The Hilliard Davidson High School track and field teams will be represented in the Division I state meet Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1 at Ohio State in nine events.
Lindsay Stull led the girls team in the regional meet that concluded May 24 at Pickerington North. The sophomore won the 1,600 meters (4 minutes, 57.53 seconds), placed fourth in the 3,200 (10:59.62) and joined Sophie Lewis, Riley Ries and Ellie Tighe on the third-place 3,200 relay (9:11.83).
The top four finishers in each regional event automatically qualified for state. In addition, two at-large berths were awarded in each event based on time, height or distance statewide.
"I knew (the 1,600) was a really good field and we were going to have to get out and push," Stull said. "The first (lap) was a little controlled, but then it really went down in the third lap and then the fourth one was just who wanted it."
Also qualifying for state were Lewis in the 800 (third, 2:12.75) and Emilee Fecht in the shot put (fifth, 39 feet, 10 3/4 inches).
Fecht earned an at-large state berth.
Also competing at regional were Tighe in the 1,600 (fifth, 5:04.87), the 400 relay of Caroline Schneidmiller, Sydney Ryan, Klaire Kazmerzak and Lydia Baumgartner (seventh, 49.67), the 1,600 relay of Lewis, Haleigh Spencer, Koharu Takahashi and Vivian Smith (eighth, 4:09.3), Ries in the 800 (14th, 2:25.31), Fecht in the discus (15th, 102-10) and the 800 relay of Ryan, Kazmerzak, Baumgartner and Talaya Sanford (did not finish).
"I'm excited," Stull said of state. "This will be my second state meet and I'm trying some new stuff. We've worked so hard this past year and I'm really excited to show off what me and the rest of the team have done this year."
The Wildcats scored 38 points at regional to finish sixth behind champion Gahanna (89) as 38 teams scored.
Qualifying for state for the boys team were the 3,200 relay of Jack Altman, Nick Sauvey, Conner Johanssen and Max LeClair (second, 7:53.96), Christian Gillilan in the high jump (second, 6-7), Johanssen in the 3,200 (fourth, 9:26.78) and LeClair in the 1,600 (fifth, 4:17.66).
LeClair earned an at-large state berth.
"They just have to just keep doing what they do," coach Ryan Aleshire said. "They can't let the meet get too big. The state meet is always something that's a great venue and exciting. We just have to see if the kids can go out and perform like they can."
Also competing at regional were Josiah Ezirim in the shot put (fifth, 51-2 1/4) and Altman in the 3,200 (seventh, 9:36.25).
The Wildcats tied Mount Vernon for fifth (31) behind champion Pickerington Central (101) as 42 teams scored.
Girls lacrosse team made progress
Girls lacrosse coach Chad Smock was pleased with the progress his team made over the course of the season.
The Wildcats finished 5-11 overall and 2-4 in the OCC-Central Division.
"The season didn't go quite as we had wanted or expected with the talent that we had, but with all the injuries, I was super pleased with the way things ended up," Smock said. "A lot of girls had the chance to step up and pop out of the shadows and had a little more responsibility than what they might have had to do. It was successful."
Davidson, which was seeded 13th in the Division I, Region 3 tournament and lost to third-seeded Thomas Worthington 17-5 in the first round May 14, is losing just two seniors in defender Nora Van Vleet and backup goalkeeper Alexandra Kerr.
Van Vleet was a four-year starter.
Junior goalie Taylor Monturo was named first-team all-region and all-league and Van Vleet was first-team all-league. Junior midfielder/attacker Sydney Petersen, a first-year player, was honorable mention all-region and all-league.
Others eligible to return are juniors Haley Burke (defender), Claire Courter (defender), Kate DeSanti (defender), Erin Kodger (defender), Ava Lucy (attacker), Sally Sell (midfielder) and Kylie Smith (attacker), sophomores Avery Arkwright (midfielder), Leah Craft (midfielder), Sadie Davis (midfielder), Julia Detterman (attacker) Ainsley Guthrie (attacker), Jaden Miller (midfielder) and Mattie Musser (midfielder) and freshmen Ava Gooding (attacker), Emily Holland (midfielder) and Macey Monturo (attacker).
Boys volleyball team has winning season
The boys volleyball team finished 13-12 overall and 9-5 in the OCC-Ohio.
Seeded 10th in the Division I East Region tournament, the Wildcats beat 16th-seeded Westerville North 25-18, 25-18, 25-15 on May 17 before losing to third-seeded Gahanna 25-16, 25-16, 25-17 in the second round May 18.
Junior middle blocker Justin Hood led the team in kills (100) and blocks (47) and junior libero Sean Hall led in digs (205). Both were named first-team all-league and honorable mention all-region.
Senior outside hitter Tariq Rasul was special mention all-league and senior setter Austin Lydon was honorable mention all-league.
Others eligible to return are juniors Graden Cushnie (opposite hitter), Jackson Lightfoot (outside hitter), David Ortman (opposite hitter), Matthew Potts (outside hitter), Armand Sherzai (setter), Gabe Simon (defensive specialist) and Zach Woo (defensive specialist).
"We finished the season (playing) our best volleyball," coach Rusty Herring said. "The team improved all season and it came together culminating with a great win on our senior night (May 9) against Olentangy Liberty. With nine returners next season, we look forward to competing again in our league in 2020."