Sophomore Karrington Winters will get a chance to defend her Division I state championship in the girls 400 meters after winning the regional title in 55.65 on May 31 at Pickerington North.
Winters, who also qualified in the 100 hurdles by finishing second (12.12), has the third-fastest time among state qualifiers in the 400 behind Canton McKinley's Daziah Green (55.32) and Green's Emily Hooker (55.63).
Senior Cynthia Cox also qualified for state, placing fourth in the 200 (25.99). She edged fifth-place Ashli Pope of DeSales by .08.
"It's the ultimate goal. I haven't made it in an individual event," Cox said. "I've been there in a relay (the 1,600 relay last year, which placed 14th in 4:01.59) but not by myself, so it's a major accomplishment. I just came out here, warmed up right and tried my best to get in there."
The top four finishers in each event advanced to the state meet Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, at Ohio State.
Senior Alex Frye qualified in three events for the boys team, finishing third in the high jump (6 feet, 6 inches) and 110 hurdles (14.51) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (39.57).
The 400 relay was second (42.67) with juniors Wyatt Johnston and O.B. Oppong and seniors Darron Lee and Alan Watson.
"I've been there before, so that's always good," said Frye, who was third in the high jump last year (6-6). "It will be my first time running there, so that part will be a new experience, but I'm looking forward to it."
The girls were sixth (34) behind co-champions Gahanna and Pickerington Central (55) as 39 teams scored. The boys also were sixth, scoring 38 points to finish behind champion Pickerington North (99) as 39 teams scored.
Also competing at the regional but failing to advance were sophomore Zack Buck in the 1,600 (12th, 4:40.92), freshman Donissa Edmonds in the 200 (10th, 27.04), Lee in the 100 (seventh, 11.3), sophomore Dennis Maloney in the 3,200 (13th, 9:57.58), sophomore Eliza Matt in the 1,600 (fifth, 5:13.3), sophomore Kelly Probst in the long jump (14th, 15-3), Watson in the 200 (seventh, 22.75), junior Dena White in the high jump (sixth, 5-2), the boys 800 (fifth, 1:28.48) and 3,200 (sixth, 8:09.24) relays and the girls 1,600 (seventh, 3:59.87) and 3,200 (ninth, 9:58.04) relays.
Both teams were second in the 16-team district 3 meet that concluded May 25 at Hilliard Darby.
The boys scored 101.5 points to finish behind champion Granville (117) and the girls had 86 points as Dublin Coffman (141) won.
Frye won the 110 hurdles (14.26) and high jump (6-6) and was second in the 300 hurdles (38.85), and Winters won the 100 hurdles (12.01) and 400 (57.48). Other champions were the boys 400 (42.76) and 3,200 (8:05.63) relays, and junior Eliza Matt in the girls 1,600 (5:12.79).
Tennis players fall short at state
Sophomores Alex Kobelt and Nick Blair of the boys tennis team went 1-1 in doubles in the Division I state tournament May 31 and June 1, and senior Rathnakishore Giri was 0-1 in singles.
Kobelt and Blair defeated Norwalk's Trevor Bowers and Harry Love 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 before losing to Mason's Alexander Lebedev and Young-Jin Kang 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 in a second-round match.
Giri lost to Lodi Cloverleaf's Jacob Dunbar 6-1, 6-0.
Giri was fourth in the district tournament May 24 and 25 at Hilliard Davidson, going 2-2 and losing to Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin 6-2, 6-2 in the third-place match. Kobelt and Blair went 3-1, defeating Dublin Jerome's Adam Seitz and Kent Seitz 6-4, 6-3 in the third-place match.
Freshman singles players Noah Fox and Harrison Lippy each went 0-1, as did sophomore C.J. Cash and senior Jacob Teich in doubles.
Boys lacrosse team loses regional final
The boys lacrosse team scored four goals in a seven-minute span of the second half to tie their Division II Central Region final at DeSales on June 1, but the Eagles' early mistakes still proved costly in an 8-7 loss.
New Albany fell behind 4-1 in the first half and trailed 6-2 with less than three minutes left in the third quarter. But sophomore attacker Cooper Pewitt scored all three of his goals within the next 6:38 to pull the Eagles even at 6. The game remained tied until DeSales senior attacker Matt Chadwick scored with 5:24 to play and 3:32 left.
Sophomore attacker Christo Semertsidis scored New Albany's final goal with 2:49 to go.
"The defense got us going and did a good job of neutralizing their players," coach Chris Brown said. "Our midfielders started to step up. Cooper Pewitt got some momentum going (and) got us back in the game.
"They gave everything they had and they should be proud of the way they played. It's just unfortunate that we dug ourselves too big a hole early."
New Albany, which also lost to DeSales 8-7 on April 24 in a home game that went to overtime, finished 10-10. The Eagles were seeded third in the regional tournament and advanced to the final with a first-round home win over Wooster (8-4 on May 24) and an 8-7 overtime win at Watterson in the second round May 29.