Members of the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys track and field teams had some memorable moments in the Division I, district 2 meet that concluded May 18 at Hilliard Darby.
Senior Jack Begley and junior Tanner Williams had a plan, followed the script and were rewarded for their teamwork in the 3,200 meters.
"My goal was to place in the top three and help Jack at least get in the top four so we could both qualify for the regional," said Williams, who won in 9 minutes, 43.53 seconds. "We wanted to work together and we were able to pull it off because Jack really dug deep and stayed with me most of the way."
Begley finished third in 9:47.34, as the top four finishers in each district event advanced to regional, which began May 22 and concludes Friday, May 24 at Pickerington North.
"Tanner is the man," Begley said. "He just pulled me through. I tried to stay focused on him and not let him pull away without me. But (Pickerington North's Matt Duvall) still finished between us because Tanner just crushed it in the last 50 meters and I can't stick with him when he's churning like that."
Coach Josh Stegman was astounded.
"I knew what they were capable of and I felt if they ran their race, they could make it out," he said. "But truthfully, I wasn't expecting a first place and third place there. I mean, it has to have been 10 or 11 years since this boys program has won a running event at district. They were just special.
"We made the decision not to double them up in the (1,600) because of the heat. We were watching the forecast for about five days and we knew it was supposed to be in the upper 80s today. There's no way they run like that (in the 3,200) if they had already competed in the (1,600). I'm so happy for them."
Senior Elijah Young won the long jump in a school-record 22 feet, 9 3/4 inches. Just three weeks ago, he was making his way back to competition with a knee brace following an ACL injury sustained in September playing football.
Young also advanced in the pole vault (third, 13-0).
"Elijah was in second place (in the long jump) with a 21-11 1/2 and was behind (Gavin Smith of) Olentangy Liberty, who had a 22-4 entering the final attempts," Stegman said. "But (Pickerington North's Zhane Wallace) threw a 21-11 3/4 to bump Elijah down to third place. So I went over to Elijah and said, 'You're already onto regionals, so it's your call. You can save it for regional or you can say I'm going to go for a district championship in my senior year.' He's so competitive, I knew what he was going to say. His adrenaline was sky high. ... It seemed like he was flying and it was all in like slow motion and when he landed, we all exploded because we knew he had just won. I mean, he beat our school record by four inches. Amazing."
Also advancing to regional was Terrique Gray in the high jump (fourth, 6-2).
The Wolves finished seventh (53 points) behind co-champions Pickerington North and Canal Winchester (84) as 16 teams scored.
Advancing to regional for the girls team were Chidima Anaraodo, who won the discus (112-5), and Sasha Bomser, who was runner-up in the 1,600 (5:22.33).
The Wolves placed seventh (31) in district 2 behind champion Gahanna (186) as 14 teams scored.
At regional, the top four finishers in each event advance to the state meet May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
Boys lacrosse team cruising in tournament
The second-seeded boys lacrosse team cruised through the first two rounds of the Division I, Region 3 tournament and was 16-4 before playing host to fourth-seeded Centerville in a regional semifinal May 21.
The winner plays top-seeded Upper Arlington or sixth-seeded St. Charles in the regional final Friday, May 24, at the home of the better seed. The regional champion faces Cincinnati Moeller, Cincinnati St. Xavier, Cincinnati Sycamore or Mason in a state semifinal Wednesday, May 29, at a neutral site.
The state final is June 1 at Ohio Wesleyan.
The Wolves beat St. Charles 12-6 on May 2 but lost to UA 10-6 on March 26.
Kilbourne opened the postseason with a 26-0 win over 16th-seeded Newark on May 14 and defeated eighth-seeded Pickerington Central 17-4 on May 17.
Girls lacrosse team rolls to regional semi
The fifth-seeded girls lacrosse team was 11-8 before visiting top-seeded DeSales in a Division II, Region 7 semifinal May 21.
The winner plays second-seeded Columbus Academy or third-seeded Granville in the regional final Friday, May 24, at New Albany. The regional champion faces Cincinnati Indian Hill, Cincinnati Summit Country Day, Cincinnati Wyo-ming or Cincinnati Mariemont in a state semifinal Tuesday, May 28, at a neutral site.
The state final is June 1 at Ohio Wesleyan.
The Wolves lost to Granville 15-10 on April 6 but defeated Academy 15-5 on May 7.
Kilbourne rolled through the first two rounds of the tournament, beating 12th-seeded Dayton Carroll 20-3 on May 15 and 10th-seeded Bexley 18-6 on May 18.
Boys volleyball team wins regional opener
The fourth-seeded boys volleyball was 16-9 before playing second-seeded Watterson in a Division II East Region semifinal May 21.
The winner plays top-seeded St. Charles or third-seeded Briggs in a regional final Friday, May 24, at Westerville Central. The regional champion advances to a state quarterfinal June 1 at Capital.
Kilbourne defeated Briggs 25-14, 25-19, 23-25, 25-14 on March 29.
The Wolves opened the postseason May 18, beating fifth-seeded DeSales 25-14, 25-16, 25-18 at Licking Heights.
Boys tennis season ends at district
Three members of the boys tennis team ended their seasons in the Division I district tournament May 16 at Reynoldsburg.
Seniors Jack Lindaman and William Wiet lost to Dublin Jerome's Dylan Cai and Chris Knight 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 in the first round in doubles, and freshman Owen Alderman lost to Thomas' Kai Britz 6-1, 6-0 in the first round in singles.
Lindaman and Wiet, who were making their first district appearance, finished 15-3. They were seeded second in the sectional May 9 and 11 at Pickerington Central and finished second.
Alderman was seeded third at sectional and placed third.
Kilbourne finished 16-2 overall and 6-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to place second behind Jerome (7-0).
The Wolves are losing two other seniors in Gordan Liu and Joe Scherer. Liu went 2-1 at sectional in singles and Scherer joined junior Zach Palmer in doubles and went 1-1.
Also at sectional, junior Shivesh Sankar went 0-1 in singles. Another contributor was junior Ved Sampath.
Baseball team losing seven seniors
The baseball team is losing seven seniors, including five of its top hitters as well its top pitcher in Kyler Archual.
Archual was 5-4 on the mound with a 2.74 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings and batted .365 with two home runs, 13 runs scored and 20 RBI.
Other key seniors were outfielders Grayson Timms, Nick Streets and Jack Mesaros.
Timms led the Wolves in hitting (.377), doubles (5), home runs (3) and RBI (21), Streets batted .321 with a team-high 23 runs and Mesaros hit .301 with 13 runs and 15 RBI.
Senior infielder Ari Stewart hit .379 in 34 at-bats.
"The season had its up and downs," said coach Dustin Woods, whose team was seeded 23rd in the Division I district tournament and lost to 30th-seeded Pickerington Central 5-1 in the first round May 13 to finish 11-14 overall. "We lost nine straight games at one point, which became a real grind, but also brought us together. From that point on, we started to play some better baseball."
Among the expected returnees are juniors Caleb Andrick (OF), Jacob Barcikowski (OF), Max Cole (INF), Mitchell Fisher (P/INF) and Sean Hoffman (OF), sophomore Brian Wilson (P/INF) and freshmen Jackson Judy (INF), Andrew Oh (P) and Mckay Whitaker (INF).
Wilson batted .317 with 14 runs, Whitaker hit .304 with 11 runs and 12 RBI and Cole batted .299 with 13 runs and 13 RBI.
On the mound, Wilson was 0-3 with a 6.10 ERA in 28 2/3 innings, Oh was 1-2 with a 4.61 ERA in 13 2/3 innings and Fisher was 2-2 with a 5.73 ERA in 18 1/3 innings.