All three Hilliard high schools will be represented in the Division I state cross country meet Saturday, Nov. 2, at National Trail Raceway.
The boys and girls teams for Davidson advanced to state from the regional meet Oct. 26 at Pickerington North, as did senior Eric McCabe and junior Tes Corea of Bradley and sophomore Danny Reynolds of Darby.
Led by junior Colin Burdette and senior Garrett Knapik, the Davidson boys team placed second in the 16-team regional, totaling 100 points to finish behind Dublin Jerome (66) as the top four teams and top 16 individuals qualified for state.
New Albany (111) and Olentangy Liberty (118) also advanced to state. Darby finished ninth (242) and Bradley was 14th (312).
Burdette placed third (15 minutes, 55.78 seconds) of 122 runners and Knapik finished fifth (16:01.41).
Also competing for the Wildcats were juniors Luke Hoover (19th, 16:35.32), Ryan Whitney (36th, 16:56.64) and Johnny McKeown (46th, 17:09.25), sophomore Adam Hoover (85th, 17:46.8) and senior Spencer Schlecht (96th, 17:53.9).
"I was 20th (at state) last year and my individual goal is to be in the top five," Burdette said. "Our goal is to win a state championship, so we need to be better (this) week. But (the regional) does give us an indication of where we are and what we have to do (this) week. There are some places where we could've picked up to do better and be a bit together throughout. I thought Garrett and Luke did a real good job."
McCabe placed ninth (16:09.34) to lead Bradley.
Also competing for the Jaguars were freshman Daniel Butchko (76th, 17:33.74), senior Ryan Gross (78th, 17:36.27), sophomore Ahmed Hamed (93rd, 17:50.69), freshman Alex Lewis (95th, 17:53.02), senior Darian Sorensen (105th, 18:02.98) and junior Eric O'Neil (117th, 18:29.33).
Reynolds finished 10th (16:12.21) to lead Darby.
Also competing for the Panthers were junior Chase Hampton (22nd, 16:42.26), sophomores Spencer Strohm (77th, 17:34.16) and Gage Akers (79th, 17:36.84), junior Jamey Ehret (84th, 17:43.56), sophomore Jayson Shoemaker (91st, 17:49.13) and freshman Carter Williams (113th, 18:19.39).
Davidson girls team places 3rd at regional
The Davidson girls team finished third (118) in the 16-team regional behind Gahanna (90) and Upper Arlington (104) and ahead of the fourth state-qualifier, Thomas Worthington (143).
Bradley finished 10th (230).
Junior Lilly Saniel-Banrey placed fifth (19:02.89) of 123 runners and sophomore Jane Onders finished ninth (19:11.49) to lead Davidson.
"Lilly is hungry to move forward and be all-(state) and Jane also has that goal," coach Nathan King said. "I still believe the best is yet to come because we haven't had a race yet where everyone has been happy with their times. Our goal is to be in the top five and I think, realistically, we could be between fifth and eighth."
Also competing for the Wildcats were sophomore Lauren Erdman (26th, 20:02.27), senior Catherine Hildebrand (35th, 20:10.52), freshman India Johnson (60th, 20:44.93), junior Lindsey Ruff (80th, 21:10.21) and senior Jane Haines (82nd, 21:16.36).
"I'd say Lauren Erdman has done a tremendous job trying to bridge our gap between (our) No. 2 (runner) and the rest," King said. "She's made great improvement and put in a lot of work. She's getting closer to the front. Now, if we could get Nos. 4 through 6 to follow her, we'd have something great."
Corea led the way for Bradley, placing 12th (19:27.34).
Also competing for the Jaguars were juniors Sarah Havener (47th, 20:28.02), Colleen Grainger (58th, 20:43.26) and Alex Anton (71st, 20:57), senior Elaina Alpeter (75th, 21:02.08), freshman Clarimar Segarra-Ibanez (92nd, 21:32.65) and sophomore Eliza Alpeter (101st, 21:56.42).
Darby did not have any regional qualifiers.