With a trio of seniors on its 800-meter and 1,600 relays a year ago, the Hartley High School girls track and field team captured Division II state championships in both events and won the team title.

With a trio of seniors on its 800-meter and 1,600 relays a year ago, the Hartley High School girls track and field team captured Division II state championships in both events and won the team title.

The other member of those relays was an underclassman.

Naja Greer, who competed on both relays as a freshman a year ago, found herself in a much different role -- that of team leader -- this season.

With Aisha Cavin (Ohio State), Maya Pedersen (Dayton) and Chelsea Scott (Pittsburgh) now competing in college, the Hawks leaned on experienced performers such as Greer, senior Destany Martin and junior Mallory McCormick in their first season competing in Division I.

In the regional meet May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North, Greer competed in the 200 and ran on the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays.

The 1,600 relay, which included Greer, McCormick and freshmen Emily Franz and Sydney Williams, was first (3 minutes, 56.31 seconds) in the district 1 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby.

Hartley scored 11 points at regional to tie Dover for 18th behind champion Reynoldsburg (77) as 43 teams scored, but the Hawks did not have any athletes advance to the state meet Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, at Ohio State.

"I was a freshman last year running with three seniors," Greer said. "I was the only returnee (on the 800 and 1,600 relays), so I've tried to step up."

Hartley, which shared the state title in 2009 and finished second at state in 2010, scored 47 points to win the state title a year ago.

In this year's regional meet, Greer settled for fifth in the 200 (25.74) as the top four in each event advanced to state. The 400 relay that Greer ran with junior Nala Key, sophomore Deja Martin and McCormick was seventh (49.84). The 800 relay that featured McCormick, Destany Martin, Williams and Greer was seventh (1:44.55) and the 1,600 relay placed sixth (3:57.65).

"Destany Martin was really my only senior sprinter," coach Richard Jones said. "This is new for a lot of them. Naja was probably one of only a few freshmen at state last year, but she ran in the summer to get her track age up a little bit."

Boys track team had busy regional meet

The boys track team was represented in the Division II regional meet May 24 and 26 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton in five individual events and three relays.

Advancing to state was senior Isaiah Walls, who was runner-up in the 300 hurdles (38.71) at regional.

Also placing but failing to make it to state were the 800 relay of Walls, Albert Davis, Matt Simpson and Corey Thompson (sixth, 1:30.83) and the 1,600 relay of Adam Marsh, Simpson, Thompson and Walls (fifth, 3:23.95).

Hartley placed 14th (15.33) behind champion Dayton Dunbar (98) as 47 teams scored.

Also scoring at regional was Cameron Hart in the high jump (tied for eighth, 6 feet).

Anthony Allwein (400), Davis (100) and Simpson (200) participated in individual events but did not advance.

Softball team should return most of nucleus

The softball team loses one senior in Emily Monds after going 20-10 overall and earning a Division II district runner-up finish.

The Hawks were seeded fifth for the district tournament and opened with a 5-0 win over Licking Heights on May 10 in the second round. They then beat sixth-seeded Lakewood 7-4 in a district semifinal May 15 at Pickerington Central before losing to DeSales 13-4 on May 19 at Central in a district final.

Hartley finished second (4-2) in the CCL behind DeSales (6-0) and ahead of Ready and Watterson (1-5).

Junior Anna Kirk (SS) was district Player of the Year and made first-team all-league after hitting .609 with nine home runs, 34 RBI and 35 stolen bases. She has verbally committed to Miami University.

Sophomore Sidney Melton (2B) was first-team all-district and all-league. She batted .640 with 26 RBI and 27 stolen bases.

Sophomore Alexis Britford (1B) hit .400 with six home runs and 20 RBI and was second-team all-district and first-team all-league. She also had a team-best .979 fielding percentage that included just four errors on 198 chances.

The Hawks' other first-team all-league selection was sophomore Cassie Plageman (C/designated player), who hit .365 with 36 RBI.

Making second-team all-league were junior Tiffany Wolf (P) and sophomore Kristen Culbertson (3B). Wolf won 16 games and also had 16 RBI, and Culbertson batted .342.

Junior Allie Smith (CF) is another starter eligible to return.

"We're very excited for the future of the program," coach Meghan Zuercher said. "With the youth we have and our summer program, we're going to be a team that continues to contend for district championships."