Sasha Bomser of the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls cross country team believes the Les Eisenhart Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Thomas Worthington is a very meaningful race.
"I think that's going to be a true gauge as to where I'm at right now," said Bomser, a junior who placed 39th in 19 minutes, 52.31 seconds in last year's Division I regional meet. "My goal is to qualify to state. I think I started the year strong and I had my PR at the Run for a Dream (Invitational on Aug. 25 at Columbus State in Delaware), but I haven't come close to a 19:25 since. The McGowan Invitational (Sept. 8 at Watkins Memorial) was a muddy mess and our last race was (the Bob Reall Invitational on Sept. 22) at Lancaster and that's a hilly course."
Bomser finished 12th (20:13.9) of 133 runners in the Bob Reall Invitational after placing eighth (21:55.1) of 121 runners in the McGowan Invitational.
"I put in a lot of miles during the summer to work on endurance and then began working hard on speed and strategy right before the season started," Bomser said. "I really want to be able to run at state this year. The Eisenhart is a pretty fast course and almost all of (the OCC-Cardinal Division teams) compete, so it's also a good indicator for our league meet (Oct. 13 at Hilliard Davidson)."
Kilbourne finished ninth (238 points) of 16 teams in the Bob Reall Invitational, behind champion Lancaster (77).
Also competing for the Wolves were Riley Tate (35th, 21:43.8), Sylvia Long (47th, 22:08.5), Marisa Long (75th, 22:42.8), Maddie Allen (79th, 22:49.5), Chloe Emberton (83rd, 23:03.6) and Emma Tasse (96th, 23:26.3).
"I think the team is getting better at race strategy and we're trying to peak at the right time," Bomser said. "We have to trust the coaches and our training and we're getting better the past few meets with those things. Plus, the weather is cooling down some and that helps.
"Riley is making big improvements and doing great for a freshman. I think Riley and Sylvia can close the gap a bit behind me and we also can close it down between our fourth and seventh runners."
The boys team finished second (69) of 15 teams in the Bob Reall Invitational, behind Lancaster (41).
Jack Begley led the Wolves, placing fourth (16:42.3) of 104 runners. Tanner Williams (fifth, 16:46.7) and Luke Miller (14th, 17:18.6) also finished in the top 15, followed by John Cuozzo (19th, 17:32), Gabe Knuth (27th, 17:48.9), Alexander Scites (40th, 18:15.6) and Riley Najera (47th, 18:23.4).
Kilbourne competed in the Darby Dash on Oct. 3.
Girls tennis team begins postseason
The girls tennis team will compete in a Division I sectional Thursday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 6, at Upper Arlington.
In first-round singles matches, junior Elisa Elliott will play Watkins Memorial's Faith Triplett, freshman Eva Bomsta will face Westerville North's Kayla Cochrane and sophomore Wonnie Kim will await the winner of a play-in match.
In first-round doubles matches, senior Chloe Howard and junior Hannah Lindaman will play Lancaster's Cara Falvo and Emi Reindle and junior Libby Costello and sophomore Rhea Taneja will face Dublin Coffman's Lena Caruso and Ria Singhal.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the district tournament Oct. 11 and 13 at Reynoldsburg.
Girls volleyball team vying for league title
The girls volleyball team was seeking to avenge its lone league loss this season when it played Dublin Scioto on Oct. 2.
The Wolves, the defending OCC-Cardinal champions, improved to 15-2 overall and 9-2 in the league by beating Hilliard Bradley 25-15, 14-25, 25-19, 25-16 on Sept. 27, two days after defeating Hilliard Darby 25-22, 25-15, 25-21.
Scioto, which beat Kilbourne 14-25, 21-25, 25-19, 26-24, 15-11 on Aug. 29, was 8-1 in the league before the rematch with the Wolves.
"All of our matches are important, but we've been thinking about the loss to Scioto ever since that night," coach Meladee Hopkins said. "But we have to take care of business in all of (the matches) to reach our goal of repeating as league champion."
Kilbourne, which played Watterson on Oct. 3, closes the regular season with three league matches. The Wolves play host to Delaware on Thursday, Oct. 4, and visit Olentangy Berlin on Tuesday, Oct. 9, before finishing at home against Thomas on Oct. 11.
Boys soccer team rolling along
Entering its game against Berlin on Oct. 2, the boys soccer team hadn't lost a contest since Sept. 4.
The Wolves were 7-4-2 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing the Bears.
After surrendering 10 goals in its first five games, Kilbourne allowed only five goals in its next eight, going 6-0-2 in those contests.
The Wolves began the surge with wins over Hudson (3-0 on Sept. 8), Bradley (3-1 on Sept. 13) and Chillicothe (8-2 on Sept. 15) before playing Olentangy Orange to a scoreless tie on Sept. 18. They then beat Scioto (5-1 on Sept. 20), Big Walnut (2-0 on Sept. 22) and Delaware (4-0 on Sept. 25) before playing Upper Arlington to a 1-all tie on Sept. 27.
The Division I district tournament draw is Sunday, Oct. 7, ahead of the league finale Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Thomas and the regular-season finale Oct. 11 at home against Mount Vernon.
Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Katz had three saves against both UA and Orange and five against Scioto. Among the Wolves' top defenders are senior Wyatt Hackathorne and juniors Jimmy Sauder and Braydon Biehn.
Logan Evans scored against UA. Against Delaware, Brandon Kim had two goals and Chris Guerra and Josh Blankenship both scored one.
Field hockey team posts big league win
The field hockey team defeated Watterson 1-0 on Sept. 26, as Abby Periatt scored off an assist from Gracie Burford and goalie Arianna Garver made 26 saves.
With the win, Kilbourne put itself in position to at least tie for second in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-East Division. The Wolves improved to 5-1 in the league and will close league play Thursday, Oct. 4, at Granville. Watterson fell to 4-1 in the league and had yet to play unbeaten Columbus Academy.
Kilbourne improved to 10-1-2 overall with a 6-1 win over Olentangy on Oct. 1.
The Wolves beat Olentangy Liberty 4-3 on Sept. 29, as Garver made 10 saves, Grace Karlock scored two goals and Pieratt and Grace Fronczak both scored one.
Golf teams hoped to extend seasons
The boys and girls golf teams competed in Division I sectionals Oct. 2.
The boys competed at Darby Creek, where the top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Apple Valley.
The girls team competed in a sectional at Mentel Memorial, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
From both district tournaments, the top two teams and two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to their respective state tournaments Oct. 19 and 20 at Ohio State.
Below are the coming schedules for the Kilbourne field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls volleyball and water polo teams:
*Oct. 4 -- At Granville
Oct. 8 -- At Thomas
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Lancaster
*Oct. 9 -- At Thomas
Oct. 4 -- Home vs. Grove City
*Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Thomas
*Oct. 4 -- Home vs. Delaware. The Wolves beat the Pacers 25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 25-22 on Sept. 4.
*Oct. 9 -- At Olentangy Berlin. The Wolves beat the Bears 25-13, 25-20, 25-16 on Sept. 6
Oct. 5-6 -- Girls: Milford Invitational
Oct. 6-7 -- Boys: Milford Invitational
Oct. 9 -- At Thomas
Oct. 10 -- Girls: At Upper Arlington