An unexpected performance from David Inboden was the highlight of the Division III district meet last Saturday at Gahanna for the Worthington Christian High School boys track and field team.

An unexpected performance from David Inboden was the highlight of the Division III district meet last Saturday at Gahanna for the Worthington Christian High School boys track and field team.

Inboden won the 100 meters (11.42 seconds) and 200 (22.9) and joined Luke Condon, Brooks Hooley and Josh Howard on the second-place 400 relay (44.66) as the Warriors placed fourth with 80 points behind champion Ridgedale (99.5).

"I don't think going into the year anyone would have predicted the kind of day David experienced," coach Adam Heath said. "David is just naturally fast and a great competitor. All season he has been balancing his time between the field and running events. Now that those things are on separate days (in the postseason) he can really get his times."

The top four in each event advanced to the regional, which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Pickerington North. The top four there will advance to state June 6-7 at Ohio State.

Jacob Rider, who was on the 1,600 relay that placed second in the state meet last year, won the 800 (1:59.43), joined Luke Helmuth, Carson Wellman and Daniel Jeong on the winning 3,200 relay (8:32.23) and joined Wellman, Nathan Miller and Howard on the second-place 1,600 relay (3:34.06). Wellman was fourth in the long jump (18 feet, 9 3/4 inches).

The girls team was ninth (29) of 20 teams at district as Columbus School for Girls (144) won.

Nicole Kuisel, Becca Menhart, Amber Pope and Rachel Walton were second in the 400 relay (51.67). Walton was fourth in the 100 (13.38) and 200 (fourth, 27.73).

"With it being a single district for girls this year, it was a lot harder to get people out, but Rachel is such a tough competitor," Heath said. "She ran the best times of her career to get her spot."

•For the third year in a row, Luke Montgomery of the boys tennis team had his season end at the Division II district tournament as he lost to Ready's Khang Thai 6-1, 6-0 at Columbus Academy last Friday. Thai finished third to qualify to state Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

"Just making it to the district again was the highlight of the year," Montgomery said. "(Thai) is a very difficult guy to match up with. He's very consistent, puts a lot of topspin on the ball and has a variety of shots."

Worthington Christian finished 2-11 and was fifth in the CCL at 1-4 behind Watterson (5-0), St. Charles (4-1), DeSales (3-2) and Hartley (2-3) and ahead of Ready (0-5).

Montgomery is the team's only senior. Those expected back include juniors Andrew Swetnam and Nathan Pettit, sophomores Curtis Hahn, R.J. Murray, Nathan Dawdy and A.J. Witt and freshman Tanner Singleton.

•The baseball team finished 16-15 overall after losing to Newark Catholic 5-1 in a Division IV district final May 21. The Warriors also went 3-7 in the CCL to tie St. Charles for fourth behind DeSales (10-0), Hartley (7-3) and Watterson (5-5) and ahead of Ready (2-8).

"We couldn't get any clutch hits (against Newark Catholic)," coach Tim Kraynak said. "A lot of guys let (pitcher Garrett Clark) get away with a first-pitch fastball for a strike. You can't expect to be successful at the plate when you let that first pitch by. When you're down 0-1, he dictates what he is going to throw."

Clark had five strikeouts.

Newark Catholic didn't let pitches go by. With his team leading 3-1, designated-hitter Nate Adams drove the first pitch from Michael Bush in the bottom of the fourth over the fence in center field to make it 4-1.

The Green Wave took a 3-0 lead when Mark Elwell's sacrifice fly drove in Matt Lewis in the second inning. In the top of the third, Worthington Christian's Alex Scott doubled to drive in Bush and set up runners on second third with one out, but Matt Schoonover struck out and Tim Webb grounded out.

"Obviously we weren't intimidated by anyone," Kraynak said. "(Clark) was a decent pitcher, but he wasn't that much better than what we saw in the league. Playing a CCL schedule prepared us for a close game like that."

There were three seniors on the roster when the season began, but none finished.

Juniors Jordan Doherty (SS/P/OF), Schoonover (1B) and Tyler Morgan (2B), sophomores Bush (SS/P) and Webb (C) and freshman Dan Bauslaugh (3B) should comprise the infield next year.

Sophomores Caleb Palumbo, Scott and Jarred Lawson are expected to return to the outfield. Also expected back are sophomores Ike Meyers (1B/P) and Matt Angela (P/INF).

Doherty batted .402, drove in 14 runs, scored 33 runs and had 12 stolen bases. Schoonover (.380, 21 RBI, 2 home runs), Bush (.369, 14 stolen bases), Scott (.362, 24 RBI) and Bauslaugh (.329) also led the way.

Bush was 10-3 with a 4.05 ERA.

Doherty, Bush and Schoonover were first-team all-district, Scott was named to the second team and Webb received honorable mention. Bush and Doherty were first-team all-CCL and Schoonover, Webb and Scott were second team.