Wins in the final four events of the MSL-Ohio Division meet May 12 at Whitehall by the Worthington Christian High School boys track and field team kept it in contention for the championship.
The Warriors inevitably came up just short despite the strong finish, scoring 145 points to finish runner-up to Grandview (146). The host Rams (100.5) were third, followed by Bexley (96), Columbus Academy (92.5), London (46) and West Jefferson (19).
Worthington Christian opened the postseason May 16 with the running preliminaries in the Division II district meet at Westerville South. The meet continues Thursday, May 18, with the field events and concludes Saturday, May 20, with the running finals.
The top four finishers in each event advance to regional May 25 and 27 at Lexington. The state meet is June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
In the league meet, Jordan Jackson won the 200 meters (22.26 seconds) and 400 (49.78) and was second in the 100 (11.17), Jake Bertelsen won the 1,600 (4:27.53) and 3,200 (9:57.25) and Kyle Smith took first in the 800 (2:01.2).
Also winning were the 1,600 relay of Jackson, Smith, Sammy Myers and Luke Smith (3:27.22) and the 3,200 relay of Bertelsen, Kyle Smith, Luke Smith and Jonathan Davis (8:06.69).
Adding runner-up finishes were Grant Mudge in the shot put (44 feet, 3 1/2 inches) and Seth Parsell in the discus (127-4).
The girls team is competing in the Division III, district 2 meet this week at Watkins Memorial. The meet began with the field events May 16, continues with the running preliminaries May 18 and concludes with the running finals May 20.
The top four finishers in each event advance to regional Wednesday, May 24, and May 26 at Fairfield Union.
At the league meet, Worthington Christian finished fourth (80) behind Grandview (144), Academy (136.5) and Bexley (134) and ahead of London (66), Whitehall (46) and West Jefferson (37.5).
Capturing titles were Bridgette Rettstatt in the high jump (5-6) and the 400 relay of Ashley Hall, Emily Hall, Mianna Hartings and Emma Kasich (52.18).
Earning runner-up finishes were Ashley Hall in the 100 (13.15) and the 800 relay of Ashley Hall, Emily Hall, Hartings and Kasich (1:48.13). Placing third were Ashley Hall in the 200 (27.38) and Katie Smith in the discus (98-5).
advances to district
Seniors Ben Kindberg and Chris Tsibouris of the boys tennis team are back in the Division II district tournament for the second consecutive season after placing fourth in a sectional May 11 and 13 at Columbus School for Girls.
Kindberg and Tsibouris lost to eventual champions Mark Nudelman and Leo Schottenstein of Bexley 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 in a semifinal and then fell to Buckeye Valley's Nick Roden and Ben Swanger 6-0, 6-0 in the third-place match.
The district tournament is Thursday, May 18, at Columbus Academy, and Saturday, May 20, at Upper Arlington, where the top two finishers in singles and doubles advance to state May 26 and 27 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Also at sectional, Peter Tsibouris and AjAi Smith both lost in the second round in singles, Isaac Deskins lost in the first round in singles and the doubles team of Cameron Prior and Tommy Robinson lost in a district-qualifying match.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles at sectional advanced to district.
Baseball team falls
The second-seeded baseball team lost to fourth-seeded West Jefferson 6-0 in the second round of the Division III district tournament May 10 to finish 18-10 overall.
The Warriors, who opened the postseason with a 10-4 win over 15th-seeded Madison Plains on May 8, also lost to the Roughriders 15-4 on April 19 and 6-5 on May 12 in MSL-Ohio play.
Softball team loses
The fourth-seeded softball team lost to 13th-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek 7-2 in the second round of the Division III district tournament May 11 after having a first-round bye.
On May 13, the Warriors celebrated senior night by beating Watterson 6-3 at home to finish 15-7. The team had four seniors in Breanna Abel, Kara Godsey, Ava Heidorn and Lynsey Meeks.