Senior Jetti Laggah of the Northland High School girls cross country team can't wait for next spring.

Senior Jetti Laggah of the Northland High School girls cross country team can't wait for next spring.

After winning the City League championship in the 800 meters and then watching as two relays she competed on missed advancing to the Division I regional by two places in track last season, Laggah found success in cross country this fall after a one-year hiatus.

Laggah, who was second (20 minutes, 57 seconds) at the City meet Oct. 7 at Whetstone behind Centennial's Rebekah Reese (20:04), became the first Northland girl to make it to the regional in cross country since 2004 when she finished 13th (19:55.95) at the district 1 meet Oct. 18 at Watkins Memorial.

Last Saturday in the regional at Pickerington North, cramps and fatigue overcame Laggah and she was unable to finish.

After battling cramps earlier in the week, Laggah took the ACT before the regional last Saturday. She was one of only two girls from City programs to advance to a regional meet, along with Reese in Division II.

"I had muscle cramps, and while I was running they kept coming and wouldn't go away," Laggah said. "During warmups, I had cramps in my upper body but they went away. The whole week during practice, I had cramps in my calf.

"Since I didn't get to finish, I can look forward to the spring season. I was really sad I couldn't place, but I was pretty happy that I went this far. It'll help me to look forward to the spring season."

Laggah was one of two seniors on the girls team, along with Sierra Bray. Sophomore Amanda Taylor, who was 60th (22:56.1) at the district 1 meet as Northland finished 11th (283) behind champion Upper Arlington (22), and classmate Gemela Ponder (61st, 22:57.16) will be the top returnees. Sophomore DeAmber Watson (74th, 24:39.64), junior Elisa Nunez (75th, 24:45.02), sophomore Ebony Mundy (76th, 25:00.44) and freshman Tonya Darnell (78th, 25:17.18) also competed at district.

"Her life just didn't hold up last week," coach Maureen Knotts said. "It was a good experience having Jetti (at the regional) because my whole team came to watch. It was neat for them to see that level of competition, and I know them seeing Jetti there will encourage them that they can run at this level."

The boys team will lose its No. 1 runner, senior Alex Holley, but is eligible to return its next six.

Northland finished third (103) at the City meet Oct. 7 behind Whetstone (18) and Centennial (87) was 12th (350) in the 13-team district 3 meet.

Holley was 51st (17:58) at district, followed by sophomores Austin Miller (52nd, 17:59) and Ivan Torres-Wright (84th, 22:09), junior Nathan Carr (85th, 22:33), sophomore Matt Thompson (88th, 24:59) and freshmen Ali Alali (89th, 27:54) and Deondre Drakeford (90th, 29:03).

•After winning four in a row in the middle of the City-North schedule, the football team was shut out each of the past two games -- by Brookhaven 38-0 on Oct. 17 and by Beechcroft 29-0Êlast FridayÊ-- and finished 4-6 overall and 4-3 in the league.

Last Friday, Northland was limited to (minus)-10 yards of offense and just three first downs. The Vikings had one long run early in the game negated by an inadvertent whistle.

The loss gave Northland its first losing season since it went 3-7 in 2005.

•For the second consecutive season, the girls volleyball team took strides forward in the City-North.

After winning just one match in 2006, the Vikings improved to 8-11 overall and 4-3 in the league to finish fourth behind champion Centennial (7-0) a year ago. This season, Northland moved up to second in the league at 6-1 behind the Stars (7-0).

With Cynthia TubbsÊthe only senior to play for the team the entire season, coach J. Sanchez is optimistic for the future.

"We (finished) strong, which is good, and I only have one senior starter leaving," Sanchez said. "We've been second to Centennial for so long that we've got to get over that mental hump."

Northland lost to second-seeded Pickerington 25-4, 25-10, 25-7 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 15 to finish 7-10 overall.

Freshman Kierra Simpson emerged as a player to build around at middle hitter. Junior Juanita Johnson (outside hitter) and sophomore Midia Martin (setter) also should be among the top returnees.

•The boys golf team loses four seniors, including its No. 1 player in Ben Washington, after finishing sixth (23-13, 46 points) in the City behind first-place Whetstone (35-1).

At the 13-team league tournament Oct. 16 at Airport, Washington shot 42 as the Vikings finished sixth (216) behind the champion Braves (167).

Washington, who made first-team all-league, was joined in the senior class by David Adkins, Andrew Kraut and Tony Nguyen.

Among those eligible to return are sophomores Vinice Chanthovong, Robert Cox, Eric Crabtree, Joseph Iacobucci, Alex Rivers and Philip Strother.