If there were any concerns among the athletes or coaching staff of the Canal Winchester High School boys and girls track and field teams about being in Division I this season, those concerns have been erased.

If there were any concerns among the athletes or coaching staff of the Canal Winchester High School boys and girls track and field teams about being in Division I this season, those concerns have been erased.

In the district meet that concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman, the boys team placed fourth (53) behind champion Reynoldsburg (126) and the girls team was fourth (62) behind champion Reynoldsburg (135).

"I think the thing that I was most pleased with was that we scored in 11 of the 17 events," boys coach Bruce Olson said. "To go in and score in that many events I think really does show our depth."

"It was a good meet for us overall," girls coach John Bender said. "I think the girls proved they could run with Division I kids and do well."

The boys team was strong in the distance and field events. Tim Williard (first, 9 minutes, 51.18 seconds) and Cory Irwin (fourth, 9:59.85) qualified to the regional in the 3,200 meters and Irwin also qualified in the 1,600 (second, 4:28.51). The regional began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Hilliard Davidson.

Also qualifying for the boys team were Tyler Norman in the pole vault (second, 13 feet, 6 inches) and Zack Hitchens in the shot put (fourth, 52-2).

The girls team also was strong in the distance and field events. Kaitlin Smith (second, 11:25.05) and Emily Pifer (third, 11:26.78) qualified in the 3,200 and Penny Boswell qualified in the 1,600 (third, 5:20.46).

In the field events, Jodi Wildermuth advanced in both the discus (third, 106-3) and shot put (fourth, 34-11) and Whitney McDonald qualified in the long jump (fourth, 16-3).

Also qualifying for the Indians were McDonald, Tay Stokes, Alysha Holbert and Jasmine Sullivan in the 800 relay (fourth, 1:47.76).

•The softball team defeated DeSales 6-4 in a Division II district final May 22 to capture its first district championship in nine years.

The Indians took a 3-0 lead in the first but were shut out the next four innings as DeSales took a 4-3 lead heading into the sixth inning.

The Stallions got two quick outs on the Indians with the ninth hitter, Tabatha Beck, coming up. Suddenly DeSales pitcher Kelsey Seeds had trouble finding the strike zone, giving up a single to Beck followed by three walks. The last walk, to Andi Smith, scored Beck to tie the game at 4.

Katie Bingmer then went to bat with instructions to wait until Seeds threw a strike. That didn't take long as Bingmer connected on the first pitch she saw, singling to left and scoring Katie Nelson and Sidney Fox to give Canal Winchester a 6-4 lead.

"It was a little blooper and I was pretty happy it fell," Bingmer said. "I was just trying to hit the ball and find a spot and I did.

"It just means so much to the whole team (to win a district championship). It was the first time our group of seniors had been in a district championship and we wanted to keep playing."

The Indians played Keystone LaGrange in a regional semifinal last Wednesday at Bucyrus, with the winner advancing to a regional final at noon Saturday against Clyde or Pemberville Eastwood at Bucyrus. The state tournament begins June 6 at Ohio State.

Last Tuesday, the Indians played a game against Hilliard Darby, a Division I district champion. In addition to Darby, the Indians also have played Granville and Whitehall, both of which were Division II district finalists.

"We're just trying to play the best teams we can in the area to prove to ourselves we can play with anybody," coach Randy Hinton said.