The Columbus School for Girls track and field team had a strong performance in its final CCL meet.
The host Unicorns scored 102 points in the meet held May 6 and 8 to finish second behind Watterson (175) and ahead of DeSales (93.33), Hartley (63.33) and Ready (56.33).
"I knew we had this type of potential, and everything came together for us," coach Jennifer Bunker said. "The weather was great and we were ready to roll, to the point where the girls all had great performances on the same days.
"Our final year in the CCL, hosting the meet and going out with some event wins and good times across the board ... we had a lot of kids showcasing their talents. Watterson is just so big and has so much more depth, but I'm extremely proud of how we finished in the CCL. I'm just hoping we didn't peak too soon, but we definitely walked away with some confidence for the district meet."
The Unicorns are competing in the Division II, district 2 meet this week at Westerville North. The meet opened May 14 with field event finals, continued May 15 with running preliminaries and concludes Saturday, May 18, with running finals.
In the league meet, junior Peyton Jackson won the 400 meters in 1 minute, .53 seconds and anchored the winning 400 (50.69) and 800 (1:46.9) relays as well as the second-place 1,600 relay (4:10.87).
"Peyton is one of our workhorses, competing in four events," Bunker said. "Two of them, the 400 and (400 relay), are close together, too. But she put in so much offseason work and she maintains tremendous focus at practices and her work has paid off. She had a great sophomore year and the expectations rose and she has met those expectations. She's ready to break 60 seconds in the 400."
According to Bunker, the season-best times for the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays all rank in the top 10 in the state in Division II.
Like Jackson, freshman Kayden Edwards is a member of all three relays. Sophomore Nyah Funderburke is on the 800 and 1,600 relays, while Emily Dewolf and Asia Nguyen are on the 400 relay, Alexandria Rodgers is on the 800 relay and Carly Priest is on the 1,600 relay.
"I think the (400 and 800 relays) are poised to set school records and the (1,600 relay) has a chance," Bunker said.
In field events at the CCL meet, senior Elizabeth Johnson won the discus (106 feet, 1 inch) and Nguyen placed third in long jump (16-2 1/2).
"Elizabeth is a great leader in field events and has done a fantastic job balancing her work and performances with helping the younger girls," Bunker said. "She had a (personal record) in the discus. I was happy for her, Emily Dewolf and Margeaux Rocco, our seniors, because they've been great leaders and role models. They've had a sense of community, unity and family and they've embraced and encouraged the younger girls and allowed them to grow."
Dewolf placed fourth in the 100 (13.41) and Rocco was fourth in the high jump (4-6) in the league meet.
Other top finishers included Funderburke in the 200 (second, 26.96), Jolien Kusi in the discus (second, 89-0), Edwards in the 300 hurdles (third, 49.68), Rebecca Tepper in the 3,200 (fourth, 12:54.11) and the 3,200 relay of Priest, Lauren Sloan, Molly Pawlik and Tepper (fourth, 10:46.9).
Lacrosse team set to open postseason
The lacrosse team struggled in the second half of the regular season, losing five of its final seven games, and will enter the Division II, Region 7 tournament at 7-8.
However, the Unicorns did close the regular season with a win, beating Olentangy Berlin 16-15 on May 10.
CSG is seeded seventh in the tournament and will play host to ninth-seeded Dayton Chaminade Julienne in the first round Thursday, May 16. The winner plays second-seeded Columbus Academy or 17th-seeded Centennial in a regional quarterfinal Saturday, May 18, at the home of the better seed.
That winner likely will face third-seeded Granville or sixth-seeded Hartley in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at the home of the better seed. The regional final is May 24 at a neutral site to be determined.
The Unicorns lost to Academy 18-8 on May 2, lost to Granville 15-10 on April 18 and lost to Hartley 16-9 on April 2.