A freshman will be representing the Hilliard Bradley girls cross country team in the Division I state meet Saturday, Nov. 2, at National Trail Raceway.
Caitlyn Jones finished 14th (19 minutes, 8.7 seconds) of 130 runners in the regional meet Oct. 26 at Pickerington North, behind champion Daniella Santos of Darby (17:48.7).
The top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced to state.
"We knew based on Caitlyn being ranked 15th in a region coming into the race that she had a chance to make it out," coach Tyler Ison said. "I told her to hold out between the 13th and 18th spot to let the other girls get out and then she made her move late. She executed the game plan to perfection."
Ison does not believe Jones will be overwhelmed by the atmosphere at state.
"I think Caitlyn will do reasonably well," he said. "It's her freshman year and already she has the mentality of leaving it all out there on the course.
"It's a different atmosphere being with the top runners from all around Ohio. It also will be a new course for her, but hopefully she can satisfy her goals."
Two members of the boys team qualified for regional, but only one was able to compete.
Junior Gabe Paynter finished 62nd (17:14) of 125 runners, while junior Joshua George was held out of the race because of a respiratory illness.
"Joshua got sick with congestion (Oct. 22), and it kept getting worse as the week went on," boys coach Ben Gadfield said. "We thought it was best for him just to recover."
Girls soccer team falls to Warriors
The girls soccer team lost fourth-seeded Westerville North 1-0 in a Division I district final Oct. 26 at Olentangy Orange to finish 10-5-4 overall.
Senior goalkeeper Emily Keck had six saves for the 10th-seeded Jaguars.
"We had our chances," coach Becky Alcox said. "We had plenty of opportunities to score today, and that's how it goes sometimes."
Bradley defeated fifth-seeded and host Olentangy 1-0 (3-2 in shootout) in a district semifinal Oct. 23 to reach the final. Senior defender Janna Lundy, junior midfielder Delaney Porter and freshman defender Marena Kraft each scored in the shootout, while Keck had 17 saves.
The Jaguars won their first league championship since 2014 by going 6-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to tie Dublin Jerome for the title.
Keck, a North Carolina-Charlotte recruit, and Lundy were named first-team all-league. Senior defender McKenzy Kuhn and senior goalie Macy Enneking, an Iowa recruit, were on the second team, while senior midfielder Lauren Cerda was special mention all-league and senior defender Emily Marschhausen was honorable mention all-league.
Forward Morgan Bowers, midfielder Korey Love and forward Shea Stephens were other seniors.
"The hardest part is saying goodbye to the senior class," said Alcox, who was named league Coach of the Year. "They built this. They have been working on this since they were freshmen."
Among the players expected to return are junior forward Avery Jantonio (first-team all-league), Porter (second-team all-league), junior midfielder Abby Ullum, sophomore defender Nina Viggiano, freshman forward Genevieve Jantonio and Kraft.
Girls volleyball team ousted by Warhawks
The fourth-seeded girls volleyball team had its season come to an end with a 25-22, 12-25, 25-14, 20-25, 15-10 loss to 15th-seeded Westerville Central in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 24 at Whitehall.
Bradley finished 22-3 overall and won its first league championship since 2013 by going 13-1 in the OCC-Cardinal to tie Dublin Scioto for the title.
"You look at the scores and there were extreme momentum swings," coach RyAnne Ufferman said. "That was the first time we played a fifth game all season. That 15 (points) goes so quick when you get down five at the beginning, and you just are playing catch-up all game."
Senior middle hitter Allie Holland, a Tennessee recruit, was named league Player of the Year. She led the team in kills (313), blocks (68) and aces (47) and had 112 digs.
Senior setter Riley Speelman, a Duquesne recruit who also made first-team all-league, had a team-high 675 assists along with 34 aces, 30 blocks and 148 digs.
Outside hitters Bella Colombini (120 kills, 27 blocks) and Anna Harden were other seniors.
Junior middle hitter Anna Alford (special mention all-league; 115 kills, 60 blocks), junior outside hitter Clare Flanagan (second-team all-league; team-high 281 digs, 38 aces), junior outside hitter Penellope Kern (55 kills, 30 aces, 134 digs) and sophomore outside hitter Maggie Willis (honorable mention all-league; 173 kills, 30 aces, 142 digs) are expected to return.
"To look at where the program was last year and what we have done this year, we have taken huge strides," said Ufferman, who shared league Coach of the Year honors with Scioto's Jackie Wilson. "We have a lot of kids coming back and where they will play and what they will do will be decided on Aug. 1 next year."