Caleb Muller and Zach Arace of the Bexley High School boys cross country team will compete in the Division II state meet at 11:50 a.m. Saturday at Scioto Downs.

Caleb Muller and Zach Arace of the Bexley High School boys cross country team will compete in the Division II state meet at 11:50 a.m. Saturday at Scioto Downs.

Muller was 12th (17 minutes, 1.47 seconds) and Arace was 15th (17:04.25) in the regional last Saturday at Pickerington North as the top 16 individuals advanced. Circleville's Brad Liston was first 16:14.07.

Last year, Muller was 53rd (16:52.13) at state. Arace competed for Delaware, but didn't make it to the state meet.

"All season long, Zach has always followed Caleb around the course," said coach Eric Acton, whose team finished eighth (119) of 16 teams behind champion St. Clairsville (94) in the regional. "We told him to always keep that Bexley uniform in sight.

:Caleb was able to pull him through the race. It was bittersweet for both of them because they wanted their team to be there with team."

Anthony Digiannantoni (52nd, 18:09.01), Tyler Kennedy (75th, 18:36.22), Eric Wittig (76th, 18:37.13), Gus Martin (94th, 19:03.46) and Aaron Hoffman (105th, 19:23.84) also ran.

The girls team finished 13th (296) behind champion Kettering Alter (52) in the regional in Troy.

Senior Katherine Spillman was 43rd (21:06.02) as West Milton Milton Union's Angela Klimkowski was first (19:04.5). Freshman Abby Arace (60th, 21:37.2), sophomore Jade Brannan (79th, 22:05.39), freshman Jacqueline Morgan (82nd, 22:11.66) and juniors Katie Wren (91st, 22:42.8), Molly Williams (98th, 22:56.27) and Sarah Cavallaro (109th, 23:36.58) also ran.

Bexley will lose Spillman and classmates Hallie Pryor and Ellen Gruesen from a team that was first (66) at district Oct. 18 at Watkins Memorial ahead of runner-up London (88).

Bexley was third (82) behind Granville (31) and Newark Catholic (49) in the MSL-Ohio meet Oct. 11 at Granville.

"Before the district meet, I told them, you've run this course before and competed against most of these teams before. The difference is you're healthy now," coach Eric Acton said. "They surprised themselves."

•The field hockey team finished 10-7-1 after losing to Olentangy Liberty 2-1 in the second round of the tournament Oct. 21. The highlight of the season was a 1-all tie with Academy on Sept. 10. Bexley last beat Academy 1-0 in a district final in 1992.

"I always told the girls they had a real complex every time they played Academy," coach Kara Hardesty said. "Tying them this year could give us some confidence for the future."

The Lions finished sixth in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League at 8-3-1 behind defending state champion Thomas Worthington (10-1-1), Watterson (10-2), Academy (9-1-2), Liberty (9-2-1) and Upper Arlington (8-2-2).

The Lions lose senior forwards Carey Keny and Lauren Zacks, senior defenders Devin Beaumier, Ellen Fishel and Anna Grossman and senior goalkeeper City Ramage. Beaumier was second-team all-COFHL.

Bexley should return its top four scorers in juniors Rachel Hughes (9 goals) and Allie Ezzo (7), sophomore Sam Urell (7) and freshman Bailey Breese (5).

Junior forwards Katie Walker, Allie Cardenas and Lauren Bloch and sophomore Reilly Hughes are expected back. Junior Torrey Williams and sophomore Zoe Beaumier should return to the midfielder. Juniors Sarah Pencarinha and Jenny Barkan, sophomore Gabby Goldach and freshman Maddy Hess are expected back on defense in front of sophomore goalkeeper Diane Zanner.

Urell was first-team all-COFHL and Zoe Beaumier and Goldach were on the second team.

•The sixth-seeded girls volleyball team finished 12-12 after losing to seventh-seeded DeSales 25-20, 25-14, 20-25, 22-25, 15-9 in a Division II district semifinal Oct. 23.

The Lions will lose seniors Leiah Groom (setter), Tracy Gundy (outside hitter) and Lauren Simmons (middle hitter). Gundy was first-team all-MSL-Ohio Division and all-district, Groom was second-team all-MSL and all-district and Simmons was honorable mention all-MSL.

Bexley was fourth in the MSL-Ohio at 7-7 behind Newark Catholic (14-0), Heath (12-2) and Lakewood (9-5) and ahead of Granville (6-8), Licking Valley (5-9), Whitehall (1-13) and Academy (1-13).

Juniors Lauren Howard (middle hitter), Beverly Ochieng (outside hitter), Sarah Kebe (outside hitter) and Tess Roddy (outside hitter) are expected back. Howard was honorable mention all-MSL and all-district.

Freshman Sara Dressel (libero) and sophomore Liz Reilly (right-side hitter) were moved up to varsity for the postseason.

"Our younger girls developed a lot during the season," coach Amber Bolinger said. "If they keep playing in the offseason, we're going to be very competitive next season."