When people ask junior Emily Hall if she minds sharing the spotlight with her younger sister for the Worthington Christian High School girls track and field team, she thinks the answer is obvious.
"Are you kidding me?" Hall said. "Running with my sister is great. It's been so much fun this season, especially having my sister be able to come in here and help us. We're really excited."
The Warriors' sprint corps should be good for years to come considering that two of the four sprinters who competed at the Division III regional meet May 24 and 26 at Fairfield Union were freshmen Ashley Hall and Mianna Hartings. The other two were Emily Hall and junior Emma Kasich.
At regional, the Hall sisters, Kasich and Hartings won the 800-meter relay title in 1 minute, 47.38 seconds and placed second in the 400 relay (51.14).
Both relays, along with senior Bridgette Rettstatt in the high jump, are preparing for the state meet Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, at Ohio State. The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to state.
The times that the relays ran at regional are faster than the ones the Warriors ran last season at state when Emily Hall and Kasich helped the 400 relay (51.31) and 800 relay (1:47.69) both finish 11th.
According to coach Rod Zody, Emily Hall and Kasich are the first two girls in program history to qualify for state in both the 400 and 800 relays in consecutive seasons.
"We're very young but very talented," Zody said. "Our (800 relay) was so thrilled with (the regional title). We think both (relays) can do something special at state."
On the first day at state, the 800 relay will compete in a semifinal at 10:30 a.m. and the 400 relay will compete in a semifinal at 10:50 a.m., while Rettstatt will compete in the high jump at 4 p.m.
Rettstatt was runner-up in the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches) at regional. She placed fourth at state in the event as a sophomore and third at state last season.
"This is by far the most competitive state track meet I have ever competed in," Rettstatt said. "I have no idea what the outcome will look like for me, but I'm hoping to leave the stadium proud of how I jumped. As long as I did the best I could, I don't mind what place I get, although a medal would be nice."
Also at regional, Ashley Hall set program marks in the 100 (12.63) and 200 (26.59) while placing seventh in both events, and freshman Ayannah Mabry finished 13th in the shot put with a throw of 31-5 1/4.
According to Zody, Mabry's throw is the second-best in program history.
Worthington Christian totaled 30 points at regional to place sixth behind champion Marion Pleasant (45) as 43 teams scored.
Boys track team
also preps for state
The boys track and field team will be represented in the Division II state meet June 2 and 3 at Ohio State by two individuals and a relay.
Junior Jordan Jackson enters state after earning a runner-up finish in the 400 (48.48) at regional May 25 and 27 at Lexington. He also ran on the second-place 3,200 relay along with juniors Jake Bertelsen, Kyle Smith and Luke Smith (7:54.13).
On the first day at state, Jackson runs his 400 preliminary at 3 p.m. and the 3,200 relay competes in its final at 1:45 p.m. Then at 2:45 p.m. on the second day, Bertelsen will compete in the 1,600 after placing fourth (4:22.0) at regional.
Bertelsen's regional time in the 1,600 broke the program record, which had been set in 1984, according to Zody.
"We've put in a lot of hard work this year," Bertelsen said. "I've been going for that (1,600) record for a while now. It's been my high school goal for track. I wasn't sure if I could get the record or not, but I'm excited that I did.
"I'm hoping to make the (state) podium (in the 1,600), and our (3,200 relay) has a good shot to win it."
Jackson only began running on the 3,200 relay in the postseason after senior Jonathan Davis got hurt at the MSL meet May 12 at Whitehall, Zody said.
The 3,200 relay also set a program record at regional.
"Our regional was absolutely loaded, and it was an unbelievable performance," Zody said.
Last season, Jackson placed sixth at state in the 400.
Also at regional, Jackson placed eighth in the 200 (23.41) and was on the seventh-place 1,600 relay along with senior Sammy Myers, Kyle Smith and Luke Smith (3:27.49), senior Reed Tucker finished 11th in the long jump (20-1 1/2) and the 400 relay of seniors Emerson Patrick, Alex Tucker and Isaac Wilson and junior Ethan Crary finished 13th (45.6).
Worthington Christian finished 10th (24) at regional behind champion Lexington (44) as 44 teams scored.
losing four seniors
The softball team is losing four seniors after earning a share of the MSL-Ohio Division title.
The Warriors went 8-2 in the league to tie West Jefferson for first, ahead of Bexley (7-3), London (3-7), Whitehall (3-7) and Grandview (1-9).
"That's our first league championship since 1997," second-year coach Matt Heidorn said. "When I came to the school, they'd only won two league titles in softball and the other was in 1996. We said that was going to change."
Worthington Christian, which finished 15-7 overall, was seeded fourth of 22 teams in the Division III district tournament but lost to 13th-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek 7-2 in a second-round game May 11.
The Warriors closed the season with a 6-3 win over Watterson on May 13 as Ava Heidorn (P), Breanna Abel (C), Kara Godsey (SS) and Lynsey Meeks (3B) celebrated senior night.
Heidorn, the coach's daughter, has committed to play for the University of Louisiana Monroe and Meeks is a James Madison commit.
Meeks batted .509, Heidorn hit .500 and Godsey hit .474 to lead the offense as Heidorn and Meeks both were named first-team all-league. Godsey and sophomore Kate Tomallo (CF) were second team and junior Emma McIntosh (1B) and sophomore Sophia Hevel (LF) made honorable mention.
Also eligible to return are juniors Caroline Cole (2B) and Avery Thompson (RF) and freshman Natalie Opava (3B/OF).
"We'll be young next year, but at least we've got our key positions filled and our seventh-grade class is strong," coach Heidorn said.