Senior Alexis Sanidad was a part of three championships to lead the Licking Heights High School girls track and field team to the Hornet Invitational title April 12.
Sanidad won the long jump (15 feet, 8 inches) and was a member of the winning 400-meter relay (50.47 seconds) and 800-meter relay (1:49.24) as the Hornets scored 149 points to top runner-up Teays Valley (114) in a nine-team field.
Senior Skyler Ortiz won the 100 hurdles (16.1), was second in the 300 hurdles (50.95) and joined Sanidad, Camerone Bryant and Chanlier McBride on the 800 relay.
"We had so many individuals step up and it was a real team effort," coach Zach Grubb said. "Obviously, we're expecting big things from girls like Alexis and Skyler because they've been doing this for some time now and they're our leaders. They've been here and in this system, they've set high expectations and they're carrying the young girls with them.
"We had girls in field events do very well and our relays were excellent, too. We've got a number of young girls filling voids and making us more versatile across the board."
Sanidad, who was joined in the 400 relay by Mykala Suggs, McBride and Bryant, was a member of the second-place 1,600 relay (4:20.09) with Bryant, Kassie Sanidad and Mika Cox.
Angel Allen won the discus (93-4 1/2) and Tessa Kenney won the pole vault (6-0).
The other win was in the 3,200 relay (10:47.24) with Kassie Sanidad, Cox, Kenney and Bryant.
Kassie Sanidad was runner-up in the 800 (2:45.14), Suggs was third in the 100 (13.44) and Bryant was third in the 400 (1:01.55).
"Kassie Sanidad played softball last year and she is stepping up," Grubb said. "She's been a pleasant surprise, as have Chanlier McBride and Mika Cox. McBride is one of our 200 runners who is showing she can expand her role, and Cox has been doing well in relays."
Placing fourth were Brianna Parsons in the discus (71-6 1/4), Jessica Brungs in the 1,600 (6:32.42) and Allen in the shot put (28-5). Brungs also was fifth in the 800 (2:57.33).
Boys track team second in home event
The boys track team finished first in four events and second in four to spark a second-place showing (136.5) in the 10-team Hornet Invitational behind Franklin Heights (141).
Junior Matt Gebremedhim won the 800 (2:02.08) and 400 (49.95) and was a member of the winning 1,600 relay (3:36.66) with Devon Eubanks, Alan Konneh and Mershawn McMahan.
Bryan Justice won the pole vault (14-0).
"Matt Gebremedhim had an impressive day and I also was very happy with our field events," coach Tim O'Cain said. "It was the first real nice running day of the season and I think the boys came out and ran hard and ran well."
Curtis Richardson was runner-up in the long jump (20-11) and high jump (6-1) and was a member of the second-place 400 relay (46.51) with McMahan, Robbie Moore and Jared Richardson. Konneh was second in the 300 hurdles (43.99).
Finishing third were A.J. Velasquez in the discus (122-10) and shot put (43-3), Jared Richardson in the 300 hurdles (45.58) and the 800 relay (1:34.22) of McMahan, Moore, Eubanks and Gebremedhim.
Anthony Haist was third in the 1,600 (5:07.68) and fourth in the 3,200 (11:45.19), Justice was fourth in the 110 hurdles (18.97) and Nate Hasson was fifth in the discus (109-0). The 3,200 relay was fifth (9:35.14) with John Bryant, Gebremedhim, Eubanks and Haist.
"Curtis Richardson was strong in jumps, Justice won the pole vault and Velasquez came through in throws," O'Cain said. "Anthony Haist had a good day in distance and we found out that McMahan and Moore could extend beyond the 100 and 200. We learned they can get the job done in the 400."
Softball team defeats Watkins Memorial
The softball team defeated Watkins Memorial 6-3 on April 11, taking advantage of seven errors by the Warriors.
Georganna Pendexter doubled, drove in a run and scored two, and Kait Dunbrack scored three runs. Kelsi Wilson earned the win.
The Hornets lost to Johnstown 12-1 on April 16 and to Northridge 2-1 on April 17 to fall to 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the LCL.
Jessica Gunter was 2-for-4 against Northridge, but the Hornets failed to score in a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the sixth inning.
Licking Heights had yet to make up postponed league games against Licking Valley (April 14) and Heath (April 7).
Baseball team hits rough patch
The baseball team went 1-4 in a recent stretch, allowing an average of 10 runs per game.
Licking Heights then fell to Northridge 2-0 on April 17, dropping its record to 3-7 overall and 1-6 in the LCL.
The Hornets lost to Granville 12-0 on April 8 and beat Newark Catholic 8-4 on April 9 before losing to Lakewood 10-8 on April 10, Watkins Memorial 16-11 on April 11 and Delaware 8-6 on April 12.
Jacob Kayser hit a two-run homer, doubled and had three RBI against Delaware.
Licking Heights trailed Watkins Memorial 5-1 after two innings, but rallied for an 8-7 lead in the fifth. The Warriors then scored seven in the bottom of the fifth.
The Hornets scored in the final six innings. Nate Thacker had three hits and drove in two, Dakotah Waller had a two-run single and Jacob Brandwein had two RBI.
Licking Heights also lost to Johnstown 5-1 on April 16.
Postponed league games against Licking Valley (April 14) and Heath (April 7) had yet to be made up.