Led by a state-record performance from senior Jack Lint, the Columbus Academy boys track and field team finished third in the Division III state meet June 6 and 7 at Ohio State.
The Vikings entered the meet as the two-time defending champions and turned in another strong performance, scoring 39 points to finish behind Lima Central Catholic (52) and Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (42) as 69 teams scored.
But it was Lint who stole the show, as he won the 300-meter hurdles in a state-record 36.32 seconds.
"It's very exciting," said Lint, who will compete at the University of Virginia. "I won this as a sophomore, but this is the only gold medal I have won since then on my own. All year long, I have pushed myself in races where there wasn't much competition. Today, I had a little competition and this is what the result was."
As a sophomore, Lint won the state title in the 300 hurdles in 38.91. Last season, he was second (37.15) in the event as Chad Zallow of Warren JFK set the previous state record (36.87).
"It just goes to show you run the race all season long as fast and hard as you can so that you can master the race," coach Bob Kirk said of Lint's win. "You can master the event, which he clearly showed he had done."
Lint also was second in the 110 hurdles (14.2) and third in the long jump (22 feet, 8 3/4 inches) and anchored the seventh-place 1,600 relay (3:25.16). He was joined on the relay by Tim Leathery, Kevin Boyce and Logan Baker.
Baker was second in the 800 (1:55.15) and teamed with Alex Ho, Aron Aziz and Mitchell Tuckerman to place fourth in the 3,200 relay (8:00.8).
Isaac Sheumaker was 11th in the shot put (48-11).
"To my way of thinking, everybody had to set the table for their teammates," Kirk said of the third-place finish. "Everybody has to do something important."
Rizk leads girls track team at state
Junior Julia Rizk led the girls track team at state, edging Fort Loramie's Meg Westerheide to win the 800.
Rizk finished in 2:14.3 and Westerheide clocked 2:14.64.
"My coach (Kelly Parker) had me going first in the 1,600 and third in the 800," said Rizk, who finished third in the 1,600 (5:05.87). "She told me I had the (1,600) in the bag. I am upset in the (1,600), but I was coming back in the 800 with a vengeance. It just feels amazing. I am so happy."
The Vikings finished fourth (30) behind champion McDonald (45) as 66 teams scored.
Rizk also teamed with Abby Wilson, Cobi Warstler and Audrey Grammel to place second in the 3,200 relay (9:30.32), finishing behind Louisville Aquinas' state-record 9:11.66.
Jillian Woodard was fourth in the high jump (5-4) and eighth in the long jump (16-9 3/4), and Grammel was 12th in the 3,200 (11:45.32).
Boys lacrosse team enjoys strong season
The boys lacrosse team finished 9-5 after losing to Delaware 14-5 on May 23 in the first round of the Division II Central/Northwest Region tournament.
The Vikings defeated Marysville 18-4 in the play-in round May 21.
Junior midfielder Carter Kistler had 34 goals and three assists and was named first-team all-region and all-state. He also won 91.5 percent of his face-offs.
Sophomore attacker Otis Klingbeil had 23 goals and 16 assists, and sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Schmidt had 132 saves and allowed 6.5 goals per game. Both were second-team all-region.
Coach J.B. Jones said he expects Schmidt to transfer.
Junior defender Reed Clark was second-team all-region and junior defender Josh Collins was honorable mention all-region.
Junior attacker Drake Williams had 14 goals and 29 assists and was honorable mention all-region.
Attacker Grayson Wise, who was one of six seniors, had 31 goals and 16 assists.
"I am happy with the work the boys are putting in, in and out of season," Jones said. "It's their dedication to the sport and to becoming a better lacrosse player out of season that makes us a better team in the spring. We have some great athletes and lacrosse players coming back next season. I am looking forward to seeing what the future of this program will bring."