Junior Charlotte Myers knows she'll be under pressure in the Division II regional meet today and Saturday at Dayton Public Schools' Welcome Stadium.

Junior Charlotte Myers knows she'll be under pressure in the Division II regional meet today and Saturday at Dayton Public Schools' Welcome Stadium.

But that's when the Bexley High School long jumper performs the best.

Myers went 16 feet, 11 1/4 inches to win the long jump in the Central District meet last Saturday at Groveport. Myers is tied for the fifth-best distance in the event for the Dayton regional. The top four advance to the state meet June 4-5 at Ohio State.

Germantown's Tessa Parks (17-7.5), Jamestown Greeneview's Shaytell Furman (17-7), Dayton Thurgood Marshall's Ja'Naye Scott (17-5) and Dayton Chaminade-Julienne's Camille Dickens (17-4) all jumped over the 17-foot mark.

"When I know what I need to do, I tend to jump better," said Myers, who was fifth in the state last year after going 17-0 1/4. "The more pressure I'm under, the better I do."

Last year, Myers came into the regional meet after placing second at district with a 16-6. She went a foot further to win the regional with a 17-6.

The girls finished fifth at district with 43.5 points, behind champion Hartley (121) in the 22-team meet at Groveport. Myers placed second in the 400 meters (57.85 seconds) and joined Abby Fagin, Elisa Mathews and Kendra Wilson to place second in the 1,600 relay (4:02.57).

The boys team was eighth with 47 points, behind champion Hartley (91), and advanced two individuals and three relays to the regional meet. The 400 relay of Derek Cain, D.J. Jones, Jalen Robinette and Ronnell Armstrong, the district runner-up (44.52), had the best finish for the boys team.

•Playing in the Division II South-Central Region tournament for the first time, the girls lacrosse team found out it can't expect to stay around long if it spots a team a large lead. Cincinnati Indian Hill jumped out to a 5-0 lead en route to a 14-7 win in the first round on May 20.

"They got a quick jump on us," said Bexley coach Gillian Thomson, whose team finished 9-7 overall. "We adjusted some things and were able to score, but it was just too hard to come back."

The Lions lose seniors Rachel Bergman, Breghan Widdis and Torrey Williams (39 goals) from the attack, Katie Grady, Mara Kinney, Amy Mautz and Sarah Pencarinha from the midfield and Catherine Brennan and Emily Hecker from the defense.

Williams was first-team all-Central Independent League.

Thomson expects junior Gabby Goldach (19 goals) and sophomore Sarah Dressel to return to the midfield with junior Diane Zanner and sophomore Colleen Bond (21 goals) to be back in the attack. Also expected back are sophomore goalie Maddy Kelly as well as juniors Liz Harriman and Kathleen Kirker and sophomores Emily Elisar and Katie Gatterdam to anchor the defense. Kelly averaged 9.6 saves and Harriman was honorable mention Central Independent League.

"Next year we'll have a very different look," Thomson said. "We lose a large class of seniors, but there's a lot of talent that's coming up."

•The boys tennis team advanced six players to the Division II district tournament last Friday at the Wickertree Tennis Club, but none of them escaped the first round.

In singles, sophomore Matt Wareti lost to Wellington's Ian Wagner 6-0, 6-4 and junior Zach Goldstein lost to Watterson's Chris Diaz 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles, sophomore David Seckel and senior Brian Yost lost to Watterson's Aaron Casares and Enzo Milano 6-3, 6-2 and juniors Christian Liefeld and Matt O'Hern lost to Columbus Academy's Langston Hughes and Eoghan Bahnson 6-0, 6-3.

The exits mark the first time Bexley has not been represented at the state tournament since 2006.

The Lions finished the year 13-4 and placed second in the MSL-Ohio/Cardinal Division at 5-1 with 42 points to finish behind Academy (6-0, 48).

Rounding out the rest of the standings were Granville (30 points), Grandview (20), Fisher Catholic (13), West Jefferson (7) and Whitehall (1).

Junior Max Schottenstein and Seckel in second doubles, and Wareti in singles, all won league titles. Schottenstein and Seckel defeated Academy's Abram Schottenstein, Max's brother, and Chris Perrini 10-5 at second doubles for the title. Wareti beat Academy's Chad Buchanan 4-0 (retired). Junior Gabe Coe lost to Hughes 10-2 to place second at second singles. Liefeld and O'Hern finished second at first doubles, losing to the Vikings' Adam Enslen and Dan Leathery 10-4. Yost lost to Granville's Greg Kerr 11-9 in the semifinals.

Yost was the only senior.

•The boys lacrosse team's best season ended with a 16-3 loss to top-seeded Dublin Jerome in the first round of the Division II Central Region tournament.

A.J. Gogan scored two goals and Sam Johnson had one. Coleman Fitch made 14 saves.

Under first-year coach Rich Russo, Bexley finished 8-9 overall. That matches the number of wins the Lions had over the last three seasons combined.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for Bexley boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and tennis teams:

BOYS LACROSSE

May 20 - Defeated Johnstown 9-3 in a play-in game in the Division II Central Region tournament Last Saturday - Lost to top-seeded Dublin Jerome 16-3 in first round

Of note: The Lions finished 8-9.

GIRLS LACROSSE

May 20 - Lost to Cincinnati Indian Hill 14-7 in first round of Division II South-Central Region tournament

Of note: The Lions finished 9-7 overall and 1-6 in Central Independent League.

TENNIS

Last Friday - At Division district tournament (Wickertree). No state qualifiers.

Of note: The Lions finished 13-4 overall and 5-1 (second) in MSL-Ohio/Cardinal.


Below are the regional qualifiers for the Bexley boys and girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:

BOYS - Ronnell Armstrong: 100 (third, 11.39). Jalen Robinette: high jump (fourth, 5-8). 3,200 relay: Micah Muller, Evan Porter, David Essman and Eric Hollis (fourth, 8:28.25). 800 relay: D.J. Jones, Robinette, Hollis and Armstrong (fourth, 1:31.74); 400 relay: Derek Cain, Jones, Robinette and Armstrong (second, 44.52) GIRLS - Charlotte Myers: long jump (first, 16-11.25), 400 (second, 57.85). Kendra Wilson: 800 (third, 2:22.01). 3,200 relay: Abby Fagin, Sara Niermeyer, Mackenzie Bolon and Wilson (fourth, 9:49.9). 1,600 relay: Fagin, Elisa Mathews, Wilson and Myers (second, 4:02.57)