The Reynoldsburg High School cross country program has been going through a season of growth under first-year coach Bill Crane.
On Oct. 14 in the OCC-Ohio Division meet at Lancaster, freshman Kasey Lichtner led the way with a 13th-place finish (20 minutes, 48.17 seconds) as the girls team placed fourth (106) behind champion Gahanna (26).
Freshman Avril Moyer, who has been the team's No. 1 runner at times this season, battled hydration issues, according to Crane, and finished 18th (21:23.99).
On Saturday, Oct. 21, the girls will compete in the Division I, district 3 race at Watkins Memorial, where the top six teams and top 24 individuals advance to the regional meet Oct. 28 at Pickerington North.
"Avril has been running really strong and has the potential to be really good," Crane said. "Kasey ran really well. We're using this meet to kind of gauge where we are heading into (the postseason)."
Crane is hoping the Raiders can contend for a spot at regional as a team.
"We'll be in a tight race with Worthington Kilbourne and New Albany, and it's going to come down to a couple points," Crane said.
Lichtner and Moyer were followed in the league meet by senior Chanel Boykins (26th, 22:23.1), junior Natalie Castello (27th, 22:28.67), senior Annalese Roach (29th, 22:41.11), freshmen Kristin Sheets (46th, 24:47.64) and Rachel Watkins (50th, 25:57.87) and senior Abby Leslein (53rd, 27:23.28).
Lancaster has the reputation of being a slower course because of its numerous hills.
"I was happy with my place," Lichtner said. "I wish I would have run faster, but it's been a really good season. We've had tough training and the times have really shown that. (This) week I want to place well enough to get us to the regional because that's been our goal all year."
The boys team finished with 166 points to place sixth as North (36) won the league title.
Sophomore Nate Russell led with a 37th-place finish (18:28.85), followed by freshman Mars Davis (40th, 18:32.86), juniors Brody Swisher (42nd, 18:44.85) and Andy Young (44th, 18:57.57), senior Jared Dye (47th, 19:33.29), freshman Dominic Sabo (48th, 19:39.26) and sophomore Grant Boone (56th, 21:21.59).
"The boys have worked really hard," Crane said. "They're still learning the whole process. We're building up their miles."
The boys also will compete in the district 3 race.
Soccer teams begin tournament play
The boys and girls soccer teams began postseason play this week.
On Oct. 16, the 29th-seeded girls team played host to 31st-seeded Marion Harding in a first-round Division I district tournament game.
If the Raiders won, they will play Thursday, Oct. 19, at third-seeded Gahanna in a second-round game. The winner plays 15th-seeded Watterson, 22nd-seeded Westerville South or 37th-seeded Licking Heights in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 28 at a site to be announced.
The girls team was 7-9 overall before Oct. 16 and entered the postseason having won three in a row, all by shutout, including 1-0 over Lancaster on Oct. 10 to finish 1-4 in the OCC-Ohio.
In a 4-0 win over Groveport on Oct. 12, Kendall Craiglow, Isa Fuentes and Shayna Newsom all scored and the Raiders benefited from an own goal. Goalkeeper Alissa Richmond made three saves.
The boys team closed the regular season by winning three of its final four and was 7-3-6 overall before opening the Division I district tournament Oct. 18 at 12th-seeded Hilliard Davidson. The Raiders, who were the 22nd seed, would play Saturday, Oct. 21, at 18th-seeded Gahanna if they upset Davidson.
The second-round winner plays fifth-seeded New Albany, 17th-seeded Delaware or 27th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the home of the better seed. The district final is Oct. 28 at a site to be announced.
With a 2-0 win over Lancaster on Oct. 10, the Raiders finished 1-2-2 in the OCC-Ohio. Ammar Abupakar and Rubbin Jacobs scored and goalie Gabe Philhower made six saves.
Volleyball team opens tourney
The 29th-seeded girls volleyball team opened the Division I district tournament Oct. 17 at home against 31st-seeded Eastmoor Academy, with the winner to play Thursday, Oct. 19, at 10th-seeded Watterson.
The winner of the second-round contest plays seventh-seeded Gahanna, 21st-seeded Chillicothe or 44th-seeded Teays Valley in a district semifinal Oct. 26 at Whitehall.
On Oct. 11, the Raiders closed the regular season with a 25-21, 25-7, 25-16 win over Whetstone. It was the final regular-season home match for seniors Alexys Mann and McKhenna Crosson.