Being back in Division II after two years in Division III has dampened the postseason expectations for the Columbus School for Girls track and field team.

Being back in Division II after two years in Division III has dampened the postseason expectations for the Columbus School for Girls track and field team.

Only two Unicorns will be competing at the regional meet, which will be held today and Saturday at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. The top four finishers in each event advance to the state meet June 4-5 at Ohio State.

Sophie Chatas will compete in the 800 meters after finishing runner-up (2 minutes, 21.67 seconds) behind Granville's Megan Gaysunas (2:19.94).

At regional, Chatas is seeded ninth behind Cincinnati McNicholas' Lauren Clark, (2:17.79).

Jennifer DeLong will compete in the discus after finishing second (112 feet, 3 inches), behind Heath's Katie White (113-4) at district. At regional, DeLong is seeded fourth behind Urbana's Emily Adair (125-3).

CSG scored 34 points at district, which concluded last Saturday at Groveport, to tie Johnstown for sixth of 22 teams, behind champion Hartley (121).

Anna Vutech, who was a state qualifier in the high jump last year, missed qualifying to the regional by one spot, as she finished fifth (4-11) in the event. That height tied her with Kendall Colvin of Johnstown, but Vutech lost in a jump-off.

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CSG defeated Hilliard Bradley 18-9 in the second round May 20. The Unicorns held an 8-2 halftime lead over an opponent they beat 20-10 on May 14.

The Jaguars came back, scoring five goals in the first six minutes of the second half to cut their deficit to 8-7. However, CSG responded with goals from Elle Irwin, Patricia Ryan, Emma McGregor and Julia Kelley to take a 12-8 lead. Bradley would get no closer than three goals the remainder of the contest.

Kelley led the Unicorns with four goals. Irwin had three goals and Ryan and Claudia Hummel both scored two. Jordan Nielsen had seven saves.

"We were confident we could win, but anything can happen on a given day, so it's important to always play hard," Kelley said.

Coach Lindsay Pieper was disappointed by CSG's slow start to the second half. As Bradley mounted its comeback, she told her players to stick to their fundamentals and fight for every ground ball, two areas in which a young Bradley team with no seniors struggled.

"We had a bit of a letdown and we lost some focus there, and they caught us on our heels," Pieper said. "Luckily, we turned it around and won."