Rachel Kinsman enters her sixth year at the helm of the Archbold cross country teams with eight letterwinners returning on the girls team and 11 back on the boys team.
The AHS girls team won the Northwest Ohio Athletic League championship in 2018 and 2017.
The Streaks won the district meet, and finished second as a team at the regional and third at the state meet.
“We have five of our top seven that were third at the state meet last year back,” said Kinsman. “We have great experience at those high-level meets and we have depth.
“We have added some great freshmen and a transfer that will help us tremendously.
Returning letterwinners are Shylo Richardson, a senior; Brittney Ramirez, Camryn Hudson, Kylie Sauder, Delaney Garrow, Regan Ramirez, and Montana Stamm, juniors; and Karley Ramirez, a sophomore.
“A weakness that will play a part this year is there may be a bigger gap between a few of the runners, but that is something we will work on throughout the season,” said Kinsman.
Newcomers include Chloe Merillat, a sophomore; Alison Roehrig, Annika De- Long, Meg Mello, Natalie Seibert, and Sophie Rupp, freshmen.
“The girls are looking for another NWOAL title this year, but our league is always competitive, so we will have to be ready.
“Once we get to district, our goal will be to be in those top teams to move on each week and return to the state meet again this year.”
The boys team finished fourth in the NWOAL last year and finished third at the district meet.
Seniors Ivan Cobb, Adam Walker, Devin Witte, and Dawson Liechty lead the group of letterwinners. Junior letterwinners are Weston Ruffer, Andrew Francis, and Daniel Oyer, and sophomores Elijah Schumacher, Rhett Hudson, Brady Johns, and Kenny Walker.
Newcomers include seniors Noah Cheney, Miles Rupp, and Edward Rash, and freshmen Aden McCarty, Ethan Stuckey, Corbin Stamm, Landon Stamm, Dane Riley, Jackson Beck, and Ben Dowdy.
“We have a strong group of returning athletes who are ready to be leaders,” said Kinsman. “We add in a talented group of freshmen and some newcomers that will add some depth to our team.
“Not having a dominant frontrunner will be a weakness that we will work on. These athletes have the potential to be up there when it counts.
“The NWOAL will be competitive as always. Our guys will look to break into that top-three finish as a team in the league this season, focusing on running as a group and helping each other throughout practices so we can do the same in races.”
The Streaks are scheduled to open the season, Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Defiance Early Bird Invitational.