The Columbus School for Girls track and field team will compete in the finals of the Division III regional Friday at Fairfield Union.

The Columbus School for Girls track and field team will compete in the finals of the Division III regional Friday at Fairfield Union.

The top four in each event will advance to the state meet June 5-6 at Ohio State.

Coach Jack Guy is hoping the Unicorns continue to peak at the right time. Columbus School for Girls accomplished that goal last season, but the Unicorns are a different team this year.

"We'll show up and compete well. We try not to think about anything except for the race in front of us," Guy said. "As far as expectations, all we want to do is prepare as well as we can for it."

Clare Connor stands a good chance to qualify to state as she is scheduled to compete in the 200 meters, as well as the 400 and the 800 relay. But there is a chance Guy may pull Connor out of the 200 to maximize her potential for advancing in the other events.

Though Guy admits seeing Anna Vutech qualify to the regional in the high jump was a bit of a surprise, he believes she can do better than her jump of 5 feet at the district.

"I'm an optimist. She's been practicing well and coach Laurie Baldwin has been working with her a lot," Guy said. "Anna has a great attitude and she's an extraordinary young woman. She's just had a great year this year."

CSG had a good showing in the district meet, which concluded last Saturday at Gahanna. The Unicorns were second (81 points) behind Grandview (126) and ahead of third-place Africentric (70.5).

"We're pleased with how district went and that we could bring home the runner-up trophy," Guy said. "And the most impressive part is they did all of this during exams, so they had to balance all of that with the academic side as well. It was a tough week but they handled it with good spirits and took care of business."

Connor won the 400 (58.97 seconds) and was fourth in the 200 (27.26) and Sophie Chatas won the 800 (2:22.31).

Vutech was second in the high jump (5-0), Sara Maurer was third in the 300 hurdles (48.11) and Suzie Ward was fourth in the 3,200 (12:40.75).

The Unicorns also had two relays advance to regional competition.

The 3,200 relay of Chatas, Kelsey Klopfer, Laura Staravecka and Veronica Vargo won (9:56.7), the 800 relay of Connor, Natalie Gitz, Taylor Onda and Vargo was second (1:50.59) and the 1,600 relay of Chatas, Klopfer, Onda and Chelsea Scott was third (4:11.98).

"Sara Maurer had a season-best time in the 300 hurdles, Anna tied for second in the high jump, Sophie was third in the 800 just over 2:20, Clare won the 400 with a season-best time, Veronique Jones had a personal record in the shot put -- every place I look the team is coming together," Guy said. "I just think everywhere we look we did well. We finished second with a very young team and they performed well all three days. I don't know what we can complain about."

Guy said that doing well at the district meet was important for CSG, which has so many younger athletes.

"That was the thing we talked to the kids about," Guy said. "We don't want them worrying about what's happened in the past. The last six or seven years we've had good teams with lots of seniors and upperclassmen. The seniors we did have this year worked hard to get the rest of the team ready. We're constantly trying to get them to have confidence in their training and we were just thrilled with the way they performed."

At a glance

Below are the regional qualifiers for the Columbus School for Girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:

Sophie Chatas: 800 (first, 2:22.31); Clare Connor: 200 (fourth, 27.26), 400 (first, 59.97); Sara Maurer: 300 hurdles (third, 48.11); Anna Vutech: high jump (second, 5-0); Suzie Ward: 3,200 (fourth, 12:40.75); 800 relay: Connor, Natalie Gitz, Taylor Onda, Veronica Vargo (second, 1:50.59); 1,600 relay: Chatas, Kelsey Klopfer, Onda, Chelsea Scott (third, 4:11.98); 3,200 relay: Chatas, Klopfer, Laura Staravecka, Vargo (first, 9:56.7).