Westerville Central High School senior McKenna Fry wrapped up a standout prep career by again representing the girls track and field team in the Division I state meet June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.
Fry now is preparing for her next challenge, as she will compete in track and cross country at Miami University.
"I finally did well in a state meet," said Fry, who competed at state the last three seasons. "I'm going to miss all my friends and coaches who have helped me get here. It's been a great ride."
Fry finished fourth in the 1,600 meters in a program-record 4 minutes, 54.9 seconds. She also joined seniors Chloe Ey and Sydney Kapral and sophomore Kayla Jones in running a program-record 9:04.39 while finishing seventh in the 3,200 relay.
Fry also holds the program records in the 1,600 (4:54.9) and 3,200 (11:24.9) and in cross country (18:10).
"McKenna holds most of our records and she's set the tone for what it takes to be great," coach Ryan Borland said.
Sophomore Mabinty Kebe ran a program-record 43.9 in the 300 hurdles while finishing third at state. She also holds the mark in the 100 hurdles (15.02).
Senior Savannah Hall, who finished 13th at state in the 100 (12.43), holds the program record of 12.09 in event.
Kapral was 15th in the 800 (2:17.04) and holds the program record of 2:13.92.
In the seated division, senior Leah Schulze has the program record in the 100 (21.94) and junior Lyssa Zepfel has the mark in the 400 (1:23.01). Both competed at state, where Central tied for 20th (13 points) behind champion Gahanna (51) as 64 teams scored.
At regional, which was held May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North, the Warhawks placed a program-best third (46) behind Gahanna (84) and Pickerington Central (50) as 32 teams scored.
Fry finished second in the 1,600 (4:58.38) to lead the way.
In the 16-team district 2 meet, which concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby, Central was second (119) behind Gahanna (164). Winning titles were Fry in the 1,600 (4:58.71) and 3,200 (11:29.2), Kebe in the 300 hurdles (44.79) and Hall, senior Delaney Reed and freshmen Moriah Johnson and Skylar Themelaras in the 400 relay (49.22).
In the OCC-Buckeye Division meet May 10 and 12, the Warhawks finished second (135) behind Olentangy Liberty (146) and ahead of host Olentangy Orange (126), Olentangy (61), Westerville North (35) and Westerville South (20).
Central lost 11 athletes to graduation.
"They have done a tremendous amount for our program and we've had a great season with them," Borland said.
Finnegan leads boys track team
Luke Finnegan, who also will compete in track at Miami, led the boys team as he set a program record of 47.54 in the 400 while finishing third at state.
Finnegan, senior Nathan Schroeder, junior Dymon Gainey and sophomore Rickey Hyatt finished sixth in the 1,600 relay (3:20.89).
Central tied for 25th (9) behind champion Pickerington Central (58) as 69 teams scored.
At regional, Finnegan, Schroeder, Gainey and Hyatt set a program record of 3:19.18 in the 1,600 relay while finishing third, and Gainey, seniors Sam Reyes and Austin Smith and sophomore Joshua Smith set a program record of 8:00.92 in the 3,200 relay while placing eighth. The Warhawks tied for seventh (29) behind champion Pickerington Central (97) as 41 teams scored.
In the 16-team district 1 meet, Central finished third (77) behind champion Pickerington Central (158) as Finnegan won the 400 (22.4).
In the OCC-Buckeye meet, Central was second (99) behind Orange (195.5) and ahead of Liberty (71.5), South (71), North (43) and Olentangy (43).
Smith ran a program-record 4:24.32 in the 1,600 while placing third.
"We had a nice senior class," coach Jason Loughman said. "Luke Finnegan, Nathan Schroeder, Austin Smith, a few of those guys who made some noise at regional were a big part of that class. It was a good group of seniors, but we have a lot of returning runners that we're excited about."
Boys lacrosse team shows progress
The boys lacrosse team finished 8-10 overall under first-year coach Jeremy Schocken.
Seeded sixth in the Division I, Region 3 tournament, the Warhawks lost at home to seventh-seeded Darby 10-7 in the second round May 15.
"We didn't meet all of our preseason goals, but it was a step in the right direction for the program," Schocken said. "We won two more games than we did last season (when we went 6-13) and we had good attitudes and good personalities as we went through the season."
Junior attacker Dawson Kindall led the Warhawks in scoring with 39 goals and 15 assists.
"I thought Dawson had a spectacular season, especially missing two games due to a concussion," Schocken said. "To put up those kind of numbers missing two games is really impressive and I'm really excited to have him back as a senior."
Midfielder Jax Looby led a 17-player senior class with 38 goals and 11 assists.
"It was another solid run for him, a great way to cap his senior year," Schocken said.
Senior goalkeeper Brandon Farley had 144 saves and was honorable mention all-league.
"A lot of the seniors got playing time, so there's definitely going to be some gaps left behind, but we have a really talented j.v. squad and some of those sophomores really played well this year and they're going to make an impact next season," Schocken said.
Central went 3-4 in the OCC-Buckeye to finish fifth behind Olentangy (7-0), New Albany (6-1), Liberty (5-2) and Orange (4-3) and ahead of North (2-5), South (1-6) and Big Walnut (0-7). The Warhawks defeated North 7-3 on April 17 and South 14-3 on May 1 to win the Westerville Cup.
Girls lacrosse team had 'learning year'
The girls lacrosse team finished 4-16 overall under first-year coach Cara Hernandez.
Seeded 12th in the Division I, Region 1 tournament, Central lost at second-seeded Liberty 20-3 in the first round May 14.
"This was a rebuilding and learning year for us," Hernandez said. "The season didn't play out how we had all hoped, but we take it as a learning lesson and start preparing for the next year. We had a handful of girls that had never picked up a stick before the season. To see how far they have each come makes me know we are doing something right."
Junior midfielder Sophie Misiuk was second-team all-region and led Central in goals with 57, followed by senior attacker Bella Fantine (34), sophomore midfielder/defender Lucy West (17), junior midfielder Leah Sharifi (14) and freshman midfielder Kaitlyn McBride (14).
Sophomore goalie Rachel Kidd had 193 saves and was second-team all-league.
"The four seniors were leaders for us on the field and off the field," Hernandez said. "Each of them played a significant role this season."
Central went 2-5 in the OCC-Buckeye to finish sixth behind New Albany (7-0), Liberty (6-1), Olentangy (5-2), Orange (4-3) and North (3-4) and ahead of Big Walnut (1-6) and South (0-7).