Shortly after matching the Columbus Academy girls track and field team's high-jump record, junior Mabry Nichols became emotional while reflecting on her achievement.
Nichols delivered a highlight for the Vikings during the first day of the MSL-Ohio Division meet May 7 at Whitehall, winning the high jump with an effort of 5 feet, 4 inches. That equaled the performances of 2014 graduate Jillian Woodard and 2013 graduate Sarah Timko.
"The record was in my head," Nichols said. "It's always a push to get there. It feels great. I'm the only (girls) high jumper on the team and there's no specific jump coach."
Nichols, who was fourth in the long jump (14-3), looked to carry that momentum into the Division III district meet at Watkins Memorial. The meet began May 14, continues Thursday, May, 16, and concludes Saturday, May 18. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional Wednesday, May 22, and May 24 at Fairfield Union.
"I've definitely improved a lot compared to last year," said Nichols, who also competes in the 400-meter relay. "I jumped 5-2 last year, but I couldn't do it consistently. This year I've been able to do 5-2 consistently. I love the high jump."
Last season at district, Nichols was fifth in the high jump (4-11).
Also for the girls in the league meet, which concluded May 10 at Whitehall, Samantha Kass won the 400 meters (1 minute, .99 of a second), Annalise Grammel won the 800 (2:23.99), Kass, Hannah Clay, Kirsten Thomassey and Sarah Neltner won the 800 relay (1:50.01) and Kass, Grammel, Klay and Thomassey won the 1,600 relay (4:13.38).
The Vikings finished third (77 points) behind Grandview (105) and Bexley (81) and ahead of Worthington Christian (47) and Whitehall (38).
For the boys, Caleb Crawley won the discus (129-2 1/2) and was second in the shot put (45-4 1/2), Harry Mills won the 200 (22.19), Luke Nester won the 1,600 (4:28.42) and Mills, Nester, Sam Huyghe and Ezra Johnson won the 1,600 relay (3:28.5).
Academy finished third (71) behind Whitehall (104) and Grandview (96) and ahead of Bexley (49) and Worthington Christian (26).
Boys tennis team excels at sectional
The boys tennis team will be fully represented in the Division II district tournament after its entire lineup earned qualifying spots from a sectional held May 9 and 11 on the Vikings' home courts.
Drew Haffer won the singles title, Suriya Sundaram and Rhian Seneviratne captured the doubles championship, Ryan Wahl was second in singles, Jack Madison and Arie Tuckerman were second in doubles and Ryan Panley was third in singles.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district Thursday, May 16, at Academy and Saturday, May 18, at Reynoldsburg.
At district, the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state May 24 and 25 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Academy was 15-2 before playing Wellington in an Ohio Tennis Coaches Association district final May 13.
Baseball team opens postseason
The 10th-seeded baseball team opened the Division III district tournament against 18th-seeded Madison Plains on May 14, with the winner playing at sixth-seeded North Union on Thursday, May 16, in the second round.
That winner plays fourth-seeded Grandview, ninth-seeded Johnstown or 12th-seeded Marion Pleasant in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at a neutral site. The Vikings defeated Grandview 5-4 on April 29 and lost to the Bobcats 9-8 on May 1 in MSL-Ohio play. They lost to Pleasant 12-9 on April 11.
The district final is May 23 at a neutral site.
The Vikings defeated Fredericktown 17-10 on May 10 and lost to Jonathan Alder 3-2 on May 11 to enter the postseason 11-10 overall. They finished 4-4 in the MSL-Ohio.
Boys lacrosse team riding momentum
The boys lacrosse team entered the Division II, Region 7 tournament on a positive note, as the third-seeded Vikings were 15-3 before playing 15th-seeded Olentangy Berlin in the first round May 13.
Academy defeated Bexley 23-3 on May 9, with Andrew Swartz and Zachary White each scoring five goals and David Barren adding three. Barren and Malcolm Klingbeil each scored four goals in a 21-4 win over Bellbrook on May 11.
The first-round winner plays sixth-seeded Big Walnut or 11th-seeded Bexley on Friday, May 17, at the home of the better seed, with the winner playing second-seeded DeSales, seventh-seeded Bellbrook, 14th-seeded Jonathan Alder, 17th-seeded Lima Senior or 18th-seeded Johnstown in a regional semifinal Monday, May 20, at the home of the better seed. The regional final is May 23.
Academy defeated Big Walnut 19-6 on April 13.
Girls lacrosse team to begin postseason
The second-seeded girls lacrosse team opens the Division II, Region 7 tournament Thursday, May 16, by playing host to 17th-seeded Centennial.
The winner plays seventh-seeded Columbus School for Girls or ninth-seeded Dayton Chaminade Julienne in the second round Saturday, May 18, at the home of the better seed, with the winner playing third-seeded Granville, sixth-seeded Hartley, 11th-seeded Berlin or 13th-seeded Chillicothe in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at the home of the better seed. The regional final is May 24.
Academy defeated CSG 18-8 on May 2, Hartley 18-7 on April 11 and Granville 14-11 on April 9.
The Vikings are 11-6, concluding the regular season with a 15-10 win over Watterson on May 9 as Lauren Bernacki scored six goals and Lexi Leader added five.