Olentangy boys cross country runner Mikey Worboy finished his prep career Nov. 2 exactly where he hoped he would, in the Division I state meet at National Trail Raceway.

Worboy placed 151st (17 minutes, 8.9 seconds) out of 186 individuals as the Braves were represented in the meet for the fifth time in six years.

"I've been (at National Trail) several times and it's a tough course," Worboy said before the state meet. "I am excited to see what I can do. It's my final high school race. Everybody is good once you get to state."

Worboy was 151st after a mile, although he was just 26 seconds off the lead at that point.

He improved to 146th after two miles but fell another 34 seconds off the pace.

That concluded a season in which Worboy was the Braves' top runner and finished 12th in the district 1 meet Oct. 19 at Hilliard Darby and 18th at regional Oct. 26 at Pickerington North as the top 20 individuals advanced to state.

Worboy continued Olentangy's lineage at state spanning the past several seasons.

Anthony Sasso finished 73rd in 2014, 65th in 2015 and 45th as a senior in 2016, and Sam Holt was 45th last year as a senior.

"We're trying to build a culture here. It's coming," coach Ken Whalen said. "Hopefully the young guys see this and it fires them up for next year. We have a very young team."

Six of the girls team's top seven runners are eligible to return in juniors Maggie Duffy, Jessica Morris and Cara Wilson, sophomore Grace Holt and freshmen Aspen Carson and Camryn Cummings.

Wilson was the team's top runner in each of its seven races.

dpurpura@thisweeknews.com

@ThisWeekDave