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Archbold Track Teams Open Season



The spring track season has opened, and Dina Gladieux, Archbold head coach, welcomes back 14 letterwinners on the boys team and 15 on the girls team.

Gladieux is in her ninth year as AHS head coach; she spent 20 years as an assistant.

The boys team finished third in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League last year. The girls placed fifth.

Assistant coaches are Rachel Kinsman and LaRoy Martinez, distances; Nate Hammersmith, sprints/relays; Derek Rupp and Chris Baden, high jump/hurdles; Jake Kraegel and Pat Leupp, throws; and Sydney Ranzau, pole vault.

Kraegel and Leupp “have shared their excitement with both the boys and girls throwers this season,” said Gladieux.

“They have more throwers, and they have proven to be competitive. This was demonstrated in the way they performed at the Early Bird Invitational at Napoleon on Saturday, March 23.”

Boys

In addition to the 14 returning letterwinners, Gladieux has nine new upperclassmen and nine freshmen.

“I am anxious to see how these new individuals combined with the returning athletes will improve the overall composition of the team,” said Gladieux.

“I do not like to make public predictions! I can look at the talent within the team and then with my coaching staff discuss what we feel they are capable of achieving.

“As a staff, we like to push our athletes to reach attainable goals each time they compete, leading up to achieving a larger goal at the end of the season.

“You can’t focus on that large goal at the beginning of the season, or you will lose your focus and never attain it.”

Girls

In addition to the 15 returning letterwinners, Gladieux has three new upperclassmen and seven freshmen.

“Yes, our numbers are still down, but the athletes that we do have are talented, and I expect them to compete at a higher level,” said Gladieux.

“When you don’t have the numbers to fill all of the various events, it limits your chances of winning team titles.

“We will do well in the events we compete in, but we would do better with more athletes.

“We have four girls that competed in two relays at the state meet in 2018 (Dakota Stamm, Kylie Sauder, Brittney Ramirez, Gwynne Riley), one of which (Stamm) was a state champion in the 400 meters.

“When you add those four to the rest of the team, I feel we will be able to score points at the invitationals in our area.”

Stamm In Hurdles?

After Stamm’s state run- ner-up performance in the 400 in 2017, she asked Gladieux if she could run the 300-meter hurdles as a junior.

“To silence her, I simply said, ‘If you win the 400 I will let you try the 300-meter hurdles,’” said Gladieux in the June 6, 2018 edition of this newspaper, after Stamm won the 400m state championship.

Throughout Stamm’s junior year, she would stop in Gladieux’s room and say, ‘I’m looking forward to the hurdles my senior year after I win state as a junior in the 400,’ Gladieux said.

“I never doubted her ability to win the 400 at the state meet; I just counted on her not remembering the whole hurdle agreement. I was wrong!

“The first words out of her mouth when I went up to congratulate her (in 2018, after she won state) were, ‘Now I get to run the 300-meter hurdles!’”

So will Stamm get to run the 300-meter hurdles this year?

“The stars have to all be in alignment for that to happen,” said Gladieux in an email to this newspaper, “but yes, there is a possibility that she may run the 300m hurdles at a Tuesday meet if the weather is nice.

“And it would have to be early in the season.

“After the third Tuesday in April if she hasn’t run them, she won’t.”

District

Archbold will again host the Northwest Division III district meet, Thursday, May 16 and Saturday, May 18.

Archbold will host two girls districts and one boys district on those dates.

“Since our facility has the ability to run two of every field event simultaneously, we are hoping that we will be able to run a smooth district meet for all athletes, providing the best possible situation to advance to the next level of competition.

“I will be thrilled when our boys and girls are back in the same division– hopefully next year.”



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