Led by coach Ryan Borland's "big three," the Westerville Central High School girls cross country team is hoping to earn a berth to the Division I state meet Nov. 4 at National Trail Raceway.
Seniors Chloe Ey, McKenna Fry and Sydney Kapral led the way in the district 2 meet Oct. 21 at Watkins Memorial, as the Warhawks finished sixth (139) behind champion Granville (43) to earn the final berth to the regional Saturday, Oct. 28, at Pickerington North.
"I'm just excited to move on," Borland said. "We've had a weird two weeks with a lot of silly stuff happening to our top five. We were much more conservative today than I would have liked. Our plan was just move on to next week and save ourselves."
The Warhawks will compete in their fifth consecutive regional meet. The top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to state.
"You'd love to see your team advance, but our first three have raced well enough all year to be in the conversation," Borland said.
At district, Fry finished ninth of 116 runners in 19 minutes, 12.65 seconds, followed by Kapral (11th, 19:20.6) and Ey (20th, 19:48.57).
"We really wanted to make it to regional as a team," Kapral said. "This will be the fifth (consecutive) year we made it as a team. It's really special. I know it's difficult to make it to regional, so to make it all four years is really a great thing."
Mya Delaney (43rd, 21:12.91), Ashley Bockstok (57th, 21:43.94), Kayla Jones (58th, 21:46.19) and Ellie Mallon (75th, 22:37.81) rounded out Central's district effort.
Last season, Fry was looking for her second consecutive state berth when she had to withdraw from the regional late in the race after having a relapse of an illness.
Borland said Fry has been healthy this season and should contend for a state berth.
Kapral and Ey finished 48th and 72nd, respectively, at regional last season.
"We're going to do anything we can to get in the top 20 individually," Kapral said. "I don't know if we have a chance as a team, but I want to make it individually to state. It would be awesome if all three of us could make it. We're all great friends, so to make it to state together would be awesome."
Smith earns regional berth
Senior Austin Smith earned a regional berth while leading the boys cross country team in the district 1 meet.
Smith finished 17th of 115 runners in 16:41.7, as the top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced to regional.
"I didn't feel very well," he said. "My legs felt really heavy, but hopefully I can get that fixed (at regional)."
Central finished seventh (219) of 16 teams behind champion Hilliard Davidson (45).
Also competing were Sam Reyes (41st, 17:23.74), Jacob Owens (46th, 17:32.93), Josh South (58th, 17:53.35), Brant Henson (60th, 17:59.32), Shane Hendricks (74th, 18:25.04) and Jeremy Gellner (75th, 18:25.84).
At regional, the top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to state.
"We're at the point of the season where it's just about moving on," coach Jason Loughman said. "(Smith) knows that he can run with some of the top guys in the region, so I think we just put today's outcome behind us and just start thinking about regional and what we need to do then. Austin has had a great senior year and I know qualifying for regional was a goal of his."
Last season, Smith finished 35th (17:19.23) at district.
Girls volleyball team plays in semifinal
The girls volleyball team faced third-seeded DeSales on Oct. 25 in a Division I district semifinal.
The winner plays sixth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne or eighth-seeded Olentangy in a district final Saturday, Oct. 28, at Franklin Heights.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Kilbourne.
The 23rd-seeded Warhawks advanced with a 27-25, 25-19, 19-25, 28-26 win at 17th-seeded Upper Arlington in the second round Oct. 19. Avrey Schumacher and Madison Saunders each had 10 kills, and Riley Kindall added eight.
"Upper Arlington played really well and challenged us to both mentally and physically play strong," coach Gerard Iquina said. "At the beginning of the season our mental mindset would have affected our physical play, and even though we didn't play to our best physically, we stayed mentally strong until the end and it helped us achieve the result we wanted."
Boys soccer team reaches semifinal
The boys soccer team was 9-3-5 before playing seventh-seeded Marysville in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 25.
The winner plays fourth-seeded St. Charles or 10th-seeded Hilliard Darby in a district final Saturday, Oct. 28, at a neutral site to be determined.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal on a date and at a neutral site to be determined.
After a first-round bye, the 11th-seeded Warhawks defeated 44th-seeded Northland 3-0 in the second round Oct. 21 at home.
Blake Barna, Nick Pence and Abdi Hafid Salah scored and goalkeeper Jacob Borcila had two saves.
Girls soccer team loses in overtime
The girls soccer team lost at 10th-seeded Canal Winchester 3-2 in overtime Oct. 19 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
The 23rd-seeded Warhawks finished 3-9-6.