Hartley High School junior Cameron Hart could have options when it comes to his goal of reaching the Division II state boys track and field meet for the second consecutive season.
In last week's area honor roll, Hart was listed among several athletes who had cleared 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump.
Although his best attempt in the long jump -- 21-5 1/4 -- wasn't enough to make the top five in the area last week, he is a returning state qualifier in that event.
In addition, the 400-meter relay that he's been a part of also is off to a strong start.
"Things are definitely progressing," Hart said. "I try to get my (personal best) in just about every meet I compete in. In the postseason, I want to go to state again and I'm trying to make it in the (400 relay), the high jump and the long jump. I'm kind of at a decent level in both (the high jump and long jump) and we're trying to break 43 (seconds) in the (400 relay)."
The boys finished sixth (39) behind champion Gahanna (115) in the 17-team Central Ohio All-Star Invitational on May 2 and 3 at Hamilton Township.
On April 23 in the Gahanna Relays, the Hawks scored 13.5 points to place 10th of 12 teams behind champion Pickerington Central (93). The 400 relay of Hart, senior Jacob Mercier and juniors Kristopher Hill and Mateo Saxton was second (44.41).
Other key sprinters include sophomores Sheldon Henderson and Richard Jones III.
Senior Alonzo Saxton also could contribute in the sprints at some point but has been battling a hamstring issue, according to coach Reggie Osborne. He was replaced on the roster of the Ohio North-South Classic all-star football game April 26 by Mercier.
"It's actually coming together really nicely," Hart said. "We're a young team, but you can tell how they're running that we're going to be good."
Hart and junior J'Air Wheelwright combined to place fifth in the long-jump relay (39-8 1/2 inches) at Gahanna, but Hart had the best overall individual performance with his effort of 21-5 1/4.
In the high-jump relay, Hart cleared 6-2 while Wheelwright failed to clear the bar as the Hawks placed sixth.
A year ago, Hart was fifth at state in the long jump (21-9 1/2).
In the high jump, he placed fourth (6-4) in the indoor state meet March 8 and tied for fifth (6-6 1/4) in the New Balance Indoor Nationals on March 14 in New York.
On April 26 in the Kallner Invitational, Hartley scored 19 points to place seventh of nine teams behind champion and host Hamilton Township (126.5).
"We've got a great group of guys," Osborne said. "They're all running hard. A lot of people knew about Mercier and Mateo Saxton from football even though they're in their first year. Kristopher Hill is a second-year runner who's looking good and Cameron is doing well in the long jump and he's anchoring our (400 relay)."
The girls team finished eighth (43) in the 13-team Gary Smith Invitational on May 3 behind champion and host Thomas Worthington (152).
On April 23 in the Gahanna Relays, the Hawks were eighth (30) of 13 teams behind champion and host Gahanna (110). They followed with a sixth-place finish (64) in the 13-team Kallner Invitational behind champion Canal Winchester (133.5).
In the Kallner Invitational, junior Emily Franz won the 800 (2:23.19) and the 1,600 (5:24), senior Naja Greer was first in the 200 (24.8) and the 1,600 relay also won (4:16.33).
Greer made last week's area honor roll with that performance in the 200 as well as with her time in the 400 (59.14). Franz's best time in the 800 (2:15.22) also made the honor roll.
"Emily is right where we want her to be," Osborne said. "Naja has been progressing really well. The girls (400 relay) is doing pretty well and our (1,600 relay) is OK. (My team is) young. I only have two girls that are seniors in Naja and Deja (Martin)."
Boys tennis team preps for postseason
With just five players, the boys tennis team has struggled in duals throughout the season.
The Hawks have regular-season matches remaining Thursday, May 8, at Ready and Friday, May 9, at Whitehall.
"We've just been struggling because we've got guys involved in extra-curricular activities," coach Heath Goolsby said. "They still enjoy the game, though."
Hartley was 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the CCL before playing league-foe Watterson on May 6 and non-league Grandview on May 7.
The only court Hartley had won before May 6 came in a 4-1 loss to Eastmoor Academy on April 1 when the first-doubles team of Roman Amorati and Andrew Price was victorious.
Also competing for the Hawks are Andrew Nouanesensgy, Max Steele and Logan Rahe.
Hartley will compete in a Division II sectional tournament May 15 and 17 at Columbus School for Girls or Columbus Academy.
Offense steps up for girls lacrosse team
The girls lacrosse team had its best offensive performance of the season in a 17-11 win over Westerville South on April 26.
The Hawks are 5-9 overall and 1-4 in the Central Independent League. They lost to league-foes DeSales 11-9 on April 29 and Bexley 17-8 on May 1 and beat Dublin Jerome 13-12 on May 3.
Hartley has a league game against Wellington to make up and plays Friday, May 9, at Granville in another league contest.
On April 16, Hartley lost to Columbus Academy 12-11 in overtime in a league game as Alex Orkis scored five goals and Emily Hernon added three.
The Hawks open the Division II South/Central Region tournament Monday, May 12, at home against Watterson.