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AHS Girls Finish Ninth At State Cross Country

Sauder Named All-Ohio
Kylie Sauder (bib 156) stays toward the front of the pack in the Division III girls race at the state cross country championships, Saturday, Nov. 2, in Hebron. Sauder finished 12th.– photo by Lynn Roth

Kylie Sauder (bib 156) stays toward the front of the pack in the Division III girls race at the state cross country championships, Saturday, Nov. 2, in Hebron. Sauder finished 12th.– photo by Lynn Roth

The Archbold girls cross country team finished ninth at the Division III state cross country meet, Saturday, Nov. 2, at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

The Streaks finished with 279 points.

Minster won its fourth straight state championship and 13th title overall. The Wildcats finished with 79 points.

Second-place West Liberty Salem finished with 89 points.

Liberty Center was fourth. The Tigers and Mount Gilead both totaled 160 points, but LC’s sixth runner finished way ahead of Mount Gilead’s, giving LC fourth place.

Junior Kylie Sauder was the first Blue Streak into the chute. She placed 12th for the second straight year, running the race in 19 minutes, 2.8 seconds. By finishing in the top 20, she made the podium.

She was also named All- Ohio.

Sophie Rupp, a freshman, placed 45th in 19:57.0. Karley Ramirez, a sophomore, was 108th in 21:23.2.

Brittney Ramirez, a junior, was 126th in 21:52.8. Annika DeLong, a freshman, was the final scoring runner, placing 138th in 22:17.0.

Sophie Rupp, a freshman, finished 45th in her first high school state meet.– photo by Lynn Roth

Sophie Rupp, a freshman, finished 45th in her first high school state meet.– photo by Lynn Roth

Camryn Hudson was 160th in 23:05.2, and Alison Roehrig was 162nd in 23:12.3.

Springfield Catholic Central’s Addie Engel won the race in 17:46.9.

There were 180 runners.

Kinsman Comments

“Another great season for these ladies!” said Rachel Kinsman, AHS head coach.

“Many early mornings and lots of hard work was put in to get them to the state meet for the third year in a row.

“Four of our ladies, Kylie, Brittney, Karley and Camryn, have experienced the state meet before, so they know what the atmosphere is like and the feeling of the race.

“For our three fresh- men– Sophie, Annika and Alison– it was a whole new experience that they handled very well.

“All seven of these ladies performed to the best of their abilities on Saturday, and that is all we ever ask. Our goal going into the race was to place in the top 10, and we accomplished that!

“We as coaches are so proud of how they have grown as a team and are creating a unique and inviting culture for Archbold cross country.

“They encourage each other and make each other stronger.

“All of these ladies will be back next year, and we have four to five others that will continue to add to our team. That makes us coaches excited for what is ahead!”