The Columbus School for Girls cross country team scored 50 points to win the Division III district meet Oct. 19 at Watkins Memorial ahead of runner-up Mount Gilead (69).
Scoring for the Unicorns were Eleanor Smith (fifth, 19 minutes, 27.22 seconds), Grace Tierney (eighth, 19:43.08), Anna Tierney (13th, 20:00.09), Emma Harris (15th, 20:11.53) and Meg Murakami (18th, 20:26.67).
It was the first district championship for CSG, which won its first CCL title Oct. 12.
"We thought we could get anywhere from first to fifth, honestly," coach Taylor Candella said. "But right before the race I huddled the girls up and told them if we run our race we can come out of here with our school's first-ever district title. They ran their hearts out. ... I'm not sure which feels better, winning our school's first-ever CCL title or first-ever district title. They're both uncharted territory for this program, so they are equally as special I think."
The top four teams and top 16 individuals advanced to the regional Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pickerington North. At regional, the top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to the state meet Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway.
"Before (district) our goal was to make it to state, another first in school history," Candella said.
"But after (this) performance, (we) will need to adjust that goal. I'd love to come out of regionals with a top-two finish, and hopefully even win the dang thing. I mean, why stop now? The way our girls have been training and racing, it would not surprise me if we win (regional). Mentally and physically, we are ready to go."
Click, Yang win state tourney opener
Four members of the tennis team competed in the Division II state tournament Oct. 18 at Ohio State.
Mary Anne Click and Linda Yang went 1-1 in doubles, beating Pepper Pike Orange's Emily Stankovic and Michelle Tokman 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 before losing to Lexington's Elise Betscher and Jillian Earnest 6-1, 6-3.
Marissa Madison and Paige Quinton went 0-1 in doubles, losing to Lexington's Nichole Dragos and Alex Griebling 6-1, 6-3.
Soccer team wins district opener
The fifth-seeded soccer team opened the Division III district tournament Oct. 17 with a 4-1 win over eighth-seeded and visiting Wellington.
Forwards Lindsey Hester and Adelaide Standley and midfielders Olivia Beeson and Eleanor Smith scored goals, and goalkeeper Olivia Feldman had five saves.
The Unicorns improved to 7-5-4 before playing at fourth-seeded Columbus Academy in a semifinal Oct. 22.
The winner advanced to a district final against second-seeded Fairbanks or seventh-seeded Ready on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Canal Winchester.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Hilliard Bradley against Cincinnati Mariemont, Fairfield Cincinnati Christian, Middletown Fenwick or Waynesville. The regional final is Nov. 2 at Bellbrook.
Field hockey team ends season
The 14th-seeded field hockey team lost at seventh-seeded Dublin Jerome 2-1 in the first round of the district tournament Oct. 14.
Forward Molly Thomas scored a goal for the Unicorns, who finished 4-11-1.
Volleyball squad ousted from tourney
The 21st-seeded volleyball team lost at third-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek 25-18, 25-9, 25-17 in the first round of the Division III district tournament Oct. 16 to finish 6-17.
"We had several players step up, in the first (game) especially," coach Meghan Simons said. "Kaitlyn Yale, our libero, had several good digs and serve receptions that allowed us to run our offense. Additionally, (outside hitter) Skylar King and (middle hitter) Annabelle Lunt got several blocks and block touches."