Davidson squads place fifth at state
The Hilliard Davidson High School girls and boys cross country teams had similar finishes in the Division I state meet Nov. 3 at National Trail Raceway.
Both teams finished fifth of 16 teams and had one runner earn all-state honors.
Senior Lauren Hoover finished 15th of 150 runners in 18 minutes, 21.08 seconds for the girls team and sophomore Colin Burdette was 20th of 148 runners in 15:47.42 for the boys team, as the top 25 finishers made all-state.
Tipp City Tippecanoe's Sam Wharton won the boys state championship in 15:09.95 and Lebanon's Jacquelyn Crow won the girls title in 17:39.31.
The girls team totaled 180 points to place behind Mason (42), Centerville (142), Beavercreek (147) and Sylvania Northview (158). The other area teams were Dublin Coffman (sixth, 201), Upper Arlington (13th, 291) and Dublin Scioto (16th, 333).
"I'm pleased with fifth from an objective standpoint," said coach Nathan King, who completed his first season leading the program. "We were the top finisher from central Ohio and Lauren and (freshman Jane Onders) ran awesome. It wasn't our best performance this season, but it was far from our worst.
"We were aiming to be somewhere in the top four and missed, but there was only 38 points separating second through fifth places."
Onders placed 31st in 18:48.55. Also competing for the Wildcats were sophomore Lilly Saniel-Banrey (39th, 18:55.87), senior Elsa Saelens (90th, 19:35.3), junior Catherine Hildebrand (115th, 19:59.1), sophomore Lindsey Ruff (138th, 20:35.26) and junior Jane Haines (149th, 21:29.31).
"What tickles me is that the girls weren't satisfied with fifth place," King said. "They were not happy. It's good to know that they have higher aspirations. We finished eighth at state last year and now fifth."
The boys team scored 189 points at state to finish behind Cincinnati St. Xavier (71), Mason (123), Cleveland St. Ignatius (139) and Westerville North (151). The other area teams were Olentangy Liberty (14th, 264) and New Albany (15th, 324).
Also competing for the Wildcats were junior Garrett Knapik (37th, 15:59.84), senior Anthony Caviolo (68th, 16:18.55), junior Spencer Schlecht (75th, 16:24.28), senior Lou Takahasi (101st, 16:38.63), sophomore Johnny McKeown (112th, 16:44.24) and sophomore Luke Hoover (117th, 16:46.3).
The girls team won its second consecutive regional title, scoring 50 points to easily outdistance runner-up Upper Arlington (113) in the 16-team field on Oct. 27 at Pickerington North. Hoover led the way, placing third of 118 runners in 19:03.38. The top four teams and top 16 individuals at regional advanced to state.
The Wildcats also won (35) the district 1 meet Oct. 20 at Watkins Memorial, with New Albany (84) placing second.
In the OCC-Central Division meet Oct. 13 at Darby, Davidson won the sixth-runner tiebreaker with UA to finish second (51) behind Coffman (43). Liberty (102) was fourth, followed by Thomas Worthington (107), Marysville (188) and Central Crossing (196). Westland did not have a team score.
The Wildcats lose two seniors in Hoover and Saelens, their No. 1 and No. 4 runners. Hoover plans to compete in college and has narrowed her choices to Miami University and Dayton, according to King.
"We've got a good corps coming back and the girls are committed and excited," King said. "Developing depth will be one key. The younger girls will have to buy into year-around training to continually move this program forward. Onders came on real strong at the end of the year and the sky is the limit for her. Lilly also had a strong year, but we'll need more consistency from Ruff, Hildebrand and Haines. They're the ones, along with the younger girls, who ultimately will determine our success next season."
The boys team finished second (88) at regional behind Westerville North (79). Burdette led the way for the Wildcats, placing fourth (16:00.58) of 125 runners.
Davidson also won the district 2 meet (34) ahead of runner-up Lancaster (59) and the OCC-Central meet (28), finishing ahead of Liberty (39), Coffman (86), Thomas (128), UA (141), Marysville (142), Central Crossing (210) and Westland (226).
The top five teams and top 20 individuals in the district 1 and 2 meets and the top six teams and top 24 individuals in district 3 advanced to regional.
"We always want to be first or second, but no matter what, the emphasis is on being a team," Schlecht said. "It's always about team. When you win as a team, the individual things that you want will just happen."
The Wildcats, who finished fourth at state last season, lose two seniors, including one of their top four runners in Caviolo.
Bradley boys expect to return nucleus
The Bradley boys team expects to return three of its top four runners next season.
The Jaguars' season ended when they finished 11th (282) at regional. They advanced to regional by placing third (99) in the district 2 meet.
Bradley loses two seniors in Nick Christensen and Jon Wagner. Christensen had the team's second-best finish at regional, placing 24th (16:36.87). Wagner had the fifth-best finish for the Jaguars, finishing 103rd (17:56.07).
Also competing at regional were junior Erin McCabe (18th, 16:23.34), freshman John Tejada (84th, 17:38.91), junior Ryan Gross (91st, 17:44.97), junior Luke Rehbeck (120th, 18:28.85) and sophomore Brady Hall (121st, 18:29.59).
Watkins Memorial's Mikey McKean (16:16.27) earned the final state-qualifying berth.
In the OCC-Cardinal meet Oct. 13 at Darby, Bradley finished third (95) behind Westerville North (34) and Dublin Jerome (51) and ahead of Darby (113), Dublin Scioto (148), Westerville South (150), Westerville Central (164) and Worthington Kilbourne (182).
The girls team finished 15th (311) at regional and placed second (86) in the district 2 meet behind Coffman (31).
The Jaguars finished fourth (100) in the OCC-Cardinal meet, behind Scioto (40), Jerome (66) and Westerville North (72) and ahead of Darby (109), Westerville Central (146), Kilbourne (173) and Westerville South (231).
Bradley loses three seniors in Jenna Bosch, Kayce Pharazyn and Alex Winter.
At regional, Winter had the Jaguars' highest finish, placing 32nd (20:09.94), and Bosch finished 116th (22:54.75). Pharazyn had the team's fourth-best finish in the district 2 meet, placing 22nd (20:53.12), but was not able to compete at regional because of illness.
Also competing at regional were sophomore Sarah Hevener (41st, 20:21.61), sophomore Tes Corea (86th, 21:23.29), junior Elaina Alpeter (88th, 21:24.68) and sophomore Hope Sawchuk (91st, 21:30.12).
Westerville North's Haley Sandvik (19:24.64) secured the final state-qualifying berth.
Bradley expects to return three of its top five runners in Alpeter, Corea and Hevener.
Darby boys, girls lose two of top five runners
The Darby boys team loses two of its top five runners in seniors Lane Hagar and Christian Cunningham.
The Panthers' season ended at regional, as they finished 13th (298). They advanced to regional by finishing fourth (131) in the district 2 meet.
Sophomore Chase Hampton led the way at regional, placing 22nd (16:35.74). Also competing were Hagar (61st, 17:17.07), junior Ryan Baldridge (76th, 17:33.96), freshman Gage Akers (82nd, 17:38.31), sophomore Kyle Fogarty (100th, 17:53.68), Cunningham (108th, 18:11.05) and senior Adam Ruiz (114th, 18:14.93).
The Panthers finished fourth (113) in the OCC-Cardinal meet.
The girls team also will lose two of its top five runners to graduation, including its top runner in senior Julissa Poullet.
The Panthers were last (324) at regional and placed fifth (121) in the district 3 meet won by UA (49).
Poullet led the way for Darby at regional (52nd, 20:38.61) and district (10th, 19:54.51). Also competing at regional were junior Sarah Vermillion (64th, 20:53.48), junior Emily Melnik (66th, 20:57.27), senior Cassady Shultz (71st, 21:04.56), sophomore Morgan Brennan (103rd, 21:47.38), freshman Danielle Deshuk (107th, 21:57.13) and sophomore Denise Dye (110th, 22:04.28).
The Panthers finished fifth (109) in the OCC-Cardinal meet.