After being edged at the finish line in the 3,200 meters in the Division I, district 1 meet that concluded May 18 at Darby, Lindsay Stull of the Hilliard Davidson High School girls track and field team entered regional with even more motivation.
The sophomore took her first lead of the 3,200 early in the final lap before being overtaken at the end by Watkins Memorial's Andrea Kuhn, who won in 10 minutes, 52.28 seconds, just ahead of Stull (10:52.38).
Stull and Kuhn will meet again in the regional meet, which began May 22 and concludes Friday, May 24, at Pickerington North.
"I knew they were all really good runners and they all had a kick, but I wasn't expecting (Kuhn) to come up at the end," Stull said. "I'm looking forward to regional. This is when all the hard work gets shown off and we get to show what we can do."
Also at district, Stull teamed with Sophie Lewis, Riley Ries and Ellie Tighe to win the 3,200 relay (9:20.74), placed second in the 1,600 (5:11.84) and joined Lewis, Haleigh Spencer and Koharu Takahashi on the third-place 1,600 relay (4:05.84).
"For Lindsay to run a two-mile at that speed and then come back and run the (1,600 relay), that's awesome," coach Matt Beatty said. "She qualified for regional in four events. She's awesome. She's a great kid. She's going to remember (the 3,200) all week and she'll use it for training. She's very competitive."
Emilee Fecht also had a strong district meet, winning the shot put (39 feet, 6 3/4 inches) and placing third in the discus (114-3).
"Shot put is my main event," said Fecht, who holds the program record in the event (40-1). "I was high jumping, but we wanted to focus on throwing. (Winning a district title) means a lot. It's my last year, so I just want to prove myself."
Also advancing to regional were Tighe in the 1,600 (second, 5:06.06), Lewis in the 800 (second, 2:15.41), Ries in the 800 (third, 2:23.74) and Talaya Sanford, Caroline Schneidmiller, Sydney Ryan and Klaire Kazmerzak in both the 400 relay (second, 49.67) and 800 relay (second, 1:44.21).
Davidson finished second (104 points) of 17 teams at district, just behind Darby (106).
Josiah Ezirim led the boys team in the 17-team district 3 meet by winning both the shot put (54-7 1/2) and discus (164-0).
"I thought I could win both events," Ezirim said. "I came in pretty confident."
Also winning titles were the 3,200 relay of Jack Altman, Nick Sauvey, Conner Johanssen and Max LeClair (7:58.09), Johanssen in the 3,200 (9:41.71) and Christian Gillilan in the high jump (6-7).
Other regional qualifiers were Altman in the 3,200 (second, 9:49.75) and Sauvey in the 1,600 (third, 4:25.89).
The Wildcats finished third (83.33) at district behind Reynoldsburg (104) and Olentangy Orange (101).
At regional, the top four finishers in each event advance to state May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
Baseball team didn't meet expectations
The baseball team finished 8-18 overall after losing 5-2 to 25th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 13.
"Obviously, we had high expectations going into the season and sometimes that happens, things don't go your way," said coach Justin Swallie, whose team was seeded 36th. "That's how life works sometimes."
Junior Cameron Curry (1B) had a team-high .373 batting average, followed by senior Drew Yoder (1B, .355), senior Christian Sweet (C/INF, .337), junior Alex Painter (OF, .327), junior Nick Dymek (SS/P, .316) and senior David May (OF, .303).
Sweet (25) and Yoder (18) led the team in RBI and Sweet and Cowan each scored a team-high 19 runs.
Sweet, who was one of 12 seniors, was named first-team all-league and second-team all-district. Yoder was second team all-league and honorable mention all-district, Curry was special mention all-league and junior Ryan Mayr (OF) was honorable mention all-league.
Davidson went 5-10 in the OCC-Central Division to finish fifth, behind champion Upper Arlington (13-2).
"We've been doing this every day for four months and all that prep we do in the offseason, it was tough (to see the season end)," Swallie said. "Our guys are just so much fun to be around. I love this group and it was hard not being with them for a day for the first time in a long time."
Boys lacrosse team ousted by Elks
The seventh-seeded boys lacrosse team lost to fourth-seeded Centerville 9-5 in the second round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 17 to finish 8-11.
Alex Van Voorhis and Kirk Myers each had two goals and Jake Blevins scored one.
The Wildcats opened the postseason with a 20-12 win over 13th-seeded Pickerington North on May 14, as Myers, Van Voorhis and Trent Nuccetelli each scored five goals.
Girls lacrosse team falls to Cardinals
The 13th-seeded girls lacrosse team lost to third-seeded Thomas Worthington 17-5 in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 14 to finish 3-10.
Doubles team closes season at district
Senior Ethan Clark and junior Jack Kamnikar of the boys tennis team competed in doubles in the Division I district tournament May 16 at Reynoldsburg, losing to UA's Paige Kompa and Will Reynolds 6-0, 6-0 in the first round.
"I'm happy if we can get here and if we can advance, that's great, too," coach Steve De Dent said. "Whether we win one match or two, that's fantastic. We come to this thing sometimes and I don't believe our kids think they can win, and those two were capable. You have to bring your play up to another level when you come here."
Davidson lost its first five matches but finished 9-8 overall, including 2-2 in the OCC-Central to place third behind champion UA (4-0).
In addition to Kamnikar, eligible to return are juniors Timothy Liou, Abel Ruehle and Nikhil Supanekar, sophomore Isaac Gayetsky and freshman Hayes Houseworth.
Season ends for boys volleyball team
The 10th-seeded boys volleyball team opened the Division I East Region tournament with a 25-18, 25-18, 25-15 victory over 16th-seeded Westerville North on May 17, but lost to third-seeded Gahanna 25-16, 25-16, 25-17 in the second round May 18 to finish 13-12.