The Columbus School for Girls track and field team will compete in a pair of tough meets when the Unicorns travel to Ohio State on Saturday for the Jesse Owens Classic then play host to the CSG Invitational on Tuesday.

The Columbus School for Girls track and field team will compete in a pair of tough meets when the Unicorns travel to Ohio State on Saturday for the Jesse Owens Classic then play host to the CSG Invitational on Tuesday.

It will be the first time the Unicorns will compete in the Jesse Owens Classic and coach Jack Guy said it will be a good chance for the team to get some big-meet experience.

"We've been interested in competing there for a while and we thought we'd like to try it this year," Guy said. "We're trying to get the kids used to the big meets and it also gives them a chance to run at Jesse Owens Stadium and enjoy the day. They're looking forward to it."

CSG then will turn its focus to the CSG Invitational, which also will include the girls teams from Bexley, Hartley, Ready, Watterson, Columbus Academy, New Albany and Teays Valley. It will be the 16th year the Unicorns have held the meet.

"We've basically been able to use it as a venue for brining back some past runners and throwers and them involved with the kids today," Guy said. "It's been fun. I've been doing this for a while so we're able to get some women who were here a while ago back and have a good time."

This year's honorary meet starter will be Caitlin Kolin, a 1987 CSG graduate who ran hurdles and sprint events and was a state qualifier.

"This will be a well-competed meet," Guy said. "Hartley will be there and they've got a great team this year. DeSales, New Albany, Teays Valley and Bexley are all coming and it's going to be tough.

"We're looking forward to the hurdles, the (1,600-meter relay) and the throwing events. But really every part of the meet will be fun for us."

•The lacrosse team looks to continue its success with a game against one of the top programs in the area when the Unicorns play at Academy today. The Unicorns have played the top teams better this season in part because of a different mentality.

"I think this group has really come together. They just don't quit," coach Kippie Crouch said. "Against Dublin Jerome we were down by six goals, but we scored five goals in the last six minutes. They have that belief that they're not out of the game until it's over.

"We've really tried to sell the team concept. It doesn't matter who makes the pass, who receives, who gets the assist or who scores, it just matters that everybody works together to make that happen."

The Unicorns have been boosted by the addition of four freshmen who are making solid contributions. Julia Kelley (midfield) is starting and Bridget O'Donnell (midfield/attack), Megan Murray (midfielder) and Tori Fitzmartin (attack) are receiving a significant amount of playing time.

"Anytime you have freshmen, there are certain concerns as a coach, although with those four girls our confidence has increased as the season has gone on," Crouch said. "We put them in situations where they're well-matched, situations where they're going to have success."

With just two games left before the OSLA tournament, Crouch said there are a few areas she'd like to see the team improve in for the Unicorns to be successful in the tournament.

"I think we've got to be looking for effective combinations on the field and we've got to work on our settle offense," Crouch said. "When we're in transition, we're good. When I talk about combinations, we need to play smart. We work hard when we play, but we're not always as smart as we need to be."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Columbus School for Girls lacrosse and track and field teams:

LACROSSE

April 24 --ĘLost to Worthington Kilbourne 13-12.

Last Saturday -- Lost to Wellington 11-10

Last Tuesday -- Played Dublin Scioto

Today -- At Columbus Academy

Of note: The Unicorns were 6-5 before last Tuesday.

TRACK & FIELD

Last Friday -- Finished first (90) ahead of runner-up New Albany (83) and third-place Watterson (70) in Russ Owen/Bexley Relays. CSG won the shot put (66-10 1/2), discus (228-7), 1,600 (4:05.9), 6,400 (24:58.2) and shuttle hurdles (1:07.0) relays.

Saturday -- At Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State

Tuesday -- Home CSG Invitational