Daniella Santos of the Hilliard Darby girls cross country team and Sean Carney of the boys team each finished first in the Darby Dash on Oct. 3.
Carney won in 9 minutes, 54.5 seconds, beating out 70 other runners. He was one of four Panthers runners to place in the top 11, as Darby scored 43 points to finish first out of eight teams.
Jonathan Alder (49) was second and Marysville (54) was third.
"(Carney) was out (of school Sept. 30) with a respiratory infection," boys coach Matthew Fox said. "He's just one of those competitor types. There was just no way he was going to hold out (from the meet)."
Also scoring for the Panthers were Belaji Kurapati (fourth, 10:33.3), Tyler Hessenauer (10th, 10:51), Isaac Becker (11th, 10:51.5) and Collins Applegate (17th, 11:07.2).
"We had a good team effort," Fox said. "Luckily, it wasn't as brutally hot as predicted. We got some cloud cover, so it turned out to be a good meet."
Santos ran a time of 11:11.8 to beat out 69 other runners as the Panthers (83) finished fourth of nine teams, behind Davidson (40), Marysville (67) and Buckeye Valley (80).
Also scoring for Darby were Alivia Cannon (15th, 12:39.3), Jane Vulic (19th, 13:03.3), Grace Pitt (20th, 13:05.8) and Madison Brokaw (28th, 13:30.2).
"It's just the time of year that school stress and running stress start to add up, so our physical and mental health are the most important things to work on now," girls coach John Agriesti said. "Good teams are healthy teams at this point in the year, not necessarily the best team."
The boys and girls teams will compete in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet Saturday, Oct. 12, at Davidson.
Girls golf team makes history
A pair of freshmen paced the girls golf team to a third-place finish in a Division I sectional Oct. 1 at Royal American and its first district tournament appearance.
The Panthers shot 363 in the 11-team sectional to finish behind Dublin Jerome (321) and Pickerington North (349) and earn the final berth for the district tournament held Oct. 8 at New Albany Links. Olentangy (372) was fourth.
"The team was started in 2004, so this is the first time (qualifying for district as a team) since they've started girls golf," coach Clay Rice said. "It's pretty cool."
Freshman Aimee Hayes carded an 87 and classmate Zaria Hampton shot an 88 to lead the Panthers. Also scoring were junior Maria Hayes (92) and senior Morgan Bair (96), while freshman Lexy Aurand shot a 97.
"(Aimee Hayes and Hampton) have kind of been two of the (top) three (golfers) all year for us," Rice said. "They're finally starting to see all their hard work pay off and be able to be down (in the 80s).
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the state tournament Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Gray Course.
Boys golfers advance to district tournament
The boys golf team scored a 311 in a Division I sectional Oct. 1 at Darby Creek to place fourth behind Dublin Coffman (299), Olentangy Liberty (303) and Olentangy Orange (303) and earn the final berth for the district tournament, which was held Oct. 8 at Apple Valley.
Jonathan Alder (313) was fifth.
Sophomore Jared Wells shot a 75, including a 33 on the front nine, to pace the Panthers. Also scoring were senior Adam Tivin (77), junior Zach Brandiwie (77) and senior Marcus Hunter (82).
At district, the top two teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the state tournament Oct. 18 and 19 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
Season ends for girls tennis team
The girls tennis team concluded its season in a Division I sectional Oct. 3 at Bradley.
The doubles team of senior Nidhi Patel and sophomore Lexie Mincy went 1-1, losing to Dublin Scioto's Maddie Baughman and Maggie Szabo 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a quarterfinal to finish one win shy of advancing to the district tournament Thursday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at Reynoldsburg.
Also at sectional, juniors Makenzie Robertson and Chantrea Thip went 0-1 in doubles and junior Allison Nolan and juniors Jordan Caple and Hallie Zacatelco each went 0-1 in singles.
The Panthers finished 5-11 overall and 2-5 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Below are the coming schedules for the Darby boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
*Oct. 10 -- Home vs. Bradley
Oct. 15 -- At 18th-seeded Westerville North in first round of Division I district tournament. The Panthers are seeded 26th.
*Oct. 10 -- At Bradley
Oct. 16 -- Home vs. 37th-seeded Central Crossing in first round of Division I district tournament. The Panthers are seeded 19th.
Oct. 16 -- At 21st-seeded Newark or home vs. 33rd-seeded Olentangy Berlin in second round of Division I district tournament. The Panthers are seeded 22nd.