SHERWOOD — Samantha Rohrs will be staying in northwest Ohio to continue her running career.
The Fairview senior distance standout signed a letter of intent on Wednesday at Fairview High School to continue her cross country and track career at University of Findlay, a Division II program in Findlay that competes in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
“It’s very exciting,” Rohrs said. “I didn’t know if I was going to make it, I don’t think my times are really good enough for D-II, but I’ve put in the work and that’s what really counts.”
Rohrs’ work ethic has translated to noteworthy accomplishments in her time at Fairview.
Rohrs reached the OHSAA Division III state cross country meet as a junior in 2020, finishing 114th in 21:22.90 at Fortress Obetz in Obetz.
As a senior, she led the Apaches’ girls team to their first Green Meadows Conference championship since 2015 (sixth overall) after finishing third individually. She also led Fairview to a third-place finish in the Division III District 1 meet at Leaders Farms in Napoleon, as well as a 10th-place finish in the Division III regional meet at Tiffin’s Hedges-Boyer Park.
She was the top area individual at regionals after finishing 38th in 21:02.9.
In track and field, Rohrs is a two-time regional qualifier. She reached the Division III regional meet at Tiffin’s Frost-Kalnow Stadium in the 1,600-meter run last season, and as a freshman, she was a member of the Apaches’ 3,200 relay team.
Rohrs will be joining a Findlay cross country team that has had several big accomplishments from athletes with ties to the GMC. Noah Fisher, a 2020 Ayersville High School graduate who won the Division III state cross country meet in 2018 and was fourth in 2019, won the GMAC title and was named conference player of the year recently for the Oilers.
“I know some people who go there, like Noah,” Rohrs said. “...And then I visited there and the team just felt like home, like they would make it a really good season.”
Rohrs said she plans on majoring in sports business strategy.