The Westerville Central High School girls track and field team was hoping for another strong showing when the Division I regional began May 24 at Pickerington North.
The meet concludes Friday, May 26, and the top four finishers in each event advance to state June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
Central finished second (86 points) of 16 teams behind Dublin Coffman (94) in the district 1 meet that concluded May 20 at Hilliard Darby.
"We've had two great weekends (with) kids setting records and (getting personal records). That's all you can do at this time of the year," said coach Ryan Borland, whose team also finished second behind host Olentangy Orange in the OCC-Buckeye Division meet May 11 and 13. "(This) week is a whole different game. Regional steps up another level, but I really like what I'm seeing. I'm excited to see what they can do."
Emma Dyer, Chloe Ey, McKenna Fry and Sydney Kapral opened the district meet May 16 by winning the 3,200-meter relay in 9 minutes, 20.66 seconds. The top four in each event advanced to regional.
Fry won the 1,600 (5:00.99), and Kapral (2:17:05) and Ey (2:17.19) finished first and second, respectively, in the 800.
Savannah Hall was third in the 100 (12.54) and teamed with Princella Ackon, Kendall Allen and Delaney Reed to finish fourth in the 400 relay (49.87).
Ey, Fry, Kapral and Kayla Jones were fourth in the 1,600 relay (4:02.7).
Central also did well in the field events. Taylor Stills was second in the long jump (17 feet, 10 inches) and fourth in the high jump (5-3), Lindsey Erlenbach was fourth in the pole vault (10-4) and Abigail Steele was fourth in the shot put (37-2).
Ey, Fry and Kapral entered regional looking for a return trip to state, as they were part of the 3,200 relay that finished third in a program-record 9:10.83 last season. Fry also was ninth in the 1,600 in a program-record 5:00.64.
"I'm proud to do this with my teammates," Ey said. "We want every chance to make it to state, definitely push, definitely place and do whatever we can to run our best and (get personal records)."
Boys win two
relays at district
The boys track team won two relays in the district 1 meet and advanced several athletes to regional.
Luke Finnegan, Ashton Gilkey, Bryson Gilmore and Nathan Schroeder won the 800 relay (1:29.03), and Finnegan, Gilkey, Gilmore and Tyrone Johnson finished first in the 400 relay (42.66).
Finnegan was second in the 200 (21.86) and teamed with Schroeder, Dymon Gainey and David Madison to finish second in the 1,600 relay (3:24.24).
The Warhawks tied for seventh (40) of 15 teams behind champion Orange (124).
"I'm very happy," Finnegan said. "Things for the most part went as expected. We have to prepare all week, practice our handoffs, stay healthy (and) ice after every practice."
The baseball team just missed earning its fourth consecutive winning season, finishing 14-14 overall.
After a first-round bye in the Division I district tournament, the 18th-seeded War-hawks lost at 16th-seeded Zanesville 6-0 in the second round May 10.
"Our expectations are high, as they should be, and it didn't end the way we all wanted it to, but it was still a solid year," coach Jeff Keifer said.
Central went 8-7 in the OCC-Buckeye to finish third behind Olentangy (12-3) and Orange (10-5) and ahead of Olentangy Liberty (7-8), Westerville North (7-8) and Westerville South (1-14).
Senior Evan Ingram (C/OF/P) and junior Sean Osborne (P/INF) were named first-team all-league, senior Riley Bullock (INF/P) and junior Dan Cellars (INF) were second-team all-league and sophomore Camron Hubble (C/INF) was honorable mention all-league.
Osborne batted a team-high .320, followed by Cellars (.315) and senior Jalen Arms (.303; INF/P). Arms led in RBI with 15.
Senior Evan Davis (C/OF/P) was 5-0 with a 2.96 ERA, 13 strikeouts and 17 walks in 26 innings, and Ingram was 4-1 with a 2.33 ERA, 25 strikeouts and 18 walks in 53 innings.
Other players eligible to return are juniors Matt Beck (OF/P), Drew Fischer (P/INF), Matt Keifer (INF/P/OF), Jacoby Maze (INF/P), Dax Mickley (OF), J.D. Nickel (C/OF), Max Palmer (INF), Michael Sherry (INF/P) and Allen Smith (OF) and sophomore Brett Dahman (C/INF).
Boys lacrosse team
loses tourney opener
The 12th-seeded boys lacrosse team lost at fifth-seeded New Albany 19-9 in the second round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 17 to finish 6-13.
Jax Looby scored three goals, and Finnegan Andre and Wilson Misiuk each added two. Goalkeeper Nick DeRose had 11 saves.
falls to Bradley
The 14th-seeded boys volleyball team lost to 11th-seeded Hilliard Bradley 25-23, 25-19, 18-25, 20-25, 15-12 in a Division I East Region tournament play-in match May 19 at Westerville North to finish 7-14 overall.
"They fought hard. I was very proud of them," coach Jimi Yu said. "I just wish they could have finished it out, but coming back from 2-0, that's a big deal. They kept fighting to the end. That's a good quality that they have."
Samuel Saas (libero) led a five-player senior class and was named first-team all-OCC-Buckeye. Junior Scott Broadright (setter) was second-team all-league, and junior Nick Pence (middle hitter/outside hitter) was honorable mention all-league.
The Warhawks went 0-8 in the OCC-Buckeye to finish fifth behind South (8-0), Olentangy (6-2) and Liberty (3-5) and North (3-5).