The Archbold girls cross country team made history at the Division III, District 1 race, Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Findlay Owens District.
The Streaks won the team championship for the second time in school history.
The first time was in 1999, when Jessica Sauder, Cara Yoder, Erin Buehrer, Andrea Hines, Emily Yoder, Teresa Eicher, and Kayla Minton were on the team. J. Sauder also won the individual title that year.
Archbold finished with 40 points, edging out Pettisville, last year’s champion, who finished with 43.
The two ran away with the competition, as thirdplace Carey finished with 92 points.
The top four teams advance to the regional meet in Tiffin, Saturday, Oct. 28. The Div. III girls race is at 11 am. The top eight teams and individuals not on qualifying teams who finish in the top 32 advance to the state meet.
Pettisville senior Nichole Foor won the individual title, finishing the race in 19 minutes, 5 seconds. She finished fifth last year, second in 2015, and 10th as a freshman in 2014.
Teammate Elizabeth Sauder finished third in 19:34.
Archbold’s first four runners finished 5-6-7-8. Gwynne Riley was fifth in 20:13, Dakota Stamm was sixth in 20:15, Kylie Sauder was seventh in 20:18, and Brittney Ramirez was eighth in 20:18.
Pettisville’s Kate Stuber was 13th in 20:46, and teammate Kelly Miller was 14th in 20:47.
Sarah Foor was the final scoring runner for PHS, placing 19th in 21:29.
Archbold’s final scoring runner was Camryn Hudson, who was 21st in 21:54.
Other AHS and PHS runners, their places and times: 29. Montana Stamm (A) 22:30; 40. Ava Hoylman (P) 23:31; 43. Elizabeth Schmucker (A) 23:54; 53. Ellie Wixom (P) 25:20.
“Our girls ran a great race on Saturday,” said Rachel Kinsman, AHS head coach.
“For the four girls to be able to run as a group and finish together really helped the team.
“All seven of the girls ran really well! They knew the goals going in and they executed our plan very well.
“It is exciting for these ladies to experience some things that haven’t happened for Archbold girls cross country for quite a few years!
“A district title against the competition we have to compete against is very special. Our area is tough! I’m very proud of them and looking forward to the regional meet on Saturday.”
“Our girls ran an outstanding race,” said Tom Wagner, PHS head coach.
“Nichole Foor’s time of 19:05 is a personal best for her. Her goal is like 18:50, which is what her mother (Beth) ran in high school.
“Elizabeth Sauder had a personal best for this year at 19:34. Most of the other girls had personal records, as well.
“Archbold, who should have had the second seed and been in District 2, just ran an incredible race. They had their pack of four girls come in right after Elizabeth Sauder in scoring.
“Last week, at the NWOAL, it was a pack of three. You have to take your hat off to them. Archbold ran a super race.”
The Pettisville boys team finished fifth in the Div. III District 2 race, one spot away from advancing to regionals.
Fairview won with 66 points. Ottawa Hills took second with 104, while Carey had 107 and Delta had 111.
Pettisville had a team score of 124.
Two PHS boys advanced individually by finishing in the top 16. Max Leppelmeier, a freshman, placed second in 16:37, and Logan Rufenacht, a junior, was eighth in 17:05.
Other scoring runners were Calvin Nofziger, who was 37th in 18:44; Jacob Myers, 39th in 18:50; and Caleb Nolander, who was 46th in 19:01.
Other PHS runners, their places and times: 48. Jaret Rychener 19:08; 71. Evan Warner 19:54.
Ayersville’s Noah Fisher won in 16:16.
“Most of our boys ran very well,” said Tom Wagner, PHS head coach.
“Jaret Rychener, our third runner, has been injured these past two weeks. Last week he ran well with one week off. This second week caught up to him and he was our sixth runner on Saturday, a full minute off his time.
“Max Leppelmeier, only a freshman, ran an unbelievable time of 16:37. Obviously, that is a career personal best for him.
“If he runs that time next week at regionals, he will make it to state.
“Logan Rufenacht ran a great time as well to finish eighth. His time is on the bubble, so to speak.”
The Div. III boys race is at 1:30 pm, Saturday, Oct. 28, in Tiffin. The top seven teams and 28 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the state meet.
The Archbold boys team ran in the Div. II race at districts, and finished third with 92 points.
The top two teams and individuals finishing in the top eight not on qualifying teams advanced to the regional meet.
Eastwood won with 27 points, with its first five runners finishing in the top nine. Genoa was second with 51.
Brendon Johns was first into the chute for AHS, placing 13th in 18:25. Adam Kinsman was 14th in 18:41, and Hunter Beaverson was 22nd in 19:14.
Devin Witte placed 25th in 19:27. Weston Ruffer was the final scoring runner for Archbold, placing 28th in 19:45.
Other AHS runners, their places and times: 29. Bryson Taylor 20:02.
Eastwood’s Luke Coffman won in 16:40.
“The guys ran an exceptional race, with most of them running season bests and a few personal bests, too,” said R. Kinsman.
“They competed very well, and to finish third in a new division this year is a great accomplishment and something we will celebrate!
“I’m proud of the way they competed.