A senior and three underclassmen gave the Westerville North High School girls track and field team a boost going into the postseason.
Senior Karli Royer, sophomore Riley Welsheimer and freshmen Jaiden Stokes and Jalyse Cornley won the final event of the OCC-Buckeye Division meet May 13 at Olentangy Orange, the 1,600-meter relay, in 4 minutes, 1.91 seconds.
The Warriors tied Olentangy for fifth (40 points) behind Orange (155.67), Westerville Central (132.33), Olentangy Liberty (96) and Westerville South (59).
"We wanted to get a 4:03 and we got a 4:01, which is tough because we all had to run 60 seconds or close to it," said Royer, who started the relay. "I just wanted to get out and get us started strong."
The Warriors edged out Central, which finished in 4:02.15.
"We wanted to stay close to Central because we knew they were fast," Welsheimer said. "We knew if we stayed close we would have a chance."
Cornley started the final leg about five yards behind Central, but passed her opponent about 100 yards into her lap and kept the lead in the final 300 for the win.
"I thought I wouldn't catch her until the final 100, but that came earlier," Cornley said. "I could feel her near me, and knew I had to hold on."
Junior Leah Freeman joined Stokes, Welsheimer and Cornley on the runner-up 800 relay (1:45.72).
Both the boys and girls teams are competing in the Division I, district 1 meet, which began May 16 and continues Thursday, May 18, and Saturday, May 20, at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional Wednesday, May 24, and May 26 at Pickerington North.
The top four in each regional event qualify for state June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
"We've worked hard as a team and we definitely have improved," Stokes said. "Next time, we want to do better."
The boys team finished sixth (20) behind Orange (187), South (117), Olentangy (84), Liberty (60) and Central (42).
Anthony Wong led the Warriors by finishing third in the long jump (21 feet, 4 1/4 inches). The senior also was on a pair of fourth-place relays.
He joined Parish Boahen, Carter Hudnell and Ryan Cooper on the 800 relay (1:35.03), and was on the 400 relay (45.14) with Boahen, Dorian Reynolds and Cyrus Neville.
Boys lacrosse team
The eighth-seeded boys lacrosse team was 10-8 before opening the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 17 against ninth-seeded Dublin Scioto in the second round.
The winner advanced to a regional quarterfinal Saturday, May 20, at top-seeded Upper Arlington or 18th-seeded Kettering Fairmont. The Warriors have not played either team this season.
That winner plays host to fourth-seeded Hilliard Davidson, fifth-seeded New Albany, 12th-seeded Central or 13th-seeded Hilliard Bradley on Wednesday, May 24, in a regional semifinal. North did not play Bradley, but lost to Davidson 14-13 on March 25. It also lost to New Albany 13-4 on April 13 and Central 13-8 on April 18 in OCC-Buckeye games.
The regional semifinal is May 27.
North closed the regular season with a 16-8 league loss to Liberty on May 12. Tommy Bichsel scored four goals and Parker Hicks added two, and goalkeeper Richard Du had 13 saves.
in girls lacrosse
The eighth-seeded girls lacrosse team was 4-14 before opening the Division I, Region 1 tournament May 16 against seventh-seeded Olentangy in the first round.
The winner plays at second-seeded Medina or 13th-seeded Whitehouse Anthony Wayne on Friday, May 19, in a regional quarterfinal. North has not played either team this season.
The regional semifinal is Tuesday, May 23, at third-seeded Liberty, sixth-seeded Orange, ninth-seeded Toledo Notre Dame or 12th-seeded Delaware. The Warriors did not play Delaware or Notre Dame, but lost to Liberty 18-9 on April 25 and Orange 17-3 on May 10 in OCC-Buckeye play.
The regional final is May 27.
Gracie Heighway and Emily Garee both scored five goals as the Warriors closed the regular season with an 18-17 win over Gahanna on May 11. Paige Miller scored four times and Abbey Chafin added two goals. Goalie Maddie Morrison had 10 saves.
Baseball team reaches
The baseball team reached its first Division I district semifinal since 2013.
The 23rd-seeded Warriors were 15-13 before playing eighth-seeded Big Walnut on May 16 at Dublin Coffman.
The winner advanced to a district final Thursday, May 18, at a site to be determined against top-seeded Grove City or 23rd-seeded Dublin Jerome. The Warriors defeated Jerome 11-2 on April 22, but did not play the Greyhounds.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal May 25 at Coffman.
North advanced to its district semifinal by winning at 12th-seeded Hilliard Davidson 7-5 on May 10 in the second round.
Macguire George was the winning pitcher, and Jack Murgas got the final two outs for the save.
Justin Hrinko doubled twice and drove in a run, and Jackson Blackstone also had a double. George and Joe Legin both had two singles.
to district in tennis
Daniel Mayotte will represent the boys tennis team in the Division I district tournament Thursday, May 18, at Davidson and Saturday, May 20, at UA.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state May 26 and 27 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Mayotte went 4-1 in a sectional May 11 and 13 at Pickerington Central to finish as runner-up. He defeated Mount Vernon's Benjamin Camara 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a semifinal before losing to Jerome's Ryan Worthen 6-0, 6-1 in the final.
Reese Nguyen and Pierre Penzo also played singles, and both went 1-1. The doubles team of Nathan Phillips and Kyle Reiniger was 1-1, and Trent McFarland and Justin Evans were 0-1.
for softball team
The softball team finished 15-11 after losing to fourth-seeded Gahanna 5-0 on May 15 at Pickerington North.
The 20th-seeded Warriors made their first Division I district semifinal since back-to- back appearances at that level in 2010 and 2011.
North won at 13th-seeded Westerville Central 5-3 on May 10 in the second round. Megan Zody was the winning pitcher and Delaney Stephens hit a solo home run.
Boys volleyball team
to open postseason
The boys volleyball team is seeded 10th of 18 teams in the Division I East Region tournament and will play 16th-seeded Northland in a play-in match Friday, May 19, at home or Westerville Central.
The winner plays at fifth-seeded Liberty in a first-round match Saturday, May 20. That winner faces sixth-seeded Gahanna or seventh-seeded Jerome in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 23, at Darby.
The regional final is May 26.