The spring track season is ready to open, and Rachel Kinsman, new Archbold head coach, welcomes back 20 letterwinners on the boys team and 17 on the girls team.
Kinsman replaces Dina Gladieux, who retired after ten years as AHS head coach. Gladieux spent 20 years as an assistant.
Assistant coaches are LaRoy Martinez, distance; Nate Hammersmith, sprints/ relays; Chris Baden, high jump/hurdles; Pat Leupp and Brian Ball, throws; Zach Belknap and Sydney Ranzau, pole vault.
Letterwinners back are Ben Dowdy, Chase Cornell, Brady Miller, Cole Plassman, Gabe Short, Karter Behnfeldt, Alex Roth, Austin Roth, Dane Riley, Aden Mc- Carty, Donmonic Simpson, Brady Johns, Rudy Dua, Weston Ruffer, Trey Theobald, Hunter-Cullen Lemley, Spencer Simon, Parker VonDeylen, and Levi Tilse.
“We have 20 returning letterwinners. With the newcomers we have four new upperclassmen and six freshmen,” said Kinsman.
“I am anxious to see how these new individuals combined with the returning athletes will improve the overall composition of the team.
“It is a little different this season as we begin. Because of not having a full season last year we are working with two new classes– the freshmen and sophomores.
“We have a well-rounded team in the running events, jumps and throws.
“As a staff we like to push our athletes to reach attainable goals each time they compete as the lead-up to achieving a larger goal.”
As far as the Northwest Ohio Athletic League, “our league is always competitive, and this year will be no different,” said Kinsman.
“We will use the dual- and tri-meets to work on things and challenge our athletes, getting them ready for the invitationals.”
Returning letterwinners on the girls team are Amya Coulon, Kacie Wolf, Zoey Ripke, Logen Bowerman, Jenna Mahnke, Amber Gericke, Sophie Rupp, Natalie Seibert, Annika DeLong, Karley Ramirez, Chloe Merillat, Kiera Gensler, Chelsea Brenneman, Camryn Hudson, Kylie Sauder, Regan Ramirez, and Brittney Ramirez.
“We have 17 returning letterwinners. With the newcomers, we have one new upperclassman and nine freshmen,” said Kinsman.
“We have very talented athletes throughout all our events that will be able to contribute.
“We have 29 female athletes this season, and that isn’t too bad. We will use them where their strengths are and move them around as we compete each week to gain as many points as we can.
“We have three girls returning from our 2019 state runner-up team who competed in relays and individual events. They will be a huge asset to our team.
“On both sides, we are very excited to see the growth in these teams this season.”
The teams are scheduled to open their season at the Napoleon Early Bird Invitational, Saturday, March 27.