The Archbold girls cross country team won its first Northwest Ohio Athletic League title since 1999– 18 years ago– when the Streaks defeated two-time defending champion Liberty Center, Saturday, Oct. 14, at Wauseon.
The Streaks had its first five runners place in the top 14 to finish with 43 points.
The Tigers were second with 57, and Bryan took third with 73.
It’s the fifth NWOAL title in school history. Archbold also won the championship in 1994, 1997, and 1998.
Kylie Sauder, a freshman, led the Streaks into the chute, placing second in 20 minutes, 25 seconds. She was named First Team All- NWOAL for her finish.
Brittney Ramirez and Gwynne Riley finished ninth and tenth in 21:16.36 and 21:16.91, respectively. Dakota Stamm finished 11th in 21:23. All three were named Second Team All-NWOAL.
Regan Ramirez was the final scoring runner, placing 15th in 22:04. She received an Honorable Mention All- NWOAL.
Evergreen’s Sarah Schwan won in 20:15.
Other AHS runners, their places and times: 22. Camryn Hudson 23:03; 28. Montana Stamm 23:15; 36. Elizabeth Schmucker 23:58; 42. Kennedy Miller 24:37; 48. Delaney Garrow 26:03; 50. Shylo Richardson 26:26; 51. Rosalyn Flores 26:26; 59. Caitlyn Beldon 29:01; 62. Natalie Roth 29:43.
Liberty Center defeated two-time defending champion
Wauseon for the title. The Tigers finished with 40 points, while the Indians had 48.
Delta took third with 90.
Archbold finished sixth with 158 points.
Brendon Johns was first into the chute for AHS, placing 17th in 18:35.
Caden Garrow was next, placing 24th in 18:57.
Archbold’s final three scoring runners finished together. Devin Witte was 40th in 19:55; Hunter Beaverson was 41st in 19:56; and Bryson Taylor placed 42nd in 19:57.
LC’s Cameron Stark ran away from the competition, finishing in 16:10, 13 seconds faster than the secondplace runner.
Other AHS runners, their places and times: 44. Adam Kinsman 20:01; 45. Weston Ruffer 20:06; 46. Edward Rash 20:07; 62. Dawson Liechty 20:55; 67. T.J. Rice 21:31; 69. Ivan Cobb 21:47; 70. Adam Walker 22:10; 75. Brennan Short 22:59; 81. Noah Blankenship 24:48; 86. Cory Erbskorn 25:52; 89. Ben Oyer 26:54; 90. Andrew Francis 27:11; 91. Eli Wyse 28:03.
“All the girls ran an outstanding race,” said Rachel Kinsman, AHS head coach.
“Throughout the week we talked about the fact that the Archbold girls had not won a league title since 1999, and that it was time!
“Each of the girls knew what they needed to do to make that happen. We knew coming in that the team race would be close as it always is in our league.
“I’m so proud of them and for all their early mornings and hard work to pay off.
“Our guys ran a great race, as well. They have been working hard and are consistently improving each week.
“I am most proud of the fact that they ran as a team and were able to help each other throughout the race.
“Lots of positive things for both teams last weekend as we head into district.”
Archbold competes in the district meet, Saturday, Oct. 21, at Owens Community College-Findlay Campus.
The girls run in the Division III District 1 race at 11 am. The top four teams and any individual in the top 16 not on a qualifying team advance to the regional meet in Tiffin.
The boys run in the Div. II race at 2:20 pm. The top two teams and any individual in the top eight not on a qualifying team advance to the regional meet in Tiffin.