The Columbus School for Girls cross country team qualified for the Division III state meet by finishing fourth (113 points) in the regional Oct. 26 at Pickerington North, behind Sugarcreek Garaway (68), Columbus Academy (112) and Mount Gilead (112).
Scoring for the Unicorns were Eleanor Smith (15th, 20 minutes, 2.58 seconds), Grace Tierney (19th, 20:26.2), Anna Tierney (26th, 20:49.79), Meg Murakami (33rd, 21:13.72) and Emma Harris (57th, 22:00.86).
The top four teams and top 16 individuals advanced to state Saturday, Nov. 2, at National Trail Raceway.
Soccer team falls in district semifinal
The fifth-seeded soccer team lost at fourth-seeded Columbus Academy 2-0 in a Division III district semifinal Oct. 22.
Goalkeeper Olivia Feldman had 16 saves for the Unicorns, who finished 7-6-4.
"We played a very good Columbus Academy team ... (and) they have a few very skilled players that carry that team on their backs," said coach Mindy Hammond, who was voted district Coach of the Year. "We fought extremely hard and only subbed one player the whole game. They wore us down.
"My kids left it all on the field. I am extremely proud of the effort they put forth in the game and all season. This was the furthest a CSG soccer team has ever gone in the tournament. Our team's standards have been raised and we look to get to a district final next year."
Hammond said she was especially impressed with the play of defenders Mo Ruff and Eleanor Smith, Feldman and forward Alyssa Sugar against Academy.
Ruff was first-team all-district, while Sugar and midfielder Olivia Beeson were second-team all-district and forward Lindsey Hester was honorable mention.
"Mo Ruff is the engine to our team," Hammond said. "She is a relentless competitor and made big plays to keep (Academy's) midfielders from getting to our back line. Alyssa Sugar ... was all over the field offensively and defensively. Olivia Feldman had her best game of the year. She came out of the box over a dozen times to take the ball away from Academy's attack.
"Our back line was under a lot of pressure. We had Eleanor Smith play outside back because of Leah Glimcher being sick, which (Smith) has never played before, and she did an outstanding job. Our entire back line battled and never stopped working the entire game."