The expectations for the Hilliard Davidson High School girls cross country team will remain high next season given that five of its top seven runners are expected to return.
The Wildcats finished 10th (240) of 16 teams in the Division I state meet Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway, behind champion Mason (76).
Davidson was led by junior Lilly Saniel-Banrey, who finished 32nd of 154 runners in 19 minutes, 13.46 seconds. Also competing were sophomores Jane Onders (57th, 19:29.69) and Lauren Erdman (100th, 20:06.18), senior Catherine Hildebrand (108th, 20:12.65), freshman India Johnson (111th, 20:15.81), junior Lindsey Ruff (145th, 21:03.84) and senior Jane Haines (154th, 22:20.52).
"We should have all the parts we need to pick up where we left off and finish better next season," coach Nathan King said. "We have the leadership, talent, work ethic and experience.
"Coming off a season where we lost two of our top four (runners), including (all-state runner) Lauren Hoover, and finished fifth (at state), we came back and were 10th and the girls were disappointed. It left a bitter taste and they're hungry for next year."
The Wildcats finished third (118) behind Gahanna (90) and Upper Arlington (104) in the regional meet Oct. 26 at Pickerington North, with Saniel-Banrey (fifth, 19:02.89) and Onders (ninth, 19:11.49) leading the way.
Davidson finished first (48) in the district 1 meet Oct. 19 at Watkins Memorial as 11 teams scored. Saniel-Banrey won the district title (18:25.52) and Onders placed third (18:56.41).
The Wildcats placed third (59) in the OCC-Central Division meet Oct. 12 at Darby, behind UA (39) and Thomas Worthington (51) and ahead of Olentangy Liberty (88), Dublin Coffman (119), Westland (203), Marysville (210) and Central Crossing (228).
Davidson boys fell shy of expectations
The Davidson boys team expects to return five of its seven runners who competed in the Division I state meet.
The Wildcats placed third (154) of 16 teams in their third consecutive state appearance, behind Cincinnati St. Xavier (46) and Dublin Jerome (105). They had finished fifth last year and fourth in 2011.
Senior Garrett Knapik, who placed 15th (15:49.78) of 145 runners, and junior Colin Burdette, who placed 18th (15:57.86), both earned all-state honors by finishing in the top 25.
Also competing at state were juniors Luke Hoover (59th, 16:32.29), Ryan Whitney (76th, 16:39.47) and Johnny McKeown (93rd, 16:51.18), sophomore Adam Hoover (121st, 17:25.59) and senior Spencer Schlecht (139th, 17:43.98).
"We did well, but we expected more," Burdette said. "We want to continue to improve individually and as a team. We want to come back and do better."
Davison was runner-up (100) in the 16-team regional meet, behind Jerome (66), after winning (29) the district 1 title as 14 teams scored. New Albany (46) was runner-up in district 1.
Knapik paced the Wildcats at regional, finishing fifth (16:01.41), and Burdette won the district title (16:06.59) as Davidson had four runners place in the top 10.
Davidson had five runners place in the top 15, including four in the top seven, to win the OCC-Central championship with 34 points. Liberty (58) was second, followed Coffman (58), Thomas (93), Marysville (154), UA (167), Central Crossing (214) and Westland (215).
Burdette was the league runner-up (15:12.91).
Bradley boys lose all-state performer
The Bradley boys team loses three seniors, including Eric McCabe, who finished 24th (16:05.07) in the Division I state meet to earn all-state honors. He was the Jaguars' lone state qualifier.
Bradley finished 14th (312) at regional, as the top four teams and top 16 individuals advanced to state, after placing fifth (146) in the district 3 meet as 16 teams scored.
McCabe placed ninth (16:09.34) at regional. Also competing 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).
McCabe placed third (16:02.96) at district.
Bradley placed fifth (121) in the OCC-Cardinal meet Oct. 12 at Darby, behind Jerome (23), Westerville North (66), Darby (81) and Westerville South (97) and ahead of Dublin Scioto (141), Canal Winchester (164) and Westerville Central (242).
McCabe finished seventh (16:00.53) in the league.
Bradley girls expect to return Corea
The Bradley girls team expects to return all but one of its top seven runners, including its first Division I state qualifier in junior Tes Corea.
Corea finished 140th (20:44.87) at state after placing 12th (19:27.34) at regional, where the Jaguars finished 10th (230).
Also competing at regional 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).
The Jaguars finished fifth (127) in the district 3 meet behind champion UA (64) as 17 teams scored and were runners-up (72) in the OCC-Cardinal meet, behind Scioto (54) and ahead of Westerville North (83), Jerome (89), Westerville Central (90), Canal Winchester (135), Darby (178) and Westerville South (195).
Darby boys look to return full lineup
The Darby boys team expects to keep its postseason lineup intact, as it has no seniors among its top seven runners.
The Panthers had one Division I state qualifier in sophomore Danny Reynolds, who placed 64th (16:34.5).
At regional, Darby finished ninth (242) and Reynolds placed 10th (16:12.21) to advance to state.
Also competing 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).
Darby placed third (106) in the district 2 meet behind Jerome (23) and Coffman (75) as 14 teams scored and finished third in the OCC-Cardinal meet at home as Reynolds placed third (15:22.35).
Darby girls losing Melnik, Vermillion
The Darby girls team loses two of its top seven runners in seniors Emily Melnik and Sarah Vermillion.
The Panthers ended their season in the Division I, district 1 meet, as they finished eighth (199) with the top five teams and top 20 individuals advancing to regional.
Competing at district were Melnik (31st, 20:54.85), sophomore Dani Deshuk (33rd, 21:04.56), Vermillion (40th, 21:29.52), freshman Randi Saito (45th, 21:43.66), juniors Hanna Kunze (51st, 21:59.15) and Alyssa Cannon (52nd, 22:01.37) and freshman Lydia Rohrer (63rd, 22:51.12).
Darby finished seventh in the OCC-Cardinal meet.