The Westerville North High School boys and girls track and field teams did not have any qualifiers for the Division I state meet, but coach Johnny Jackson liked what he saw from his athletes in the postseason.
Some of the biggest highlights were turned in by the girls 800-meter and 1,600 relays, both of which placed 10th in the regional that concluded May 26 at Pickerington North. The top four finishers in each event advanced to state Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, at Ohio State.
The 800 relay of senior Karli Royer, freshman Jaiden Stokes, sophomore Riley Welsheimer and freshman Jalyse Cornley finished in 1 minute, 44.89 seconds. The same four runners were on the 1,600 relay, crossing the finish line in 4:06.1.
"They were very, very young," Jackson said. "Even the senior, Karli Royer, was out for the first time. Whatever I asked of those girls, they never batted an eye. They did what we asked of them and they continued to work to get better.
"They ran 4:01 (in the 1,600 relay) three weeks in a row, but had a 4:06 (at regional). We were happy to have a 4:10 last year, so we really improved in that area."
The girls and boys teams didn't score at regional. Gahanna won the girls title with 97 points, and Thomas Worthington won the boys title with 73.
The top finish for the boys came from sophomore Jeremiah Burton. In his first regional appearance, he placed ninth in the shot put (48 feet, 5 1/2 inches) to miss the podium by one spot.
Senior Jack Borden finished 12th in the 1,600 (4:49.25).
"I knew how fast everyone else was going to be and I had a lot of adrenaline pumping," said Borden, who will compete in cross country and track at Ohio Wesleyan. "My legs were tired from the long season going in (to the regional). I was totally gone by the end of the race.
"I definitely took things too fast. I needed to be more smart about the way that I ran."
for lacrosse coaches
The boys and girls lacrosse teams are searching for coaches with the programs officially becoming varsity sports in the 2017-18 school year.
Athletics director Wes Elifritz said this is part of lacrosse's transition from club status.
"The coaches now have to be hired by the district," he said. "In the past, the coaches were hired by the club.
"Per district policy, the coaches have to be district employees. They have to go through an official hiring process. It may turn out that we have the same coaches as last year, but they have to go through the process."
The boys were led this spring by second-year coach Nate Nelson, whose team finished 10-9. The girls went 4-15 under third-year coach Mollie Phythyon.
Tennis team battles
through tough league
Rob Carlson was pleased with his fourth season coaching the boys tennis team.
The Warriors finished 10-6 overall and placed fourth (2-3) in the OCC-Buckeye Division behind Olentangy Orange (5-0), Olentangy (4-1) and Olentangy Liberty (3-2) and ahead of Westerville Central (1-4) and Westerville South (0-5).
"Overall I think the season was a success," said Carlson, who was named league Coach of the Year. "We finished in the middle of the pack in a pretty strong league. We lost some 3-2 matches that could have easily gone the other way."
Senior singles player Daniel Mayotte reached the Division I district tournament for the third consecutive season, going 1-1 on May 18 at Hilliard Davidson.
Mayotte lost to Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai 6-0, 6-3 in a state-qualifying match. Thai went on to finish third in the state tournament.
"That's the furthest Danny has gone in the district for us," Carlson said. "He had a good match with Thai. I couldn't be more proud of him and the team."
Mayotte went 4-1 in a sectional May 11 and 13 at Pickerington Central to finish second.
Senior Pierre Penzo (first-team all-league at third singles) and junior Reese Nguyen both went 1-1 at sectional. The doubles team of senior Nathan Phillips and junior Kyle Reiniger was 1-1, and the doubles team of senior Justin Evans and junior Trent McFarland was 0-1.
Senior libero leads
boys volleyball team
Senior libero Beck Barr was named honorable mention all-region and first-team all-league for the boys volleyball team.
The 10th-seeded Warriors finished 9-14 overall after losing at fifth-seeded Liberty 25-16, 20-25, 25-19, 25-23 on May 20 in the first round of the Division I East Region tournament. They defeated 16th-seeded Northland 25-4, 25-15, 25-17 on May 19 at home in a play-in match.
North tied Liberty for third (3-5) in the OCC-Buckeye behind South (8-0) and Olentangy (6-2) and ahead of Central (0-8).
Barr, middle hitter C.J. Johnson (honorable all-league) and outside hitter Malik Sammons (second-team all-league) led a seven-player senior class.
Junior setter Pierce Monin was honorable mention all-region.
North was led by second-year coach Lisa Molnar.