Because the Wellington School does not have a track and field program, Bob Causey asked interim athletics director Justin Slauterbeck and head of school Rob Brisk for permission to allow his freshman daughter, Keilah, to compete for her school as an individual.
After receiving approval, Bob Causey, who is a certified Level 1 USATF coach, agreed to coach his daughter and help build a program at the school.
"It's exciting because Keilah is the first girl to compete for Wellington in track and field in over 20 years," he said. "She's the only one on our team right now, but we're going to open it up and allow other boys and girls to join our program later this year."
Keilah Causey has shown steady improvement while competing in the 800 meters and long jump in multiple meets this spring.
In the Joe Ramsey Invitational on April 20 at Hartley, she won the long jump in 13 feet, 9 inches and placed second in the 800 in a personal-best 2 minutes, 46 seconds. Three days later, she set a personal record in the long jump by jumping 14-8 in a meet against host Columbus Academy and Liberty Union.
Causey is scheduled to compete Friday, May 10, in the Friday Night at Grandview meet.
"It's difficult to practice alone without having teammates there to push you, but Keilah's doing really well," her father said. "She's working hard to try to get her time down in the 800 and add more distance to her long jump. Our goal is to have her do well enough in the Division III district meet that she advances to regional. She's going to have to jump in the 15s to get there, but I'm confident she can do it."
The district meet will be held May 21, 22 and 25 at Hamilton Township.
Bats come alive for baseball team
The baseball team racked up 72 runs in five games last week, winning four of the contests.
After losing to Granville Christian 8-7 on April 30, Wellington defeated Patriot Prep 20-10 in five innings May 2 and Morral Ridgedale 8-7 on May 3 before sweeping Eastmoor Academy in a doubleheader May 4, winning 21-16 and 16-5.
Grayson Ashby (P/3B) and Linus Beatty (1B) each had two RBI against Patriot Prep and Billy Brisk (DH/1B) had three RBI to help the Jaguars rally from a 4-1 deficit against Ridgedale.
In the first game against Eastmoor, Beatty had three RBI and Elliott Fite (3B) and Zach Kauffman (SS) each drove in two runs. In the second game, Brisk had three RBI and Ashby and Kauffman each had two.
"Everyone's getting hot at the plate at the same time and we've been capitalizing on our opponents' mistakes," coach Craig Jones said. "Our guys have been efficient at the plate and we're getting nice production from the bottom part of our lineup as well. Elliot has been our sparkplug as our leadoff hitter. And Billy Brisk stepped up offensively last week and drove in nine runs in our last five games."
The Jaguars will look to keep their offense going in the Division IV district tournament, which starts next week. They are seeded eighth and will play at fourth-seeded Tree of Life in the first round Monday, May 13, with the winner playing host to fifth-seeded Fairfield Christian or 11th-seeded Granville Christian in the second round Wednesday, May 15.
The second-round winner likely will face top-seeded Newark Catholic in a district semifinal May 20 at Pickerington North.
Last year, Wellington advanced to the second round for just the third time in 11 seasons before losing to top-seeded Newark Catholic 10-0 in five innings. The Jaguars, who also accomplished the feat in 2008 and 2002, defeated Millersport 11-0 in five innings in the opening round.
"I think we're in a good position to make a run in the district tournament," Jones said.
"We need to continue to hit and manufacture runs the way we did (last) week. And we need to limit our mistakes because errors have hurt us in each of our losses."
Boys tennis team continues to win
The boys tennis team was 8-1 before playing Granville on May 8.
Wellington defeated Upper Arlington B 3-2 on April 30 by sweeping the singles courts. Winning were Lincoln Ficek at first singles, Lucas Rooney at second singles and Vishal Sharoff at third singles.