Running seems to have always been a major part of Rob McCabe's life.
However, the senior knows his days with the Hilliard Bradley High School boys cross country team are winding down.
The Jaguars are getting set for the OCC-Cardinal Division meet on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Darby. They then will prepare for the postseason, which begins Oct. 21 with the Division I, district 1 meet at Watkins Memorial.
McCabe, who has been involved with the sport of running for years thanks to family tradition, was preceded at Bradley by three siblings: Lauren (2012 graduate), Eric (2014) and Jack (2016).
"Running has been big in my family, and I have done it since I was in elementary school," McCabe said. "I wasn't the most coordinated kid, so it was good to run. I have grown up with runners and they are great people.
"It's starting to seem real (being a senior). It has gone fast and has been such a great experience. It's been pretty full and fulfilling."
McCabe has been the Jaguars' top runner the last two seasons with a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 52.03 seconds, which he ran in the OCC-Cardinal meet last year on the Jaguars' home course.
The Jaguars finished second (67 points) in the league meet a year ago, behind Thomas Worthington (27) and ahead of third-place Dublin Jerome (81).
"Rob is a hard worker, he's very coachable, and he's tough," coach Ben Gadfield said. "He has a lot of the 'it' factors, like those that make him a good runner."
McCabe has gone from being a freshman who followed the pack to being a team leader the last few seasons.
"I know in my early years I was pretty much just a follower, taking instructions," said McCabe, who also runs distance for the boys track and field program. "I really enjoyed being a young guy and learning from the older guys, but pretty much in the past couple of years (I've) been (in) sort of a leadership role and teaching the younger kids what I know. That's been Bradley's tradition of hard work and just all-around enjoying ourselves. We have as much fun as we do work."
The Jaguars have only six seniors and three juniors on a roster of 33 runners. Because of Bradley's overall youth, Gadfield said leadership has been integral to his team's maturation process this season.
"Rob, our seniors and our junior class have been great at helping the younger runners get acclimated to what we do," Gadfield said. "This freshman class has adapted a lot quicker, and that has to do with leadership on helping out with our drills and explaining workouts."
McCabe doesn't intend to continue running cross country and track at the next level, as he plan-s to attend a larger college in pursuit of a degree in film and screenwriting.
"I would like to run because part of me loves the team aspect of running, but part of me wants to solely focus on academics," said McCabe, who has a 3.9 GPA. "I have been looking at Ohio University, Cincinnati, Bowling Green and Toledo. I'm very passionate about film and I'm looking to a big school to keep my options open, and I like the big-school setting."
McCabe, however, plans to continue running, if for nothing more than fitness, and he will be keeping an eye on the young Bradley runners in the coming years.
"I'm definitely looking forward to coming back in the next couple years," he said. "I'm predicting that in the next two or three years it's going to be pretty impressive because of some of these guys."
Doubles team reaches district tournament
Corinne Dixon and Nina Kisin of the girls tennis team will compete in doubles in the Division I district tournament Thursday, Oct. 12, at home and Saturday, Oct. 14, at Upper Arlington.
At district, the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state Oct. 20 and 21 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Dixon and Kisin advanced to district by placing fourth in a sectional Oct. 6 and 7 at home. The duo went 2-2 at sectional, losing to Davidson's Josie Pazzig and Grace Wilson 7-6, 7-6 in the third-place match.
Also at sectional, Faith Carlisle and Megan Thurston went 1-1 in doubles, Casey Mignery went 1-1 in singles and Brittney Burchett and Cat Whetstone both went 0-1 in singles.
Season ends for girls golf team
The girls golf team finished eighth (437) in a Division I sectional Oct. 3 at Royal American, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 10 at Cooks Creek.
Senior Claire Waggener shot a 104 to lead the Jaguars. Also competing were junior Emma Walls (107), freshman April Parkin (109), junior Christy Hribar (117) and sophomore Lindsey Thom (124).
Olentangy Orange (298), Olentangy Liberty (327) and Watterson (365) advanced to district, while Grove City's Lizzie Saur (87) was the final individual qualifier.
Bradley finished third (17-7) in the OCC-Cardinal tournament, behind Jerome (24-0) and Delaware (19-5) and ahead of Dublin Scioto (10-14), Worthington Kilbourne (7-17), Darby (4-20) and Thomas Worthington (3-21).
Waggener was first-team all-league, Hribar was second-team all-league and Walls, junior Grace Christman and senior Haylee Lombardi all made honorable mention.
Boys golfers end season at sectional
The boys golf team finished eighth (339) in a Division I sectional Oct. 3 at Darby Creek, where the top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district Oct. 10 at Apple Valley.
Sophomore Tyler Mordarski led the Jaguars with a 79, two strokes behind the final individual district qualifier. Also competing were senior Dylan Hall (84), freshman Tison Alexander (84), sophomore Michael Chapman (92) and freshman Luke Lehman, who was disqualified.
Jerome (280), Westerville Central (314), Davidson (319) and Pickerington North (320) advanced to district.
Bradley finished fifth (7-17) in the OCC-Cardinal tournament, behind Jerome (22-1), Thomas (19-5), Scioto (18-6) and Kilbourne (11-13) and ahead of Darby (6-18) and Delaware (0-24).
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Oct. 18 -- At 14th-seeded Grove City in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays at home against 34th-seeded Westerville North in second round Oct. 21. The Jaguars are seeded 16th.
Oct. 19 -- Home vs. 26th-seeded Thomas Worthington or 33rd-seeded Hamilton Township in second round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays eighth-seeded Olentangy Liberty or 36th-seeded Franklin Heights in district semifinal Oct. 24 at neutral site to be determined. The Jaguars are seeded fifth.
Oct. 12 -- Home vs. Westerville Central
Oct. 17 -- At 17th-seeded Upper Arlington in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays 23rd-seeded Westerville Central in second round Oct. 19 at home of higher seed. The Jaguars are seeded 22nd.