The members of the Central Crossing High School boys track and field team's 400-meter relay were ready to shine when they needed to the most.
Kyren Glaze, A.J. Farmer, Tye Bradley and Anthony Lowe won the event in the OCC-Central Division meet May 11 at Hilliard Davidson in 44.68 seconds, cutting nearly 1.3 seconds off their preliminary time.
They entered the final as the fifth seed after running 45.95 on May 9.
"They hadn't been running well, but it was crunch time and they wanted to see what they could possibly run if they ran as a group," coach Reggie Cannon said. "Kyren is always going to get a good start and A.J. made a big move on the second leg and Ty ran the strongest leg that I have seen in quite some time. (Lowe) took it home, and it was just incredible. It was awesome."
Farmer said the relay win helped give the team confidence heading into the postseason. The Comets are competing in the Division I, district 2 meet, which began May 14 and concludes Saturday, May 18, at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers in each event advance to regional Wednesday, May 22, and May 24 at Pickerington North.
"Our handoffs were a lot better and we made up a lot of time," Farmer said. "I think it definitely gives us more confidence in ourselves."
The boys team finished fifth (54 points) behind Dublin Coffman (151), Davidson (150), Upper Arlington (93) and Marysville (67) and ahead of Westland (6).
The 800 relay of Glaze, Lowe, Sel Adehe and Manny Codjoe was runner-up in 1:33.45.
"The (800 relay) was good, but we were hoping to get 1:31 or 1:32, but we still got a good result," Adehe said. "We need to work on our handoffs more and get to know each other better."
Luis Bolanos-Cruz was runner-up in both the shot put and discus to Davidson's Josiah Ezirim after winning the events last season. The senior had an effort of 52 feet, 10 3/4 inches in the shot put to 54-3 1/4 for Ezirim. In the discus, both competitors threw 157-2, but Ezirim's second-best throw of 157-1 was farther than the 156-10 of Bolanos-Cruz.
"I came in with the wrong mindset," he said. "I thought it would be an easy win, but it wasn't. I had great competition in the shot and discus, and (Ezirim) came out and did what he needed to do.
"I still haven't hit my (personal records). I came into the season thinking that I would be cool and that I would be winning every single meet. I have thrown way farther than I have this year. I just want to keep moving forward."
Codjoe was third in the 100 (11.57) and fifth in the 200 (22.42), and Adehe was fifth in both the 110 hurdles (16.27) and 300 hurdles (41.37). The 1,600 relay of Lowe, Michael Fry, Adehe and Codjoe was fourth (3:35.14).
Joey Taylor, Jared Shaw, Noah Reardon and Fry were fifth in the 3,200 relay (9:05.77).
Abriana Mann scored all 15 points for the girls team, which finished behind Davidson (189), Coffman (123), UA (114) and Marysville (74) and ahead of Westland (6).
Mann won the 300 hurdles (program-record 47.4) and was fourth in the 100 (13.09). She also placed sixth in the long jump (14-5).
"In the 300 hurdles, Abri tends to get out so hot that she's struggling toward the tail end," Cannon said. "In the past, she has tended to panic when the people around her start to make up ground.
"She has the top-end speed and she has the strength to make it work. She just has to maintain a calmness and believe in her ability and that she can run with these girls. It was a tremendous run for her."
Baseball team begins postseason
The 15th-seeded baseball team opened the Division I district tournament by playing 16th-seeded Grove City or 38th-seeded Westland on May 15 at home in the second round.
The winner advanced to play fifth-seeded Gahanna, 33rd-seeded Westerville North or 37th-seeded Thomas Worthington in a district semifinal Monday, May 20, at a neutral site. The Comets defeated North 7-0 on April 2.
The district final will be Wednesday, May 22, at a neutral site. Top-seeded New Albany or 20th-seeded Groveport are possible opponents.
The regional semifinal is May 30 at Coffman.
The Comets closed the regular season by winning 11 of 12 games. They were 17-8 overall and finished 8-7 in the OCC-Central after defeating Westland 4-2 on May 10 and Marysville 1-0 on May 11.
Softball squad falls to Mount Vernon
The 34th-seeded softball team lost at second-seeded Mount Vernon 4-2 on May 8 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
"I was so very proud of the way we played," said 10th-year coach Rona Dorsey, whose team finished 7-15 overall. "You're never happy when you lose, but the girls stuck with our game plan.
"(Junior) Megan Tittle hit a two-run home run for us in the first inning and (sophomore) Skylar Bryant made two game-changing catches in right field. As difficult as it is to lose, I was so proud of the way our girls came to play."
Central Crossing routed 38th-seeded Thomas 14-0 in five innings May 6 in the first round.
The Comets had two seniors in shortstop Chloe Corum and second baseman Andi Rapp. Corum batted .450 with eight home runs, 24 RBI and 12 runs, and Rapp batted .339 with 14 RBI, 14 runs and nine stolen bases.
"Chloe and Andi did everything for us," said Dorsey, whose team finished fourth (4-6) in the OCC-Central behind champion Marysville (9-1). "Andi wasn't a power hitter but she was a big bat for us, getting timely hits when we needed them. Chloe was great for us at the plate and at short. They will be tough to replace."
Sophomore catcher Cheyenne Scott led the Comets in batting average (.529), runs (34), stolen bases (20), triples (6) and on-base percentage (.577). She also had eight RBI.
Tittle, a pitcher/first baseman, led Central Crossing in homers (season-record 10), RBI, (38) and slugging percentage (1.111) and also batted .524 with 11 runs. In the circle, she was 5-10 with a 5.73 ERA, 112 strikeouts and 72 walks in 105 innings.
Junior third baseman Hailey Maher batted .426 with 11 RBI, five runs and a team-high eight doubles. Sophomore outfielder Alyssa Bishop batted .278 with nine runs, and Bryant hit .270 with five RBI and eight runs.
"Despite having a losing record, I feel like we're a winning team," Dorsey said. "That's a tribute to the kids and how they stepped up. We'll be better next year, you can mark my word."
Season ends for boys tennis team
The boys tennis team competed in a Division I sectional tournament May 9 at UA but did not have any athletes advance to district.
The Comets were led by sophomores Calvin Lim and Bogdan Semchishin, who went 1-1 in doubles. They defeated Hamilton Township's Will Harmon and Conner Short 6-1, 6-2 before losing to Coffman's Cobie Frank and Sanjay Janardhan 6-0, 6-0.
The doubles team of juniors Christian Petry and Josh Toscano went 0-1, as did seniors Stephen Semchishin and Owen Yoakum and sophomore Johnny Romanov in singles.
The Comets finished 3-9 overall and placed fifth (0-4) in the OCC-Central behind champion UA (4-0). They were led by 10th-year coach Dusty Rhodes.