The Columbus Academy boys track and field team appears to have set itself up for a strong showing in the Division III regional meet by winning the district championship May 21 at Gahanna.

The Columbus Academy boys track and field team appears to have set itself up for a strong showing in the Division III regional meet by winning the district championship May 21 at Gahanna.

The Vikings scored 83.5 points at district to finish first of 21 teams ahead of runner-up Berne Union (67).

"I thought if we ran our races and ran them well and we ran them right, we could score a lot of points," coach Bob Kirk said.

The top four finishers in each district event qualified for the regional meet, which began May 25 and concludes Friday, May 27, at Fairfield Union. The top four in each event at regional advance to the state meet June 3-4 at Ohio State.

Dominic Facciolla, Jon Michael Hilsheimer, John Sutton and Jake Tuckerman opened district by winning the 3,200-meter relay in 8 minutes, 7.21 seconds.

Also finishing first were Hilsheimer in the 800 (1:58.58), Jack Lint in the 300 hurdles (40.72) and Tyler Gittins, Hilsheimer, Ben Meacham and Sutton in the 1,600 relay (3:32.16).

Last season, Hilsheimer was a member of the 1,600 relay that finished first at state in 3:18.65, breaking the 16-year-old state record of 3:21.08.

The girls team finished third (62) of 26 teams in the Division III district meet behind Grandview (100.5) and Mount Gilead (69).

Sarah Timko led the Vikings, finishing second in the high jump (5 feet) and teaming with Aziza Corbett, Anjali Kanwar and Annie Mampieri to place second in the 1,600 relay (4:14.59).

Corbett, Melanie Knopp, Mampieri and Jillian Woodard were second in the 800 relay (1:50.21).

"I couldn't be more pleased or proud of these young women," coach Dani Sparks said. "The weather was warmer than it has been all season and the girls went out and performed."

•Junior Langston Hughes is making a return trip to the Division II state boys tennis tournament, which will be held Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28, at Hilliard Davidson.

Hughes will team with junior Chris Perrini to play doubles at state after the duo won the district title May 21 at home.

Hughes and Perrini won their first two matches in straight sets and then rallied to beat DeSales' John Acomb and Paul Rosile in the final 6-7, 7-5, 6-3.

"I thought that was the one that had our best shot (of qualifying for state)," coach Jeff Warstler said of Hughes and Perrini. "I don't know if I would have guaranteed a district championship. I was happy to see that happen, but going into state as a (No.) 1 seed, you give yourself some opportunities to get a decent draw. They have a chance to make some noise. They're going to have to play well."

Last season, Hughes and 2010 graduate Eoghan Bahnson lost to teammates Chad Buchanan and Andrew Ensler 6-3, 6-4 in the state final. Ensler graduated and Buchanan transferred to Lexington.

Also at district, the doubles team of Dan Leathery and Abram Schottenstein lost in the second round and Sean Firouzian lost in the first round in singles.

•The baseball team ended its season with a 7-4 loss to third-seeded Bloom-Carroll in a Division III district final on May 21 at Dublin Coffman.

The Vikings finished 15-8 overall and 9-5 in the MSL-Ohio Division.

Seeded seventh, Academy reached a district final by beating second-seeded Fredericktown 8-7 in a semifinal on May 20 and Caledonia River Valley 6-5 in the second round on May 12 after having a first-round bye.

Against Fredericktown, the Vikings fell behind 3-0 in the first inning before the game was suspended because of rain May 19 at Delaware. The game resumed the next day at Olentangy, and Academy rallied, scoring five runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth.

Junior James Frye's two-run home run in the fourth highlighted the rally.

Against Bloom-Carroll, Academy again rallied, erasing a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the fourth. The Bulldogs, however, reclaimed the lead with two runs in the fifth. Nick Sergakis homered for the Vikings in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 4, but Bloom-Carroll took the lead for good with three runs in the sixth.

Despite playing most of the season with a shoulder injury, Sergakis had a team-high .500 batting average and was named MSL-Ohio Player of the Year and district Player of the Year.

A Coastal Carolina recruit, Sergakis also led the team in home runs with five and had 22 RBI. The shoulder injury limited his contributions on the mound, as he was 2-2 with a 0.95 ERA, with 33 strikeouts and 11 walks.

"Nick Sergakis played hurt," coach Jim Collis said. "We go as he goes. He's a legitimate baseball player."

Senior Kennedy Clark batted .472, followed by junior Zach Ratcliff (.395), Frye (.378), junior Stephen Casey (.314), senior Joey Vara (.309) and freshman Lee Solomon (.305).

Vara led the team in RBI with 26.

On the mound, Casey was 5-1 with a 4.27 ERA, 18 strikeouts and 25 walks.

Clark was first-team all-league and all-district and Ratcliff was second-team all-league and all-district. Casey and Vara were honorable mention all-league.

Senior Jon Dillon, considered the Vikings' second-best pitcher behind Sergakis, missed most of the season with an elbow injury.

"Losing our No. 1 and 2 to get to where we got was pretty rewarding for the kids," Collis said.

Academy tied Granville for third in the league, behind Newark Catholic (12-2) and Heath (10-4) and ahead of Bexley (7-7), Lakewood (4-10), Whitehall (3-11) and Licking Valley (2-12).