For the most part, the Olentangy High School boys and girls cross country teams' lineups have been stable throughout the first month of the season.
Carter Schaefer, Sam Holt, Mikey Worboy and Chandler Moyer were the boys team's top four runners in that order in the Braves' first three races, and in the fourth, the Galion Festival at Amann's Reservoir Park on Sept. 15, Holt placed eighth in 16 minutes, 34.9 seconds to lead the team, three spots ahead of Schaefer.
Lex Brookshire and Alice Pozzi have been first and second for the girls in each of their four races, but behind them the lineup has seen some movement.
Aleah Clow, Gracie James, Hannah Moore, Jessica Morris and Ashleigh Niklaus have moved between the third and seventh spots, although the personnel has remained the same all season.
"Our top seven or eight has been pretty solid," girls coach Dwight Dewese said. "Lex has been off to a great start. Alice has hung right with her and Ashleigh had a great summer of hard work and she has really stepped up. All of them raced well at Galion. We've had a bug running through the team; Alice and Gracie both have been fighting it. Injury-wise we've been good, but the virus has been an issue."
Brookshire's winning time of 19:19 in the season-opening Mount Vernon Kiwanis John Fair Invitational on Aug. 25 remains the girls team's fastest time of the season. Schaefer also earned the boys team's fastest time of the year that same day, winning in 16:22.9.
Both teams took last weekend off and will resume competition Saturday, Sept. 29, with the Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club.
"We've done that for the past six or seven years, taken a weekend off near midseason from races and gotten some miles in during the week," Dewese said. "For the most part, we think it's worked well. The kids are a little more refreshed heading into the big meets."
Girls soccer team extends streak
The girls soccer team put a five-game winning streak on the line when it visited Westerville Central on Sept. 25, and also sought to remain tied for first place in the OCC-Buckeye Division.
Olentangy was 7-2-2 overall and 2-0 in the league, tied with Orange for first.
The Braves defeated Westerville North 2-1 on Sept. 20 behind goals from Kayla Primm and Sydney Richards. Goalkeeper Katie Scott made 11 saves.
Olentangy visits Orange on Tuesday, Oct. 2, the beginning of a week that also includes a home game against Pickerington North on Oct. 4. North was ranked fourth in Division I in last week's state poll.
Golfers prepare for sectional tourneys
The boys and girls golf teams will participate in Division I sectional tournaments Tuesday, Oct. 2, hoping to continue or resume a string of district appearances.
The boys will participate in a sectional at Turnberry. The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams will advance to district Oct. 9 at Apple Valley.
Olentangy has been represented at district either as a team or individually in seven of the past eight years.
The girls will be in a sectional at Royal American, from which the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams will advance to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek. Olentangy is looking to return to district as a team for the first time since 2014 and for the sixth time in seven seasons overall, including individual appearances in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Below are the coming schedules for the Olentangy cross country, field hockey, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Sept. 29 -- Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic at London Country Club
Oct. 1 -- At Worthington Kilbourne
Sept. 27 -- Liberty at Oakhaven
Sept. 29 -- Dublin Jerome Honorary Invitational at Hickory Hills
Oct. 2 -- Division I sectional tournament at Turnberry
Sept. 27 -- Liberty and Olentangy Orange at Bent Tree
Oct. 2 -- Division I sectional tournament at Royal American
*Oct. 2 -- Home vs. Orange
Sept. 27 -- At Watkins Memorial
*Oct. 2 -- At Orange
Sept. 27 -- At Worthington Christian
*Sept. 27 -- At Westerville South. The Braves defeated the Wildcats 25-7, 25-9, 25-11 on Sept. 4.
*Oct. 2 -- Home vs. Westerville North. The Braves defeated the Warriors 25-13, 25-14, 25-17 on Sept. 6.