The season ended a day earlier than the Columbus School for Girls track and field team hoped.

Competing in the Division II state meet May 31 at Ohio State, the 1,600-meter relay of freshmen Kayden Edwards and Carly Priest, sophomore Nyah Funderburke and junior Peyton Jackson finished 13th in 4 minutes, 5.21 seconds in the preliminaries. The top nine advanced to the final on June 1.

It was the lone state event for the Unicorns, who are losing just three seniors in Emily Dewolf, Elizabeth Johnson and Margeaux Rocco.

"The 2019 season was a season of growth," coach Jennifer Bunker said. "I am pleased with the leadership from our upperclassmen. They fostered a strong sense of team and pride. It is always hard to see your seniors move on, but I am certain they have left a legacy that will continue to guide this young team in the years to come."

The 1,600 relay advanced to state by placing second (4:03.18) in the regional meet that concluded May 25 at Lexington, where the Unicorns scored in five events to finish 14th (19 points) behind champion Creston Norwayne (65) as 39 teams scored.

Also at regional, the 800 relay of Edwards, junior Asia Nguyen, Funderburke and Jackson placed fifth (1:47.44) and Nguyen placed sixth in the long jump (16 feet, 7 inches).

In the district 2 meet that concluded May 18 at Westerville North, CSG finished third (102) behind Caledonia River Valley (115) and Jonathan Alder (103) as 13 teams scored.

Winning district titles were Nguyen in the long jump (16-3 1/2), sophomore Jolien Kusi in the shot put (32-7 1/2) and the 1,600 relay (4:08.87).

Competing in their final CCL meet May 6 and 8, the host Unicorns finished second (102) behind Watterson (175) and ahead of DeSales (93.33), Hartley (63.33) and Ready (56.33).

CSG will compete in the MSL-Ohio Division next season.

"We have a large group of underclassmen that gained valuable experience at the highest level and will be ready to build on those experiences next year," Bunker said. "We have individuals returning that qualified in nine events to the regional meet and were in contention for a state-qualifying position. I am excited about the future and believe our new affiliation with the Mid-State League will be valuable testing ground for our team next year."

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