The Canal Winchester High School girls cross country team will enter new territory when it competes in the Division I regional meet Saturday at Pickerington North.

The Canal Winchester High School girls cross country team will enter new territory when it competes in the Division I regional meet Saturday at Pickerington North.

The Indians, who are competing in Division I for the first time, are looking to make it to state as a team. To do so, they'll have to finish among the top four teams. In addition to the top four teams, individuals not on a qualifying team who finish in the top 16 advance to the state meet Nov. 7 at Scioto Downs.

"Our goal is to make it to state as a team," coach John Bender said. "Our toughest competition will probably be Upper Arlington, Watkins Memorial, Hilliard Davidson and Mount Vernon, but we've got a chance. All year, the girls have had the goal to get to state and now we have the opportunity to try for it, and they're looking forward to that challenge."

The boys team will also be represented at regional by Jarrod Genther and Micah Cobb. The duo were the only Indians to advance out of the district 1 meet last Saturday at Watkins Memorial.

"They'll need to be around 16 minutes to get through," Bender said. "Of course, you never know with weather and times and stuff like that, but I think they'll have to make it close to 16 minutes to get to state. They're going to go as hard as they can for as long as they can. It's going to be a difficult challenge, but it will be a great experience for them."

The girls team advanced to regional by winning the 12-team district 3 meet last Saturday, marking the first Division I district title for any team at Canal Winchester. The Indians were first with 59 points. Also advancing were Watkins Memorial (65), Mount Vernon (72) and Marietta (112).

Emily Pifer placed third in 19 minutes, 49 seconds. She was followed by Penny Boswell (fifth, 20:11), Kayla Scott (eighth, 20:31), Ali Stauffer (16th, 21:08), Taryn Meidl (27th, 21:44), Jessy Wheeler (35th, 22:12) and Christy Wildermuth (40th, 22:32).

"The girls have done well all year long, and when the coaches (at the draw) ranked our team seventh in Division I, I figured some of them didn't know our girls were as good as they were," Bender said. "One of our goals all year long was to win the district. The girls are tough minded and they work hard in practice, and for that they were rewarded with a good finish."

The boys narrowly missed advancing to regional as a team. With the top five teams advancing from the 13-team district, the Indians finished sixth (185), behind champion Pickerington North (38) and fifth-place Watkins Memorial (162). Genther (17th, 17:41) and Cobb (19th, 17:42) advanced to regional by finishing in the top 20. Also running were Nick Lorenzo (44th, 18:24), Jimmy Fraley (50th, 18:37), Dan Williard (55th, 18:46), Tyler Jenkins (61st, 18:57) and Justin Emmons (62nd, 19:00).

"We were hoping we'd be in the top five, and the guys all ran well," Bender said. "Jarrod and Micah ran well, but Nick had one of his best races ever. That's the highest he's ever finished on our team. You know it was so muddy, slow and cold (last Saturday), but we were still pleased with their effort."

•The boys soccer team saw its season come to an unexpected end Oct. 22 when it was upset 1-0 by Watterson in the second round of the Division II district tournament.

Watterson, which entered the game with a losing record, scored its goal in the first half off a free kick. An Eagle player came free 5 yards in front of the goal and Indians goalkeeper Sean Roberts made a good attempt at a save, but was unable to stop the shot.

Canal Winchester was outshot 14-6 and had four shots on net, compared to eight by the Eagles.

"We just couldn't get an attack going," coach Erik Feinstein said. "I don't know if it was the field or what, but we just couldn't get anything going. "We couldn't get the ball settled or complete any passes. I thought we played well in the second half, but we just couldn't finish on a couple of good chances we had."

•The girls volleyball team played fifth-seeded Hamilton Township last Tuesday in a Division II district semifinal. The winner advanced to a district final at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Brethren Church against third-seeded Big Walnut or ninth-seeded Lakewood. The Indians defeated Big Walnut 25-18, 25-22 on Sept. 19 in Hilliard Davidson's Sharon M. Huesman Tournament.

Canal Winchester, which is seeded second, opened the tournament with a 25-6, 25-14, 25-21 win over Whitehall in a second-round match last Saturday.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Canal Winchester boys and girls cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Last Saturday -- Boys: Finished sixth (185) behind champion Pickerington North (38) at Division I district 1 meet at Watkins Memorial; Girls: Finished first (59) in district 3 ahead of Watkins Memorial (65) and Mount Vernon (72) Saturday -- At Division I regional meet at Pickerington North

BOYS SOCCER

Oct. 22 -- Lost to Watterson 1-0 in second round of Division II district tournament

Of note: The Indians finished 8-6-2 overall and 5-1-0 in the MSL-Buckeye.

GIRLS SOCCER

Last Tuesday -- Lost to Westerville South 5-1

Of note: The Indians finished 9-6-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the MSL-Buckeye.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Last Saturday -- Defeated Whitehall 25-6, 25-14, 25-21 in the second round of the Division II district tournament Last Tuesday -- Played fifth-seeded Hamilton Township in a district semifinal. The winner advanced to a district final Saturday at Grace Brethren Church against third-seeded Big Walnut or ninth-seeded Lakewood.

Of note: The Indians were 20-3 overall before last Tuesday and finished 12-2 in the MSL-Buckeye.

*MSL-Buckeye contest