The Archbold boys cross country team finished seventh in the Division III regional meet, Saturday, Oct. 27, at Youngstown.
The top four teams and individuals finishing in the top 16 not on qualifying teams advance to the state meet, Saturday, Nov. 3.
Bryce Tinsman, a senior, just missed a trip to state, finishing 17th in 16 minutes, 59 seconds.
Alex Hurst was 24th in 17:12. Matt Kinsman placed 59th in 18:00, and Zeb Frank was 71st in 18:13. Ben Eggers was 90th in 18:29, and Nathan Wachtmann was 105th in 18:41.
Cory Glines of St. Thomas Aquinas won in 15:51.
The top four teams advancing to state were Maplewood with 72 points; McDonald, 83 points; New London, 110; and Independence, 134.
Archbold finished with 195 points.
“In the moment (the seventh place finish) was disappointing,” said Brannon Wurster, AHS head coach.
“The team worked very hard to accomplish the goal of competing at a chance for state.
“They had that opportunity and they left everything out on the course, and I’m proud of them for keeping their heads held high regardless of the outcome.
“We had a great season, and every athlete can be proud of what they accomplished this year.”
The Blackbirds finished 12th as a team with 255 points.
Seneca East won the regional with 50, while Minster took second with 79. St. Henry was third with 104, and Columbus Grove finished fourth with 106.
Dominic Frey was the top PHS runner to finish, placing 38th in 17:38.
Tanner Rufenacht was 50th in 17:47, and Tim Iott was 73rd in 18:14. Austin Dykstra was 76th in 18:17, Kyle Lantz was 82nd in 18:19, Jeremy Mann was 103rd in 18:43, and Jacob Hauter placed 119th in 19:32.
Jake Graham of Columbus Grove won in 16:18.
“I’m very proud of my runners and their performance at Tiffin this past weekend,” said Tom Wagner, PHS head coach.
“They’ve been grieving this past week and continue to for the loss of one of our family (Jack Frey), who was like a father to all our kids.
Jack Frey, father of Dominic Frey, was killed in a truck-motorcycle accident, Tuesday morning, Oct. 23.
“The regional meet this year was certainly the toughest one in memory, but our kids ran with heart and determination.
“I know Jack is looking down from above and is proud of all his kids.”