(Article by William Edwards)
Division III Boys -
Now the junior will have the chance to take his first individual title as his team vies for their second straight championship.
Snellenberger has won the IVC Championships, the Northeast District - Glen Oak Championships followed by the Region 9 Championships and will be looking to make it four victories in a row come Saturday, despite being dealt the week-long delay for the state meet.
"I feel great as far as my fitness is and mentally I am determined to make some positive things happen at State's," Snellenberger said. "The delay has affected me a little, but it is what it is and there's nothing we can do about it except train even more and prepare."
Look out for Fort Loramie seniors Jake Rethman and Joe Ballas as they will also challenge for individual gold. The duo finished third and fourth, respectively, behind Drew Roberts and Snellenberger at the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival and Ballas has a fifth place finish at Centerville's Saturday Night Lights and a win at the Troy Regional Championships to his name.
Division III Girls -
But her holding onto her title will be one of the least certain results of all the races heading into Saturday due to Division III's depth.
Watcke has been stellar in 2018, winning the Columbus Grove Invitational and her district and regional meets and taking home top 10 finishes at the Centerville Saturday Night Lights meet, the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival and the Bob Schul Invitational.
But there are an array of capable competitors she'll have to go through. The junior will likely see her biggest challenge from Allison Johnson, a Mount Gilead sophomore. Johnson has won at Tiffin - where she bested Watcke - her district meet and the Region 11 Championships.
Johnson's Mount Gilead teammate junior Baylee Hack will make a run for the title as well, consistently finishing just seconds behind Johnson and taking narrow second place finishes at districts and regionals. If Hack has a good day, watch for her to make her move.
Several other athletes have legitimate chances for individual glory, too, including Liberty Center freshman Hope Oelkrug, Archbold sophomore Kylie Sauder, McDonald junior Anna Guerra and West Liberty-Salem freshman Megan Adams.