Dina Gladieux, Archbold head track coach, is in her sixth year at the helm of the Archbold boys and girls track teams, and had 20 years of experience as an assistant coach.
Both teams have “positive leadership with state-level experience,” she said.
It’s not just last season that provided state experience, but multiple years of experience that will guide the Streaks to another successful season.
Three returnees on the boys team are back with state experience from 2015 and 2014: senior Matt Kinsman (2015: sixth in 4×800, 2014: qualified in 4×800); and juniors Jack Fisher (2015: eighth in 400-meter run, sixth in 4×800-meter relay; 2014: second in 4×400) and Logan Garrow (2015: sixth in 4×800, state qualifier in 1600; 2014: qualified in 4×800).
Rounding out the returnees on the boys side are Isaiah Esquibel (pole vault/ sprints); Jacob Rodriguez (distance); Lukas Rodriguez (mid-distance);
Garrett Grime (mid-distance); Alex Weaver (sprints); Elijah Esquibel (throws); Collin King (sprints); Kegan Ott (sprints); Kyle Ott (sprints);
Andrew Wyse (throws/ long jump/mid-distance); Nick Waidelich (long jump/ sprints); Jacob Sauber (hurdles); Luke McQuade (middistance); Sam Petersen (sprints/hurdles); Nic Rodriguez (mid-distance);
Ryan Trevino (sprints/long jump); Brian Ball (throws); Noah Blankenship (sprints); Levi Carmody (throws); Joe Richer (sprints); Jaryd Hobbs (sprints/hurdles).
Nine freshmen boys joined, along with a few first-time high school competitors.
“Caden Garrow, a freshman, participated in the indoor track season, where he qualified to the indoor state meet in the 4×800 and 4×400,” said Gladieux.
“Joe Richer, a junior, brings his hurdle, pole vault, and sprint talent.”
Other newcomers include juniors Cam Warncke and Gabe Pantoja, and sophomores Caleb Wooley, Noah Sanchez, Johnny Reyes, Ozzy Orduno, Anthony Gonzalez, Dylan Miller, Daniel Nieves, and Deven Girdham.
Returnees on the girls team with state experience include juniors Delanie Driver (2015: second in 4×200, qualified in 4×100; 2014: third in 4×200); Emily Roth (2015: second in 4×200, 4×400, qualified in 4×100, long jump; 2014: third in 4×200, first in 4×400); and Julia Lambert (2015: qualified in 4×100).
Rounding out the returnees on the girls side are Shelby Cline (throws); Sydney Ranzau (pole vault/long jump); Lexa Richardson (hurdles/long jump); Giulia Lee (pole vault/shot/sprints); Rosalyn Flores (distance); Morgan Miller (sprint/hurdles);
Maura Riley (mid-distance); Elizabeth Schmucker (distance); Macey Rupp (high jump); Lydia Andres (throws); and Ashlee Jones (throws).
Ten freshmen and one se- nior, our German exchange student, came out.
“During the indoor track season, I was able to work with Gwynne Riley, Dakota Stamm and Kennedy Miller,” said Gladieux. “These three, along with Maura Riley, qualified to the indoor state meet in the 4×800.
“Gwynne and Dakota were both on the 4×400 that placed third, and Dakota was on the 4×200 that placed eighth.
“This will be an exciting season.
“We have a number of athletes returning with state experience, both indoor and outdoor.
“We are a young team with lots of heart. Heart is what keeps them working hard through each and every practice, preparing to give their best effort every time they compete.
“Hard-working coachable athletes makes all of the long, cold, wet, wind-blown hours worthwhile.”
“With that said, our overall numbers are decreasing. There are so many options for young athletes these days; they are spread very thin.
“When they get to high school it is time to make a choice, and track is often cut.
“We continue to work on strengthening our field events.”
Assisting with coaching duties are Rachel Kinsman and LaRoy Martinez, distance; Maghan Burkle, sprints/relays; Chris Baden, high jump/hurdles; Jake Kraegel and Pat Leupp, throws.
The Streaks are scheduled to open their season at the Napoleon Early Bird Invitational, Saturday, March 26.