Columbus Faculty for Ladies Unicorns relying on junior, freshman lessons


The athletics team of the Columbus School for Girls will take care of a large, but not yet tested junior class and a contingent of newbies this season.

The unicorns have 11 juniors and 10 newbies on their list of 28, but even the juniors have limited university experience.

“Because we missed last season (because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic) we missed a year of maturity that we won through competition,” said Jen Bunker, fifth year coach. “They have a desire for success and a strong work ethic that will serve this ‘young’ team well. We have a large class of newbies willing and able to contribute right away. “

The unicorns have five seniors, led by Nyah Funderburke (sprints, relays) and Jolien Kusi (litters).

The top juniors include Kayden Edwards (hurdles, relays), Tori Johnson (high jump), Sophia Nagy (sprints, hurdles), Carly Priest (400 meters, 800), Lauren Sloan (800, 1,600) and Emma Spangler (relays) .

“Our strength this year is the depth of our middle distance group,” said Bunker. “Many of the athletes could fall to 200 and rise to 1,600. We need to build on our group of sprinters. “

Sophomore Maya Carpenter will take part in the throws and newcomers Ella Chomic (distance), Grace Chomic (distance), Fabi Corsi (distance), Jameson Pillifant (middle distance) and Sophia Uselman (middle distance, relays) are expected to hit one as well Make contribution.

“We have a large number of newcomers, but they didn’t have a season in eighth grade,” said Bunker. “Missing last year meant we missed the chemistry on the track and the feeling of what a meeting feels like and what it takes to become a competitive team.

“The good thing is that we trained for eight weeks during the season because the track started earlier than ever. We have a lot of work to do and we are ready to see what we can do. “


•Trainer: Jen Bunker, fifth season

• Next meeting: April 16 at Russ Owen-Bexley Relays

• Key athletes: Fabi Corso, Kayden Edwards, Nyah Funderburke, Tori Johnson, Jolien Kusi, Sophia Nagy, Carly Priest and Lauren Sloan

Lions to test talent

in waters of Division I.

Bexley manager Jamie Hayes wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of participation after the pandemic forced last season’s cancellation.

The Lions have an abundance of competitors, however, and that will be important as this is their first time competing in Division I. The school has 287 girls in grades 10-12, which is the smallest number that makes up a Division I program. With 286 girls, the Lions would have been in Division II.

“We would have been Division I last year but we didn’t have a season so this will be our first year in Division I,” said Hayes. “I want my girls to see that they can run with anyone, no matter what the competition is. We have some younger girls who don’t yet know how good they are.

“After last spring we are only grateful that we are on the track. This is so exciting for this year. “

The Lions are likely to be controlled by distance and middle distance runners, a group that includes several outstanding representatives from a cross country team that has qualified for the Division II state and has competed for the past five seasons.

These include the seniors Ally Grieshop, Hannah Hayden, Karleigh Place, Maria Steinke and Leah Tadese, the junior Claire McDonald and the sophomores Rylee Barno and Lily Keller. Freshman Addison Helon was injured in cross country but should also contribute.

Sprinters include sophomore Sheria Sheridan and newbies Isabel Niermeyer and Jenna Plank, while seniors Selah Foster and Tadese will lead the hurdlers.

At the field events, Lions will show Plank and Sheridan in the long jump, Senior Hayley Heideman and Junior Anna Hughes in the high jump and the second twins Ellie Smith and Sydnie Smith in the shot put and discus.

“We have a great mix of strong high school students and a new group of freshmen and sophomores with lots of talent,” said Hayes. “I’m really looking forward to this season. We have 54 girls and I didn’t know what to expect. I was glad we kept almost all of them and still got a large group of newbies out. “


•Trainer: Jamie Hayes, season nine

• Next meeting: April 16 at Russ Owen-Bexley Relays

• Key athletes: Hannah Hayden, Isabel Niermeyer, Claire MacDonald, Karleigh Place, Jenna Plank, Sofia Sheridan, Ellie Smith, Sydnie Smith and Maria Steinke

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