Competing simultaneously in the long jump and pole vault on the first day of the Division I regional meet, sophomore Elijah Young of the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys track and field team had to maintain his focus and composure.
Young wasn't able to earn a state berth in the long jump, but he bounced back to set a personal record in the pole vault to advance to state.
The top four finishers in each event at regional May 24 and 26 at Pickerington North qualified for the state meet Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, at Ohio State.
"I would've probably made it to state in the long jump, but on my final attempt, I fell backward on the landing and that left me short," said Young, who finished sixth with an effort of 20 feet, 3 1/2 inches. "So I went back over to the pole vault and cleared 13-4 (to finish second)."
Young's previous best in the pole vault was 12-6.
"I wasn't too happy with the long jump and I used that anger in pole vault and it really helped me get focused," he said. "The goal and the thought was I would make it (to state) in long jump and be on the bubble for pole vault."
Young will compete at noon on the second day at state.
"We thought his better chance to get to state was in the long jump and if he landed right, he would've made it to state in both," boys coach Josh Stegman said. "He landed in a crouch and couldn't fall forward and he reached back. But going to state as a sophomore and knowing that he has a lot of athletic talent and will only get better is just a very exciting feeling.
"Chad Palenshus, our pole vault coach, said during the indoor season that Eli has the ability to get to 14-6 once he gets the technique down. He's starting to get there."
Young was the only regional competitor for the boys team, which totaled 11 points to place 17th behind champion Thomas (73) as 37 teams scored.
The girls team had two participants at regional, with senior Ndidiamaka Anaraodo competing in the shot put and discus and freshman Sasha Bomser competing in the 1,600 meters.
Anaraodo finished first in the shot put (40-7 1/2) and 16th in the discus (95-8) and Bomser was 12th in the 1,600 (5 minutes, 17.34 seconds).
"We expected Didi to make it back to state in the shot," girls coach Chip Seely said. "She lived up to her expectations, but we know there will be six or seven top-notch girls at state. This will be a big week for Didi and the goal is to reach the podium."
Last season, Anaraodo placed 14th at state (37-2 3/4). She will compete at 3 p.m. on the second day at state.
"Sasha is just a freshman and she ran a 5:17.43 for a personal record at district and I told her she would have to get down to 5:10 or better to make it to state," Seely said. "Her eyes got wide like I was crazy. She didn't come close, but she still lowered her district time and her personal record. It turns out she would've needed to run under 5:01 to make it out.
"But she's only going to get better from here. She'll start training for cross country in about two weeks. She has a bright future."
The Wolves scored 10 points to tie Big Walnut for 19th behind champion Gahanna (97) as 35 teams scored.
Boys lacrosse team
ousted by Eagles
The boys lacrosse team came up just short in its bid to return to the Division II state tournament, falling to top-seeded Watterson 7-6 in four overtimes in the Region 7 final May 27 at Otterbein University.
The third-seeded Wolves, who were the defending state champions, finished 11-11.
Watterson's Drew McQuade scored the winning goal with 2:35 left in the fourth overtime, as the Eagles improved to 18-1 and played Cincinnati Mariemont in a state semifinal May 31.
Sam Biglin scored the game's first goal, but the Wolves trailed 2-1 after the first quarter and didn't lead again until late in regulation. The score was tied at 2 at halftime, as Ryan Wesolowski had the only goal of the second quarter.
Watterson led 4-2 before Will Alban scored to pull Kilbourne to within 4-3 in the third quarter. The Eagles took a 5-3 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Wolves got goals from Carson Kott with 3:39 left and Ryan Hester with 2:26 remaining to tie the game at 5. Hester scored again with 1:22 left to give Kilbourne a 6-5 lead, but the Eagles' A.J. Rigsby scored with 23.8 seconds remaining to force overtime.
"(The Eagles) have 17 seniors, are really, really athletic and really deep, so we had to find ways to control them and we largely did that by playing a settled ballgame," said coach Drew May, whose team beat Watterson 9-8 in overtime March 18. "We wanted to cut their transition and we only gave up one goal in transition.
"We hit two pipes in the overtime periods and so we were right there and had opportunities. We played 13 overtime periods in six overtime games this year. We were used to playing in this type of environment. So we just came up a little bit short."
The Wolves beat second-seeded DeSales 12-10 in a regional semifinal May 23, avenging a 20-10 loss to the Stallions on April 11.
Jake LeVette had five goals, Nick Clay scored three and Liam Graney scored two against DeSales.
Girls lacrosse team
losing four seniors
The girls lacrosse team lost to second-seeded Columbus Academy 16-13 in a Division II, Region 7 semifinal May 24 to finish 10-11 overall.
The Wolves, who were seeded third, also had lost to the Vikings 12-10 on May 9.
In the regional semifinal, Kilbourne got four goals from junior Morgan Schutte, three from freshman Lilli Hadden and two apiece from freshmen Jackie Wolford and Meagan Rosenfeld.
Kilbourne won its first two regional games at home, beating 11th-seeded Dayton Chaminade Julienne 18-2 in a second-round game May 18 and sixth-seeded Hartley 19-10 in a quarterfinal May 20.
The Wolves went 4-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to finish third, behind Thomas (6-0) and Dublin Jerome (5-1) and ahead of Hilliard Darby (3-3), Hilliard Bradley (2-4), Dublin Scioto (1-5) and Delaware (0-6).
Kilbourne is losing four seniors in Abby Eymann, Sarah Garrison, Madison Magnus and Emma Sayer, who was injured in a preseason scrimmage and lost for the season.
Other expected returnees include juniors Mackenzie Bennett, Megan Burton, Kennedy Dauphin, Peyton Greenlee, Morgan Miller, Ellie Roberts and Abby Smullen, sophomores Jill Baumgardner, Bridget Maloney and Reilly St. Myer and freshman Lindsey Buterbaugh.