Emily Dewolf always wanted to break 17 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, she but never expected to do it twice in less 15 minutes.
The junior for the Columbus School for Girls track and field team ran 16.9 in the 100 hurdles preliminaries during the Division II, district 1 meet May 15 at Westerville North, but a timing malfunction forced a second running.
"We had a storm delay (during the preliminaries) and right after we came back they ran my heat of the 100 hurdles," Dewolf said. "They said the glare of the sun kept the camera from recording our times, so we had to run it again.
"I knew (the run) was fast and coach (Jen) Bunker had me (hand-)timed at 16.9. She just told me to go back and do the same thing I did before."
Dewolf ran a personal-record 16.83 in the second running of the 100 hurdles preliminary May 15 and finished third in the final May 19 in 17.08 to advance to the regional meet Thursday, May 24, and Saturday, May 26, at Lexington.
One complication for Dewolf at district was the order of events. The 100 follows the 100 hurdles, meaning she would have had to compete in the 100 after back-to-back races in the 100 hurdles. As a result, the officials moved her from the first heat of the 100 to the fourth to help ease the burden.
"I was just glad it didn't affect me too much because I like doing both of the events close together," said Dewolf, who finished third in the 100 (13.33) as the top four finishers in each district event advanced to regional. "It's so technical in the 100 hurdles and I like just following that up with just getting to run. I don't have to worry about hitting hurdles or getting my trail leg through. I can just run."
Dewolf also was a member of the first-place 400 relay (50.23) with Peyton Jackson, Asia Nguyen and Imani Babatunde.
"We did really well in the (400 relay), and it was our best time so far this season," Dewolf said. "We're excited to get to regionals and go against the faster teams. They can push us to do better because we really want to break 50."
The 800 relay of Jackson, Nguyen, Nyah Funderburke and Babatunde also won a district title, finishing in 1:45.54 as the Unicorns finished third (72 points) behind Caledonia River Valley (118) and Buckeye Valley (114) as 14 teams scored.
Also advancing to regional were Jackson in the 400 (second, 59.61), Elizabeth Johnson in the discus (second, 103 feet, 5 inches), Babatunde in the 200 (third, 26.2) and Eva Nicolosi in the long jump (third, 15-11 1/2).
At regional, the top four finishers in each event advance to state June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.
Lacrosse team falls to Blue Aces
The lacrosse team lost at fourth-seeded Granville 12-6 in a Division II, Region 7 quarterfinal May 19 to finish 13-7.
Ellen Monahan scored three goals for the fifth-seeded Unicorns and goalkeeper Via Barry-Wilson had eight saves.
CSG defeated 12th-seeded Wellington 19-5 in its tournament opener May 16. Lily Berger had seven goals, Monahan scored five and Maura Donnelly, Ella Fronk and Maria Kaufman each scored two.