Although his boys track and field team has won Division III district and regional titles, Columbus Academy senior Jon Michael Hilsheimer believes the Vikings have yet to reach their potential.

Although his boys track and field team has won Division III district and regional titles, Columbus Academy senior Jon Michael Hilsheimer believes the Vikings have yet to reach their potential.

Academy will get its final chance to do that in the state meet Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, at Ohio State.

The Vikings are coming off an impressive effort in the regional meet May 23 and 25 at Fairfield Union as they finished first (113 points) ahead of second-place Attica Seneca East (47).

"A perfect two days at the state meet would be to come out with a bunch of different championships," Hilsheimer said. "I believe our (3,200-meter) and (1,600) relays have the potential to win. I don't think that people know what we're capable of yet. We haven't been pushed to our max yet and I think our max is going to be very good."

The Academy girls team finished second (46) at regional behind champion Mount Gilead (56).

The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to state.

Hilsheimer, a four-time state qualifier, led the Vikings at regional. He won the 1,600 (4 minutes, 24.13 seconds) and 800 (1:56.3), teamed with senior Matthew Tamarkin, junior Dominic Facciolla and sophomore Jake Tuckerman to win the 3,200 relay (8:08.85) and teamed with Facciolla, Tamarkin and junior Tyler Gittins to win the 1,600 relay (3:24.97).

Sophomore Jack Lint won the 300 hurdles (38.25), was second in the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches) and long jump (20-8) and placed third in the 110 hurdles (14.76).

Facciolla was second in the 1,600 (4:26.34) and 800 (1:56.5).

Gittins was second in the 300 hurdles (38.91).

Alleluia Tyus, Carlton Morris, Gittins and Jared Harris were second in the 400 relay (43.76).

"It was a pretty awesome day," Hilsheimer said. "We knew that we were going to do well, but not that well. Our sprint team came through in such a big way. We were all shocked."

Senior Sarah Timko led the girls at regional as she earned a return trip to state by winning the high jump (5-1). Last season, Timko was 12th at state in the high jump (5-0).

Sophomore Margaret Sutton and freshmen Andrea Ballinger, Elizabeth Falkenberg and Julia Rizk were second in the 3,200 relay (9:46.65) at regional.

Sutton, Timko and juniors Anjali Kanwar and Aziza Corbett were third in the 1,600 relay (4:10.04).

Finishing fourth were Rizk in the 1,600 (5:30.51) and Sutton in the 800 (2:26.66).

Doubles team wins once at state tennis

The doubles team of senior Langston Hughes and junior Abram Schottenstein reached a quarterfinal in the Division II state boys tennis tournament before losing to Gates Mills Hawken's Daniel Lubarsky and Siddarth Ahuja 6-3, 7-6 on May 25 at Ohio State.

"It was a well-played match," coach Jeff Warstler said. "Our kids fought. They just had a little more that day."

Hughes and Schottenstein defeated Lexington's Matt Youse and Jon McCarther 6-1, 6-4 in the first round.

The Vikings lost to Bexley 3-1 in an OTCA Division II district final May 21 at home. Evan Alexander defeated Jack Fowler 6-0, 6-1, at second singles.

"We lost a heartbreaker," Warstler said. "It was a good match. We are very disappointed, but all credit to Bexley. They earned it."

Girls lacrosse team drops region semifinal

The girls lacrosse team lost to host Cincinnati Mariemont 9-6 in a Division II South/Central Region semifinal May 22 to finish 11-5.

"It was a tough game," coach Anne Horton said. "The girls played hard from start to end. The score seesawed the entire game. We were tied (at 4) at halftime and felt we had a great chance to win it. With about 10 minutes left, Mariemont went up by two goals. We had many shots to bring it back within one, but the goalie (Julia Whittlsey) continued to step up and make the save. I was super proud of how hard the girls fought."

Courtney Deena and Meredith McCloud each scored three goals for Academy.

Goalie Sarah Wilson made nine saves.