Last season as a freshman, Keilah Causey became the first athlete from the Wellington School to compete in track and field in more than 20 years.
Her father, Bob Causey, volunteered to coach any other athletes in the school who were interested in competing in the sport, and seven other girls have joined Keilah Causey this season, helping the Jaguars form a girls team.
"I opened this up for others this year and we had about 10 to 12 athletes show interest in our program and eight girls stuck with it," said coach Causey, who is a certified Level 1 USATF coach. "It's been nice taking a whole team to compete in (meets) and Keilah would be the first to say that it's a lot more enjoyable to be a part of a team because she was tired of hearing my voice all of the time last season."
Keilah Causey is competing in sprints and the long jump this season. Last season, she competed in the Division III district meet at Hamilton Township, finishing 26th in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 59 seconds) and placing 11th in the long jump (14 feet, 2 1/2 inches).
In the Division II-III indoor state meet March 8 at the University of Akron, Causey placed fifth in the triple jump (32-6).
Also competing in the sprints are sophomore Derin Atekoja and freshmen Taylor Adams, Simone Armour, Skyllar Beckel and Simone Robinson. Competing in the shot put and discus are senior Donnette Cox and sophomore Paige Harper.
The Jaguars scored 11 points to finish eighth in the nine-team Jack Guy Invitational on April 26 behind champion and host Columbus School for Girls (186).
Causey placed sixth in both the 200 (29.1) and 800 (2:39.8) and finished seventh in the long jump (12-7 1/2). Cox placed sixth in the shot put (27-9 1/4).
Wellington will compete in the Central Ohio All-Star Invitational on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at Hamilton Township, before concluding the regular season Tuesday, May 6, with a quad-meet at Columbus Academy.
Also competing at Academy are Columbus International and Horizon Science Academy.
"A lot of these girls are first-year track and field athletes, so it's a challenging year as they get used to the sport," coach Causey said. "My assistant coach, Roger Boyd, and I are teaching a lot of fundamentals and the girls are starting to buy into our philosophy that they aren't too young to be competitive this season."
Baseball team sweeps Warriors
The baseball team swept a doubleheader against host Eastmoor Academy on April 26, winning the first game 13-2 in five innings and the second 12-2 in five innings.
Wellington was 9-5 before playing Torah Academy on April 29 and entered the week having won six of its previous eight games.
Zach Kauffman pitched a five-hitter in the first game against Eastmoor and Anthony Davis was the winning pitcher in the second.
"We have been pleased with the overall effort of this year's team," coach Craig Jones said. "They are a very cohesive group and they enjoy being around one another and playing with one another. They have truly bought into focusing on the process of improving as a team instead of the final result when they play. While our pitching has improved and we continue to utilize our speed to gain edges in games, we are struggling to find consistency on defense."
Among the Jaguars' offensive leaders through 14 games were Grayson Ashby (.476 batting average, 14 RBI, 14 runs), Elliott Fite (.421, 6 RBI, 16 runs), Josh Leino (.333), Linus Beatty (.316) and Davis (.300, 11 RBI, 15 runs).
On the mound, Ashby was 4-1, Davis was 2-0 and Kauffman was 3-3.
"Elliott is our leadoff hitter and really makes us go offensively," Jones said. "Zach is one of our top infielders. He has recorded 11 putouts, 29 assists and zero errors at shortstop. Obinna Adams-Johns has stepped up his defensive game and has solidified himself as our everyday second baseman. He has also provided timely hitting this season."
Boys lacrosse team continues to struggle
The boys lacrosse team was 1-11 before playing Columbus Academy on April 29.
Wellington, which plays host to Watterson on Friday, May 2, lost to Richfield Revere 12-3 on April 25 and Akron Hoban 15-3 on April 26.
The Jaguars beat Big Walnut 9-4 on April 16 behind four goals from Casey Winkle. Jack Chester added two goals, Will Edwards, J.T. Seitz and Alex Tannous each scored one and Nate Beam had seven saves.