Coming off a program-record performance, Kevin Hennessey fell just short of his goal.

The senior for the St. Charles Preparatory School track and field team wanted to reach the podium in the Division I state meet June 3 at Ohio State as one of the top eight finishers in the 3,200 meters.

However, he placed ninth in 9 minutes, 26.65 seconds. Louisville's Zach Fresenko was eighth in 9:21.43.

"My goal coming in was to make the podium and I was one place off," Hennessey said. "It was the first time that I have been here and I loved it. You're really able to hear the crowd and that helps you out."

Hennessey was the lone participant at state for St. Charles, which did not score. Thomas Worthington (36 points) won as 80 teams scored.

In the regional May 24 and 26 at Pickerington North, Hennessey finished third in the 3,200 in a program-record 9:13.38 as the top four finishers in each event advanced to state.

"I had my (personal record) at regional, but I didn't feel strong here (at state)," Hennessey said. "My legs were tired."

The Cardinals tied Buckeye Valley and Marietta for 23rd (6) at regional behind champion Thomas (73) as 37 teams scored.

Also at regional, junior Nick Schuler was 11th in the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) and junior Jacob McCorkle, sophomores Liam O'Reilly and Iain Karas and Hennessey were 15th in the 3,200 relay (8:24.49).

St. Charles won its fourth CCL title in five seasons May 8 and 10 at Columbus School for Girls. It scored 173 points to finish ahead of DeSales (153), Watterson (89), Hartley (56) and Ready (17).

The Cardinals were led by second-year coach Zach Wright, who will not return next season.

"Zach also is a golf coach and this was cutting into his time doing that," athletics director Dave Lawler said. "He's done a great job for us."

Doubles team reaches
second round at state

Senior Evan Yakubov and junior Jack Dabek went 1-1 in the doubles bracket of the Division I state tournament May 26 and 27 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.

They defeated Hunting Valley University School's Danny Godes and Chas Norman 6-2, 7-5 before losing to eventual runners-up Noah Stern and Nathan Zhang of Cincinnati Sycamore 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

"Jack and I have played together for a while and know each other pretty well," said Yakubov, who will play golf at Indiana. "We knew who covered which side and who would go where. We had better communication in what we were doing when we were on the court."

Yakubov and Dabek went 3-1 in the district tournament that concluded May 20 at Upper Arlington. They lost to UA's Josh Cole and Jack Zelezny 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 in a semifinal before defeating UA's Jack Hughes and Jack Schadek 6-0, 6-2 in the third-place match. Cole and Zelezny won both the district and state titles.

Also at district, the doubles team of senior Vinh Thai and junior Quyen Thai defeated Dublin Jerome's Michael Lin and Daniel Utkin 6-1, 6-1 before losing to New Albany's Graeme Green and Nathan Jose 6-0, 6-1 in a state-qualifying match.

Yakubov and Dabek won the doubles title in a sectional that concluded May 13 at Hilliard Davidson. They defeated the Thai brothers 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

In singles at sectional, senior Windsor Niermeyer went 2-1, and junior Matt Morrison and freshman Milan Gonela both went 1-1.

The Cardinals finished 10-6 overall under second-year coach Max Quinton. They won their sixth consecutive CCL title, going to 4-0 to finish ahead of Watterson (3-1), DeSales (2-2), Hartley (1-3) and Ready (0-4).

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