The Columbus School for Girls cross country team qualified for the Division III regional meet in rare fashion.
The Unicorns placed third (109 points) of eight teams in the district 1 meet Oct. 20 at Hilliard Darby, behind Mount Gilead (46) and Fredericktown (48), and edged fourth-place Newark Catholic (110) and fifth-place Grandview (115), as the top four teams and top 16 individuals qualified for regional Saturday, Oct. 27.
"It's the first time since Cardington did it in 2007 that a team advanced from district to regional that wouldn't have had an individual qualifier advance," coach Patrick Helgerman said. "We had five girls with (personal-best times) and a sixth with her season-best (time).
"It was a total team effort and a great indicator of our season. We don't have a true front-runner, but we've got a number of girls working hard and paying attention to the details of cross country running."
Rebecca Tepper led CSG, finishing 17th of 63 runners in 21 minutes, 28.7 seconds. She was followed by Eleanor Richardson (18th, 21:39.7), Natasha Spivak (21st, 21:50.7), Elizabeth Tierney (26th, 22:59.7), Lauren Sloan (27th, 23:00), Sarah O'Dell (28th, 23:01) and Molly Pawlik (36th, 23:35.2).
"I was really pleased with Elizabeth, Lauren and Sarah because they passed a bunch of Newark Catholic girls in the second half of the race," Helgerman said. "At the mile marker, we were 17 points behind (Newark Catholic) and we talked going into the meet that we would be fighting Newark Catholic and Grandview for the final (regional-qualifying) spots. Both of them were seeded ahead of us.
"I thought if we ran pretty well, we could beat Grandview, but we figured we'd have to run very well to beat Newark Catholic. The girls laid it out there. We narrowed our gap between (the) No. 1 and No. 5 (runners) to 1:32. I'm proud of them."
At regional, the top five teams and top 20 finishers advance to state Nov. 3 at National Trail Raceway.
"There are so many good teams there, so our goal will be to just finish in the top 10," Helgerman said. "That would be a great finish. Three of our top five finishers (at district) are freshmen."
Soccer team falls to Bobcats
The soccer team lost 4-0 at second-seeded Grandview in the second round of the Division III district tournament Oct. 18 to finish 7-10-1.
The seventh-seeded Unicorns advanced to the second round by beating 10th-seeded Fisher Catholic 2-1 in a first-round home game Oct. 16.
Junior forward Blair Glimcher and junior midfielder Fu Xiang Maynard scored against Fisher Catholic and freshman goalkeeper Emma Spangler had one save against the Irish and nine against Grandview.
CSG is losing five seniors in Merrill Arthur (forward), Sydney Bennett (defender/midfielder), Annie Feibel (defender), Maggie Houston (forward/defender) and Hattie Person (midfielder).
Among the expected returnees are Glimcher, Maynard, Spangler, junior Greta Schoettmer (defender) and sophomores Nyah Funderburke (forward), Lillian Houser (forward) and Eva Nicolosi (defender).
Houser and Funderburke were injured early in the season.
Field hockey team ousted by Wolves
The field hockey team lost 4-1 at third-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in the second round of the district tournament Oct. 17 to finish 5-11.
Senior Hannah Lonser scored and sophomore goalkeeper Olivia Barry-Wilson made 11 saves for the 14th-seeded Unicorns, who had a first-round bye.
CSG won its final two regular-season games, beating Olentangy Berlin 5-1 on Oct. 8 and Dublin Scioto 2-0 on Oct. 11.
The Unicorns are losing six seniors in Lonser, Emma Bainbridge, Taylor Nguyen, Margeaux Rocco, Roya Shahinfar and Katie Wagenbrenner.
The expected returnees include Barry-Wilson, juniors Maura Donnelly and Ellen Monahan and sophomores Gabby Anthony, Kayla Carpenter and Charlotte Love.
Season ends for volleyball team
The volleyball team's season ended Oct. 17 with a 25-13, 24-26, 25-14, 25-15 loss at ninth-seeded London in the second round of the Division II district tournament.
CSG, which was seeded 14th and had a first-round bye, finished 8-12.
The Unicorns, who won four of their final five regular-season matches, are losing three seniors in Haley Kuproski (outside hitter), Hailey Kurth (libero) and Rachel Yee (right-side hitter).
Among the expected returnees are juniors Peyton Jackson (defensive specialist) and McKenzie Stringer (setter) and sophomores Emma Salamon (middle hitter) and Bella Sloan (outside hitter).