Gaining an early jump on the competition, the St. Charles Preparatory School track and field team regained its dominance in the CCL.
St. Charles scored 175 points in the league meet held May 16 and 18 at Columbus School for Girls, winning the title ahead of defending champion DeSales (81), Ready (79), Hartley (77) and Watterson (74).
Last season, the Cardinals finished behind DeSales (157-126) after winning four consecutive championships. They have won eight of the past 12 titles.
"This is the most consistent team that I have had here," said coach Al Hostetler, who is in his ninth season. "I'm extremely happy and it's been a great year. We have a bunch of talented seniors, a bunch of talented juniors, a bunch of talented sophomores and a bunch of talented freshmen who all came together and are peaking at the right time."
St. Charles led second-place Hartley 59-30 after the first day of competition thanks in part to the throwers. Senior Phil LaFleur won the shot put (47 feet, 6 1/4 inches) and discus (130-11), with junior David Heil second in the shot put (43-10) and senior Daniel Schmeling second in the discus (125-5).
Junior Ben Carlisle was second in the long jump (19-5 1/2) and the 3,200-meter relay of seniors Connor Bowman, Will Herriman and Tom Krajnak and sophomore Nick Marino won in 8 minutes, 11.7 seconds.
Placing second were the 800 relay (1:32.6) of sophomore Emmit Bryan, Carlisle, Herriman and senior Jonathan Radney and the 1,600 relay (3:32.8) of Bryan, Carlisle, junior Justin Law and junior Elliot Narcross. Junior Najeem Babatunde, senior Evan Brown, Bryan and Law were third in the 400 relay (44.3).
Herriman won the 300 hurdles (39.9) and Bowman won the 1,600 (4:35.3). Senior Brian Vetter won the 3,200 (10:08) and was third in the 1,600 (4:38.5). Marino was second in the 3,200 (10:21) and Krajnak was third in the 800 (2:00.8).
Radney was second in the 100 (11.0) and third in the 200 (22.4), and Bryan (53.0) edged Carlisle (53.0) to win the 400.
The Cardinals are competing in the Division I, district 3 meet, which began May 22, continues Thursday, May 23, and concludes Saturday, May 25, at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional Wednesday, May 29, and May 31 at Pickerington North.
Doubles team advances to district
Seniors Jack Groeber and Trey Stranges placed fourth in doubles for the tennis team in a Division I sectional tournament May 16 and 18 at Upper Arlington to advance to district Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, at Hilliard Davidson.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district advance to the state tournament May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
Groeber and Stranges went 3-2 at sectional. They lost to UA's Ben Minton and Peter Pema 6-0, 6-1 in a semifinal before falling to Dublin Scioto's Hemant Reddy and Arjun Venkataraman 6-4, 6-0 in the third-place match.
"Jack and Trey played amazing tennis on the first day, but it was a whole different level of tennis on the second day," coach Linda Myers said.
Competing in singles at sectional but not advancing were junior William Niermeyer (2-1), sophomore Connor Yakubov (2-1) and freshman Sam Sullivan (0-1). Juniors David Kellogg and Connor Mentel went 1-1 in doubles at sectional and did not advance.
Lacrosse team defeats Watterson
The lacrosse team was 9-8 after finishing the regular season with a 14-6 victory over Watterson on May 17.
Senior midfielder Marcus Ward scored seven goals, senior midfielder Stuart Hudelson scored three, senior midfielder David Shuster had two goals and junior attackers John Browne and Ryan Cleary both scored once.
The fifth-seeded Cardinals open the Division I postseason with a first-round game Saturday, May 25, at Pickerington Central. The winner advances to a second-round game Wednesday, May 29, against second-seeded Worthington Kilbourne, eighth-seeded Westerville Central or 10th-seeded Gahanna. The region final is June 1.
Baseball team falls to Westerville North
The baseball team finished 20-7 after losing to 20th-seeded Westerville North 4-2 at home in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
The Cardinals were seeded 10th and had a first-round bye.
Junior infielder Charlie Kolp went 3-for-3 with a two-run single in the third inning. Senior outfielders Leo Piela and Patrick Quinlan both singled and scored one run and senior infielder Chris Brake also singled once.
Senior right-hander Jonathan Ogden (7-2) took the loss, giving up nine hits with three strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.
Volleyball team falls in postseason opener
The volleyball team lost to Davidson 25-11, 25-15, 25-19 on May 11 in the opening round of the Division I East Region tournament to finish 11-6 overall.
Senior middle-hitter Oliver Sarko was named first-team all-region and sophomore outside-hitter Will Eichel was honorable mention.