A year ago, several freshmen joined one of the state's top seniors to form the Reynoldsburg High School girls track and field team's sprint corps.
Diamond Gause now is competing for a junior college after winning Division I state championships in the 100 meters and 200 last year, but the bulk of the team's other sprinters are back.
Led by sophomore Gloria Opoku, who is competing in sprints and hurdles events, the Raiders' sprint corps has continued to improve, according to coach Richard Ladowitz.
"My main contributors are underclassmen," Ladowitz said. "It's good news down the road, but they've got to take their lumps and they have been. The girls have not been scoring that many points, but they've been gaining experience."
On April 19 in the 13-team Dublin Coffman Classic, the Raiders were 12th (17) behind champion Thomas Worthington (101).
Opoku took fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.81 seconds) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (49.26) and also ran on the seventh-place 800 relay (1:51.36) with sophomores Brianna Barber, Finesse Jones and Cymone Rodgers.
The 400 relay of Barber, Rodgers, sophomore Monique Bolton and junior Maisha Rash also was seventh (52.3).
Sophomore Kuziah Smith and freshman Tylar Mixon have been other sprint contributors.
The only other points Reynoldsburg earned at Coffman were by junior Leah Wallace, who took sixth in the 1,600 (5:25.11) and seventh in the 800 (2:26.8).
Baseball team's offense stepping up
The baseball team bounced back from an 8-6 loss to Gahanna on April 16 by beating Pickerington Central 14-7 on April 17.
The performance against Central equaled through 12 games the season-best run total for the Raiders, who lost to New Albany 16-14 on April 12.
Reynoldsburg averaged 6.8 runs through 12 games.
The Raiders were 7-6 overall and 3-3 in the OCC-Ohio Division after defeating Gahanna 4-3 on April 21 and before playing Pickerington North on April 23.
Reynoldsburg travels Friday, April 25, to Pickerington North to conclude the season series with the Panthers and then plays a doubleheader Saturday, April 26, at Granville.
The Raiders' season series against Lancaster will be held Monday, April 28, at home and Wednesday, April 30, on the road.
Last season, Reynoldsburg lost to North 8-7 and 21-8 but split with Lancaster, losing the first matchup 9-2 and winning the second 3-1.
Boys track team set for Fulton Relays
The boys track and field team is scheduled to be among 13 squads competing Friday, April 25, in the Fulton Relays at Lancaster.
The girls team also will compete in the meet for Reynoldsburg, whose teams then travel Tuesday, April 29, to Licking Heights.
On April 19 in the 14-team Coffman Classic, the boys were ninth (34) behind champion Hilliard Davidson (135.5) as Corey Beal won the shot put (53 feet, 2 inches).