Though only a sophomore, Lindsay Stull of the Hilliard Davidson High School girls track and field team already has proven that she can compete with the state's top distance runners.
Stull led the Wildcats in the Division I state meet held May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State by placing third in the 1,600 meters in a program-record 4 minutes, 49.05 seconds and finishing 13th in the 3,200 (11:17.6). She also joined seniors Sophie Lewis and Ellie Tighe and junior Riley Ries on the seventh-place 3,200 relay (9:05.88).
"I'm really happy," said Stull, who reached the awards podium in the 1,600 and as a member of the 3,200 relay. "It started out on a really good note with our (3,200 relay). The teams that we have in our state are just crazy (good) and it's really exciting just to be out there on the podium amongst such good company. The mile went really well. It's a great set of girls with really fast times. I was excited to be up there and race with them."
Last year at state, Stull finished second in the 800 (2:09.47), and joined Lewis, junior Sophia Hoersten and 2018 graduate Meghan Sculli on the fourth-place 3,200 relay (9:02.11).
During the offseason, she decided to extend her distance to the 1,600 and 3,200.
"After I've had more time with (distance) coach (Nathan) King, I've been stronger and I've been able to train more and I'm able to attack the longer races," Stull said. "I trust what he thinks. He has had so many great runners come up through this program. He's helped so many people. I know he has the right ideas in mind."
Competing at state for the first time, senior Emilee Fecht placed fifth in the shot put in a program-record 41 feet, 4 inches.
"Being able to get to state and place was amazing," Fecht said. "I came in seeded 12th and improved to fifth, so it was a big jump for me."
Also at state, Lewis finished 11th in the 800 (2:12.44) as Davidson scored 12 points to tie Westerville Central for 16th behind champion Liberty Township Lakota East (65) as 68 teams scored.
"Our girls did a great job," coach Matt Beatty said. "We were pretty senior-dominated for the first time."
Among the season highlights for the Wildcats were winning the OCC-Central Division title for the third consecutive season, finishing second in the district 1 meet that concluded May 18 at Darby and finishing sixth in the regional meet that concluded May 24 at Pickerington North.
"It was pretty cool how the girls fought hard and kept doing it," Beatty said. "We battled a lot of injuries and it was next man up. We did well."
Senior Max LeClair led the boys team at state by placing fifth in the 1,600 (4:16.62) and teaming with seniors Jack Altman, Conner Johannsen and Nick Sauvey to finish seventh in the 3,200 relay (7:52.28).
"It was awesome," said LeClair, who has committed to compete in track and cross country at Kentucky. "This meet is so competitive and our regional is so competitive. Anything can happen on any different day. We are just so grateful to have such a wonderful program."
Also at state, senior Christian Gillilan finished ninth in the high jump (6-6) and Johannsen was 11th in the 3,200 (9:33.49).
The Wildcats scored six points to tie for 34th behind champion Pickerington Central (87) as 78 teams scored.
"The kids did a great job and hopefully they learned something and had fun," coach Ryan Aleshire said. "It was a good year."
Boys lacrosse team faced tough schedule
Even though the boys lacrosse team finished 8-11 overall, coach Adam Beasley was impressed with its resiliency.
The Wildcats went 5-2 in the OCC-Central Division to finish third, behind Dublin Coffman (7-0) and Upper Arlington (6-1). Coffman went on to reach the Division I state final and UA was a Division I state semifinalist.
Seeded seventh, Davidson lost to fourth-seeded Centerville 9-5 in the second round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 17 after beating 13th-seeded Pickerington North 20-12 in the first round May 14.
"Our kids were able to compete against one of the hardest schedules in Davidson history," Beasley said. "There were more than a few games that our youth showed, but those experiences will be huge for the upcoming seasons. Our graduating seniors are leaving a huge mark on this program."
The seven seniors helped the Wildcats produce six postseason wins, two regional semifinal berths and an 8-2 combined record against Bradley and Darby.
"They have taught our young guys to expect to win against any opponent," Beasley said.
The seniors included defender Evan Annis, who was named first-team all-league and second-team all-region, and midfielder Ethan Royer, who was honorable mention all-region.
Among the expected returnees are junior Jake Blevins, who won 269 of 343 faceoffs (78 percent) and was named Faceoff Specialist of the Year in the region for the third consecutive season and first-team all-league, and junior midfielder Alex VanVoorhis, who had 44 goals and 18 assists for 62 points and was first-team all-region and second-team all-league.
Other key players expected to return include junior attacker Kirk Myers, who had 32 goals and 11 assists for 43 points and was second-team all-league; junior defender Andrew Woollard, who was honorable mention all-region and all-league; and freshman goalkeeper Kaiden Roche, who had a team-high 115 saves.
Also eligible to return are juniors Jackson Carter (midfielder), Adam Gilligan (midfielder), Dylan Kokoska (midfielder), Brett Lehwald (midfielder), Trent Nuccetelli (attacker), Tyler Nulph (midfielder), Rishi Patel (goalie) and Chase Williams (defender), sophomores Isaiah Hernandez (defender), Cody Hummell (midfielder), Ryan Koenig (midfielder), Will Riffe (midfielder) and Nick Vidrick (attacker) and freshmen Quinton Frazier (midfielder), Josh Lovely (midfielder) and Jonathan Sonedecker (attacker).