Caitlyn Jones gained valuable experience competing as an individual for the Hilliard Bradley girls cross country team in the Division I state meet Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway.
The freshman finished 43rd of 183 runners in 19 minutes, 8.3 seconds, behind champion Taylor Ewert (17:22.4) of Beavercreek.
"Coming here as a freshman is a pretty big accomplishment in itself and then she ran fast in the race, too," first-year coach Tyler Ison said. "She buys into the race strategy and goes for it."
Jones cut .4 of a second off her time at regional Oct. 26 at Pickerington North, where she placed 14th of 130 runners in 19:08.7.
"My time was about the same as last week, but it was good for the end of the season," Jones said. "It was overwhelming. There was a lot of people, but it was fun. It makes me look forward to next year and improve."
Ison said he wasn't surprised that Jones reached state because she had improved as the season progressed.
"We have talked about where we thought she was at and she was pushing through even her own expectations from the beginning of the year," Ison said. "Getting to the state meet is quite an accomplishment in itself, but the fact that she did so well here is kind of like icing on the cake."
Jones qualified for regional along with a pair of juniors from the boys team in Joshua George and Gabe Paynter. Paynter finished 62nd (17:14) of 125 runners, while George was held out of the race because of a respiratory illness.
"It will be good to have both Joshua and Gabe back next year," sixth-year boys coach Ben Gadfield said. "(Senior) Haydon (Spaulding) got banged up and (senior) Eli (Schneider) had a setback. We were in a really competitive region this year, probably the most competitive since I have been coaching."
The boys team finished fifth (108 points) in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet Oct. 12 at Davidson, behind champion Thomas Worthington (59). The girls were eighth (217) in the league, behind champion Thomas (51).
Football team beats Pacers in finale
The football team used a balanced attack to defeat host Delaware 21-17 on Nov. 1 in its season finale.
The Jaguars had 260 total yards -- 130 rushing and 130 passing -- against Delaware as they finished 4-6 overall and 4-3 in the OCC- Cardinal.
Quarterback A.J Mirgon was 16-for-24 passing for 130 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. The junior also rushed for 51 yards on 14 carries.
Running back Evan Yee had 78 yards rushing on 18 carries, Ethan Poff had seven receptions for 70 yards and Tayshaun Mayfield had two catches for 37 yards and a touchdown.