The Hilliard Davidson High School boys and girls track and field teams began what they expect to be a long postseason with impressive showings at the district level.
Both teams finished third in their respective Division I district meets and are well represented in the regional meet, which began May 23 and concludes Friday, May 25, at Pickerington North.
"We had a great finish," boys coach Jim Smith said. "We got the kids out we thought we would get out and they did a great job. It was a great effort on their part. I'm very pleased."
Andrew Tighe led the boys team in the district 2 meet, which concluded May 19 at Darby, by winning the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 15.07 seconds. He also joined Conner Johanssen, Max LeClair and Andrew Taylor on the first-place 3,200 relay (7:51.94) and LeClair, Jacob Bauer and Joshua Burton on the fourth-place 1,600 relay (3:26.22).
The top four finishers in each district event advanced to regional. At regional, the top four finishers in each event advance to state June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.
"I'm happy," Tighe said. "A lot of Davidson guys ran really well, so we have a lot of guys at the regional. It should be fun. I want to do my best in the mile. It should be a big week. We have a lot of really good competition, so it will be a really good opportunity to challenge ourselves before we hopefully run at the state meet."
In the 3,200, Johanssen (9:46.79) and Taylor (9:58.44) finished second and third, respectively.
Also qualifying for regional were Burton in the 400 (second, 49.52), Christian Gilliam in the high jump (second, 6 feet, 2 inches), LeClair in the 1,600 (third, 4:23.69) and James Keen in the pole vault (fourth, 12-0).
"We knew that we would have a chance to either go (first and third), (first and second) (or second and third) (in the 1,600), so they did a great job," Smith said of Tighe and LeClair. "We expected that out of them."
Sam Backenstoe just missed earning a regional berth in the shot put, as he finished fifth (49-2).
The Wildcats scored 77 points at district to finish behind Gahanna (109) and Pickerington North (90) as 16 teams scored.
Lindsay Stull led the girls team in the district 3 meet, as she won the 800 (2:14.43), placed third in the 1,600 (5:06.53) and was on the winning 3,200 relay (9:06.2) with Sophie Lewis, Meghan Sculli and Ellie Tighe and on the first-place 1,600 relay (4:00.33) with Kristina Hoefler, Lewis and Sculli.
Emilee Fecht also won a district title, finishing first in the shot put (39-10 1/2).
Placing second were Lewis in the 1,600 (5:06.41), Sculli in the 800 (2:15.26) and the 800 relay of Klaire Kazmerzak, Sydney Ryan, Lydia Baumgartner and Hoefler (1:44.06), and finishing third were the 400 relay of Kazmerzak, Baumgartner, Ryan and Alyssa Markarian (49.42), Emma Conrad in the 100 hurdles (15.63) and Stull in the 1,600 (5:06.53).
Sarah Shevelow was fourth in the discus (103-10).
Davidson scored 97 points at district behind Pickerington North (109) and Olentangy Liberty (103) as 14 teams scored.
Boys lacrosse team reaches regional semi
The boys lacrosse team was 12-8 before playing top-seeded Upper Arlington in a Division I, Region 3 semifinal May 22.
The winner plays second-seeded Worthington Kilbourne or third-seeded New Albany in a regional final Friday, May 25, at a neutral site to be determined. The regional champion faces Cincinnati St. Xavier, Cincinnati Moeller, Springboro or Loveland in a state semifinal Wednesday, May 30, at a neutral site.
The state final is June 2 at Ohio Wesleyan.
The fifth-seeded Wildcats defeated seventh-seeded Darby 7-5 in a regional quarterfinal May 18 at home as Alex Van Voorhis scored two goals. Davidson opened the postseason with a 17-2 win over 19th-seeded Newark on May 15 at home as Trent Nuccetelli had five goals and Van Voorhis scored four.
Volleyball team wins postseason opener
The boys volleyball team opened the Division I East Region tournament with a 25-23, 28-26, 25-22 win over 18th-seeded Westerville South on May 19 at Darby.
The third-seeded Wildcats were 16-8 before playing fifth-seeded Dublin Jerome in a regional semifinal May 22 at Darby. The winner plays top-seeded Darby or 10th-seeded Pickerington North in a regional final Friday, May 25, at Westerville Central.
The regional champion advances to a state quarterfinal June 2 at Capital University.
Boys tennis team concludes season
The boys tennis team closed its season at the Division I district tournament May 17 at Bradley, as senior Noah Elliott lost 6-0, 6-0 to eventual champion Robert Cash of New Albany in the first round.
Davidson finished 8-6 overall and went 2-2 in the OCC-Central to finish third, behind UA (4-0) and Dublin Coffman (3-1) and ahead of Marysville (1-3) and Central Crossing (0-4).
Elliott was one of three seniors. Expected to return are juniors Ethan Clark and Collin Lam and sophomores Jack Kamnikar, Timothy Liou and Yuto Nagase.
Softball team endures growing pains
After finishing 20-5 last season, softball coach Katie Speakman knew her team would face a challenge this spring after losing six key players to graduation.
Davidson finished 5-19 overall and went 2-8 in the OCC-Central Division to place fifth, behind Marysville (10-0), Central Crossing (8-2), UA (6-4) and Coffman (4-6) and ahead of Westland (0-10).
Seeded 36th in the Division I district tournament, the Wildcats lost 1-0 at 25th-seeded Dublin Scioto in the first round May 7.
"It was nice to see how they progressed each day and, by the end of the season, were consistently competing," Speakman said. "They really focused a lot on team bonding outside of practices and games and that chemistry started to translate on the field. This group will only grow from the experience."
Freshman CiCi Keidel (SS/C) hit .380 with 27 runs scored and 12 RBI, senior Brooke Sommers (OF) batted .338 with 23 RBI and sophomore Abby Mullins (C/utility) batted .299. Senior Abby Sheets (2B) scored 21 runs and had 15 RBI and sophomore Natalie Meyers (3B) scored 12 runs and had 10 RBI.
Others eligible to return are sophomores Addison DeJesus (P/OF/utility) and Kayla Michael (P) and freshmen Kami Graham (utility), Marissa Korbini (OF), Alyssa Rivera (OF) and Lauren Runals (utility).
Season ends for girls lacrosse team
The 13th-seeded girls lacrosse team opened the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 15 with a 22-5 loss at fourth-seeded Springboro to finish 7-8.