Boys high school cross country capsules


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Coaches provided this year’s team information. Capsules will be updated as information is provided.

WBL

Bath

Division: II

Coach: Dan Grime

2019 league finish: 10th

2019 postseason finish: 14th at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Kaden Truman (jr.), Drew Young (jr.), Dillon Wireman (jr.), Damien Mouk (jr.), Treg Sibert (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Sam Poe (jr.), Michael Miller (soph.), Zak Kennedy (soph.), Jonah Volbert (fr.)

Celina

Division: I

Coach: Daniel J. Otten

2019 league finish: Sixth

2019 postseason finish: Eighth at district (Ethan Ly advanced to regionals)

Elida

Division: II

Coach: Mark Altstaetter (sixth season)

2019 league finish: Eighth

2019 postseason finish: 11th at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Sean Dancs (sr.), Connor Broshes (jr.), Zach Wagner (jr.), Logan Develvis (sr.), Ethan Foster (sr.), Jacob Hedlund (sr.), Isaac Fredericks (jr.), Cale Wright (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Hunter Reprogle (Jr.) Gabe Harvey (fr.), Garrett Beamer (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: With having eight returning letter winners, along with a few promising underclassmen, we look to be able to put together a pretty solid pack of runners this season. Our top three runners – Sean Dancs, Connor Broshes and Zach Wagner – should lead the way for Elida this season. We are hoping to record our fourth consecutive overall winning season. One of our main goals this year is to finish in the top half of the always-competitive Western Buckeye League.

Kenton

Division: II

Coach: Jared Manns

2019 league finish: Ninth

2019 postseason finish: 12th at district

Ottawa-Glandorf

Division: II

Coach: Holly Flueckiger (fourth season)

2019 league finish: Second

2019 postseason finish: Seventh at regional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Max Buddelmeyer (sr.), Matthew Schneeg (sr.), Noah Schnipke (jr.), Ty Buckland (soph.), Theo Maag (soph.), Hunter Stechschulte (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Carson Trombley (sr.), Ryland Wehri (sr.), Ashton Burwell (jr.), Michael Basinger (jr.)

Coach’s analysis: The boys team is looking forward to repeating and exceeding the accomplishments from the 2019 season. The varsity team will continue to be strong after only losing phenomenal senior leaders. Those seniors helped instill the dedication, determination and motivation to continue the success that these guys have experienced. Max Buddelmeyer, Hunter Stechschulte and Ty Buckland will be the key to getting the next group of runners to buy in and put in the work. We have several guys that have the ability to fill the 4-7 spots on varsity. I am excited to see who will step up and take that challenge.

Shawnee

Division: II

Coach: Russell Holly

2019 league finish: Fourth

2019 postseason finish: Sixth at regional (Isaiah Johns advanced to state, finishing 98th)

St. Marys

Division: II

Coach: Rob Cisco

2019 league finish: Third

2019 postseason finish: Seventh at district

Van Wert

Division: II

Coach: Ryan Holliday (fifth season)

2019 league finish: Fifth

2019 postseason finish: Eighth at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners:

Others likely to make varsity roster:

Coach’s analysis: The Van Wert boys are coming into 2020 with high hopes and expectations of putting their program back on the map. The team’s invitational finishes during the 2019 season were a departure from the high standards normally achieved by the Cougars. However, the team only lost one senior from that 2019 squad and is bringing back

everyone else, all of whom gained valuable experience. Not only that, but Van Wert has added a strong freshman class as well as a couple familiar upperclassman faces in this year’s mix. The team hopes to put itself back in contention at or near the top of the WBL, the district and in the mix for a team state appearance (which would be its first since 2017).

Wapakoneta

Division: I

Coach: Betsy Selover

2019 league finish: Seventh

2019 postseason finish: Ninth at district

NWC

Ada

Division: III

Coach: Josh Klein (fifth season)

2019 conference finish: Seventh

2019 postseason finish: 10th at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Riley Ferguson (jr.), Connor Daugherty (soph.)

Other varsity contender: Robby Waters (soph.)

Allen East

Division: III

Coach: Leah Sanderson (third season)

2019 conference finish: Fifth

2019 postseason finish: Seventh at district (Hunter Sidle advanced to regionals)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Hunter Sidle (jr.), Gavin Miller (jr.), Ezra Garver (jr.), Mason Hutchinson (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Ethan Garver (jr.), Nathan Heffner (jr.), Ethan Kahle (jr.), John Raines (soph.)

Bluffton

Division: III

Coach: William Theisen (fifth season)

2019 conference finish: Fourth

2019 postseason finish: 22nd at regional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Elijah Conley (sr.), Carter Dyar (sr.), Trey Boblitt (jr.), Sam Derstine (soph.), Erik Nygaard (soph.), Wyatt Lovell (soph.), Isiah Conley (soph.), Caleb Mckenzie (soph.)

Others varsity contenders: Jonah Rehm (soph.), Brandon Good

Coach’s analysis: The Bluffton boys cross country team returns all of its seven runners from last year’s regional qualifying team. They are looking forward to a good season and are working hard to try and get back to regionals.

Columbus Grove

Division: III

Coach: Terry Schnipke (16th season)

2019 conference finish: First in NWC and PCL

2019 postseason finish: Eighth at regional

Key returnees: Derek Birkemeier (sr.), Dylan Birkemeier (sr.), Carson Closson (jr.), Caleb Stechschulte (jr.), Trent Koch (soph.), Roy Langhals (jr.), Tayden Pingle (jr.), Caleb Morman (jr.)

Promising newcomers: Logan Mershman (fr.), Evan Pitts (fr.), Luke Ellerbrock (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: This group is hungry after having their spring track season taken from them, and they have sacrificed a great deal this summer to be able to compete this fall. We have consistently had 10-12 guys at summer running and at camp this year several guys ran 16 miles or more the last day, after three days of hard running already in the books. 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 an upsetting end to the 2019 season. 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. This year we will be stronger. You can bet these guys will carry the fire.”

Crestview

Division: III

Coach: Jeff Bagley

2019 conference finish: Third

2019 postseason finish: Seventh at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Brian Myers (sr.), Dayton Schuerman (sr.), Isaiah Watts (soph.), Hayden Tomlinson (jr.)

New prospects: Maddux Cunningham (fr.), Gavin Grubb (fr.), Nasir Easterling (soph.), Jayden Renner (jr.)

Coach’s analysis: Positive competition in our practice atmosphere will help us develop a culture of toughness and grit. Our focus will be on doing or saying the next right thing to help our team be its best.”

Lincolnview

Division: III

Coach: Matt Langdon

2019 conference finish: Second

2019 postseason finish: 11th at regional

Coach’s analysis: The boys team returns five of its seven 7 varsity runners from 2019. Juniors Daegan Hatfield and Jackson Robinson are joined by Sophomores Brandon Renner, Kohen Cox, and Keagan Farris. “We lost two outstanding and talented young men in Devon and Joe. They were great leaders last year and left a tremendous legacy for this group to follow. They will be difficult to replace as both ran in the 16s last season, but we do have 5 of our 7 returning and none of those boys are seniors. This year’s team will be very young. We are looking for our freshman class from last year to step up in a big way as well as the addition of last year’s eighth grade class who are now freshman. We will have some growing pains this season since we are so young, but over the next several years we look to get back to the type of team that was able to qualifying for the State meet each season. The boy’s have worked hard over the summer and we are excited to get back to competing.

Paulding

Division: II

Coach: Jeremy Thompson (third season)

2019 conference finish: Sixth

2019 postseason finish: 13th at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Caleb Thompson (jr.), Nick Manz (soph.), Reid Johanns (jr.), Peyton Adams (soph.), Alex Tressler (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Casey Agler (fr.), Tytus Manz (soph.), Eli Jones (fr.), Wesley Ludwig (fr.), Aden Lero (fr.), Josh Lemieux (fr.), Garret McClure (fr.), Drake Ankney (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: This season will be interesting. The key to this season will be to see if we can put aside all of the distractions and focus in on what we need to do in order to get ready to race. We have several returning runners this year that are looking to build on last years season. Reid Johanns is looking strong and hoping to make it to deep into the tournament. Nick Manz is also back and wanting to build on his accomplishments from last year. We have several new varsity runners that are looking to be a big addition to the team. Tytus Manz, Casey Agler, and Eli Jones are all looking strong and hoping to help the team win a few meets this year.

Overall, our high school boys team is continuing to build for the future, and I can’t wait to see how the season shapes up for them.

Spencerville

Division: III

Coach: Brian McMichael (49th season)

2019 conference finish: No team score

2019 postseason finish: No team score

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Reed Miller (jr.)

Other promising team members: Dalton Vandemark (sr.), Lanny Oakman (soph.), Wyatt Nielsen (soph.), Alejandro Adams (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We work hard in practice and have a good attitude. We need to work on team leadership, getting meet experience. With many new runners we will need to learn how to compete. Team goals are to work to get better each week and improve on last year’s results.

PCL

Kalida

Division: III

Coach: Scott Miller (14th season)

2019 league finish: Third

2019 postseason finish: Fourth at district (Ryan Lucke and Will Zeller advanced to regionals)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Will Zeller (sr.), Ryan Lucke (sr.), Heath Miller (soph.), Garret Decker (soph.), Kevin Schumaker (soph.), Connor Erhart (sr.)

Promising newcomer: Colin Heitmeyer (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have a great tight knit group that has been working hard this summer. The seniors 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 depth. With just seven runners on the high school team, staying healthy will be a key to the team’s success.

Leipsic

Division: III

Coach: Stacy Campbell (fourth season)

2019 league finish: Fourth in PCL; third in BVC

2019 postseason finish: 13th at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Roman DeLaRosa (jr.), Jeremy Reynolds (soph.), Landen Erickson (soph.), Jalen Titus (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Jacob Walther (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: The Leipsic boys are returning four letter winners, being led by junior Roman DeLaRosa. Newcomer Jacob Walther has run in junior high so he is not new to the competition. This group of boys have trained hard all summer and are looking to improve upon their finishes in the PCL and the BVC.

Miller City

Division: III

Coach: Stacy Campbell

2019 league finish: No team score

2019 postseason finish: No team score

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Grant Palte (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: Palte practices with us (Leipsic) daily and attends the same meets that we compete at.

Ottoville

Division: III

Coach: Robert Kaple

2019 league finish: Second

2019 postseason finish: Fifth at district (Nolan German and Kyle Looser advanced to regionals)

MAC

Coldwater

Division: III

Coach: Martin Schoenherr (10th season)

2019 conference finish: Sixth

2019 postseason finish: Fifth at district (Isaac Schoen advanced to regionals and state, finishing 74th)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Isaac Schoen (sr.), Kendrick Tebbe (jr.), Lucas Pohlman (soph.), Adam Diller (jr.), Carter Homan (sr.), Blake Findley (jr.), Riley Wehrkamp (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Jace Wood (fr.), Drew Eyink (fr.), Justin Gruss (fr.), Matt Waite (sr.)

Coach’s analysis: The goal for each athlete is for him to feel like they are part of something greater than just himself. In achieving this, success will be made on the course. We, of course, want to improve upon last season’s finishes, with the hope of competing at league and into the postseason.

Delphos St. John ‘s

Division: III

Coach: Brian Kopack (first season)

2019 conference finish: No team score

2019 postseason finish: No team score

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Drew Palte (jr.), Marcus Freewalt (jr.), Zane Stevenson (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Aaron Bockey (fr.), Andrew Bockey (fr.), Logan Tolliver (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We’re excited for the season. We have a good mix of experience and youth and, for the first time in a few years, we can compete as a team. The area has a number of strong teams, so each competition will be a test of our progress. Our three returning runners have improved each year, and now as juniors, are ready to step up to racing near the front of the pack. Starting Week 1, the freshmen will be challenged to learn to race the new distance in a competitive situation. We know that if we do the work, and we compete each time out, we’ll give ourselves a chance to advance in the postseason.

Fort Recovery

Division: III

Coach: Christy Diller (second season)

2019 conference finish: Eighth

2019 postseason finish: Seventh at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Connor Gower (sr.), Ethan Evers (soph.), Caleb Rammel (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Luke Keller (sr.), Trevor Heitkamp (fr.), Christian Marchal (fr.), Aiden Heitkamp (fr.), Tony Rodriguez (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We return only three runners from last year’s team which had five senior members. We have a young team of two seniors, two sophmores and five freshmen. Senior Connor Gower (three year varsity runner) returns as do Sophmores Ethan Evers and Caleb Rammel all of whom will look to improve on their previous PRs. We also welcome back Senior Luke Keller who was a strong runner for our team in JH but has not run at the HS level previously. Freshman Trevor Heitkamp will challenge for the top spot on the team coming off of a strong summer season. The focus this year will be on getting our younger runners more experience with race strategy and becoming confident in their abilities.

Marion Local

Division: III

Coach: Elle Sutter (first season)

2019 conference finish: Fourth

2019 postseason finish: 23rd at regional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Troy Stucke (soph.), Aaron Broering (jr.), Alex Broering (sr.), Simon Mescher (sr.), Noah Budde (soph.), Zach Kramer (sr.), Trevor Muhlenkamp (soph.)

Others likely to make varsity roster: Lucas Broering (fr.), John Kramer (fr.), Preston Kemper (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have a lot of talent and depth on the boys’ side this year. We’re returning all our boys who ran at regionals last year, and our freshman class has a lot of promise as well. With some hard work, our boys could see their first run at state this year. I’m excited to work with them and push them to reach their full potential.

Minster

Division: III

Coach: Larry Topp (35th season)

2019 conference finish: First

2019 postseason finish: 16th at state

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Alex Albers (jr.), Joseph Slonkosky (jr.), Tyler Prenger (jr.), Joel Berelsman (sr.), Noah Walter (soph.), Mathew Droesch (jr.)

Promsing runners who did not letter in 2019: Jack Grieshop (fr.), Alex Westerheide (jr.), Jim Trzaska (soph.), Ryan Halpin (fr.)

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 (Luke Barga and Austin Felice) from last year’s team. With them we also lost a lot of our leadership. The new seniors and juniors are now accepting their new rolls as leaders and the team is starting to work hard toward their team’s goals. We return a great nucleus of good runners from last year’s team, returning six of our top eight. We are lucky enough to have several others pushing to be part of the final picture. We are hoping to have the voids filled by the first meet and be ready for an enjoyable season. 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. As always, this year’s league looks to very competitive with Coldwater, Marion Local and Versailles looking to be at the top of the league, and Versailles is the early favorite, with a big chunk of their roster returning. 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.

New Bremen

Division: III

Coach: Jason Barhorst (first season)

2019 conference finish: Fifth

2019 postseason finish: Fourth at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Luke Davidson (sr.), Zach Achman (jr.), Patrick Bernhold (soph.), Gavin Spragg (soph.), Jonathan Zimpher (soph.), Cole Powers (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Zach Weildman (fr.), Connor Ransbottom (sr.). There are several others with a good chance to earn a varsity letter.

Coach’s analysis: We are looking forward to the team running well and improving from last year. We have six returning from our top seven last year in which the team missed out qualifying for regionals by one spot. With a great and supportive senior class, and addition of strong freshmen, we are working hard to make that jump to regionals this year and will have a shot at placing top three in the MAC.

New Knoxville

Division: III

Coach: Stephanie Boyle Fledderjohann (ninth season)

2019 conference finish: Ninth

2019 postseason finish: Ninth at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Ryan Osborne (jr.), Nicholas Tinnerman-Topp (sr.), Jonah Resor (sr.)

Other varsity contenders: Parker Banner (jr.), Kaleb Putman (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: With a small team, we will focus on keeping healthy and running as a strong pack.

Parkway

Division: III

Coach: Ann Vian

2019 conference finish: Third

2019 postseason finish: 19th at regional (Kyle Roth advanced to state, finishing 33rd)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners:

Others likely to make varsity roster:

Coach’s analysis: I lost two of my top runners due to graduation, Kyle Roth and Aaron Bruns. Kyle was a state qualifier last year and both boths received MAC honors. I do not have any senior boys this year. I have three juniors, who are all returning from last year. Blake Strickler also received MAC honors. He is joined by Riley Samples and Cade Schoenleben. All the underclassmen are returning from last year, and I have one freshman, Tyler Rowen. Tyler did very well last year as an eight-grader, and I looking for him to contribute much to the team this year. The boys have been practicing very hard this summer, and I am looking forward to seeing how they perform this season. I know they have high expectations, and I do also.

St. Henry

Division: III

Coach: Angie Wendel (fourth season)

2019 conference finish: Seventh

2019 postseason finish: Sixth at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Nolan Fullenkamp (soph.), Eli Stammen (jr.), Zach Liette (sr.), Nathan Howe (sr.)

Other varsity contenders: Ben Franck (sr.), Jordan Imel (jr.), Jason Balster (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: The guys look to stay healthy and drop individual times significantly.

NWCC

Perry

Division: III

Coach: Matthew Pauff (14th season)

2019 conference finish: No team score

2019 postseason finish: No team score (Brady Yingst advanced to regionals and state, finishing 80th)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Brayden Yingst (jr.), Joey Hoersten (jr.), Grant Miller (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: We are hoping that Brayden Yingst can return to the state meet and win several of the invitational’s we attend. I am also expecting a great deal of improvement from my other runners.

Upper Scioto Valley

Division: III

Coach:

2019 conference finish: Third at NWCC meet

2019 postseason finish: Sixth at district (Joe Parker and Zach Britton advanced to regionals)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners:

Others likely to make varsity roster:

Waynesfield-Goshen

Division: III

Coach: Jim Hennon (18th season)

2019 conference finish: First at NWCC meet

2019 postseason finish: 18th at regional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Kort Sutherland (sr.), Alec Spangler (jr.), Cole Steinke (jr.), Bransyn Miner (jr.), Ayden Crites (jr.), Sam Meeks (jr.), Brody Barrington (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Landen Clay (soph), Levi Zechman (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: We are excited coming off of a season where our boys team qualified for regionals for the first time ever. We are returning seven varsity letter winners and adding two promising newcomers. Our boys really enjoyed the success of working as a team last year, earning NWCC champs and district runners-up, and have put in the work all summer in hopes to repeat or better their accomplishments from last year. We are excited to see what they can do.

Others

Cory-Rawson

Division: III

Coach: Gary Holland (fifth season)

2019 conference finish: Sixth in BVC

2019 postseason finish: 10th at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Izzac Dean (sr.), Brock Boehm (jr.)

Other varsity contender: Grant Welte (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: There are two returning lettermen from last year. Grant Welte, a freshman, has the potential to be all league and to possibly be a regional qualifier.

LCC

Division: III

Coach: Lacy Green (second season)

2019 postseason finish: Ninth (Quentin Potempa advanced to regionals and state, finishing 92nd)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Zac Patterson (sr.), Jacob Mangette (sr.)

Coach’s analysis: Looking to improve as the season progreses.

Lima Senior

Division: I

Coach: Alan S. Kingsbery (fourth season)

2019 conference finish: Seventh in TRAC

2019 postseason finish: 10th at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Anthony Lutz (sr.), Christopher Sellati (jr.), Jahim Montano (jr.), Elijah May (jr.), Gavin Lyons (soph.)

Promising newcomers: Cameron King-Jackson (soph.) and Brooklyn Morning (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: Anthony Lutz is coming off an injury last year that kept him on the sidelines until the last few meets of the year. As a sophomore he ran in the mid 17s so I am looking for him to be in the low 16s this season.

Christopher Sellati has been with the program since middle school. He splits his time with soccer but will be our No. 2 man. I look for Chris to be in the 17 minute range this year.

Jahim Montano is in only his second year of cross country. He is a hard worker that brought his time down over 4 minutes over the course of the season. Jahim should be under 19:00 minutes this year.

Elijah May is also in his second season of cross country. I would expect Elijah to run in 19 minute range this season.

Gavin Lyons is in his second season too. A hard worker, Gavin never quits working. He is hoping to run under 20 minutes this year.

Cameron King-Jackson comes to us as a transfer from Elida. He too is in his second year of competition. Cameron, hopefully will be under 22 minutes this year.

Brooklyn Morning is in his first season for any sport. With no previous experience running, Brooklyn has matured from off the back of the pack at the beginning of the season to develop into what I think should be our fourth maybe third man. His training times should put him in the under 19 minute range by the end of the season.

As a team I look for overall improvement from last year’s group. Everyone is working hard and has a positive attitude. We should improve on our individual and team standing but will be a middle of the pack finisher. Where we excel is in academics. Every one of our eligible athletes made All-Academic Conference in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference last year and should be expected to do the same this season.

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