One of Olentangy boys cross country runner Mikey Worboy's fans during the Division I regional meet Oct. 26 at Pickerington North waved a large black flag that featured the saying "full send" in red letters.
In an athletic sense, Diction-ary.com defines that slang term as participating in an event by going "full throttle and with 100 percent commitment."
After Worboy, a senior, finished 18th of 125 runners in 16 minutes, 25.1 seconds to earn his first berth to state Saturday, Nov. 2, at National Trail Raceway, he rested in the holding area for several minutes and then barely had the energy to stand on his own.
"That was a tough race. It was a little muddy on the turns and you had to dig down deep," Worboy said. "I just kept progressing and passed a few people here and there. It was a great race."
The top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced to state.
Worboy was 29th after a mile but, according to coach Ken Whalen, stuck to his plan perfectly after starting too fast during the OCC-Buckeye Division and district 1 meets the previous two weeks.
"He ran a smart race, a lot smarter than (at district)," Whalen said. "He knew what to do. He was 29th after a mile and just kept moving up. That's what we wanted him to do, start out in the 20s and move up. That steady progression is just his style of running.
"All year he's been at the top, but when you get to district and regional it's a different story. There are a lot more racers, a lot more quality guys."
Worboy is the Braves' fifth state qualifier in six years, joining Anthony Sasso (2014, 2015, 2016) and Sam Holt (2018). Holt was 45th last year, the same place in which Sasso finished as a senior.
"It's awesome," said Worboy, who ran a career-best 16:12.3 during the league meet Oct. 12 at Hilliard Davidson. "I'd love for Olentangy to continue this and have a state runner every year. I am proud to be one of those guys.
"(National Trail) is a tough course. I saw Sam run it, but I am ready. You do a nice, hard week of practice then ease up the final few days and see what you can do."
Girls soccer team loses in semifinal
The girls soccer team was shut out for just the third time this season Oct. 23, but that loss ended its season as the fifth-seeded Braves fell to visiting and 10th-seeded Hilliard Bradley 1-0 (3-2 shootout) in a Division I district semifinal.
Junior goalkeeper Katie Scott recorded 13 saves for Olentangy, which finished 12-5-1 overall.
The Braves' previous shutout losses also were by 1-0 scores, at Marysville on Aug. 20 and at home to Orange on Oct. 3 in a game that ultimately decided the OCC-Buckeye championship. The Braves went 4-1 in the league to finish second behind the Pioneers (5-0).
Junior midfielder Kylee Beinecke scored a team-high 13 goals and junior midfielder Carly Ross added nine.
Other players eligible to return include juniors Olivia Johnston (midfielder) and Helena Ronnebaum (defender), sophomore Hanna Schmidt (defender) and freshman Olivia Heskett (midfielder).
Volleyball team falls to Watterson
Senior opposite hitter Taylor Landsford had six kills and senior libero Madyson Chitty recorded 23 digs in the girls volleyball team's 25-21, 25-14, 25-19 loss to third-seeded Watterson in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 22 at Central Crossing.
Junior outside hitter Sophie Sparks and freshman outside hitter Sophie Weithman each added four kills for the 16th-seeded Braves, who finished 12-12 overall.
Sparks finished with a team-leading 287 kills, Weithman had 132 and senior outside hitter Anna Cecil added 108. Chitty, a Rutgers commit, led the Braves in aces (42) and digs (620) and finished her career with 2,047 digs.
Olentangy went 6-4 in the OCC-Buckeye to finish third behind champion Orange (10-0) and Liberty (8-2). The Pioneers and Patriots will meet in a regional semifinal Thursday, Oct. 31, at Worthington Kilbourne.
Other players eligible to return include juniors Ellen Kinnard (middle hitter) and Olivia Grose (setter) and freshman defensive specialist Jonna Spohn.