As Karibi Hart crossed the finish line in the 1,600-meter relay, he capped a challenging and successful day for the Columbus Academy boys track and field team in the Division III state meet June 2 at Ohio State.
Hart, who ran the anchor leg, helped the Vikings finish fifth in 3 minutes, 25.81 seconds. He was joined by Nick Robie, Angus Soderberg and Nicholas Watson.
A senior who will compete at Columbia University, Hart also anchored the third-place 400 relay (43.26), finished seventh in the 100 (11.02) and reached the final in the 200 but was disqualified for an illegal start. He was joined on the 400 relay by David Barren, Sam Massick and Harry Mills.
Thanks to Hart’s contributions, the Vikings finished ninth (20 points) behind champion East Canton (64) as 72 teams scored. MSL-Ohio Division rival Worthington Christian finished third (38).
“Going into the season, people said we wouldn’t really have much – that there wasn’t enough talent – and to have (so many) of us go to state, that’s an accomplishment and it just shows the depth of our team and our coaching staff,” Hart said.
Liam McCann, Robie, Soderberg and Watson opened the meet June 1 by finishing third in the 3,200 relay (7:59.45).
“It’s such a great race,” McCann said. “I love being in this race. There’s never a dull moment. It’s good to advance and just to be here. It’s so fun to be in, so I’m very grateful that we had the opportunity to get back here.”
Robie was eighth in the 1,600 (4:26.32) and Watson was eighth in the 800 (1:58.18).
Hannah Clay, Regan Cornelius, Annalise Grammel and Samantha Kass led the girls team at state by finishing seventh in the 1,600 relay (4:01.93).
Competing in her first state meet, senior Khloe Dubenion placed eighth in the discus (121 feet, 5 inches).
“I got a (personal record) for myself and I got a (program) record, so I’m really happy,” Dubenion said. “I’m happy to be in the top eight let alone here.”
Academy tied for 47th (3) behind champion Minster (57) as 62 teams scored.
Also, Grammel was ninth in the 800 (2:21.07), Clay, Briyana Dragin, Muriel Goldfarb and Kass were 11th in the 800 relay (1:48.05) and Cornelius, Grammel, Kass and Maddie Tuckerman were 17th in the 3,200 relay (10:15.21).
“We had a lot of kids here, we had a lot of events to take care of,” coach Denny Hammond said. “It’s exciting team-wise.”
Baseball team ‘never quit’
The baseball team fell a win shy of reaching its first state tournament since 2003.
The Vikings finished 19-14 overall with a 7-2 loss to Coldwater in a Division III regional final May 25 at Elida Middle School.
Academy reached the regional final by rallying past Archbold 4-3 in a semifinal May 24 in Elida. The Vikings scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out the win.
Academy won a district title by defeating Northridge 3-2 on May 16 at Mount Vernon Nazarene.
The 12th-seeded Vikings defeated 15th-seeded Utica 8-7 in eight innings in the first round May 8, fifth-seeded Fairbanks 11-0 in six innings in the second round May 10 and ninth-seeded Johnstown 4-0 in a semifinal May 15 at Beavers Field in Lancaster.
“We didn’t doubt the process,” coach Todd Dunkle said. “It’s what we preached since day one. You just have to believe in what we learned and taught and put through the motions since day one. They never quit.”
Ryan Mitchell (P/INF) led a four-player senior class. He was named first-team all-MSL-Ohio and honorable mention all-district after hitting .311 with a team-high 23 RBI and scoring 28 runs.
Senior Davis Friedman (1B/P) was second-team all-league, batting .310 with 18 RBI and 15 runs. He had four hits against Archbold, including the game-winning two-run single in the seventh.
Junior Nick Rothmann (utility/P) was second-team all-district and all-league after hitting .360 with a team-high 37 runs and 20 RBI.
Junior Jordan Deuring-Hardiman (C/INF/P) batted .455 with 25 runs and was second-team all-district.
Senior Matthew Saling (P/OF) was honorable mention all-league after going 5-3 with a 3.33 ERA, 28 strikeouts and 17 walks in 42 innings.
Junior Evan Scott (OF/P) scored 25 runs and was honorable mention all-league.
Sophomore Noah Glimcher (P/INF) hit .310 and was 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA, 40 strikeouts and 42 walks in 47 2/3 innings.
Junior Hayden Compton (P/SS) was 5-3 with a 2.62 ERA, 60 strikeouts and 26 walks in 48 innings. He was second-team all-district.
Other players eligible to return are juniors Max Glass (P/utility), Eric Menq (P/OF) and Mitchell Priest (P/3B), sophomore Andrew Leaventon (P/C) and freshmen Andrew Golden (P/INF) and Brady Hess (P/INF).
Academy went 6-4 in the MSL-Ohio to finish second behind London (8-2) and ahead of Bexley, Grandview and Worthington Christian (all 5-5) and Whitehall (1-9).
Girls lacrosse team again falls to DeSales
The girls lacrosse team reached the Division II, Region 7 final for the second consecutive season but lost to top-seeded DeSales 16-7 on May 25 at Thomas Worthington.
The Vikings, who finished 14-4 overall, also fell to the Stallions 14-4 in the regional final last season.
Second-seeded Academy defeated 13th-seeded Bexley 23-5 in the first round May 17, seventh-seeded Watterson 18-2 in the second round May 19 and third-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 17-10 in a semifinal May 22.
“The kids really came together at midseason and embodied a theme of family and supporting that during practices, and I thought our season took off,” coach Anne Horton said. “We had really strong performances from the midseason to the end.”
Academy went 7-1 in the Central Independent League to finish second behind DeSales (8-0) and ahead of Granville (5-2), Hartley (4-3), Columbus School for Girls (3-4), Watterson (2-5), Bexley (1-6) and Wellington (0-7). The Vikings lost to DeSales 8-7 in overtime April 25.
Junior midfielder Lexi Leader was named first-team all-state, all-region and all-league, while sophomore midfielder Kiersten Thomassey was first-team all-region and all-league and junior attacker Tani Obikunle was first-team all-league and second-team all-region.
Sophomore midfielder Lauren Bernacki was second-team all-region and all-league, and sophomore midfielder Abby Yakam was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-region.
Junior midfielder Sydney Hill was second-team all-league and junior defender Alyana Taylor was honorable mention all-league.
Other players eligible to return are juniors Sidney Derzon (attacker), Caroline Driggs (attacker), Jenny L’Hommedieu (midfielder/defender), Megan Schmitz (midfielder/attacker) and Avie Smith (attacker), sophomores Emma Belford (attacker), Alex Phelps (defender) and Mackenzie Smith (attacker) and freshmen Charlotte Adams (defender/midfielder), Suzy L’Hommedieu (defender/midfielder) and Ashley Reynolds (goalkeeper).