Elijah Young shouldn't be affected by the atmosphere when he represents the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys track and field team in the Division I state meet Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, at Ohio State.
The senior will be making his third state appearance and second in a row in the long jump after qualifying in the pole vault as a sophomore.
Young placed fourth in the long jump in 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches in the regional meet that concluded May 24 at Pickerington North.
"Elijah knows the atmosphere, the track and the pits and everything that goes with the state meet," coach Josh Stegman said. "His goal is to be on top of his game early, get to the finals and score points. He's worked for four years and overcome injuries and obstacles for this last chance to score (at state). He's fully healthy right now (after an ACL injury sustained in September playing football)."
Young placed 13th in the long jump (21-1 3/4) at state last year after finishing 16th in the pole vault (12-6) in 2017.
He also competed at regional in the pole vault, but was juggling the long jump and pole vault competitions at the same time.
"We decided he should pass at 12 feet and give him some time in the long jump, but then he missed all three attempts at 13 feet," Stegman said. "He made 13 (to finish third) at (the) district (2 meet that concluded May 18 at Hilliard Darby). We're doing some Monday morning quarterbacking now."
Junior Tanner Williams just missed advancing to state in the 3,200 meters, as he finished fifth in a school-record 9 minutes, 27.7 seconds.
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.
Toledo St. Francis' Andrew Schuster ran 9:21.11 to earn the second at-large berth.
"The worst place to finish at district or regional is fifth place, unless you get (an at-large berth)," Stegman said. "But Tanner ripped the old record (9:38.13) set by Matt Wohlever in 2004. I'm so happy for him, proud of him and disappointed he didn't advance. But the silver lining is he's a junior.
"His time would've won in one regional, but would've been seventh in another regional. That's why I really like the OHSAA's rule of two (at-large berths), because there can be a big difference in times between regionals."
Also at regional, Terrique Gray tied for ninth in the high jump (6-0) and Jack Begley placed 11th in the 3,200 (9:42.91) as the Wolves scored nine points to finish 23rd behind champion Pickerington Central (101) as 42 teams scored.
Competing at regional for the girls team were Sasha Bomser, who finished 11th in the 1,600 (5:21.25), and Chidima Anaraodo, who was 13th in the discus (103-9). The Wolves did not score.
Boys lacrosse team falls to Golden Bears
The second-seeded boys lacrosse team lost to top-seeded Upper Arlington 13-7 in the Division I, Region 3 final May 24 at Westerville Central to finish 15-7.
The Wolves, who beat UA 8-7 in last year's regional final, controlled the first quarter and led 3-0 until the Golden Bears scored with 5.9 seconds left. The game was tied at 5 until UA scored twice in the final 1:33 of the first half, starting a 7-0 run by the Bears.
Kilbourne went 22:01 without a goal until Carson Kott's second goal of the game made it 12-6 with 3:41 remaining. Jake LeVette also scored two goals and goalkeeper Dane Jackson made five saves.
The Wolves had advanced to the final by beating fourth-seeded Centerville 7-6 in overtime in a regional semifinal May 21. Jack Ellis scored the winner after LeVette tied the game with 1:13 left in regulation for Kilbourne, which rallied from a 6-4 deficit in the final two minutes.
"We thrived off winning the faceoff and in our transition the past two or three weeks, but (UA) got the better of us in both areas tonight," coach Mike Riffe said. "Give (UA) credit. When they got rolling, it was difficult to contain them."
Girls lacrosse team had strong season
The fifth-seeded girls lacrosse team's season ended with a 12-10 loss at top-seeded DeSales in a Division II, Region 7 semifinal May 21.
"We jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first nine minutes, then we ran into foul troubles," coach Doug Troutner said. "We ended up with five yellow cards and had to play the final 12 minutes down two players. DeSales scored nine of its goals while they had an extra player, and two other goals were on eight-meter shots.
"Overall, our players dealt well with the adversity and even outscored DeSales 4-2 while we were down two players, but it was just too much to overcome."
The Wolves, who also lost to DeSales 17-12 on March 19, finished 11-9 overall and went 4-3 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to finish fourth behind champion Dublin Jerome (7-0).
"Our big focus is always to keep improving as the season progresses," Troutner said. "The DeSales games are a pretty good indication of our progress. In our first game, DeSales was the better team. In the last game, things were decidedly different."
Kilbourne is losing four seniors in starters Lexi Bair (midfielder), Isabela Hyre (goalie), Bridget Maloney (defender) and Reilly St. Myer (defender).
Among the expected return-ees are juniors Lindsey Buterbaugh (defender), Melanie Fisher (goalie), Lilli Hadden (attacker), Hannah Hale (midfielder), Meagan Rosenfeld (attacker), Alli Stout (midfielder) and Jackie Wolford (attacker), sophomores Ella Bally (defender), Nicole Miller (midfielder) and Claire Schutte (midfielder) and freshman Celeste Sloma (goalie).
The Wolves set a team record with 149 assists. Hadden scored a team-record 96 goals and had 128 points and Wolford set team records for assists (51) and points (132) and had 81 goals.
Wolford is second in the program in career goals (201) and points (380).
Rosenfeld was third on the team in goals (44) and points (64) and Hale was fourth with 24 goals and 47 points.
Wolford was named first-team all-state and Hadden was second-team all-state. Both were first-team all-region and all-league, while St. Myer was honorable mention all-region and joined Rosenfeld and Schutte in making second-team all-league. Bally was honorable mention all-league.
Hyre made 59 saves and had a .367 save percentage.
"We return a solid core and have some great ideas from a coaching standpoint about what we want to do," Troutner said. "We return the entire starting attack, which accounted for 245 goals and 126 assists. We have Nicole Miller and Claire Schutte returning at midfield, along with Alli Stout who was our first player off the bench. On defense, Ella Bally and Lindsey Buterbaugh are back and we have two goalies, Melanie Fisher and Celeste Sloma, who both started several games."
Boys volleyball team faced tough schedule
The season ended for the fourth-seeded boys volleyball team with a 25-16, 25-13, 21-25, 25-27, 15-7 loss to second-seeded Watterson in a Division II East Region semifinal May 21.
The Wolves finished 16-10 overall and went 9-5 in the OCC-Cardinal to place fourth behind champion Darby (14-0).
"We were competitive with everyone and had a very difficult schedule," coach Meladee Hopkins said. "All of our losses were to teams ranked in the top 15 in the state and were Division I teams, except Watterson. I am pleased with our play, but there is still room for improvement in not giving up so many points with unforced errors."
The Wolves are losing four seniors in Evan Fisher (right-side hitter/middle hitter), Liam Pierce (outside hitter/right-side hitter), Tanner Smith (middle hitter) and Caden Stiffler (defensive specialist/setter).
Smith was named first-team all-region and all-league.
Eligible to return are juniors Braydon Biehn (libero), Joe Dargenio (middle hitter/right-side hitter), Garrett Meeks (outside hitter), Ben Mormile (right-side hitter), Ethan Nestingen (setter) and Jimmy Sauder (outside hitter) and sophomores Kieran Cummings (setter) and Aiden Novotny (outside hitter).
Meeks was second-team all-region and all-league, Biehn was honorable mention all-region and second-team all-league and Nestingen was honorable mention all-region and all-league.
"I am very excited about next season," Hopkins said. "I feel that we have not reached our full potential and have most of our key players returning."