CJ student athletes who participated in spring sports had a lot to be proud of this year, including several athletes earning post-season honors and members of two teams qualifying for state and national competitions.
The track and field team had a record breaking season. Members of the women's team not only broke a school record, but finished as state champions in the 4x100 relay. Dejah Gilliam ’15, Jasmyne Shaw ‘15, Danielle Lewis ’17 and Lauren Pegues ’17 placed first with a time of 48.70 seconds in the state championship.
"They just worked really hard to get to where they were and they earned every bit of it," said Coach Jerry Puckett about the girls' accomplishment.
The four women were named to the GCL First Team for the 4x100 relay. Gilliam was also named to the GCL First Team for the 100 and 200 meter dashes while Pegues was named to the GCL Second Team for the 100 meter dash. Ariel Caffee '16 was named to the GCL Second Team for the 200 and 400 meter dashes.
From the men's team, Kyle McKinney '15 qualified for the state track competition. He placed fourth overall in the long jump and sixth overall in the 300 hurdles. McKinney was also honored by the GCL, being named to the First Team for the 300 hurdles and long jump. Jack Dalton '17 was named to the GCL Second Team for the 800 meter run.
The baseball team finished their season as co-champs of the GCL North with a 14-13 overall record (7-7 in the GCL North.) Coach Mike Barhorst was named the GCL Coach of the Year. The GCL also honored Mark Barhorst '17, Will Duffy, '15, Stephen Hoendorf '16 and Garrett Wissman '17 to the GCL First Team, while Ryan Peltier '18, Matt Richard '15, Daniel Slaybaugh '17 and Shawn Steffan '16 were named to the GCL Second Team.
The softball season also resulted in players being recognized by the GCL. Noelle Grierson '15 and Lauren Rose '16 were named to the conference First Team, and Erin Colbert '17, Caroline Nevius '17 and Natalie Northern '18 were named to the conference Second Team. The softball team had a 5-12 overall record (5-10 in the GCL.)
Men's volleyball made it to the post-season finishing with a 9-12 overall record (3-9 in the GCL.) Matthew Pyper '15 was named to the GCL First Team and Tim Menker '16 was named to the GCL Second Team.
After a perfect record in their conference, the men's tennis team was crowned the GCLC Champions. Carlos Estrada-Sanchez '16, who qualified for the regional tournament, was named the Athlete of the Year in the conference, and was also named to the conference First Team for singles play. Will Huffman '16 was named to the conference Second Team for singles play while Aaron Talib '15 and Robert Smith '15 were named to the same team for doubles play.
Women's lacrosse finished the season 8-11. The US Lacrosse Southern Ohio Chapter recognized Emily Meyer '15, Terri Vo '15, Emma Eichenauer '16, Audrey Thacker '16, and Colleen Wagoner '16 as Academic All Americans. Vo was also named to the All-District Second Team while Olivia Livingston '17 was recognized with an All-District Honorable Mention. Coach Danielle Cash said 15 out of the 19 players on the team qualified as Academic All Ohio, which means they had a 3.5 accumulative GPA or higher.
CJ's club team, men's lacrosse, finished in the first round of the post-season. The other club team, crew, sent three Eagles to the US Rowing Nationals in Sarasota, Florida. Cannon Hill '15 came in fifth in his heat for the lightweight youth 2x race. Sophie Johnson '15 and Kathryn Grismer '16 also placed fifth in their heat for the youth 2 race and advanced to the final round. They placed 15th overall in the nation.
"I'm very proud of them," said Dayton Boat Club Assistant Coach Mitch Vossler. "They've worked hard to get there and the pay-off is very rewarding."
Congratulations to all of our spring sports athletes on another successful season!