Dublin Scioto High School girls track and field coach Stacey Schall left nothing to chance as senior Alexis McQuade prepared for the 300-meter hurdles final in the Division I, district 1 meet that concluded May 20 at Hilliard Darby.
Last season at district, McQuade settled for sixth in the 300 hurdles after rerunning the event by herself after race officials deemed a hurdle was too high during the original race.
Schall made certain each hurdle was the correct height prior to the 300 hurdles final this season, and McQuade responded by finishing third in a program-record 45.36 seconds. The top four finishers in each district event advanced to regional, which began May 24 and concludes Friday, May 26, at Pickerington North.
"I checked every hurdle to make sure they were at the right height," Schall said. "It's tough to run by yourself and after you've already run once and know you have to run by yourself with no competition and still try to hit a regional mark."
McQuade, who finished sixth in the 100 hurdles (16.13) at district, is a first-time regional qualifier.
"This is definitely the event that I feel was my best chance to qualify in," McQuade said of the 300 hurdles. "I felt like I had a good chance last year, too, but one my hurdles was set high and I fell, so I didn't qualify. It's really hard to run by yourself. There's no one to try to catch, there's no one to pace for. This has been the meet that I've been waiting for."
McQuade is being joined at regional by senior Kali Steele, juniors Brooklyn Richardson and Yosolajesu Olujide-Ajibade and freshman Folake Olujide-Ajibade, who combined to place second in the 800 relay (1:44.48). Yosolajesu Olujide-Ajibade also advanced in the 400 by placing fourth (58.91).
The top four finishers in each event at regional advance to state June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
"We have to keep doing what we're doing to get faster and make sure our handoffs are clean, make sure our hurdles races are clean and make sure we have a good focus on the 400," Schall said.
The Irish finished ninth (34 points) of 17 teams at district, behind champion Coffman (94).
"We've definitely improved a lot over the season," Schall said. "These last two weekends, we've put everything together and have really come through, a lot of personal records."
The boys team had three athletes qualify for regional, including sophomores Zach Sopher and Trint Williams, who placed third (6 feet) and fourth (5-10), respectively, in the high jump at the district 1 meet.
"Zach had been out with a concussion and Trint Williams, who we would never have even guessed would be a varsity athlete this year, qualified," boys coach Kevin Foley said. "That couldn't be more unexpected, but it bodes so well for us next year."
Junior Cesar Arellano also qualified for regional by finishing fourth in the 3,200 (9:38.42).
Scioto finished 11th (29) of 15 teams, behind champion Olentangy Orange (124).
Boys volleyball team
wins tourney opener
The top-seeded boys volleyball team opened the Division II East Region tournament by defeating sixth-seeded Watterson 25-9, 25-15, 25-13 in a first-round match May 20 at DeSales.
The Irish were 17-3 before playing fourth-seeded DeSales in a regional semifinal May 23 at Scioto.
The winner plays second-seeded St. Charles or third-seeded Mount Vernon in the regional final Friday, May 26, at Westerville Central. The regional champion advances to a state semifinal June 3 at Capital University.
Girls lacrosse team
ousted by Bears
The 10th-seeded girls lacrosse team lost at top-seeded Upper Arlington 21-0 in a Division I, Region 3 quarterfinal May 19 to finish 8-10.
Goalkeeper Aubrey Webb had seven saves for the Irish, who defeated 13th-seeded Hilliard Davidson 19-14 in the first round May 15.
Boys lacrosse team
also falls to Bears
The ninth-seeded boys lacrosse team lost to top-seeded UA 17-2 in a Division I, Region 3 quarterfinal May 20 to finish 6-12.
Ben Gawronski and Sean Hrelec each scored for the Irish and goalie Evan Hutras had 11 saves.
Scioto defeated eighth-seeded Westerville North 14-7 in the first round May 17.
Tennis season ends
at district tourney
Joe Hill of the boys tennis team capped his season by competing in the Division I district tournament May 18 at Davidson.
The junior lost to Thomas Worthington's Kai Britz 6-1, 6-3 in the first round at district, where 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.
Hill was the only district qualifier for the Irish, who are losing five seniors but expect to return most of their starting lineup.
Also expected back are juniors Kunal Arya, Jasmohan Bawa and Shivam Patel and sophomores Dylan Mathess and Santhusht Prasad.
Scioto finished 8-9 overall and went 3-3 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to finish third, behind Jerome (6-0) and Darby (5-1) and ahead of Hilliard Bradley, Thomas and Worthington Kilbourne (each 2-4) and Delaware (1-5).
Coach Mike Wrigley announced that he will not coach the girls team in the fall as he recovers from knee replacement surgery. He plans on returning as boys coach next spring.
losing 10 seniors
The baseball team finished 9-16 overall in Ryan Longbrake's first season as coach.
The 28th-seeded Irish lost to 39th-seeded Newark 1-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 8 at home, and went 5-7 in the OCC-Cardinal to tie Kilbourne for fourth, behind Darby (11-1), Thomas (9-3) and Bradley (7-5) and ahead of Jerome (3-9) and Delaware (both 2-10).
Junior catcher Matt Magno led the team with a .384 batting average, followed by senior third baseman/pitcher Ryan Crow (.316).
Magno, who also led the team in RBI (18), was named first-team all-league and second-team all-district. Crow and senior Jared Nolan (OF/C) were special mention all-league, and senior Jake Schmidt (P/1B/OF) was honorable mention all-league.
Other players eligible to return are juniors Jeremy Erickson (3B/P), Nick Hopper (P/1B) and Louis Lipthratt (INF/OF/P/C) and sophomores Aidan Lao (INF/C) and Kyron Rogers (P/INF/OF).
"We definitely had some bright spots, some great games where we put it all together," said Longbrake, whose team is losing 10 seniors. "I love all these guys. I had a great senior class to start off the program the right way, and hopefully that will have a ripple effect throughout the program."