The Hilliard Davidson High School girls track and field team is looking to build on another dominating performance in the OCC-Central Division meet.
Led by a record-setting 3,200-meter relay, the Wildcats won the league title for the third consecutive season, scoring 189 points in their home meet May 9 and 11 to finish well ahead of runner-up Dublin Coffman (123) as well as Upper Arlington (114), Marysville (74), Central Crossing (15) and Westland (6).
"When we graduate (athletes), top runners try to fill their shoes and we're always looking to the next level of where can we get to and, first and foremost, how can we work together to get there," distance coach Nathan King said. "We tend to have decent relays."
The 3,200 relay of Sophie Lewis, Ellie Tighe, Riley Ries and Lindsay Stull opened the meet by winning in 9 minutes, 17.93 seconds, setting an overall OCC record. Gahanna set the previous record of 9:19.12 in 2017.
Davidson has won the event six consecutive seasons.
"It's super fun because we've done it obviously with a lot of different people with people graduating," Tighe said. "It's special to know that we have a program that can continue to do that just off the hard work that we put in and running for each other. This definitely gets us ready for district."
Tighe also won both the 1,600 (5:06.84) and 3,200 (11:17.39) and Stull finished first in the 800 (2:15.31).
Also winning titles were Emilee Fecht in the shot put (39 feet, 1/4 inch), Sarah Shevelow in the discus (112-2), the 1,600 relay of Lewis, Stull, Koharu Takahashi and Haleigh Spencer (4:06.86) and the 400 relay of Talaya Sanford, Caroline Schneidmiller, Klaire Kazmerzak and Lydia Baumgartner (50.42).
The boys team just missed winning the OCC-Central title, as it scored 150 points to finish one point behind Coffman (151) and ahead of UA (93), Marysville (67), Central Crossing (54) and Westland (6).
Conner Johanssen won both the 1,600 (4:20.69) and 3,200 (9:46.79), Josiah Ezirim won both the shot put (54-3 1/4) and discus (157-2), Max LeClair won the 800 (1:59.97) and the 3,200 relay of Johanssen, LeClair, Jack Altman and Mitchell Messer finished first (8:07.25).
"We always look forward to the conference meet and see what we can do," LeClair said. "We always have big goals. We always want to win and score as many points as possible and get ourselves as ready as we can for district."
Both teams are participating in the Division I district meet this week at Darby. The boys are competing in district 3, which began May 15, continues Thursday, May 16, and concludes Saturday, May 18, while the girls are in district 1, which began May 14, continues May 16 and concludes May 18.
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.
Doubles team reaches district
The doubles team of Ethan Clark and Jack Kamnikar will represent the boys tennis team in the Division I district tournament Thursday, May 16, and Saturday, May 18, at Reynoldsburg.
Clark and Kamnikar advanced to district by going 2-2 and placing fourth at a sectional May 9 and 11 at Bradley.
At district, the top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to state May 24 and 25 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Also at sectional, Collin Lam went 1-1 and Hayes Houseworth and Isaac Gayetsky both went 0-1 in singles, and Uday Patel and Timothy Liou went 1-1 in doubles, falling one win shy of qualifying for district.
Boys lacrosse team opens postseason
The seventh-seeded boys lacrosse team was 7-10 before playing 13th-seeded Pickerington North in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 14.
The winner plays fourth-seeded Centerville or ninth-seeded Darby in a regional quarterfinal Friday, May 17, at the home of the better seed. That winner plays second-seeded Worthington Kilbourne, eighth-seeded Pickerington Central, 12th-seeded Beavercreek or 16th-seeded Newark in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at the home of the better seed. The regional final is May 24.
Davidson lost to Kilbourne 12-4 on April 18 and Darby 11-7 on May 7 but defeated Central 6-4 on April 11.
Girls lacrosse team begins regional play
The 13th-seeded girls lacrosse team was 3-9 before playing third-seeded Thomas Worthington in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 14.
The winner plays sixth-seeded Pickerington Central or 12th-seeded Beavercreek in a regional quarterfinal Friday, May 17, at the home of the better seed. That winner likely will play at top-seeded UA in a regional semifinal Monday, May 20. The regional final is May 23.
The Wildcats lost to Central 18-4 on April 11 and UA 17-2 on April 24.
Boys volleyball team preps for postseason
The 10th-seeded boys volleyball team will play host to 16th-seeded Westerville North in a Division I East Region tournament play-in match Friday, May 17.
The winner plays third-seeded Gahanna in the first round Saturday, May 18, at Mount Vernon, with that winner playing fourth-seeded Dublin Jerome or 17th-seeded UA in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at Mount Vernon.
Davidson was 12-10 overall before playing in the OCC Challenge on May 14 at Darby and finished 9-5 in the OCC-Central.
Baseball team ousted by Scotties
The baseball team lost 5-2 at 25th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 13.
The 36th-seeded Wildcats finished 8-18.
Season ends for softball team
The softball team saw its season end with a 10-9 loss at 20th-seeded Darby in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 8.
Sophomore Carlie Champion (OF) had three hits and junior Maggie Rupert (INF) and sophomore Marissa Korbini (OF) each had two for the 23rd-seeded Wildcats, who defeated 35th-seeded Hartley 18-8 in five innings in the first round May 6.
Davidson finished 13-13 overall and went 3-7 in the OCC-Central to finish fifth, behind champion Marysville (9-1).
The future looks promising for the Wildcats, as there were no seniors on the roster.
"There were some growing pains, but at the same time, going from 5-19 last year to 13-13 this year and to actually win a tournament game and be in the game (at Darby) where we could have won, it says a lot about how far we've come and how far they still can go," coach Katie Speakman said. "They have so much potential."
Junior Abby Mullins (C) had a team-high .456 batting average, followed by sophomore CiCi Keidel (SS, .411), junior Natalie Myers (3B, .397), freshman Erin Hennessy (OF, .364), Champion (.341) and Korbini (.339).
Keidel had a team-high 36 RBI, followed by Myers (27) and Mullins (24). Myers had a team-best seven home runs.
In the circle, sophomore Lauren Runals was 9-7 with a 6.09 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 42 walks in 89 2/3 innings and junior Addison DeJesus was 4-6 with a 4.32 ERA, 42 strikeouts and 32 walks in 68 innings.
Others eligible to return are juniors Bella Harless (OF), Kayla Michael (P) and Bella Rolon (utility) and sophomore Kami Graham (INF).
"This is a team of resilience, and it's been that way since about from the middle of the season on," Speakman said.