It was a record-setting season for the Marysville High School girls track and field team.
The Monarchs established four program records while also turning in numerous personal-best performances.
“The girls had a great season,” coach Luke Sundermeier said. “We made some very important strides as a team, like finishing higher at big meets and scoring more points all season. Our mentality has also changed. We look forward to competing against the top-notch teams in central Ohio to test ourselves. We are happy with this year’s progress, but never satisfied.”
Marysville’s season ended in the Division I regional meet May 24 and 26 at Pickerington North, as it tied Dublin Scioto and Watkins Memorial for 23rd (5 points) behind champion Gahanna (97) as 35 teams scored.
Juniors Robin King and Celia Soller and freshmen Jenna Rioch and Jacquelyn Witt were seventh in the 3,200-meter relay (9 minutes, 28.28 seconds).
Witt was seventh in the 1,600 (5:12.21) and Rioch, Soller, senior Hunter Rivers and junior Natalie Hiltscher were eighth in the 1,600 relay (4:00.2) to account for Marysville’s other points.
Rivers was 10th in the 400 (60.26), senior Kathleen Kennedy was 11th in the pole vault (10 feet, 4 inches) and Soller was 12th in the 800 (2:21.31).
Soller established a program record in the 800 (2:18.6), breaking the former record of 2:20.4 held by Emily Sattler since 2009.
Kennedy, who will compete at Otterbein, raised her own record from 10-6 to 10-9 in the pole vault.
King, Rioch, Soller and Witt set a record in the 3,200 relay with the regional performance, and Hiltscher, Rioch, Rivers and Soller set a record in the 1,600 relay at regional.
The Monarchs finished fourth (54.5) of 12 teams in the district 3 meet, which concluded May 20 at Hilliard Darby, behind champion Pickerington Central (161). They placed third (100.5) in the OCC-Central Division meet May 11 and 13 at Dublin Coffman, behind Hilliard Davidson (156) and Coffman (146.5) and ahead of Upper Arlington (80), Central Crossing (28) and Westland (10).
Boys team closes
The boys track team also had a strong season, as seniors Emmanuel Belville and Luke Couchman, junior Jarret Braun and freshman Chris Lambert established a program record in the 1,600 relay (3:51.52).
“The boys team had a fantastic outdoor season,” coach John Ritchie said. “Despite major injuries to some of our top talent, the boys battled through, rose to the occasion many times and competed at a very high level in the talent-saturated central Ohio region.”
Along with Belville and Couchman, other key athletes lost to graduation include Blake Dearwester, David Haake, Connor Hall and Cade Saunders.
Marysville tied for 33rd (2) at regional behind champion Thomas Worthington (73) as 37 teams scored. Belville, Braun, Couchman and Lambert were seventh in the 1,600 relay (3:21.52) to account for the Monarchs’ points, and Belville, Braun, Couchman and junior Devin Slabaugh were 10th in the 400 relay (43.56).
Marysville finished seventh (42) of 13 teams in the district 4 meet, which concluded May 20 at Westerville South, behind champion Thomas (142). The Monarchs were third (80) in the league meet behind Coffman (160) and Davidson (133) and ahead of UA (69), Central Crossing (44) and Westland (35).
Boys lacrosse team
The boys lacrosse team won five of its final six games to finish 6-12 overall.
After defeating 15th-seeded Berea-Midpark 22-2 on May 17 in the first round of the Division I, Region 1 tournament for the program’s first postseason win, the 14th-seeded Monarchs lost at top-seeded Olentangy Liberty 17-1 in a quarterfinal May 20.
Senior attacker Brandon Baschnagel, who will play at Marian University in Wisconsin, was named honorable mention all-league.
Marysville went 1-6 in the OCC-Central to finish seventh behind tri-champions Coffman, Davidson and UA (6-1).
The Monarchs defeated Newark 22-1 on April 6 for their league win.
Girls lacrosse team
records one win
The 14th-seeded girls lacrosse team closed the season 1-11-1 overall with a 19-0 loss at second-seeded Thomas in the first round of the Division 1, Region 3 tournament May 16.
Junior goalkeeper Faith Engle was named second-team all-league.
Key losses to graduation include Jessica Gingras (attacker/goalie) and Mackenzie Spegal (defender/midfielder), who will play at Ohio Valley University in Vienna, West Virginia.
The Monarchs defeated Centennial 13-5 on April 5 and tied Bellbrook at 3 on April 22.
Marysville went 0-6 in the OCC-Ohio/Central to finish seventh behind champion UA (6-0).
“The girls showed a significant amount of improvement over previous years, but had some difficulties putting it all together at times,” coach Mike Burnes said. “We have a core group of players with a good lacrosse skill set, but we need to push forward and move completely out of the club mentality that has plagued us from the beginning, and we should be a contender.”