The Columbus School for Girls track and field team will play host to the CSG Alumnae Invitational on Tuesday.

The Columbus School for Girls track and field team will play host to the CSG Alumnae Invitational on Tuesday.

Though the Unicorns are inching closer to the postseason, don't expect them to field a lineup that will resemble what will be used for the postseason even though the CCL meet is nine days after the Alumnae Invitational.

"I am going to try to have things more set by then, but that's not our goal for that meet," coach Lori Baldwin said. "We're still training through that. I would like to have some of those things more solid. Our (relay) handoffs have been good recently and I would like to keep that going."

Last season, the Unicorns won the Alumnae Invitational with 133 points, finishing above second-place Eastmoor Academy (96.5) and third-place Hartley (77.3).

Repeating as champions of the event will be difficult, but Baldwin said a lot of the athletes are starting to come into form.

She particularly noted sprinters JaMilla Holland and Enri Small, Sophie Chatas in the 800 meters, Abby Perrini in the 3,200 and Anna Vutech in the high jump.

Small is running track for the first time, but has already established herself in the sprint relays and the 400.

One of the main things Baldwin will be looking for in the Alumnae Invitational is who emerges in the relays.

The competition is between five girls in the 400 and 800 relays and as many as eight in the 1,600 relay. The competition in the three sprint relays has been so competitive that the lineups have changed in each meet.

"I hope we get a little more solid on who is running in those relays so they can run back-to-back meets before the postseason, but that's up to the girls," Baldwin said. "It seems like every meet I have a new girl come out of the woodwork."

•The lacrosse team begins a busy stretch Friday at home against Watterson. The Unicorns will play host to Hartley on Tuesday, Dublin Jerome on Wednesday, and Wellington on April 6 before playing at Westerville North on May 7.

The stretch will finish one week before the start of the Division II postseason tournament.

Having so many games close together could be difficult, but coach Lindsay Pieper thinks the work the Unicorns have done in the first half of the season has them well prepared.

"I think they'll prove themselves as a team," Pieper said. "We've worked so hard and conditioned hard, so we've done what's needed to get ready for these games. It's not an ideal situation, but the girls will be ready."

Pieper said the Unicorns have been playing well recently, but there's still some room for improvement.

"We're still working hard on perfecting our midfielder transition, getting our fast-break to be cleaner," Pieper said. "I also would like some better slides on defense."

CSG improved to 3-1 following a 13-7 win over DeSales on April 20. The Unicorns got three goals apiece from Eliza Irwin, Bridget O'Donnell and Megan Murray, and two from Julia Kelley. Jordan Nielsen made 14 saves in goal.

"Everything we had been practicing was implemented in that game," Pieper said. "Especially the ground balls, we got the majority of them in that game."

At a glance

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

LACROSSE

April 20 - Defeated DeSales 13-7

April 22 - Def. Olentangy Liberty 15-14

Last Tuesday - Played Bexley

Friday - Home vs. Watterson

Tuesday - Home vs. Hartley

Wednesday - Home vs. Dublin Jerome

Of note: The Unicorns were 4-1 overall before last Tuesday.

TRACK & FIELD

Last Tuesday - Competed against St. Charles and Watterson

Tuesday - Home in Alumnae Invitational