Girls high school cross country capsules


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WBL

Bath

Division: II

Coach: Dan Grime

2019 league finish: Eighth

2019 postseason finish: 10th at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Erica Ignarski (sr.), Payton Meffley (sr.), Ireland Lawrence (jr.), Kira Stall (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Mikaila Miller (sr.), Shelby Marsteller (jr.), Riannon Horstman (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: Roster size is seven. We have no idea how the season will go since it has been so long since they have been in school and missed the track season. The girls have been working hard and have a good group of leaders.

Celina

Division: II

Coach: Daniel J. Otten

2019 league finish: Second

2019 postseason finish: 19th at state

Elida

Division: II

Coach: Mark Altstaetter (sixth season)

2019 league finish: No team score

2019 postseason finish: No team score

Returning 2019 varsity letter winner: Ninzi Sackinger (sr.)

Coach’s analysis: We only have one girl at the high school level. The numbers are getting better at the middle school level. Senior Ninzi Sackinger returns for the Bulldogs. Ninzi lettered last season as a junior. We look for good things this season out of Ninzi.

Kenton

Division: II

Coach: Jared Manns (18th season)

2019 league finish: Sixth

2019 postseason finish: Seventh at district (Kierra Krohmer advanced to regionals)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Kierra Krohmer (sr.), Sammie Unger (sr.), Callie Wright (sr.), Kylie Allmon (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Delaney Buxton (fr.), Bethany Cameron (fr.), Kinley Howe (fr.), Kira Ray (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We are excited about this year. I have four girls that will be competing at a high level. They have high expectations for the season. We also have four incoming freshmen that will need to step up and fill the 5-6-7 spots. Kierra was Kenton’s top runner last year and was a regional qualifier the last two years. She places 22nd at last year’s regional meet just missing the state championships by a few spots. She is running at a high level right now with the hope of making it to the state championships. Sammie Unger was a regional qualifier her freshman year and sophomore year and could very well be our top runner this year. Her and Kierra have been battling back and forth the entire summer. We hope to get her to the state championships as well. Callie Wright has played a supportive but solid role the last three years. She was instrumental in helping our 2018 team qualify for regionals. I expect her to play a significant role this year as well. Excited to see her run this year. Kylie Allmon is our lone junior and will run with the leaders a s well. She’s had an incredible summer but lately has been pulled back with a n injury. She will be 100% by the first race and will contribute greatly to the team’s success.

Ottawa-Glandorf

Division: II

Coach: Holly Flueckiger (fourth season)

2019 league finish: Ninth

2019 postseason finish: Eighth at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Abby Schroeder (jr.), Elyse Schroeder (jr.)

Others varsity contenders: Chloe Schnipke (jr.), Marissa Beckett (soph.), Alexa Fortman (soph.), Morgan Inkrott (fr.), Madelyn Hovest (fr.)

Other varsity contenders: I am excited to start the 2020 cross country season with some very talented underclassmen. Freshmen Madelyn Hovest and Morgan Inkrott demonstrated their athleticism and dedication throughout the summer months, conditioning and getting in the miles. First year sophomore Alexa Fortman has demonstrated her unwavering determination through her commitment to conditioning and running to prepare for the season. We have a young team with no returning seniors and only three returning junior runners. There is so much talent, compassion and heart in this group of young runners ready to take on the challenges ahead.

Shawnee

Division: II

Coach: Russell E. Holly

2019 league finish: First

2019 postseason finish: 20th at state

St. Marys

Division: II

Coach: Rob Cisco

2019 league finish: Fifth

2019 postseason finish: Fifth at district (Maria Jutte and Ellen Schloemer advanced to regionals)

Van Wert

Division: II

Coach: Ryan Holliday (fifth season)

2019 league finish: Third

2019 postseason finish: Sixth at regional (Caylee Phillips advanced to state, finishing sixth)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Kirsten Dunning (sr.), Serena Havill (soph.), Tyra McClain (soph.), Rachel Spath (sr.), Kyra Welch (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Taylor Carter (fr.), Lyrissa Hammons (sr.), Macy Johnson (fr.), Alyssa Knittle (fr.), Natalie Lawrence (fr.), Sarah Verville (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: The Van Wert girls are looking to take another big step for their program in 2020 after a nice jump in 2019. Last year, the Lady Cougars placed third in the WBL and sixth in the region, just two team places away from a team state berth. After losing only two seniors from the 2019 squad, this year’s team is coming in hungry with solid experience under their belts. What Van Wert lost with the graduation of Caylee Phillips, last year’s sixth place individual finisher at the OHSAA State Meet, they hope to make up for with depth and a tight pack. The Lady Cougars return a strong core of letter winners and also add a large and competitive freshman class to their mix. If all goes according to plan, Van Wert should find themselves in the race for top spots in the WBL, district, and its first team state appearance since 2014.

Wapakoneta

Division: I

Coach: Kara Schneider

2019 league finish: Seventh

2019 postseason finish: Seventh at district (Paige Schneider advanced to regional)

NWC

Ada

Division: III

Coach: Josh Klein (fifth season)

2019 conference finish: No team score

2019 postseason finish: No team score

Varsity contenders: Elsie Allen (fr.), Jillian Hazelton (fr.), Malia Santillanez (fr.), Amelia Alexander (soph.), Serenity LaValle (jr.)

Coach’s analysis: This is an exciting year for the Ada girls cross country team. I have not had a girls team for the past 2 years. I had a couple individual females run 2 years ago, but it is tough to run and train as an individual. This year’s team consists of five girls all new to the sport and more specifically running. They have been working hard to get in shape, and I am excited to see if they will stick with cross in the future. A lot of our focus this year will be personal bests and individual goals.

Bluffton

Division: III

Coach: Bill Theisen (fifth season)

2019 conference finish: No team score

2019 postseason finish: No team score

Returning 2019 varsity letter winner: Caitlin Daily (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Amairi Painter (fr.), Kaelin Weissling

Coach’s analysis:

Columbus Grove

Division: III

Coach: Jason Jay

2019 conference finish: First in NWC and PCL meets

2019 postseason finish: 11th at state

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Erin Downing (jr.), Zoe Stechschulte (jr.), Emily Schumacher (jr.), Ellie Keehn (soph.), Sabrina Henige (soph.)

Newcomers: Hannah Morman (jr.), Jade Siefker (fr.), Abby Stechschulte (fr.), Madilynn Maag (fr.), Avery Smith (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have a strong returning group returning from last year’s 11th place finish at the state meet. We have a lot of experience at the top and a solid core of younger runners who will be able to add to the team dynamic. We need to stay healthy and injury free until the freshmen and sophomores get accustomed to the races. There is a very positive outlook this season after coming off a successful 2019 season. The team lost some solid runners due to graduation, but the returning athletes are prepared and ready to compete and know how to win.

Crestview

Division: III

Coach: Jeff Bagley

2019 conference finish: Second

2019 postseason finish: Ninth at regional (Ragen Harting advanced to state, finishing 65th)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Kate Leeth (soph.), Megan Mosier (soph.), Baylee Miller (soph.), Adalynn Longstreth (sr.), Emily Greulach (jr.), Lauren Walls (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Hannah Turpening (sr.), Kiara Anderson (jr.), Jenessa Sparks (soph.)

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 doing or saying the next right thing to help our team be its best.

Lincolnview

Division: III

Coach: Matt Langdon

2019 conference finish: Third

2019 postseason finish: 19th at regional (Madison Langdon advanced to state, finishing 50th)

Coach’s analysis: In 2020, the girls team returns seniors Madison Langdon, Dylann Carey and Makenna Mason. Also returning as a varsity runner is sophomore Julia Stetler who was an individual regional qualifier in 2019. Our girls team has three very experienced runners at the front. All three of them have some state experience and they are led by Madison who is chasing down the school record of 19:08 set by Katie Honigford. All three girls have worked extremely hard over the summer and it has shown. In several of our time trials, the girls are ahead of their times from 2019. That is encouraging. We added a few girls to the roster who are new to cross country so it will be fun to see how they fill in the gaps. After losing the track season, the team is very excited to get back to competition. Running together over the summer was a great step back to some normalcy for these kids who have lost so much. They showed up all summer and put in the miles and the work.”

Paulding

Division: II

Coach: Jeremy Thompson (third season)

2019 conference finish: Fifth

2019 postseason finish: 13th at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Elyse Manz (sr.), Cassie Weller (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Claire Miller (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: This year, our girls varsity team is only two women. We lost five seniors from last year and with coronavirus, we lost some recruiting time that we normally have at the end of the school year. Senior Elyse Manz is looking for a strong finish to a great cross country running career. She has been training hard, and I can’t wait to see what she is able to do this year. Cassie Weller is back for her sophomore season. She is ready to run and improve on her freshman year.

Spencerville

Division: III

Coach: Brian McMichael (40th season coaching girls team)

2019 conference finish: No team score

2019 postseason finish: Sixth at district (Lillee Stewart advanced to regional and then state, finishing 89th)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Lillee Stewart (jr.), Rylie Edgington (jr.), Chloe Orr (jr.)

Other promising team members: Emma Kyler (soph.), Megan Baughman (soph.), Ella Pohlman (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: Team works hard in practice and has a good attitude. We need to work on running as a team, learning how to race. We need to improve throughout the season. The team has a lot of potential. It will be a year of learning and improving for the runners.

PCL

Kalida

Division: III

Coach: Scott Miller (14th season)

2019 league finish: No team score

2019 postseason finish: No team score

Returning 2019 varsity letter winner: Hannah Berheide (sr.)

Other varsity contenders: Andrea Burgei (fr.), Erica Kahle (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: Hannah is coming off a nice junior year in cross country. She will lean on that experience this fall to continue to improve and get better. Hannah is joined by two new freshmen this year that had very successful junior high seasons last year and have put in a lot of work this summer.

Leipsic

Division: III

Coach: Stacy Campbell (fourth season)

2019 league finish: Second in PCL meet; third in BVC

2019 postseason finish: 11th at district (Whitney Langhals advanced to regionals)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Lola Wensink (jr.), Whitney Langhals (soph.), Zoey Schroeder (soph.), Jill Lutz (sr.), Paige Revuelta (sr.)

Other varsity contenders: Madilyn Walther (sr.), Kelsey May (sr.), Skylar Revuelta (soph.), Madisyn Revuelta (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: Leipsic looks to have a strong season with five returning letter winners led by two regional qualifiers in Whitney Langhals (2019) and Lola Wensink (2018). The team also has several newcomers that are showing great promise. We hope to improve on our finish in the BVC and PCL.

Ottoville

Division: III

Coach: Robert Kaple

2019 league finish: No team score

2019 postseason finish: Paige Hoersten advanced to regionals

MAC

Coldwater

Division: III

Coach: Pete Lisi (sixth season)

2019 conference finish: Third

2019 postseason finish: 10th at regional (Haley Alig advanced to state, finishing 15th)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Haley Alig (jr.), Beth Honigford (sr.), Sara Honigford (sr.), Lily Schoenherr (jr.), Lindsey Peases (jr.), Carlee Goodwin (jr.), Shelby Homan (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Allison Hamberg (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: The girls are looking at getting back to the state meet after missing it by a few points and places last year. They will be led by Haley Alig who is a returning first all-state finisher. She will be joined by Sara and Beth Honigford who are three time regional qualifiers. The team returns seven letter winners from last year’s team.

Delphos St. John’s

Division: III

Coach: Brian Kopack (first season)

2019 conference finish: Second

2019 postseason finish: 19th at state

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Kambrynn Rohr (sr.), Rylee Pohlman (sr.), Kitty Kopack (jr.), Adara Fuerst (jr.)

Others varsity contenders: Chloe Etzkorn (fr.), Alex Kessen (fr.), Ava Milligan (fr.), Aubrey Milligan (fr.), Elayna Will (fr.), Ella Wilson (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have four of the six girls from last year’s state qualifying team returning. Joining them are a group of freshmae that are capable of making major contributions. They have a good idea of everything that is involved in being successful. They have been consistent in their preparation this summer. The competition in the area is strong, so that will keep us sharp as we move through the schedule to the MAC meet and the state tournament. We expect the girls to continue to prepare well and compete confidently — putting them in a good position to be successful.

Fort Recovery

Division: III

Coach: Christy Diller (second season)

2019 conference finish: Sixth

2019 postseason finish: 17th at regional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Hanna Metzger (sr.), Kendra Metzger (sr.), Sarah Siefring (sr.), Anna Wendel (sr.), Alyssa Heinrichs (jr.), Megan Diller (soph.), Caitlin Weitzel (soph.), Alexis Wendel (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Ellie Will (fr.), Jenna Hart (fr.), Brynn Stammen (fr.), Olivia Laux (sr.), Britney Klenke (sr.)

Coach’s analysis: We return our entire varsity seven from last year as well as bring up three promising freshmen who will all challenge for varsity spots as well. This starts us out with a deep well of experience with six returning seniors. We have a strong pack but hope to improve our pack time in order to improve overall team place and scoring. Our top runner, Megan Diller was top 20 at MAC last year and our top senior Hanna Metzger individually qualified for regionals last season. We look to improve the number of top 20 finishes in the MAC while also striving to individually qualify more athletes to regionals. Our team’s top goal for this season is to qualify as a team to the state meet.

Marion Local

Division: III

Coach: Elle Sutter (first season)

2019 conference finish: Eighth

2019 postseason finish: Fourth at district (Kelsey Broering advanced to regionals)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Alison Blackford (sr.), Becca Rindler (sr.), Lauren Meiring (soph.), Kayla Heitkamp (sr.), Amy Evers (jr.)

Coach’s analyisis: We lost a lot of good seniors last year, but we have a large, strong senior class replacing them this year. The goal this year is to make another run at regionals as a team. All of our girls are well-rounded athletes with a lot of drive. With their help, I look forward to building the team to the best of its abilities.

Minster

Division: III

Coach: Jessie Magoto (22nd season)

2019 conference finish: First

2019 postseason finish: Won state

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Ella Boate (sr.), Mason Pohl (sr.), Emma Meyer (jr.), Taylor Roth (soph.), Cameo Cedarleaf (soph.)

Other varsity contender: Maggie Hammelgarn (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: Strong seniors. Five girls with varsity and state experience returning. They have put in the miles and are extremely committed. They are not afraid to take chances and embrace the commitment to simply maximizing their potential this season.

New Bremen

Division: III

Coach: Jason Barhorst (first season)

2019 conference finish: Seventh

2019 postseason finish: Fourth at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Madison Cordonnier (sr.), Alayna Thieman (sr.), Vivian Niekamp (sr.), Victoria Grillot (sr.), Lily Lennartz (jr.), Lily Rindler (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Chloe Homan (fr.), Emma Keller (sr.), Caroline Whitlach (soph.). There are several others I believe all have a shot to make it.

Coach’s analysis: We are looking forward to the team running well and improving from last year. We have six returning letter winners in which the team missed out qualifying for regionals by one spot. With a great and supportive senior class, a lot of depth, and addition of strong freshmen, we are working hard to make that jump to regionals this year and possibly state 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: No team score

2019 postseason finish: Ninth at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Rebecca Leffel (jr.), Journey Boyle (jr.), Dakota Kennedy (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Lola Thompson (sr.), Abigail Sniegowski (sr.), Melisa Waterman (jr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have a full girls’ team for the first time in a few years, which is exciting.

Parkway

Division: III

Coach: Ann Vian

2019 conference finish: Ninth

2019 postseason finish: Fifth at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Lexie Cottman (sr.), Sydney Waters (sr.), Leah Eichler (jr.), Emily Jackson (jr.), Morgan Hunter (soph.0, Beth Short (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Audrey Ford (sr.), Raegan Roehm (jr.), Lexie Berry (fr.), Samara McDonald (fr.), Katie Trisel (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We lost four senior girls last year due to graduation, who showed good, consistent effort. The year looks to be rebuilding year. I have gained a senior girl, Audrey Ford, who is running for the first time and Raegan Roehm, a junior, is alos running for the first time. In addition, I have three freshmen girls who all ran in junior high and did very well. I am looking forward to seeinghow they gel together as a team. They have a great deal of potential. They need to believe it too.

St. Henry

Division: III

Coach: Angie Wendel

2019 conference finish: Fourth

2019 postseason finish: Eighth at regional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Lauren Hartings (sr.), Katie Kunkler (sr.), Megan Broering (soph.), Joscie Evers (soph.), Leah Heitkamp (soph.), Mara Muhlenkamp (soph.)

Other varsity contender: Ally Heath (fr.)

NWCC

Hardin Northern

Division: III

Coach: Chad Cook

2019 conference finish: Second in conference meet

2019 postseason finish: Sixth at district

Perry

Division: III

Coach: Matthew Pauff (14th season)

2019 conference finish: No team score

2019 postseason finish: No team score

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Brooke Miller (sr.), Lily Floyd (sr.), Alizabeth Demoss (soph.), Jacquelyne Lynch (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: I am looking forward to having senior leadership out of my two returning seniors: Brooke Miller and Lily Floyd. I am returning four runners on the girls team and am hoping to see a great deal of improvement. We are hoping that we can add another female runner and compete as a team at our events.

Waynesfield-Goshen

Division: III

Coach: Jim Hennon (18th season)

2019 conference finish: First in conference meet

2019 postseason finish: Fifth at district (Taylor Spencer advanced to regionals and state, finishing sixth)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Claire Valenti (sr.), Zoe Schlegel (jr.), Kapri Wilson (jr.), Taylor Spencer (soph.), Kyra Sutherland (soph.), Kaitlyn Twomey (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Rylie Barrington (sr.), Kyleigh Bigelow (jr.), Molly Zechman (jr.), Kennedy Bigelow (soph.), Cassidy Bigelow (fr.), Gracie Klenke (fr.), Gracy Zechman (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We are returning several varsity letter winners, with one of them being sophomore Taylor Spencer who was an All-Ohio state finisher, as well as adding seven new girls to the roster. We are excited for what the newcomers can bring to the team to go along with our returning letter winners. This group of girls have worked together all summer, putting in the miles and growing closer as a team. We are really excited to see what they can do this season.

Others

LCC

Division: III

Coach: Lacy Green (second season)

2019 postseason finish: No team score

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: None

Varsity contender: Emily Morrisey (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: Our team is comprised of hard working freshmen. They are strong runners that I’m excited to work with throughout high school.

Lima Senior

Division: I

Coach: Zach Johnson (second season)

2019 conference finish: Seventh in TRAC

2019 postseason finish: 10th at district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Naomi Fike (sr.), Evie Williams (jr.), Emmy Collins (jr.), Elena Cox (soph.)

Other varsity contender: Maria Maduro

Coach’s analysis: Naomi Fike is a three year varsity letter winner coming into her senior year. She is a very hard worker that won’t quit any race or workout. She should break 29 minutes this year. Naomi is ranked No. 1 in her senior class

Emmy Collins, is a two year varsity award winner. She has her mind set on running in the low 20s this season. Emmy is ranked No. 1 in her junior class.

Evie Williams is a two year varsity award winner. She has continued to improve each year, and I look for her to run in the mid-23 minute range. Evie is ranked No. 3 in her junior class.

Elena Cox is in her second year as a varsity runner. She performs best when the weather is hottest. Having her best outing at Elida last year when it was extremely hot. Elena is home schooled but maintains a near 4.0 average. She will run in the 25 minute area.

A new arrival this year will be Maria Maduro, an exchange student coming to us from Portugal. This is the third year in a row Lima Senior has had a foreign exchange student run cross country. She is an unknown quantity. Coming from Portugal I have no background yet on her.

Team wise I look for more improvement over last year’s season. Everyone has improved on their summer miles and are looking forward to this year. Individually all the girls should runner much better times over their previous performances. As a team we should garner move points but we have an untested No. 5 runner. Where we excel is in academics. Every one of our athletes are the leaders in their class as is shown by their class rankings. They too should male All Academic Conference in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference this year.

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