Coach Melanie Williams knew that freshman Sasha Bomser would be an immediate contributor for the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls cross country team this season.

Coach Melanie Williams knew that freshman Sasha Bomser would be an immediate contributor for the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls cross country team this season.

What she didn't know was whether Bomser had enough experience to be among the best runners in central Ohio this season.

"I've watched her through middle school and I knew she was going to be good, I just wasn't certain how she would respond to the changes between middle school racing and high school meets," Williams said. "But seeing her daily, I think if she continues working and getting stronger, she could be as good as Claire Durkin down the road."

Durkin, a 2008 Kilbourne graduate, won the 2007 Division I state title in a meet-record 17 minutes, 10.51 seconds at Scioto Downs. She also was a two-time state champion in the 3,200 meters in track and field.

Bomser finished third in 19 minutes, 48.74 seconds in the Central Ohio Invitational on Sept. 17 at Three Creeks Metro Park, where the Wolves placed third (77 points) of 10 teams, behind champion Gahanna (23).

"I didn't know what to expect (this season) because I had never run three miles competitively before," Bomser said. "The extra mile (in high school) makes it difficult and there has to be a strategy of how to pace yourself to attack that last mile. I'm still learning."

Bomser finished sixth (19:24.1) of 154 runners in the Division I race of the McGowan Invitational on Sept. 10 at Watkins Memorial after winning (19:42.78) the Division I race in the Westerville Classic on Sept. 3 at Westerville North.

"Sasha still has lots to learn and is just getting her feet wet," Williams said. "But I'm not holding her back. She's only going to improve from here once we fine-tune her pacing and work on her speed. What I really like is she's a good fit with our young team. We only have one senior, so that's exciting for the future."

The next finisher for the Wolves in the Central Ohio Invitational was junior Keira Smith, who placed 10th (20:55.24). She was followed by senior Camille Rider (14th, 21:28.13), freshman Maddie Allen (17th, 21:52.36) and sophomore Caroline Watson (33rd, 23:04.38).

"We're just getting started as a team because Keira just developed sports-induced asthma and has had some breathing troubles and Camille was sick and has just recovered," Williams said. "So I expect their times to start dropping soon and we'll be in good shape as a team."

The boys team placed third (79) of nine teams in the Central Ohio Invitational, behind champion Pickerington Central (23).

The Wolves were led by Jack Begley, who placed sixth (17:13.33). He was followed by Trevor Boughton (16th, 18:07.23), Chris Valade (17th, 18:09.07), Caleb Martin (19th, 18:16.37) and Gabe Knuth (21st, 18:20.57).

Both teams will compete in the Bob Reall Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Lancaster.

Girls volleyball team wins home tourney

The girls volleyball team won the Kilbourne Invitational on Sept. 17, defeating Centennial 25-14, 25-15 and Grove City 25-21, 25-17 to advance to the championship match, where it beat Olentangy Liberty 25-22, 25-17.

"We played great defense and smart offense," coach Meladee Hopkins said. "It was truly a team effort. The girls played awesome."

The Wolves were 9-4 overall and 4-3 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Hilliard Darby on Sept. 20. They will play a league match Thursday, Sept. 22, at Hilliard Bradley.

Boys golfers placefifth in league

Sophomore John Catanzarite of the boys golf team earned second-team all-league honors after shooting a 75 in the fourth and final round of the OCC-Cardinal tournament Sept. 14 at Apple Valley.

Catanzarite finished the tournament with a 78.3 average to tie Dublin Scioto's Matt Magno for the ninth-best average in the league.

The Wolves shot a 326 in the final round to finish fourth, behind Dublin Jerome (290), Scioto (314) and Thomas (321) and ahead of Bradley (333), Delaware (361) and Darby (368).

Carson Dougherty had the Wolves' second-best score in the final round with a 78, followed by Matt Garvin (86), Evan Fisher (87) and Liam Graney (91).

Kilbourne placed fifth (7-17) in the final league standings, behind Jerome (24-0), Scioto (20-4), Thomas (15-9) and Bradley (12-12) and ahead of Darby (6-18) and Delaware (1-23).

Field hockey teamedges Blue Aces

Carolyn Haase scored two goals and goalkeeper Allie Garvin made two saves as the field hockey team held off Granville 2-1 in a key Central Ohio Field Hockey League-East Division game Sept. 14.

The Wolves were 6-2 overall before playing Watterson on Sept. 20 and are 4-1 in the league. Their next league game is Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Hartley.

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