Former Columbus School for Girls track and field assistant Lori Baldwin, who has been with the program for 11 years, is the head coach this year while former coach Jack Guy is on a leave of absence.

Former Columbus School for Girls track and field assistant Lori Baldwin, who has been with the program for 11 years, is the head coach this year while former coach Jack Guy is on a leave of absence.

Last season, Columbus School for Girls scored six points in the Division III state meet to tie for 34th with Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic, Hamler Patrick Henry, Pettisville and Rockford Parkway. Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (73) won as 72 teams scored.

The Unicorns were third in the regional meet and second in the district meet.

In the CCL, the Unicorns were second (99) behind Hartley (142) and ahead of DeSales (95), Ready (86), Watterson (63) and Worthington Christian (9).

Columbus School for Girls has several talented athletes in a lot of different events, but Baldwin said the first half of the season will be used to determine strengths and weaknesses, as well as train for the league and postseason meets.

"We will definitely work through the first month or so of the season," Baldwin said. "We train through April and I focus on the same stuff as Jack did. We train primarily for the postseason and that's what we tell them all the time."

Expected to lead Columbus School for Girls are Sophie Chatas (middle distance), Jennifer DeLong (discus/shot put), JaMilla Holland (sprints/relays), Kelsey Klopfer (distance/relays), Veronica Vargo (distance/relays) and Anna Vutech (high jump).

The Unicorns again figure to be strong in the relays, though Baldwin said determining the lineups will take time.

One area Columbus School for Girls needs to improve in is the hurdles. Sara Maurer and Chelsea Scott were the top two hurdlers last year, but Maurer is an exchange student in Chile this year and Scott transferred to Hartley. It will be a challenge for Baldwin, who specializes in the hurdles.

"I look first for toughness. They can't have any fear," Baldwin said. "They have to be very aware of their body and they can't be clumsy."

•Lindsay Pieper is the new coach for the lacrosse team. Pieper last coached at the Caterham School in England, which is a prep school located south of London.

Last season, CSG lost to Wellington 16-9 in the first round of the Division II tournament to finish 5-11.

Expected to lead Columbus School for Girls are midfielders Eliza Irwin, Julia Kelley, Ella McGregor and Bridget O'Donnell.

The top attacker is Elle Irwin and the top defender is Meredith Whitman.

"We're still working on our attack a little bit and it's not quite where we feel it needs to be," Pieper said. "A couple of weeks and we'll be there."

Pieper isn't sure who will start in goal, but did say she could rotate between Teal Harrison and Jordan Nielsen.

With a strong midfielder and solid defense, Pieper expects the Unicorns to remain in a lot of games by limiting scoring opportunities.

"We've been conditioning the team a lot this season, so we'll definitely be fast and have endurance, and that will be an asset," Pieper said. "We're also going to have an aggressive, in-your-face defenses."

At a glance

LACROSSE

March 30 at Olentangy

March 31 at Westerville South

April 7 vs. Westerville Central

April 13 at Columbus Academy

April 17 at Thomas Worthington in Hannigan-Galipault Tournament

April 20 vs. DeSales

April 22 at Olentangy Liberty

April 27 vs. Bexley

April 30 vs. Watterson

May 4 vs. Hartley

May 5 vs. Dublin Jerome

May 6 vs. Wellington

May 7 at Westerville North

TRACK & FIELD

April 6 vs. Bexley and Hartley

April 10 at Granville Invitational

April 13 vs. Ready, St. Charles and Whitehall

April 17 at Heath in Hank Smith Invitational

April 20 at London Quad Meet

April 27 vs. St. Charles and Watterson

May 4 Alumnae Girls Invitational

May 8 at Newark Catholic Invitational or Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State