Although it fell short of qualifying for the Division I state meet, the Marysville High School girls track and field team’s 3,200-meter relay turned in another record-setting performance in the regional meet May 24 at Pickerington North.
Jenna Rioch, Celia Soller, Jacquelyn Witt and Robin King established a program record of 9 minutes, 28.28 seconds while finishing seventh.
The regional concludes May 26 at North. The top four finishers in each event advance to state June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
The relay beat the record it established while finishing fourth (9:36.67) in the district 3 meet May 17 at Hilliard Darby.
“We had two goals coming (into regional),” coach Luke Sundermeier said of the 3,200 relay. “Of course, we wanted to be top four. But in addition to that we wanted to be top eight and get on that podium and to break 9:30. Check and check.”
Also for the girls, Hunter Rivers was 10th in the 400 (1:00.26). The top eight finishers advanced to the final.
For the boys at regional May 24, Connor Hall did not clear his opening height of 13 feet in the pole vault.
The girls finished fourth (54.5 points) of 12 teams at district behind champion Pickerington Central (161). The meet concluded May 20, and the top four finishers in each event advanced to regional.
Kathleen Kennedy won the pole vault (10-4), Witt was second in the 1,600 (5:15.61), Rivers was third in the 400 (59.54) and Soller was fourth in the 800 (2:18.6).
Rioch, Rivers, Soller and Natalie Hiltscher were third in the 1,600 relay (4:02.7).
“I’m really happy (with district),” Sundermeier said. “(There were) a lot of good things (and) a lot of highlights. We finished fourth as a team and scored a bunch of points. This year is a different mentality. We’re scoring points now.”
The boys finished seventh (42) of 13 teams behind champion Thomas Worthington (136) in the district 4 meet, which concluded May 20 at Westerville South.
Hall won the pole vault (13-0), Emmanuel Belville, Luke Couchman, Chris Lambert and Jarret Braun won the 1,600 relay (3:23.64), Coachman, Belville, Braun and Deven Slabaugh were second in the 400 relay (43.7) and Ethan Klauda was fourth in the long jump (21-7 1/2).
Softball team falls
to Gahanna in final
The 10th-seeded softball team reached a Division I district final but fell to fourth-seeded Gahanna 11-1 in five innings May 20 at Pickerington Central to finish 19-8.
The Lions scored five runs in the first inning and four in the second.
The Monarchs went 7-3 in the OCC-Central Division to finish third behind Central Crossing (9-1) and Hilliard Davidson (8-2) and ahead of Dublin Coffman (3-7), Upper Arlington (3-7) and Westland (0-10).
“We always have a goal of winning the OCC and doing well in the tournament, but at the beginning of the season, I was not sure what this team was going to be capable of,” coach Jennifer Segner-Maxwell said. “We had graduated eight seniors, so we were left with a lot of questions. I am pleased with the progress this group made over the season.”
Senior Katelynn Russell (C) batted .524 with 34 RBI, 11 doubles, 10 home runs and was named first-team all-district and all-league and second-team all-state.
Senior Elise Freeland (SS) batted .529 with 31 RBI and was first-team all-league and second-team all-district, and sophomore Emily Daniel (OF) hit .553 with 20 RBI and was second-team all-district and second-team all-league.
Senior Hailey Christian (1B) hit .315 with 32 RBI and was second-team all-league, and seniors Josie Reed (designated player) and Madison Salyer (OF) were special mention all-league.
Junior Chris Ortman (OF) hit .382 with 27 RBI and was honorable mention all-league.
Freshman Isabelle Shroyer was 12-5 with a 3.46 ERA, 61 strikeouts and 22 walks in 84 2/3 innings, and junior Airyanna Maurer was 7-3 with a 2.61 ERA, 100 strikeouts and 31 walks in 75 1/3 innings.
Ross earns top league
honor for baseball team
The baseball team enjoyed a winning season, finishing 14-10 overall.
The 13th-seeded Monarchs lost their Division I district tournament opener to 24th-seeded Dublin Jerome, falling 6-5 in 10 innings in a second-round game May 10 at home.
The Monarchs went 10-5 in the OCC-Central to finish second behind Davidson (11-4) and ahead of Coffman (9-5), UA (9-5), Central Crossing (5-10) and Westland (0-15).
Senior Michael Ross (P/INF/OF) was named league Player of the Year and second-team all-district after going 6-3 with a 0.95 ERA, 73 strikeouts and seven walks in 66 1/3 innings.
Senior Noah Wiseman (C/1B) was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district after batting .348 with 15 RBI, and senior Nate Snyder (OF/P) was second-team all-league after hitting .288 with 13 RBI.
Junior Jacob Wright (1B/C, .328) was special mention all-league and honorable mention all-district, and senior Joey Watts (P/INF) was honorable mention all-league.
Senior Jaxon Rogan (INF) scored a team-high 16 runs.