Justin Braun may have made a name for himself with his record-setting performances during the OCC-Cardinal Division meet May 9 and 11 at Hilliard Davidson.
The freshman won the 100, 200 and 400 meters, setting two league records in the process, to help the Thomas Worthington High School boys track and field team finish third.
"Justin is just special," coach Bill Darling said. "But he's only a freshman and we don't want to place a bunch of expectations on him. We just want him to enjoy everything. We're giving him guidance and a training program and letting him do what he does.
"He has already accomplished more this year than we were anticipating. Setting league records as a freshman is very impressive and I know coaches across our district, and maybe even in the state, will take note of that."
Braun set league records in the 200 (21.72 seconds) and 400 (47.47) and ran a 10.9 in the 100, as the Cardinals totaled 95.5 points to finish behind Hilliard Darby (141) and Dublin Jerome (105) and ahead of Hilliard Bradley (88), Kilbourne (75.5), Dublin Scioto (71), Olentangy Berlin (42) and Delaware (38).
Junior Theory Schroder also won a league title, finishing first in the 300 hurdles (39.29).
DiJahn Davis was runner-up in the shot put (45 feet, 11 inches). Placing third were Macario Etienne in the 800 (2:03.31) and Zubin Jha in the 3,200 (9:47.76), finishing fourth were Wesley Horton in the 800 (2:04.95), Noah Silliman in the 3,200 (9:53.74) and the 3,200 relay of Etienne, Horton, Nate Johnson and Clayton Wood (8:34.46) and Luka Srsic tied for fourth in the pole vault (12-6).
The girls team also set two league records, with the 3,200 relay of Lydia Miller, Cassidy Shaver, Gia Napoleon and Carina Napoleon winning in 9:25.5 and Gia Napoleon breaking her own record in the 1,600 by winning in 4:55.46.
Carina Napoleon finished second in the 1,600 (4:56.88), but won the 800 (2:20.12) ahead of her sister (2:23.74). Also winning were Sarah Charley in the long jump (16-10 1/4), Riley Adams in the pole vault (8-6) and the 1,600 relay of Breanne Beatty, Jada Stephens and the Napoleons (4:01.67).
Morgan Edwards was runner-up in the 3,200 (11:38.5), Leila Boussedra was third in the 3,200 (12:00.4), Beatty placed third in the 300 hurdles (46.9) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.88), the 800 relay of Stephens, Mia Jablonski, Riley Chase and Charley was third (1:50.07), Shaver placed fourth in the 800 (2:26.3) and Miller was fourth in the 1,600 (5:12.91).
The Cardinals finished second (136) behind Darby (183) and ahead of Jerome (90.83), Scioto (88), Bradley (48), Kilbourne (39.33), Berlin (38) and Delaware (34.83).
Both teams are competing in the Division I, district 3 meet this week at Darby. The meet began May 15, continues Thursday, May 16, and concludes Saturday, 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.
Britz returns to district in singles
Senior Kai Britz will represent the boys tennis team in the Division I district tournament Thursday, May 16, and Saturday, May 18, at Reynoldsburg.
Making his third district appearance, Britz will play Kilbourne freshman Owen Alderman in the first round in singles. He beat Alderman 6-1, 6-3 in an OCC-Cardinal match April 23.
Britz advanced to district by finishing as runner-up at a sectional May 9 and 11 at Reynoldsburg.
"I played pretty solid in the sectional and I want to go into district with the same mindset," he said.
Britz defeated Chillicothe's Katie Conner 6-0, 6-0 in the first round, St. Charles' Brady Pema 6-0, 6-1 in the second round, New Albany's Alek Jacoby 7-5, 7-5 in a quarterfinal and New Albany's Logan Spiess 6-1, 6-0 in a semifinal before losing to St. Charles' Reese Yakubov 6-4, 6-1 in the final.
"Kai is 19-3 this season and all three losses have been to Yakubov, once in a regular-season match, once in the Worthington Cup and then in the sectional championship," coach Andrew Sinclair said. "But Kai is getting closer each time."
The top four finishers in singles and doubles at district advance to state May 24 and 25 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
"(Britz) is peaking at the right time and all of his teammates are excited for him," Sinclair said. "The past two years, we chose a sectional where we felt we would have a number of district qualifiers and we did. But then they would have to play strong competition in the first round at district.
"This year, I talked to all of the kids and we decided together to put ourselves in the tough sectional and give Kai a chance to win a few matches at district to get to state. The funny thing is that most of them won at least one match anyway and some of them took two."
Also in singles at sectional, Will Newberry went 2-1 and reached a district-qualifying match and Steve Jackman went 0-1. In doubles, Aaron Zeller and Deep Gupta went 2-1 and reached a district-qualifying match, as did Mitch Button and Ryley Briones.
Baseball team opens postseason
The 37th-seeded baseball team defeated 44th-seeded Franklin Heights 7-3 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 13 at home to improve to 6-19.
The Cardinals played at fifth-seeded Gahanna in the second round May 15. The winner plays 15th-seeded Central Crossing, 16th-seeded Grove City or 38th-seeded Westland in a district semifinal Monday, May 20, at a neutral site. The district final is May 23.
The Cardinals finished 2-12 in the OCC-Cardinal after losing to Kilbourne 15-5 on May 8 and 8-5 on May 10.
Boys lacrosse team begins postseason
The boys lacrosse team went 1-1 in the Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association tournament last weekend at Fortress Obetz, losing to Olentangy 9-8 on May 10 and beating Hudson Western Reserve Academy 10-5 on May 11.
The fifth-seeded Cardinals were 11-7 before playing sixth-seeded St. Charles in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 14.
The winner plays third-seeded New Albany or 15th-seeded Gahanna in a regional quarterfinal Friday, May 17 at the home of the better seed. That winner likely will play top-seeded Upper Arlington or third-seeded New Albany in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at the home of the better seed.
The regional final is May 24.
Girls lacrosse team opens regional play
The third-seeded girls lacrosse team was 11-6 before playing 13th-seeded Davidson 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 Cardinals split their final two regular-season games, beating Olentangy 14-13 on May 7 and losing at Cincinnati Loveland 11-9 on May 11.
Boys volleyball team preps for tourney
The boys volleyball team is seeded 14th of 19 teams in the Division I East Region tournament and will open against 15th-seeded New Albany on Friday, May 17, at Olentangy Orange.
The winner plays 11th-seeded Pickerington Central on Saturday, May 18, at Darby, with that winner facing top-seeded Darby or 19th-seeded Reynoldsburg in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at Darby.
The regional final is May 24 at Westerville Central.
Thomas lost to Bradley 25-12, 25-18, 25-17 on May 6 and Kilbourne 25-14, 25-14, 25-14 on May 7 to finish 3-11 in the OCC-Cardinal, but rebounded to win two of its final three matches.
The Cardinals beat Reynoldsburg 25-19, 27-25, 25-9 on May 8 and then split two matches the next day, losing to Pickerington Central 25-22, 25-19 and defeating Olentangy Orange 25-21, 22-25, 25-23 to improve to 6-15.
Softball team losing three seniors
Fifteen of the softball team's 18 players are eligible to return.
The 38th-seeded Cardinals lost at 34th-seeded Central Crossing 14-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 6 to finish 3-17 overall.
The Cardinals, who went 3-11 in the OCC-Cardinal to place seventh behind champion Delaware (14-0), is losing seniors Deven Howarth (1B/DH), Carmen Staton (2B) and Taylor Viebranz (1B/DH).
Among the expected returnees are junior Jill Riegert (OF), sophomores Reid Dunbar (OF) and Allison Kiehl (SS) and freshmen Emma McNeilly (C), Sadie Maysonet (3B) and Sophia Rond (P).