(A version of this article was posted on www.ArchboldBuckeye.com on Saturday, Nov. 4.)
The Archbold girls cross country team made the most of its first-ever appearance in the state meet.
Archbold placed fifth as a team in the Division III State Cross Country Championships, Saturday, Nov. 4, at Hebron.
Minster once again easily ran away from the pack to win its 11th state title.
Its first five runners all finished in the top 22 as the Wildcats finished with 34 points.
Mount Gilead placed second with 131, and McDonald was third with 138.
Ft. Laramie was fourth with 174.
The Streaks were fifth with 183, and Pettisville was sixth with 191.
Kylie Sauder was the first Blue Streak into the chute. She placed 32nd in 19:51.
Dakota Stamm was next, placing 40th in 20:00. Gwynne Riley was 49th in 20:13; Brittney Ramirez finished 79th in 20:37; and Camryn Hudson placed 112th in 21:13.
Montana Stamm was 168th in 22:43, and Elizabeth Schmucker was 170th in 22:49.
Minster’s Emma Watcke won in 18:38.
“All seven girls ran a great race at the state meet!” said Rachel Kinsman, AHS head coach.
“We talked all week long on what they should expect, and I tried to prepare them for that kind of race.
“They put themselves in great positions early on and continued to move forward. They executed everything very well and it paid off with a huge fifth-place team finish!
“I am so proud of them and all they have accomplished this season. Many firsts!
“Probably one of the biggest accomplishments from Saturday was a huge personal record from our senior, Lizzy Schmucker. She went out with a bang– I’m so happy for her.
“These girls got great experience this weekend that we can build on for the next few years to come.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to coach them.”
Elizabeth Sauder was the first Blackbird to finish, placing seventh in 19:11.
Nichole Foor was 23rd in 19:27; Kate Stuber was 85th in 20:43; Kelly Miller finished 88th in 20:44; and Sarah Foor was 114th in 21:14.
Morgan Leppelmeier finished 160th in 22:20, and Ava Hoylman was 177th in 23:47.
“Our girls ran another tremendous race,” said Tom Wagner, PHS head coach. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.
“Elizabeth Sauder led the way with a seventh place finish and made ‘All-Ohio.’ Nichole also made ‘All-Ohio.’ Kate Stuber ran a very solid race, with Kelly Miller right behind her. Sarah Foor ran another personal record.
“Finishing sixth place at state is outstanding!”
In the Div. III boys race, Pettisville’s Max Leppelmeier finished 67th in 17:05 and Logan Rufenacht finished 110th in 17:37.
Colonel Crawford’s Chad Johnson won in 15:33.
“This was the first time down to state for both boys,” said Wagner. “Max Leppelmeier, as a freshman, ran a very solid race. Logan Rufenacht also ran well.
“This experience, for both boys, will be invaluable to them for next year.”