The Whitehall-Yearling High School boys track and field team looked to ride the momentum of winning the MSL-Ohio Division title into the postseason.
The Rams scored 104 points in the league meet May 7 and 10 at home to finish ahead of Grandview (96), Columbus Academy (71), Bexley (49) and Worthington Christian (26).
The boys and girls 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.
"We have a good team (and) we have a good class of seniors," coach Aaron Johnson said. "Our field events are strong. We have good relays (and) good sprints."
Chris Ceasar won the 110-meter hurdles (14.88 seconds) and 300 hurdles (39.73) to lead the boys in the league meet. He also joined Keith Hodge, Christian Gordon and Charles Miller on the first-place 800 relay (1:31.48).
Raymell Byrd won the 100 (11.22), placed second in the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches) and teamed with Raashad Strickland, Miller and Gordon to win the 400 relay (43.49).
Keon Freeman won the shot put (47-1/2) and Hezekiah Freeman was first in the long jump (19-11).
"Keon has been dominating all season. He's had a really impressive senior season," Johnson said. "(It was the) same thing with Hezekiah in the long jump. (The) field events had a good (meet). They represented us well."
Liana Betts finished second in the shot put (34-9) and discus (103-7) to lead the girls.
Janatie Alvarez was third in the 100 (13.23) and 200 (27.01) and teamed with Ka'Bree Sandifer, Tyrianna Stewart and Ry'Yair Smith to finish third in the 400 relay (53.03).
Makyha Hinton was third in the shot put (33-1/2) and Kashell King was third in the pole vault (6-6).
The Rams finished fifth (38) behind Grandview (105), Bexley (81), Academy (77) and Worthington Christian (47).
"We're ready for district," coach Stephanie Wilcox said.
"We have had several (personal records) in the last few meets. They're peaking when they need to be. They're doing what they need to be doing."
Baseball team opens postseason
The 46th-seeded baseball team was 3-16 overall before playing 27th-seeded Delaware in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 14.
The winner played third-seeded Olentangy Orange in the second round May 15, with that winner playing 13th-seeded Westerville Central or 25th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at a neutral site.
The Rams lost to Academy 12-5 on May 8 to finish 0-8 in the MSL-Ohio.
Daugherty tosses no-hitter in softball
Junior pitcher Kaila Daugherty tossed a no-hitter with eight strikeouts in the softball team's 13-0 five-inning win at 16th-seeded Beechcroft in the first round of the Division II district tournament May 7.
The 18th-seeded Rams lost at fifth-seeded Granville 16-1 in five innings May 9 to finish 5-18.
Boys tennis coach likes team's progress
Second-year boys tennis coach Anthony Paletta was pleased with his team's development despite it finishing 4-9 overall and 0-5 in the MSL-Ohio.
The Rams competed in a Division I sectional May 9 at Hilliard Bradley and won first-round matches on three of five courts.
Junior Tobias Guzek and sophomore Raymond Zhen went 1-1 in singles, and juniors Jacob Clark and Stephaun Ellis were 1-1 in doubles.
Junior Farji Adam was 0-1 in singles. Senior Seth Coleman and freshman Sam McQuate were 0-1 in doubles.
Others eligible to return are juniors Josiah Cambron, John Davis, Nemedi Geda, Samuel Hagos and Kaleb Regassa.
"There are some really good seniors out here, and they're not just good on the court, they're also very strong academically," Paletta said. "We're at the point where we're looking at the strategy of the game more than just technique. They understand the game a little bit more."