Bexley High School boys track and field coach Shane Roberts said junior Ian Kellogg gave his all to make the Division II state meet.
With Kyle Bussard of Germantown Valley View on his heels in the regional June 1 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Kellogg narrowly secured the fourth and final state berth in the 1,600 meters.
Kellogg finished in 4 minutes, 31.6 seconds and Bussard clocked 4:31.67
"The team's competitive nature was exemplified by Ian Kellogg leaping across the finish line to beat an opponent ... in the (1,600) to qualify for the state (meet)," Roberts said. "He has the road rash to prove it."
Kellogg's effort gave the Lions five points and a tie for 27th at regional behind co-champions Versailles and Dayton Dunbar (66) as 47 teams scored. He will be the only Bexley athlete competing in the state meet Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, at Ohio State.
Also for the boys team in the two-day regional meet, which began May 30, Nathaniel Agnoli, Jim De La Cruz, Ryan Prendergast and Kellogg were ninth in the 3,200 relay (8:26.42), Kellogg was 14th in the 800 (2:12.44) and Agnoli, Benjamin Krajnak, Prendergast and Josh Hoffman were 10th in the 1,600 relay (3:33.55).
The girls team tied for 28th (6) at regional behind champion Eastmoor Academy (82) as 38 teams scored. Spencer Halliday, Meg Rhoads, Meghan Hayden and Marissa Kelly were 12th in the 3,200 relay (10:36.46), Mary Tugend was seventh in the 100 hurdles (17.44), Halliday was sixth in the 1,600 (5:29.14), Lissy Schmidt was eighth in the 300 hurdles (53.54) and Hayden was 15th in the 3,200 (13:00.12).
In the district 2 meet May 21, 22 and 25 at Westerville South, the girls finished fourth (58) of 13 teams behind champion Eastmoor (144) as the top four in each event advanced to regional. The 3,200-meter relay of Schmidt, Halliday, Hayden and Kelly was fourth (10:52.77), Schmidt won the 300 hurdles (47.22), Tugend was second in the 100 hurdles (16.37), Halliday was second in the 1,600 (5:28.28) and Hayden was fourth in the 3,200 (12:38.95).
The boys were eighth (43) in district 2 behind champion Caledonia River Valley (128). The 3,200 relay of Kellogg, Dylan McGuire, Prendergast and Agnoli finished first (8:16.08), Kellogg won the 1,600 (4:32.36) and was second in the 800 (2:01.38) and Hoffman, Prendergast, Agnoli and Krajnak were fourth in the 1,600 relay (3:30.01).
Baseball team moving in 'right direction'
The baseball team finished coach Tom Marker's fourth season 20-8 overall after losing to Jonathan Alder 12-6 in a Division II district semifinal May 21 at Dublin Coffman.
"We did a lot of things well," Marker said. "It obviously didn't end the way we wanted to, but it was a great group of guys. We didn't play a weak schedule."
Sophomore Josh Shapiro, the ace of the pitching staff for the second-seeded Lions, injured his throwing arm and went only two innings against fourth-seeded Jonathan Alder, which went on to win a district title.
"We're hoping to get some information (about the injury) and hoping he's OK," Marker said. "It's something in the arm, but we're not sure what, yet. We were up 2-1 when he came out."
Seniors who played their final game were Jimmy Kahan (OF), Tyler Kondracke (P/2B) and Grant Murphy (1B).
"Those guys were with me for four years," Marker said. "They were the first to go through with me. My first year we had an open field in September and one guy showed up. Now, when we have that, we'll have 25 guys come.
"It's headed in the right direction and those guys had something to do with that."
Bexley had a first-round bye in the district tournament and defeated eighth-seeded Licking Heights 7-1 in the second round May 16. It was the third consecutive year the Lions eliminated the Hornets.
Shapiro finished 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 55 innings.
Kondracke started just three times on the mound but pitched in 18 games, compiling a 4-3 record with three saves and a 4.94 ERA.
Sophomore Drew Elliott was 5-1 with a 4.96 ERA.
Shapiro also led the team with a .319 batting average, 26 RBI and 30 runs.
Also reaching 20 RBI were juniors Marshall Drewry (21), Will Davis (20) and Tate Hughes (20), and Murphy (.309), Hughes (.306) and Davis (.305) also hit more than .300.
Bexley finished third in the MSL-Ohio Division at 10-4, behind Granville (12-2) and Newark Catholic (11-3) and ahead of Licking Valley (7-7), Lakewood (6-8), Heath (5-9), Columbus Academy (4-10) and Whitehall (1-13).
Shapiro was first-team all-league and all-district. Hughes was second-team all-league and all-district, while Kahan and Kondracke were second-team all-league.
Boys lacrossencoach optimistic
Starting several sophomores and playing a schedule that included five Division I schools, the boys lacrosse team went 7-10, exciting coach Rick Russo.
"We beat three Division I schools this year," he said. "My young players rose to the occasion. We made some young mistakes early, and a few late, and injuries hurt us.
"I was proud of the seniors' leadership with the younger kids. The program is growing into a perennial top-10 Division II team and hopefully we'll get (better). We're making strides and we're close."
After defeating sixth-seeded Columbus Academy 8-7 in the play-in round of the Division II Central Region tournament May 22, the seventh-seeded Lions lost at fourth-seeded Granville 16-7 in the first round May 24.
The Lions lose seniors Evan Blumberg (goalkeeper), Michael Habash (goalie), Ethan Knisley (midfielder), Will Murray (defender) and Sam Paplow (attacker).
"I've coached Ethan, Will, Evan and Michael for six years," Russo said. "They've done a lot for the program to help it get where it is. They will be missed, but we were young and we're not going to be young anymore. They will now have 18 to 22 games as starters. You're not coming in as a junior starting your first game and I think that's important."
Christian Adkin, Sebastian Leck and Anders Pedon all started on defense as sophomores, while junior Cole Keny and sophomores Taylor Farthing, Greg Haught and Cavanagh Rigsby all started on the attack.
Keny and Knisley were first-team all-region, while Murray and Pedon were on the second team.
Boys tennis seasonmends at district
Five players from the boys tennis team competed in the Division II district tournament May 24 and 25 at Columbus Academy, but none advanced to state.
Senior Nathan Katz lost to Academy's Shrikar Kundur 6-2, 7-6 in the first round of singles play.
In doubles, junior Ethan Goodstein and senior Tyler Seckel lost to the Vikings' Abram Schottenstein and Jacob Wareti 6-1, 6-1 in the first round.
Senior Will Gingery and junior Max Knox-Kelly defeated Grandview's Luke Snider and Trevor Voelker 6-0, 6-1 before falling to Academy's Evan Alexander and Ryan Jung 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
The top two finishers in singles and doubles advanced to state.