Hayley Menix knew she had one more chance to win the long jump May 15 in the LCL meet and made the most of it.
The senior on the Northridge High School girls track and field team saved her best for last with an effort of 16 feet, 5 1/2 inches to win the event by 2 1/2 inches over runner-up Nicole Holtz of host Watkins Memorial.
It was the first individual league title for Menix, who finished fourth in the MBC last season at 14-11.
"Being able to win in the LCL definitely gives me a lot of confidence," Menix said. "We're going up against bigger schools and some really good athletes. I think I will definitely be more confident going into district."
Ellie Shedloski placed seventh in the long jump (15-3 1/2) in the LCL meet, which concluded May 17 at Watkins Memorial.
"It wasn't the best day to jump because of a crosswind and it being cold, so both (Menix and Shedloski) did a great job," jumps coach Gene Weil said. "Hayley has been jumping consistently since the indoor season. Ellie is doing well and I feel comfortable she will be hitting 16 (feet) before the season ends."
The boys 3,200-meter relay of Colin Evans, Isaac Marinchek, Mat Scott and Jonathan Feightner was eighth (9 minutes, 57.54 seconds), and Chad Campbell was eighth in the high jump (5-6).
The boys and girls teams will compete in Division II district meets this week at Heath.
The boys are in the 14-team district 2 meet, which has field events Tuesday, May 20, and running preliminaries Wednesday, May 21. The girls are in a 23-team district meet with running preliminaries Tuesday, May 20, and field events Wednesday, May 21. All running finals will be held Saturday, May 24.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional meet May 29 and 31 at Lexington.
The boys did not score in the 13-team district 2 meet last season, and the girls finished fifth (46) behind champion Eastmoor Academy (144).
On May 9, Northridge competed in the SpecTRACKular at Mount Vernon. No team scores were kept.
Menix led the girls team by finishing second in both the 200 (28.28) and high jump (5-0) and was third in the long jump (15-4 3/4). Shedloski was second in the 100 (13.4), third in the high jump (4-8) and fifth in the long jump (15-1 1/4).
The two also joined Ana Carpenter and Josie Bunstine on the third-place 400 relay (54.36).
The boys 400 relay of Robi Patrick, Evan Wilkoski, Canden Chapman and Campbell was second (46.32) and the 800 relay of Wilkoski, Logan Garee, Gunner Absten and Campbell was fourth (1:39.79).
Marinchek, Garee, Absten and Campbell ran on the fifth-place 1,600 relay (3:51.39).
Chapman was fourth in the 100 (12.11) and fifth in the 300 hurdles (43.88). Finishing fifth were Campbell in the high jump (5-6) and Evans in the long jump (18-1/2).
Rain bumps district opener in baseball
The baseball team was 10-14 overall before playing seventh-seeded Marion Pleasant on May 16 in the second round of the Division III district tournament.
The Vikings were seeded 11th and had a first-round bye. They were scheduled to play Pleasant on May 15, but the game was postponed because of bad weather.
The winner advanced to a district semifinal Tuesday, May 20, at Hamilton Township against fourth-seeded Liberty Union or 14th-seeded East Knox. The winner moves on to a district final Thursday, May 22, at Beavers Field in Lancaster against second-seeded Marion Elgin, eighth-seeded Mount Gilead, ninth-seeded Worthington Christian or 16th-seed North Union.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal May 29 at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.
Northridge finished 7-11 in the LCL, defeating Licking Heights 12-7 on May 9 as Matt Simmons hit a two-run home run.
Clay Nicks was the winning pitcher as the Vikings defeated Hilliard Darby 6-3 on May 13.
Softball team falls in district opener
The softball team finished 15-11 overall, losing at third-seeded Bexley 9-4 on May 15 in the second round of the Division III tournament.
The seventh-seeded Vikings had a first-round bye. The game with Bexley was suspended in the bottom of the third inning May 14 with the Lions leading 3-0 and was resumed the following day.
Megan Hatfield hit a two-run home run, doubled, singled, drove in three runs and scored twice. Courtney Legg and Courtney Mann both added one single as Northridge was held to five hits.
The Vikings finished 9-9 in the LCL, defeating Licking Heights 10-2 on May 9. Hatfield tripled twice, doubled twice and had two RBI, Legg had a triple, two doubles, a single and three RBI and Mann had a double, two singles and three RBI.
Tori Hart doubled and singled and was the winning pitcher, throwing a four-hitter. Heidi Wolfe had two singles and drove in a run and Mikaela Pankuch added two singles.