Daniella Santos of the Hilliard Darby High School girls cross country team repeated as a Division I district champion and will be joined at the regional meet Saturday, Oct. 27, at Pickerington North by teammate Alivia Cannon.
Competing on her home course Oct. 20 amid blustery conditions, Santos finished first in the district 2 race in 18 minutes, 1.7 seconds, ahead of runner-up Dylan Kretchmar of Granville (18:10.8).
The top six teams and top 24 runners advanced to regional.
"It was the fastest girls time of the day in any race," coach Jon Agriesti said. "She ran away from the rest of the top girls with about 600 meters to go and that was a surprise. She doesn't normally have the kind of kick to pull away like that. But she wanted it bad and she wanted to have the best time in the entire district."
Santos could have glided into regional, but the junior wanted to repeat as district champion.
"I was running to win because it's definitely been a goal of mine," she said. "I wanted to see how my time stacked up against (Olentangy Liberty's Gracie Sprankle) and some of the top girls because I haven't had the chance to race against a lot of them. But I know the regional will be tougher with some of the Davidson girls and (Dublin) Scioto girls."
Cannon, a freshman, placed 21st of 113 runners in 20:20.5.
"Alivia got knocked down twice in the first 800 meters and had to work her way all the way back," Agriesti said. "That's quite a feat and she's a freshman who will probably learn from that experience and try to stay out of congestion at regional."
At regional, the top five teams and top 20 individuals qualify for the state meet Nov. 3 at National Trail Raceway.
The Panthers finished eighth (205 points) of 16 teams at district, behind champion Granville (34).
Also competing were Madison Murphy (54th, 21:32.4), Erin Cowen (63rd, 21:46.2), Krystal Singh (66th, 21:53.4), Madison Brokaw (72nd, 22:05.4) and Mia Wyngarden (100th, 25:23.7).
Led by Sean Carney, the boys team finished fourth (95) of 16 teams in the district 2 race, behind champion Davidson (30), to qualify for regional.
The top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced.
Carney placed fifth (16:30) of 112 runners and was followed by Eric Lowery (13th, 17:01.1), Owen Martin (22nd, 17:11.8), David Shapoval (23rd, 17:13.9), Belaji Kurapati (32nd, 17:36.7) and Isaac Becker (48th, 18:06.5).
Boys soccer team reaches semifinal
The 12th-seeded boys soccer team defeated 28th-seeded Pickerington Central 3-1 in the second round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 20 to improve to 9-5-3.
Jackson Janetski and Aaron Muldrow both scored for the Panthers, who also benefited from an own goal by the Tigers.
Darby, which had a first-round bye, played at top-seeded Liberty in a district semifinal Oct. 24.
The winner plays eighth-seeded Westerville Central or 10th-seeded Bradley in a district final Saturday, Oct. 27, at a neutral site. The district champion faces Pickerington North, Olentangy, Thomas Worthington or Westerville North in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 31, at a neutral site.
The regional final is Nov. 3.
Darby lost to Bradley 2-1 on Oct. 9, beat Westerville North 3-2 on Aug. 23, played Thomas to a 3-all tie on Oct. 2 and played Olentangy to a scoreless tie on Sept. 11.
Girls soccer team rolls into semifinal
The 12th-seeded girls soccer team rolled past 44th-seeded Westland 12-0 in the second round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 18 to improve to 8-6-3.
Darby, which had a first-round bye, played at ninth-seeded Upper Arlington in a district semifinal Oct. 23.
The winner plays third-seeded Dublin Jerome or 16th-seeded Liberty in a district final Saturday, Oct. 27, at a neutral site. The district champion faces Dublin Coffman, Olentangy, Davidson or Olentangy Orange in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 31, at a neutral site. The regional final is Nov. 3.
Darby beat Davidson 3-2 on Aug. 30 but lost to Jerome 5-3 on Sept. 20 and Olentangy 3-2 on Sept. 11.
Maddy Leone and Naomi Walters both scored two goals against Westland.
Season ends for volleyball team
The 23rd-seeded girls volleyball team lost to 13th-seeded Watkins Memorial 25-14, 25-10, 25-21 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 16 to finish 6-17.
The Panthers are losing five seniors in Caroline Grady (outside hitter), Sydney McCreary (setter/defensive specialist), Annie Rauch (middle hitter), Stacia Rispress (outside hitter) and Blaize Shiebler (defensive specialist).
Expected to return are juniors Olivia Krumpe (middle hitter), Nicole Logan (outside hitter), Elise Neighbarger (setter) and Olivia Zawadski (outside hitter) and sophomore Destiny White (outside hitter).