Rachel Kinsman enters her eighth year at the helm of the Archbold cross country teams with nine letterwinners returning on the girls team and 17 back on the boys team.
The AHS girls team hopes to improve upon its thirdplace finish in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League in 2020.
“The girls will be ready to compete for those top three places in our very competitive NWOAL meet in October,” said Kinsman.
“Throughout the season we will work on finishing strong and closing gaps.”
Returning letterwinners are seniors Karley Ramirez and Chloe Merillat; juniors Alison Roehrig, Annika De- Long, Meg Mello, Natalie Seibert, and Sophie Rupp; and sophomores Allie Buehrer and Rayne Kinsman.
Lost to graduation were Camryn Hudson, Kylie Sauder, Brittney Ramirez, Delaney Garrow, Montana Stamm, and Regan Ramirez.
“Most of our girls have great experience at those high-level meets, and we have great leadership,” said the coach.
“We have added some great freshmen that will make an immediate impact and fill some spots that last year’s graduating seniors left, and add some depth.
“Our new sophomores will help as well.
“A weakness that will play a part this year is losing four key scorers to graduation and overall, a strong senior class last year.
“But that is something we will work on throughout the season, and we have girls that are able to fill in and score really well for us.”
The boys team finished second in the NWOAL last year.
Seniors Elijah Schumacher, Rhett Hudson, Brady Johns, and Kenny Walker will lead the group of letterwinners, which also includes juniors Aden McCarty, Ethan Stuckey, Corbin Stamm, Landon Stamm, Dane Riley, Jackson Beck, and Ben Dowdy; and sophomores Brennan Garrow, Asa Hudson, Aaron Miller, Lance Ramirez, Gavin Walker, and Brad Voll.
Lost to graduation were Mason Conway, Daniel Oyer, Weston Ruffer, Andrew Francis, Austin Roth, and Miles Rupp.
“We have a strong group of returning athletes who are ready to be leaders and finished the season very strong last year,” said Kinsman.
“We add in a talented group of freshmen and some newcomers that will add some depth to our team.
“We lost a few key scorers from last season with our seniors, so we will focus on filling some gaps and running close together.
“These athletes have the potential to be up there when it counts and make a statement.
“The NWOAL will be competitive, as always. Our guys will look to equal or better their second-place finish as a team from last season at the NWOAL meet, 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. 28, at the Defiance Early Bird Invitational.