Led by Devon Richardson and Rickey Hyatt Jr., the Westerville Central High School boys track and field team had a strong showing in the OCC-Buckeye Division meet that concluded May 11 at Hilliard Davidson.
The Warhawks finished third with 96 points, behind Olentangy Orange (139) and Olentangy Liberty (136) and ahead of Olentangy (77), Westerville South (40) and Westerville North (35).
The boys and girls teams now are competing in the Division I, district 1 meet, which began May 14, continues Thursday, May 16, and concludes Saturday, May 18, at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers in each event advance to regional Wednesday, May 22, and May 24 at Pickerington North.
Richardson and Hyatt each turned in a league-record performance.
Richardson won the discus in an OCC-Buckeye meet-record 156 feet, 2 inches. The previous mark of 149-2 was set by Davidson's Brad McKinley in 2006, and Richardson's previous best was 144-2.
"This helps me a lot," said Richardson, who surpassed McKinley's mark on each of his final three throws. "It gives me really good confidence in myself throwing that far. All I have to do is keep working hard it. I didn't even know I beat the (league) record."
Richardson also was third in the shot put (42-7 1/2).
Hyatt won the 300-meter hurdles in an OCC-Buckeye meet-record 38.09 seconds, eclipsing the mark of 39.3 set by Upper Arlington's Matthew Davis in 2008.
Hyatt also won the 110 hurdles (14.93) and joined Dymon Gainey, D.J. Johnson and Tyrone Johnson on the winning 800 relay (1:29.92), while Gainey won the 400 (50.21).
Mabinty Kebe led the girls by winning the 200 (25.43), 100 hurdles (15.1) and 300 hurdles (44.5). She also teamed with Kayla Jones, Moriah Johnson and Chiedza Guyo to win the 1,600 relay (4:03.09).
"It was a great meet," Kebe said. "I loved the competition. I was very nervous going into (the finals) because I knew the girls had great talent coming in and I just went out and ran the best I knew I could, and now I'm just preparing myself for (district)."
Jones won the 800 (2:16.98). Lyssa Zepfel won the 100 (21.48) and 400 (1:24.62) in the seated division.
Central finished second (120) behind Orange (160.5) and ahead of Liberty (106.5), Olentangy (52), North (45) and South (36).
Softball team reaches district semifinal
The top-seeded softball team was 24-2 before playing 20th-seeded Darby in a Division I district semifinal May 15.
The winner plays 13th-seeded Upper Arlington in a district final Friday, May 17, or Saturday, May 18, at Pickerington Central.
The district champion plays Delaware, Dublin Coffman or Grove City in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 22, at Ohio State. The regional final is May 25 at Ohio State.
After a first-round bye, the Warhawks defeated 44th-seeded Columbus West 24-0 in five innings May 8. Avrey Schumacher tripled, doubled and singled to lead the Warhawks.
Baseball team begins postseason
The 13th-seeded baseball team was 14-11 before playing 25th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 15.
The winner plays third-seeded Orange, 27th-seeded Delaware or 46th-seeded Whitehall in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at a neutral site. Central defeated Orange 6-4 on April 12 and 5-3 on May 7, and lost to the Pioneers 8-7 on April 10.
The district final is May 23 at a neutral site.
An OCC-Buckeye game against South was postponed May 10 because of bad weather and is tentatively scheduled to be played Thursday, May 16.
Boys lacrosse team opens postseason
The 10th-seeded boys lacrosse team was 11-8 before playing fifth-seeded Medina in the first round of the Division I, Region 1 tournament May 14.
The winner plays fourth-seeded Delaware or 13th-seeded Perrysburg on Friday, May 17, with the winner likely playing top-seeded Coffman in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21.
Central closed the regular season with a 15-2 win over Gahanna on May 10. Dawson Kindall scored six goals, giving him 96 for the season. Jack Lammert had four goals, Jon Gentil and Avery Kuhr each had two and Jake Schorling added one.
Girls lacrosse team closes season
The 13th-seeded girls lacrosse team finished 4-13 with a 24-7 loss at third-seeded Liberty in the first round of the Division I, Region 1 tournament May 13.
Leah Sharifi scored three goals and Sophie Misiuk and Emma Fantine each added two to lead Central.
The Warhawks defeated Wellington 19-1 on May 9 as Misiuk and Sharifi each scored four goals.
Boys volleyball team preps for postseason
The boys volleyball team was 5-11 before playing New Albany in the OCC Challenge on May 14 at Darby.
The Warhawks are seeded 13th in the Division I East Region tournament and visit 12th-seeded Orange on Friday, May 17. The winner plays sixth-seeded Coffman on Saturday, May 18, with that winner playing fifth-seeded Olentangy or eighth-seeded Liberty in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21.
Boys tennis team wraps up season
The boys tennis team closed its season by competing in a Division I sectional May 9 at Reynoldsburg.
After a first-round bye, the doubles team of senior Lakshan Suthanthira and junior Krish Nair went 1-1 to finish a win shy of qualifying for district.
Sophomore Michael Weiler and freshman Nick Buehler went 0-1 in doubles.
Sophomore Dipendra Kami went 1-1 in singles, and senior Cory Blankenship and sophomore Will Arnett each went 0-1.
Juniors Robert Boyd and Ted Lau also are eligible to return.
Central finished 3-9 overall and 1-4 in the OCC-Buckeye.
"The team made steady improvement throughout the year," coach Brian Arnett said. "We lost several close matches where we were very competitive."
Kloepfer named girls basketball coach
Pending school board approval, Jim Kloepfer will be Central's next girls basketball coach, according to athletics director Andy Ey.
Kloepfer replaces Jim Morgan, who stepped down after two seasons.
Kloepfer was the girls coach at North for 11 seasons before his contract wasn't renewed for the 2014-15 season. He was 152-97 with three league titles and guided the Warriors to their only district championship in 2005.
He was league Coach of the Year three times, including his final two seasons, and was Division I district Coach of the Year in 2013.
Kloepfer is a guidance counselor at Central.
After going 1-22 in 2016-17, the Warhawks went 15-8 in Morgan's first season and 10-14 this past season. Central went 9-11 in the OCC-Buckeye over the two seasons.