: Makena Doseck, sr.; Mekennah Thompson, sr.; Hannah Hines, jr.; Sabrina Henige, fr.; Caitlynn Jay, fr.; Ellie Keehn, fr.; Kirsten Williams, fr.
2018 NWC/PCL finish: First/first
2018 postseason: Second at district; 12th at state.
Coach’s analysis: We have all returning from last year’s 12th place finish at the state meet. We are experienced but have a solid core of younger runners who will be able to add to the team dynamic. A very positive outlook this season after coming off a successful 2018 season. The team is looking solid through our top seven, but we will need to see some improvement and inter-squad competition throughout the entire team to make a run through the tournaments this fall and claim a spot as a top team in the state.
Coach: Jeff Bagley
Returning letter winners: Ragen Harting, sr.; Lydia Saylor, sr.; Adalynn Longstreth, jr.; Emily Greulach, soph.; Lauren Walls, soph.
New prospects: Kate Leeth, fr.; Megan Mosier, fr.; Baylee Miller, fr.
2018 NWC finish: Third
2018 postseason: Third at district; eighth at regional; 18th at state.
Coach’s analysis: We are looking forward to how each one of us can contribute something everyday to make our team better. Our focus will be on the process of being committed to our teammates. The NWC had three teams qualify for the state meet in 2018 (Columbus Grove, Lincolnview and Crestview). This season looks to be extremely competitive. Our conference provides a great opportunity to improve by racing against some excellent programs.
Coach: Matt Langdon
Returning letter winners:
2018 NWC finish: Second
2018 postseason: Second at district; 16th at state.
Coach’s analysis: The girls return four of their top seven from last year including junior Madison Langdon who was an individual state qualifier last season. She is joined by Julia Stetler, Victoria Snyder and Dylann Carey. Madison is leading the girls team and has had a very productive summer and cross country camp. The girls do not have the depth of the boys team so they are going to have to really work hard to find team success. Each girl has a specific role, and they are going to need to be consistent and very tough as the season progresses. There is great potential with the girls team, but one of our challenges will be staying healthy. If we can consistently work hard in practice and run with purpose, we can find some team success. There should also be some individual success near the top of our team as well.
Coach: Jeremy Thompson (first season)
Returning letter winners: Sidney Kohart, sr.; Grace Lemiuex, sr.; Savannah Shepherd, sr.; Montserrat Martinez, sr.; Elyse Manz, jr.; Sophia Fisher, soph.
Others that may play varsity: Erika Dobbelaere, soph.; Sierra Singer, soph.; Olivia Paschall, soph.; Cassie Weller, fr.
2018 NWC finish: Fourth
2018 postseason: Ninth at district;
Coach’s analysis: This will be a fun year for the girls. We have three six-year runners. I am hoping that these girls can have a great senior season and race well throughout the year. Elyse almost made regionals last year and seems determined to make it back this year. We have several new runners which is nice. We are doing our best to get them ready for the season.
Coach: Brian McMichael (38th season)
Returning letter winners: Lillee Stewart, soph.; Rylie Edigington, soph.; Ava Boedicker, soph.
Others that may run varsity: Nygeria Lloyd, soph.; Chloe Orr, soph.; Emma Kyler, fr.
2018 NWC finish: No team score
2018 postseason: Seventh at district (Lillee Stewart advanced as individual); Stewart advanced to state; Stewart finished 99th at state.
Coach’s analysis: The team has a lot of potential. It will be a year of learning and improving for the new runners.
Western Buckeye League
Coach: Dan Grime
Returning letter winners: Emma Deters, Ireland Lawrence, Lucy Deters, Natalie Crowe, Chasity White.
Others that may run varsity: Mathilda Voracheck, Kira Stall, Erica Ignarski, Peyton Meffley, Kylyn Schadewald, Rhiannon Horstman, & Shelby Marsteller
2018 WBL finish: Eighth
2018 postseason: 10th at district
Coach’s analysis: We have a nice mix of returning runners and new runners with great potential. If we are able to find competitive runners in the five to seven spots we can have nice season.
2018 WBL finish: Seventh
2018 postseason: Fifth at district (Joscelyn Dameron and Caleigh Ross advanced as individual); Dameron and Ross did not advance to state.
Coach: Mark Alstaetter (fifth season)
Running this year: Ninzi Sackinger, soph.
2018 WBL finish: No runners
2018 postseason: No runners
Coach’s analysis: With only one girl out this season, we will be striving to develop her to be competitive by the postseason.
2018 WBL finish: Fourth
2018 postseason: Fourth at district; 13th at regional.
Coach: Holly Flueckiger
Returning letter winners: Maggie Rump, Allison Schroeder, Grace Turnwald, Aubrey Imm, Emily Krukowski, Gracie Hayes, Elizabeth Schroeder
Others that may run varsity: Maggie Rump, Aubrey Imm, Elizabeth Schroeder.
2018 WBL finish: Ninth
2018 postseason: Ninth at district
Coach’s analysis: There are eight senior girl runners that have outstanding leadership skills to encourage and bring out the best in each other. Lady Titans cross country is stronger mentally and physically than they have been in recent years and have the ability to be successful as a team and individually. The girls have struggled to place well at WBLs. This group of girls are working harder than past seasons. They want to be pushed to better themselves. This is the year that they will not be last at WBLs.
Coach: Russell Holly (more than 25 years)
Returning letter winners: Lexi Marshall, sr.; Emily Bryan, sr.; Morgan Taviano, sr.; Hanna Watt, jr.; Liana Rodriguez, jr.; Katie Curl, soph.; Lily Cleaves, soph.
Promising newcomers: Molly Stump, fr.; Alaina Williams, fr.; Lauren Baxter, soph.; Celia Spieles, sr.
2018 WBL finish: Second
2018 postseason: Second at district; 10th 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 postseason.
Coach: Rob Cisco
Returning letter winners: Lauren Cisco, sr.; Rosie Saunders, sr.; Brianna Cisco, jr.; Lindsey Clausing, jr.; Bianca Endres, soph.; Ellen Schloemer, soph.
Others that may run varsity: Maria Jutte, fr.; Karlie Lucas, fr.; Nova Koenig, fr.; Raeh Wehnes, fr.
2018 WBL finish: Fifth
2018 postseason: Sixth at district (Morgan Henschen and Brianna Cisco advanced as individuals); Henschen and Cisco did not advance to state.
Coach’s analysis: Will be led by veteran runners, they have been working hard in practice and have great team chemistry. They are looking forward to carrying on our tradition of success. 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: Bri Bebout, sr.; Ali Gemmer, sr.; Caylee Phillips, sr.; Rachel Spath, jr.; Shayna Dull, jr.; Kirsten Dunning, jr.
Others that may run varsity: Tyra McClain, fr.; Kyra Welch, fr.; Lyrissa Hammons, jr.
2018 WBL finish: Sixth
2018 postseason: Seventh at district (Caylee Phillips advanced as individual); Phillips first at regional; Phillips was 46th at state.
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. Our girls squad lost only two seniors from the 2018 team, so we have a lot of experienced runners returning. Last year’s team was very young, and most of the runners on our varsity team were getting their first taste of varsity experience. So these returning girls are coming into 2019 with experience on their side and they are ready to make their mark on the Van Wert girls’ program. We have a core group of girls who are bought into what we’re doing and have put in their best summer of work to date. We want to pop back into the top half of the WBL. After finishing sixth the last couple years, it is time for Van Wert to get back into the top four or five. We definitely have the pieces this year to make that jump.
Coach: Betsy Selover and Kara Schneider (first season)
Returning letter winners: Paige Schneider, sr.; Lauren Doll, sr.; Danielle Hasting, sr.; Claire Kohler, sr.; Bailey Ford, sr.; Cassie Shroyer, jr.; Alayna Welch, soph.; Andie Goodes, jr.
2018 WBL finish: Third
2018 postseason: 12th at district (Page Schneider advanced as individual); Schneider did not advance to state.
Coach’s analysis: Wapak girls cross country is now under new coaching with two Wapak Alumni coaching, Betsy Selover &
Kara Schneider. Senior Paige Schneider is looking to have a great season and hopes to make it to Division I regionals again this year. Bringing teammates along as a regional qualifying team would be an amazing season for Wapak girls cross country. Seniors Lauren Doll and Danielle Hasting have ran well throughout high school and hope to improve this final high school season. Juniors Cassie Shroyer and Andie Goodes, along with sophomore Alayna Welch have worked hard this summer and hope to have a quality season with time drops from the 2018 season.
Midwest Athletic Conference
Coach: Pete Lisi (fourth season)
Returning letter winners: Haley Alig, soph.; Courtney Bye, sr.; Sara Honigford, jr.; Beth Honigford, jr.; Lily Schoenherr, soph.; Maria Clune, jr.; Lindsay Pease, soph.
2018 MAC finish: Second
2018 postseason: First at district; fourth at regional; 19th at state.
Coach’s analysis: We are returning a good core group of runners who qualified for state last year. They want to improve on last year and are in a good position to do that very thing. With health, hard work and prayer, we hope to compete for the top prize in most meets.
Delphos St. John’s
Coach: Steve Hellman (10th season)
Returning letter winners: Jenia Freewalt, sr.; Kambrynn Rohr, jr.; Rylee Pohlman, jr.; Catherine Kopack, soph.; Abby Shafer, soph.; Adara Fuerst, soph.
2018 MAC finish: Fifth
2018 postseason: Fourth at district; 12th at regional.
Coach’s analysis: We return six of our seven girls from last year’s regional team. Last year’s team was the first team in 20 years to qualify for regionals. With most of the team returning, we are looking at returning to regional again this fall. We are also looking to defend last year’s Allen County team title this year. With only six runners we do not have much depth therefore we cannot afford any injuries so we are watching our training to keep them healthy. We have a strong first four runners and if our fifth and sixth runners can keep making improvements we have a team that can be very successful this fall.
Coach: Christy Diller (first season)
Returning letter winners: Anna Wendel, jr.; Hanna Metzger, jr.; Alyssa Heinrichs, soph.; Kendra Metzger, jr.; Sarah Siefring, jr.
Others that may run varsity: Alexis Wendel, fr.; Caitlin Weitzel, fr.; Megan Diller, fr.; Olivia Laux, soph.; Ashley Dues, sr.; Britney Klenke, jr.
2018 MAC finish: Fourth
2018 postseason: Fourth at district; ninth at regional (Chloe Will advanced to state as individual); Chloe was 37th at state.
Coach’s analysis: The ladies team is looking to improve upon last year’s ninth-place finish at regionals to earn a state berth this year. We return five our seven varsity runners from last year and bring on a group of talented freshmen who will help round out our varsity squad. This year’s team returns quite a bit of experience and having just missed out on a spot at state last season, they are determined to improve upon that this year. The keys to success for this team will be working together in each race to push themselves as a group to score higher while also maintaining a focus on strength and stability to stay injury free.
Coach: Katie Heitkamp (first season)
Returning letter winners: Kelsey Broering, Becca Rindler, Maria Heckman, Alison Blackford.
Others that may run varsity: Mary Kahlig, Leanne Wolters, Jocelyn Tuente, Lauren Meiring, Erin Bergman
2018 MAC finish: Eighth
2018 postseason: Sixth at district (Kelsey Broering advanced as individual); Broering did not advance to state.
Coach’s analysis: Right now, it’s looking like three senior girls will be leading the pack this coming season. Kelsey Broering did great last year, just missing state qualification. Maria Heckmanhas been very committed this summer, logging significant miles. It’ll be exciting to see where she matches up when meets start. First time runner but also a senior Leanne Wolters has really showed dedication and continues to work hard each practice. 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.
2018 MAC finish: First
2018 postseason: First at district; first at regional; won state.
Coach: Julie Ferguson (16th season)
Returning letter winners: Alayna Thieman, jr.; Alana Speelman, sr.; Jessica Fledderjohann, sr.; Tess Lanes, jr.; Carson Wyatt, jr.; Emma Keller, jr.
Others that may run varsity: Madison Cordonier, jr.; Journey Boyle, soph.; Lily Lennartz, soph.; Vivian Niekamp, jr.
2018 MAC finish: Seventh
2018 postseason: Third at district; 13th at regional.
Coach’s analysis: We have a good mix of returning varsity athletes along with some quality newcomers. I look for these girls to make a strong showing in the conference and postseason.
Coach: Stephanie Boyle Fledderjohann (ninth season)
Returning letter winners: Rebecca Leffel, soph.; Lola Thompson, jr.
Others that may run varsity: Lauren Blitch, jr.; Dakota Kennedy, soph.
2018 MAC finish: 1oth
2018 postseason: 10th at district
Coach’s analysis: We are functioning without a full team this year, so the runners will be challenging themselves as
individuals. Rebecca Leffel won the MVP award for the team last year, and she put in a lot of miles this summer in preparation for this year. I expect her to show a lot of growth throughout the season.
Coach: Ann Vian (14th season)
Returning letter winners: Rachel Barrett, sr.; Ashlyn White, sr.; Claire Eichler, sr.; Clarissa Krogman, sr.; Sydney Waters, jr.; Kayla Kuhn, jr.; Zoie Huffman, jr.; Lexie Cottman, jr.; Leah Eichler, soph.
2018 MAC finish: Ninth
2018 postseason: Eighth at district
Coach: Angie Wendel (third season)
Returning letter winners: Lauren Hemmelgarn, sr.; Katie Kunkler, jr.; Ashley Bruns, sr.; Hannah Osterholt, sr.
Newcomers: Megan Broering, fr.; Joscie Evers, fr.; Leah Heitkamp, fr.; Mara Muhlenkamp, fr.
2018 MAC finish: Sixth
2018 postseason: Fifth at district (Lauren Hemmelgarn and Katie Kunkler advanced as individuals); Hemmelgarn and Kunkler did not advance to state.
Coach’s analysis: After several key injuries last year, we look to stay healthy and start placing well in meets again — both individually and as a team. The girls will make a competitive push through the postseason, working towards a bid to get back to state.
Northwest Central Conference
Coach: Matthew Pauff (12th season)
Returning letter winners: Lily Floyd, jr.; Brooke Miller, jr.
Other varsity runners: Chloe Hauenstein, Jacquelyne Lynch, Alizabeth Demoss
2018 postseason: No team score at district.
Coach’s analysis: We are are looking forward to competing as a team this year. We have two returning lettermen and three young runners so we are hoping to compete in our league as a team for the first time in a while.
Coach: Jim Hennon (17th season)
Returning letter winners: Claudia High, sr.; Claire Valenti, jr.; Samantha Smith, soph.
Others that may run varsity: Taylor Spencer, fr.; Kyra Sutherland, fr.; Kaitlyn Twomey, fr.; Peyton Webb, fr.; Zoe Schlegel, soph.
2018 postseason: Ninth at district
Coach’s analysis: This is one of the biggest girls teams we have had, and one of the youngest. We look forward to seeing how they compete as a team in invitationals, as well as competing within the squad.
Putnam County League
Coach: Scott Miller (13th season)
Returning letter winner: Hannah Berheide, jr.
2018 PCL finish: No team score
2018 postseason: Not team score
Coach’s analysis: Hannah is coming off a nice sophomore year in cross country and a very successful track and field season this past spring. She will lean on that experience this fall to continue to improve and get better. Hannah will be the lone girls this year for Kalida cross country.
Coach: Stacy Campbell (third season)
Returning letter winners: Lola Wensink, soph.; Savannah Guevara, soph.
Others that may run varsity: Whitney Langhals, fr.; Jill Lutz, jr.; Zoey Schroeder, fr.; Paige Revuelta, jr.; Skylar Revuelta, fr.
2018 PCL finish: No team score/fourth
2018 postseason: Seventh at district (Lola Quintero Wensink advanced as individual) Wensink did not advance to state.
Coach’s analysis: We are a very young team with very little experience. With only two returning letter winners the team doesn’t have a lot of depth. The younger girls on the team have worked their way up through the junior high program so they will be expected to hit the ground running so to speak. We are looking to have last year’s regional qualifier Lola Wensink to step up and lead the team again this year.
Coach: Bob Kaple (50 years)
Returning letter winners: Paige Hoersten, jr.
Others on team: Hannah Wenzlick, fr..
2018 postseason: No team score at district
Coach’s analysis: Paige ran the eighth fastest time in school history. We are hoping to to have a girls team in the future.
Coach: Lacy Green (first season)
Team members: Quitianna Rios, sr.; Hailey Tidd, sr.
2018 postseason: No team score at district
Coach’s analysis: We are small in our numbers and are currently working on building the girls’ program.
Coach: Zach Johnson (first season)
Returning letter winners: Naomi Fike, sr.; Emmy Collins, soph.; Naomi Fike, soph.
Others that may run varsity: Elana Cox, fr.
2018 TRAC finish: Eighth
2018 postseason: 14th at district
Coach’s analysis: The girls and myself are ready to get the season started. We have three returning varsity athletes along with freshman Elana Cox that looked promising during her middle school years of running. Our team captains, Emmy Collins and Eve Williams, have been working hard and are great assets to the team. Both encourage our athletes. We are a young team but share the common goal of getting better each day and enjoying the sport. With our first meet being the Celina Rotary Invitational on Aug. 24, we keep a countdown of the days until competition.