The Dublin Coffman High School boys cross country team is looking to solidify its lineup behind senior Lucas Bons with the season's most important meets still remaining.
Bons ran 15 minutes, 13.7 seconds on Sept. 30 to place third in the Midwest Meet of Champions at Hilliard Darby as the Shamrocks finished 10th (259) of 28 teams, behind champion Perrysburg (153).
Sophomore Alex Dediu and seniors Ryan Bosworth and Arnaldo Gonzalez-Calero also have been among the Shamrocks' top runners.
"There are three freshmen, four sophomores, a junior and two seniors that have all been back and forth or have been coming on strong," coach Chad Biegler said. "Obviously, it's great to have so many underclassmen in this group, all of whom have become better runners than they were in the past. What I'd really like to see in the next couple weeks is a group of about five or six separate themselves from the others and really push toward the four and five spots."
Senior Ellie Weber has continued to lead the girls team.
In the Midwest Meet of Champions, Weber placed 21st in 18:55.29 as the Shamrocks finished 21st (474) of 26 teams, behind champion Beavercreek (134).
Senior Delaney Marsalek and junior Leah Jablonski, who have battled injuries this season, are runners whom coach Greg King expects to be key contributors in the OCC-Central Division meet Oct. 14 at Hilliard Davidson as well as in the postseason.
Senior Mackenzie Mescher and sophomore Emma Niswonger are other top runners.
"Things are starting to come together," King said. "Delaney has been able to run for the past three weeks and has run two races. As she gets healthy, we will be a better team. Ellie is running very well. Over the next couple weeks, I just want Leah and Delaney to get healthy and the others to stay healthy."
The boys and girls teams will compete Saturday, Oct. 7, in the Les Eisenhart Invitational at Thomas Worthington before preparing for the league meet.
for golf teams
The boys and girls golf teams opened the postseason by competing in Division I sectionals Oct. 3.
The girls team competed in a sectional at Mentel Memorial, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the district tournament Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Cooks Creek.
The boys team competed in a sectional at Clover Valley, where the top four teams and top four individuals advanced to the district tournament Oct. 10 at Apple Valley.
From both district tournaments, the top two teams and two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to their respective state tournaments Oct. 20 and 21 at Ohio State.
The girls team entered the postseason with just one senior, Jooho Oh, in its lineup.
Junior Maria Howard, who was medalist of the OCC-Central tournament with a 75.5 average, also was expected to be in the postseason lineup, along with junior Olivia Brickey and freshmen Ava Guilliams and Annika Manjunath.
Guilliams has been dealing with a back injury.
"It's been a solid season," girls coach Randy Patton said. "The competition has been really good, which has made us better. I think we're one of the eight to 10 best teams in the state, but there just so happens to be four or five great teams in the Central District. We've prepared for the sectional and district by playing good golf courses. I think (Olentangy) Orange is a great team and I think we have a chance to be the second team (to advance to state from the district tournament)."
In the OCC Shootout on Sept. 28 at Moundbuilders, the boys team put together one of its best 18-hole rounds of the season, shooting a 315 to finish fifth of 17 teams, behind champion Olentangy Liberty (297).
Tennis team set
The girls tennis team will compete in a Division I sectional Thursday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 7, at Hilliard Bradley.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the district tournament Oct. 12 at Bradley and Oct. 14 at Upper Arlington.
Sophomore Claire Feit is seeded fourth in singles at sectional. Also competing will be junior Lena Caruso and sophomore Hannah Qin in singles, the doubles team of Darien Blackwell and Anya Shah and the doubles team of Meredith Ainsworth and Alex Kapustin.
Freshman Lalasa Nagireddy, who spent much of the regular season at first singles, has other commitments and won't be competing in the postseason, according to coach Brett Hundertpfund.
Coffman was 9-9 before playing Bexley on Oct. 3.
Below are the coming schedules for the Coffman field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
*Oct. 9 -- Home vs. Olentangy Liberty
*Oct. 11 -- At Upper Arlington
Oct. 7 -- Pickerington North Fall Classic at The Links at Groveport
Oct. 7 -- Home vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington
Oct. 5 -- At Canal Winchester
Oct. 7 -- Home vs. Licking Heights
*Oct. 10 -- At Upper Arlington
*Oct. 5 -- Home vs. Central Crossing. The Shamrocks beat the Comets 25-13, 25-1, 25-8 on Sept. 14.
Oct. 7 -- At Brecksville-Broadview Heights
*Oct. 10 -- At Upper Arlington. The Shamrocks beat the Golden Bears 25-15, 25-11, 25-6 on Sept. 19.