Gabe Miller is throwing his best at the right time of the season for the Northridge High School boys track and field team.
The junior will be competing in the shot put and discus in the Division II regional meet May 25 and 27 at Lexington after advancing in both events from the district meet, which began May 16, continues May 18 and concludes May 20 at Westerville South.
Miller won the discus (151 feet, 3 inches) and was runner-up in the shot put (49-2). The top four finishers in each event advanced to regional.
“It was huge for him,” coach Richard Featheringill said. “Gabe is clicking at just the right time.
“He was more nervous than I had ever seen him before, but he got a good throw in the finals of the discus and that carried over into the shot. He had thrown 5 feet farther than his previous (personal record) in the shot, which is unheard of.”
Miller also won the discus (149-1) in the LCL-Cardinal Division meet May 10 and 12 at Licking Heights. The boys team finished fifth (23 points) behind Heath (162), Johnstown-Monroe (88), Newark Catholic (54.5) and Utica (25.5).
Olivia Carpenter continued her strong performances this season in the hurdles by sweeping the events in the league meet.
The junior won the 300-meter hurdles in a program-record 45.72 seconds and took the 100 hurdles in 15.58 as the Vikings finished second (73.5) behind Heath (105) and ahead of Newark Catholic (70), Utica (67) and Johnstown (37.5).
Other champions for Northridge were Makayla Harris in the 400 (1:03.32), Megan King in the 3,200 (12:17.26) and Megan McCament in the 200 (28.2).
The girls are competing in the Division III, district 2 meet May 16, 18 and 20 at Watkins Memorial. The top four in each event advance to the regional May 24 and 26 at Fairfield Union.
Sydney Menix was fourth in the high jump (4-9) to advance.
The softball team lost to top-seeded North Union 8-7 on May 16 in a Division III district semifinal at Pickerington Central.
The 12th-seeded Vikings finished 12-10 overall after reaching their second district semifinal in three seasons.
They finished third (5-8) in the LCL-Cardinal behind Utica (10-3) and Johnstown (9-4).
“I think we had a great season; it was much better than last year,” said second-year coach Leigh Siedlak, whose team finished 11-15 last season. “We didn't reach all of our goals, but we went further in the tournament than we did last year. We continued to improve.
“We played hard in general and we played a lot of tough teams and played them well. I’m really proud of them.”
Seniors for the Vikings were Emmy Adams (.328, 6 RBI, 12 runs), Olivia Dorman and Kayla Mickey.
Freshman Alyson Quinlan led the pitching staff, going 10-8 with 151 strikeouts, 37 walks and a 2.87 ERA in 124 1/3 innings. She also batted .338 with 16 RBI.
Sophomore Madie Legg hit .467 with five home runs, 22 RBI and 29 runs, and junior Lexie Hart batted .464 with 12 RBI and 28 runs.
Junior Mackenzie Nininger hit .457 with four homers, 25 RBI and 28 runs, and freshman Megan Payne batted .431 with 25 RBI and 19 runs.
Baseball team loses
The baseball team finished 10-13 overall and 5-8 in the LCL-Cardinal after losing to Johnstown 6-5 on May 12.
Sophomore Jackson Wilson singled, drove in a run and scored twice, and junior Nick Piper singled and scored twice. Junior Nick Hatten had an RBI single, and senior Tyler Rosshirt and freshman Jake Reese both singled.
The Vikings finished third in the league behind Johnstown (9-4) and Heath (8-5).
Northridge, seeded eighth for the Division III district tournament, had a first-round bye before winning at seventh-seeded North Union 1-0 in its postseason opener May 8. Wilson threw a three-hitter, striking out seven while walking none.
The Vikings then lost at sixth-seeded Fairbanks 2-1 on May 10 in a third-round game.
Also expected back are juniors Branden Blankenship, Tyler Holley, Gavin Paveo and Justin Simpson, sophomore Carter Comisford and freshmen Kody Everts and Kyle Saloum.