Rachel Sauder-Kinsman, head cross country coach and assistant track coach at Archbold High School, will be inducted into the Ohio Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame, Friday, Jan. 26, at a banquet in Columbus.
Sauder- Kinsman, AHS ‘91, finished seventh, second, first, and first at the state cross country championships during her high school career, although she was disqualified her senior year over a uniform violation.
She was a four-time state champion in track in the 1600- and 3200-meter races. She also held the 3200 state record from 1990-97.
At Auburn University, she was the Female Athlete of the Year in 1996. She won All-American honors seven times– twice in cross country and five times in track.
A two-time Southeastern Conference (SEC) champion in the 5000 and two-time champion in the 10,000, she chose to focus on the 10,000, taking second at the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships her junior year and third in her senior year.
She still holds Auburn’s 1500 record set in 1996, and is listed on the Tigers’ All- Time Performers list in the mile, 3000, and 5000.
Sauder-Kinsman ran the 5000 and 10,000 in the Olympic Trials in 2000, and competed in the Olympic Trials Marathon in 2004 and 2008.
She was also on a team that won its division at the USA Track & Field 5K Masters Cross Country Championships in 2014.
She ran professionally for 13 years.
In 2014, she said a high point of her career was when her team qualified to run at the World Cross Country championship in Portugal, where she earned a bronze medal for a third-place finish– even though it had been more than 10 years since she competed in a cross country race.