Consistency has been a key component for Caleb Levitt's success in the high jump.
In past years, the senior for the Hilliard Bradley High School boys track and field team would excel in the event here and there, but Levitt has made those performances commonplace this spring.
Levitt set the program record by clearing 6 feet, 6 inches in a home dual meet with Thomas Worthington on April 8. Since then, he consistently has cleared that height as he looks to go 6-8 or higher in the Division I postseason.
Last spring, Levitt finished sixth (6-3) at regional, falling two places shy of qualifying for the state meet.
"That has made me persevere more," he said. "I need to be able to consistently jump the higher heights instead of doing it every now and then. If I can consistently jump those heights, that should carry me to state."
Levitt and his teammates are competing in the Division I, district 3 meet this week at Darby. The meet began May 15, continued Thursday, May 16, and concludes Saturday, May 18. The girls team is competing in district 1, which began May 14, continues May 16 and concludes May 18 at Darby.
The top four finishers in each event advance to regional Wednesday, May 22, and May 24 at Pickerington North. At regional, the top four finishers in each event advance to state May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
Levitt won the high jump (6-4) in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet held May 9 and 11 at Davidson. He also placed second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.67 seconds) and fourth in the long jump (20-7 3/4).
"Caleb is a senior, so getting the reps in over the years has helped him continue to progress," coach Ben Gadfield said. "He has cleared 6-6 several times this season and came close to 6-8 a couple of times, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what he can do in the next couple weeks."
Levitt said the two jumps complement one another.
"The form I have to have in the long jump is the form I need for the high jump," he said. "The long jump is more of a horizontal jump. I have to stay low and try to not stride myself out. In the high jump, I try to get as high as possible and do what I need to do."
The boys team scored 88 points in the league meet to finish fourth behind champion Darby (141).
The 1,600 relay of Kenyon Richardson, Ibrahim Dumbuya, Derek Morgan and Zeke Bennett finished first (3:29.5), Bennett was runner-up in the 400 (50.54), Richardson placed third in both the long jump (21-7) and 200 (22.56) and fourth in the 400 (51.23), Dumbuya was third in the 300 hurdles (40.62) and David Metzler was third in the discus (140-8).
Emily Keck placed second in the shot put (37-8 1/2) and third in the discus (99-10) to lead the girls team, which finished fifth (48) in the league meet behind champion Darby (183).
Placing fourth were Jaelyn Hopson in the high jump (5-4), Megan Mummert in the shot put (35-6 1/4) and Gracelyn Peebles in the 200 (26.53).
Baseball team opens district tourney
The 11th-seeded baseball team opened the Division I district tournament with a second-round game against 42nd-seeded Newark on May 15.
The winner plays eighth-seeded Pickerington North or 28th-seeded Hamilton Township in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at a neutral site. The district final is May 23.
The Jaguars defeated Darby 3-0 on May 10 to improve to 14-12 overall and finish 9-5 in the OCC-Cardinal. Luke Barren tossed a two-hitter with five strikeouts and two walks. Luke Wolfgram-Evans hit a two-run triple and Dillon Ysseldyke had an RBI single.
Boys lacrosse team begins postseason
The 11th-seeded boys lacrosse team was 3-12 before playing 10th-seeded Miamisburg in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 14.
The winner plays top-seeded Upper Arlington or 14th-seeded Kettering Fairmont in a regional quarterfinal Friday, May 17, at the home of the better seed. That winner faces third-seeded New Albany, fifth-seeded Thomas Worthington, sixth-seeded St. Charles or 15th-seeded Gahanna in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at the home of the better seed.
The regional final is May 24.
The Jaguars closed the regular season May 7 by defeating Marysville 9-8.
Boys volleyball team set for postseason
The boys volleyball team is seeded seventh in the Division I East Region tournament and opens against ninth-seeded Pickerington North on Saturday, May 18, at Mount Vernon.
The winner advances to a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21, against second-seeded host Mount Vernon or 18th-seeded Delaware.
The regional final is May 24 at Westerville Central.
The Jaguars are 13-6 overall and finished 10-4 in the OCC-Cardinal, behind champion Darby (14-0).
Through 19 matches, outside hitter Jonah Gilbert had 495 kills, 88 blocks, 70 digs and 32 aces, libero Attia Soliman had 258 digs, 68 assists and 24 aces and middle hitter Joe Fadley had 135 kills and 105 blocks.
Battery should return for softball team
The softball team expects to return most of its lineup, including its catcher and top pitcher.
Junior pitcher Macie LoParo and sophomore catcher Makenzie Hilling should be key cogs next season for the Jaguars, who finished 13-8 overall and 10-4 in the OCC-Cardinal to place second behind Delaware (14-0).
"We're excited with what we have in Macie and Makenzie," said coach Kevin Moody, whose 17th-seeded Jaguars lost to 22nd-seeded New Albany 6-3 on May 6 in the first round of Division I district tournament. "It's nice to have a pitcher and catcher coming back for a second season in a row together."
Hilling led the Jaguars in batting average (.452), RBI (31) and triples (3) and also had one home run, 25 runs scored and nine doubles. LoParo was 13-6 with a 4.29 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 23 walks in 124 innings and batted .306 with one home run and 15 RBI.
Bradley is losing three seniors in shortstop Jaiden Bryant, first baseman Michaela Medich and second baseman Annika Murray.
Bryant, an Akron signee, led the team in home runs (11), runs (37), stolen bases (9), on-base percentage (.542) and slugging percentage (1.069) and batted .444 and with 29 RBI. Murray batted .417 with one home run, nine RBI, 33 runs, eight stolen bases and nine doubles, and Medich hit .371 with one homer and 13 RBI.
"Our seniors were great leaders," Moody said. "They were the hardest workers out there."
Other key players expected to return include juniors Amanda Nashalsky (OF; .283, 8 RBI, 14 runs) and McKenzi Shultz-Apps (3B; .408, 2 home runs, 25 RBI, 22 runs) and freshman Kenna McClellan (OF; .403, 23 RBI, 13 runs).
Girls lacrosse team falls to Shamrocks
The 16th-seeded girls lacrosse team lost to fourth-seeded Dublin Coffman 15-5 on May 13 in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament to finish 0-18.
Payton Williams scored two goals to lead Bradley.
Ashlee Phillips scored four goals in a 19-8 loss to Bexley on May 9 in the Jaguars' regular-season finale.
Season ends for boys tennis team
The boys tennis team's season ended in a Division I sectional May 9 at UA, as none of its players advanced to the district tournament Thursday, May 16, and Saturday, May 18, at Reynoldsburg.
The Jaguars were led at sectional by junior Dylan Shook, who went 2-1 in singles. Also in singles, junior Dylan Castro went 1-1 and senior Kiren Manoharan went 0-1.
In doubles, juniors Ankit Kumar and Valen Rajmohan went 1-1 and junior Anish Chitti and sophomore Alex Zakrzewski went 0-1.
Under first-year coach Colleen Baker, Bradley finished 7-9 overall and 1-6 in the OCC-Cardinal.