Hilliard Davidson High School girls cross country coach Nathan King considers the postseason to be part of a process leading up to an ultimate goal.
That goal is the Division I state meet Nov. 4 at National Trail Raceway.
The Wildcats continued that process with a dominating performance in the district 3 meet Oct. 21 at Watkins Memorial, as they finished first (25 points) of 18 teams, well ahead of runner-up Lancaster (76).
The top six teams and top 24 individuals advanced to regional Saturday, Oct. 28, at Pickerington North.
“They ran well,” King said. “We’re really focusing on the next two weeks. They trained really hard and they are rounding into form. The parts seem to be fitting together nicely when you want them to.”
Davidson was led by Lindsay Stull, who placed second of 125 runners in 18 minutes, 45.55 seconds, and Ellie Tighe, who was third (18:49.53).
“We were all pretty excited,” Tighe said. “It was fun because we were all up towards the front and we could all see each other, so it really helped us. I know personally it helps being able to see my teammates and knowing they were right there. As a team, we were all pretty happy with our races.”
Sophie Lewis (fourth, 18:50.78), Sydney Petersen (fifth, 18:57.74), Lauren Alsko (11th, 19:25.58), Meghan Sculli (13th, 19:28.81) and Justine Smith (30th, 20:22.19) also competed for the Wildcats.
“We’ve been fortunate enough where we have typically had kids that come in fit enough and hungry enough to really be trying to think about state,” King said. “District is something we compete in the best that we can, but our training does not gear us up for this. We look for the next two weeks.”
At regional, the top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to state.
Boys runners also win district title
The boys cross country team also turned in a strong performance at Watkins Memorial, as it finished first (45) of 16 teams in the Division I, district 1 meet, ahead of second-place Lancaster (78).
Andrew Tighe placed second (15:44.33) of 115 runners to lead the Wildcats.
Conner Johanssen (third, 15:52.47), Andrew Taylor (eighth, 16:22.5), Jack Altman (14th, 16:33.69), Nick Sauvey (18th, 16:42.46), Mitchell Montgomery (25th, 16:59.53) and Mitchell Messer (51st, 17:40.96) also competed for the Wildcats.
Coach Pat Schlecht opted to rest Max LeClair, the team’s No. 2 runner, in preparation for the regional meet.
“We just want to make sure we have our parts ready when it’s time,” Schlecht said. “If we can get some young kids a little experience at the district level, that’s great for the future. It shows the depth.”
Boys soccer team falls in overtime
The boys soccer team saw its season end with a 1-0 overtime loss to 18th-seeded Gahanna in the second round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 21 at home.
The 12th-seeded Wildcats finished 8-9-1 overall.
Davidson had several scoring opportunities, including a pair of penalty kicks, but junior midfielder Alex Larzelere and senior defender Vince Isabelle were unable to convert.
“Everything was aligned for us to do what we needed to do,” coach Dan Hoover said. “(Fifth-seeded) New Albany lost (2-1 to 27th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne), so we could have played a third home game against Kilbourne to get to the district final. The boys knew that. It’s a synopsis of our season - missed opportunities all season. It’s disappointing. I feel bad for the seniors.”
Davidson defeated 22nd-seeded Reynoldsburg 3-1 in the first round Oct. 18 at home.
The Wildcats went 3-2 in the OCC-Central Division to finish third, behind Dublin Coffman (4-0-1) and Marysville (3-0-2) and ahead of Upper Arlington (2-2-1), Westland (1-4) and Central Crossing (0-5).
Junior midfielder/forward Coby Stover and sophomore forward Jackson Lightfoot each had five goals and an assist to lead the Wildcats.
Sophomore defender/forward Carter Ely and sophomore forward Daiki Matsuoka each had three goals and two assists, Larzelere had two goals and four assists and senior midfielder Daniel Waid had three goals and an assist.
Waid was one of seven seniors.
“They are definitely a great group of seniors,” Hoover said. “They understood their roles. I wish we could have kept going. We were definitely in the right position to keep going.”
Others eligible to return are juniors Dominic Canestraro (midfielder), Tiny Flores (forward), Erick Goya (midfielder/forward), Evan Hill (defender), Cameron Lilly (goalkeeper), Jacob Manken (defender), Jesus Martinez (forward) and Radames Rosales (forward), sophomores Avery Book (defender), Josh Burton (defender), Sean Carrier (midfielder/forward) and Charlie Riddle (defender) and freshmen Peter Nash (midfielder) and Lorenzo Nieves (goalie).
Girls soccer team has winning season
Girls soccer coach Heather Coonfare was pleased with her team’s season.
The 14th-seeded Wildcats lost at home to 23rd-seeded Westerville Central 2-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 16 to finish 8-7-2 overall.
“The last (game) is always the toughest, especially with these girls and the seniors. I love them,” Coonfare said. “It was a fun year. They’re good girls, they’re a good group. They came such a long way. We knew it was going to be a building year after losing eight seniors (from last season). The girls stepped up and started playing together and started to lead. They really made me proud.”
Davidson went 3-1-1 in the OCC-Central to finish second, behind Coffman (3-0-2) and ahead of Marysville (2-0-3), UA (2-1-2), Central Crossing (1-4) and Westland (0-5).
The Wildcats are losing three seniors. Eligible to return are juniors Sydney Brown (forward/midfielder), Christina Gillotti (midfielder), Audrey Kaufman (forward), Alexandra Lenko (forward), Sydney Ryan (forward/midfielder) and Lauren White (goalie), sophomores Ellie Brorein (defender), Aidan Everett (midfielder), Tessa Gundrum (goalie), Erin Kodger (defender), Emily Sculli (defender), Gretta Syrett (midfielder), Sonia Vargas (mid-fielder/forward) and Alivia Wile (forward/defender) and freshmen Megan Harper (midfielder) and Grace Royer (forward).