Senior distance runner India Johnson of the Hilliard Davidson High School girls track and field team and distance coach Nathan King hope they have the final meets of Johnson's illustrious prep career mapped out correctly.

Johnson continues her pursuit of a second state title when she competes in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 in the Division I regional meet, which began May 24 and concludes Friday, May 26, at Pickerington North.

The top four finishers in each regional event advance to state June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.

"I'm excited," Johnson said. "I'm ready to get the opportunity to race against more people. I'm nervous, but I'm not scared. It's a great opportunity and I'm ready for what lies ahead with great competition."

Last season, Johnson won the state title in the 3,200 in a program-record 10 minutes, 29.8 seconds.

King said a decision would be made whether to compete in both the 1,600 and 3,200 at state, should Johnson qualify in both.

"She has had a lot of patience with her training," King said. "We work on things throughout the regular season and then set an end goal. We're preparing for state. We'll look at the state and see where she can be the most successful and we'll go that route, either mile or two-mile."

Johnson won her first state title in cross country last fall, finishing in a course-record 17:28.6 at National Trail Raceway.

Johnson, who will continue her running career at Michigan State, said she is maintaining a simple strategy as her prep career winds down.

"I try to stay as relaxed as possible and try to keep myself collective most of the time," she said. "Staying relaxed and taking my time is really important in between events. ... It's weird that everything is coming to an end, but it's all bittersweet. I'm so happy that I've gotten the opportunities that I have."

Johnson led the Wildcats in the district 3 meet that concluded May 20 at Darby, winning both the 1,600 (program-record 4:52.24) and 3,200 (11:08.44).

Johnson also teamed with Sophie Lewis, Megan Sculli and Ellie Tighe to win the 3,200 relay (9:27.58).

Sarah Teater was second in the pole vault (10 feet, 4 inches) and Lewis placed third in the 3,200 (11:28.84).

Finishing fourth were Kristina Hoefler in the 400 (59.58), Emilee Fecht in the shot put (36-5) and the 800 relay of Lydia Baumgartner, Klaire Kazmerzak, Sydney Ryan and Sam Schonhardt (1:44.65).

Davidson finished third (80 points) of 16 teams, behind Pickerington Central (161) and Darby (130).

"Coming off the OCC(-Central) title and being able to come in here and hold off Delaware (51) and Marysville (54.5) to take third was good," coach Matt Beatty said.

Boys team finishes
fourth at district

The boys track and field team finished fourth (74.5) of 15 teams in the Division I, district 4 meet that concluded May 20 at Westerville South, behind champion Thomas Worthington (136).

The 3,200 relay of Ian Cook, Reed Farmer, Max LeClair and Andrew Tighe were second (8:10.9), and Tighe (4:21.17) and LeClair (4:22.26) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 1,600.

Also finishing third and fourth, respectively, were Matthew Johns (12-6) and James Keen (12-0) in the pole vault.

Other fourth-place finishers were the 400 relay of Joshua Burton, Cole Kazmerzak, Eddie Lambert and Michael Seidle (44.66), the 1,600 relay of Burton, Cook, LeClair and Tighe (3:31.07), Sam Backenstoe in the shot put (48-5) and Christian Gillian in the high jump (5-10).

"We set our goals high and we went out there and saw a lot of good competition," said Backenstoe, who is in his first season with the program. "Being a natural athlete and being able to apply myself and take my strength and use the technique of what I've been coached have been keys."

Boys lacrosse team
holds off Eagles

The fourth-seeded boys lacrosse team reached a Division I, Region 3 semifinal with an 8-6 win over fifth-seeded New Albany in a quarterfinal May 20 at Bradley.

Video •Davidson boys lacrosse coach Adam Beasley talks to his team after its 8-6 win over New Albany in a Division I East Region quarterfinal May 20.

David St. Clair led the Wildcats with three goals and an assist, Matt Blevins added three goals and goalkeeper Archie West had 10 saves.

The Wildcats were 16-4 before playing top-seeded Upper Arlington in a semifinal May 24. The winner plays second-seeded Dublin Coffman or third-seeded Dublin Jerome in a regional final Saturday, May 27, at a neutral site to be determined.

The regional champion plays Cincinnati St. Xavier, Milford, Mason or Cincinnati Moeller in a state semifinal Wednesday, May 31, at a neutral site to be determined. The state final is June 3 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Boys volleyball team
wins tourney opener

The boys volleyball team opened the Division I East Region tournament by defeating 17th-seeded Thomas 25-17, 25-9, 25-21 on May 19 at Westerville South.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats were 16-7 before playing second-seeded South in a regional semifinal May 23. The winner plays third-seeded Olentangy or ninth-seeded Pickerington North in the regional final Friday, May 26, at Westerville Central.

The regional champion advances to a state quarterfinal June 3 at Capital University.

Season ends for
boys tennis team

Senior Chris Codogni and junior Noah Elliott of the boys tennis team came within one win of qualifying for the Division I state tournament.

Codogni and Elliott went 1-1 in doubles in the district tournament May 18 at Davidson. They defeated New Albany's Ben Yan and Alex Cash 6-4, 6-3 in the first round before losing to UA's Josh Cole and Jack Zelezny 6-0, 6-1 in a quarterfinal.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to state Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.

"I'm disappointed for those two because I wanted to see them get to that next step, but I was happy with the way they played the first match," coach Steve De Dent said. "We weren't as aggressive in the second match as we were in the first match. Those (UA) guys are good."

Davidson finished 7-9 overall and went 2-2 in the OCC-Central Division to finish third, behind UA (4-0) and Coffman (3-1) and ahead of Marysville (1-3) and Central Crossing (0-4).

In addition to Elliott, eligible to return are junior Justin Wingenfield, sophomores Ethan Clark and David Pease and freshman Jack Kamnikar.

Girls lacrosse team
loses tourney opener

The 13th-seeded girls lacrosse team lost at 10th-seeded Dublin Scioto 19-14 in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 15 to finish 6-11.

Lauren Wehner led the Wildcats with five goals. Hanna Morris scored four and Maggie Clifford scored two.

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