Columbus School for Girls senior Sadiyah Babatunde competed in the shot put on the opening day of the Division II regional track and field meet May 25 and 27 at Lexington.
Babatunde finished 14th with a throw of 34 feet, 3/4 of an inch, as the top four finishers in each regional event advanced to the state meet Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, at Ohio State.
“We knew the competition was going to be stiff going into (the regional meet),” coach Jen Bunker said. “There was a lot of depth in the field and no one stood out, but there were a lot of good throwers.”
Babatunde competed in her better event – the discus – on May 27.
“Sadiyah PR’d in the discus at district by 10 feet (113-3), so anything is possible,” Bunker said. “She has a shot at getting out.”
CSG also was represented in the field events by Sidney Flynn, who competed in the long jump May 27.
Competing in the preliminaries of running events May 25 were the 400-meter relay of Babatunde, Nia Caldwell, Emily Dewolf and Imani Babatunde, the 800 relay of Alyssa Estepp, Caldwell, Brinley Zieg and Imani Babatunde, the 1,600 relay of Estepp, Ayla Kazemi, Peyton Jackson and Imani Babatunde, Dewolf in the 100 hurdles, Kazemi in the 300 hurdles and Imani Baba-tunde in the 200.
The 400 relay finished 10th (52.02 seconds) and Dewolf was 13th in the 100 hurdles (17.36), but the 800 relay, 1,600 relay, Kazemi (300 hurdles) and Imani Babatunde (200) all reached the finals May 27.
“That was tough because Imani had a chance to run in the (400 relay) at state for a third year and Emily Dewolf was going for a second time,” Bunker said. “But it was a good day. It was a good day on a bad day weather-wise.”
Lacrosse team expects
to return top scorers
The lacrosse team believes it has a bright future, as its top four scorers are eligible to return next season.
Junior midfielder Lily Berger had 50 goals and 17 assists, freshman midfielder Ellen Monahan had 46 goals and 12 assists and sophomore midfielder Katie Wagenbrenner had 44 goals and three assists for the Unicorns, who finished 11-8 overall. Junior midfielder Ella Fronk contributed 19 goals and 10 assists.
“We will have Lily Berger back and Ellen Monahan had a great freshman season,” said coach Kellen Morrissey, who completed her third season. “Katie Wagenbrenner had a breakout season in the midfield and also should be a big help.”
CSG is losing only two seniors in defender Lexie Armstrong (6 goals, 1 assist) and attacker Olivia Zerick (16 goals, 3 assists).
“We had two great senior leaders, with one on offense and the other on defense,” Morrissey said. “They took charge of the team, both on the field and at school.”
Seeded fifth, CSG lost at fourth-seeded Bexley 12-9 in a Division II, Region 7 quarterfinal May 20 after opening the postseason with a 12-3 win over 14th-seeded Bellbrook 12-3 in a second-round game May 17.
The Unicorns went 3-4 in the Central Independent League to tie Hartley for fifth, behind DeSales (7-0), Columbus Academy (5-2) and Bexley and Watterson (both 4-3) and ahead of Granville (2-5) and Wellington (0-7).
CSG went 0-3 in the CCL to place fourth behind DeSales (3-0), Watterson (2-1) and Hartley (1-2).
“Many of the league games came down to a goal or two,” Morrissey said. “No matter what our record shows, we were a well-rounded team and I’m proud of the style of lacrosse that we play. We were very team-oriented.”
Also expected back are juniors Maria Kaufman (attacker; 9 goals), Tara Kazemi (defen-der) and Bethany Yamamoto (defender), sophomores Annie Feibel (defender), Mary Hernon (attacker; 6 goals, 4 assists), Hannah Lonser (attacker), Mackenzie Peterson (attacker), Vella Schoedinger (defender) and Christian Shorter (goalkeeper; 118 saves) and freshmen Zoe Paragas (attacker) and Haley Tobias (attacker).