Emily Pifer and Kayla Scott each competed in both the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 at the Division I district 1 meet last Saturday at Dublin Coffman, but the two will go their separate ways at the regional meet Friday at Pickerington North.

Emily Pifer and Kayla Scott each competed in both the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 at the Division I district 1 meet last Saturday at Dublin Coffman, but the two will go their separate ways at the regional meet Friday at Pickerington North.

Both girls qualified for regional in both events, but Pifer will compete only in the 3,200 and Scott will run only the 1,600. They believe focusing on one event increases their chances of advancing to the state meet June 4-5 at Ohio State.

The top four finishers in each regional event qualify for state.

"I feel like I'm better at the two-mile," Pifer said. "The mile is more fun, but it's for the faster girls and I feel more comfortable with the two-mile."

Scott prefers the 1,600, in part because it comes before the 3,200, which is the second-to-last race in a meet. She hopes to break her personal record of 5 minutes, 22 seconds.

"I'm just going to pace myself and hopefully I get 5:20 or break it," she said.

Pifer and Scott are part of a group of Indians that advanced to the regional meet in seven events. The top four finishers in each district event advanced to regional.

The boys team advanced four athletes out of the district 3 meet: Corey Bell and Tyler Jenkins in the pole vault, Bryn Campbell in the discus and Antonio Whitfield in the 300 hurdles. None of them are seniors.

"It's pretty neat that they're all underclassmen," coach Bruce Olson said. "One of the things we talked about before the district meet was that our goal was to get as many freshmen, sophomores and juniors the experience so next year maybe we can compete better."

The girls team scored 78 points at district to finish third out of 13 teams, behind champion Gahanna (132).

Pifer won the 1,600 (5:14.27) and 3,200 (11:37.19), Scott was second in the 1,600 (5:22.4) and fourth in the 3,200 (11:54.63) and Jasmine Sullivan was third in the 100 (13.12) and 200 (26.84).

The boys team tied Walnut Ridge for 10th (33) out of 16 teams in district 3, behind champion Brookhaven (89).

Bell finished third in the pole vault (13-6) and Jenkins was fourth (13-0). Campbell was fourth in the discus (141-0) and Whitfield was fourth in the 300 hurdles (40.84).

•The third-seeded baseball team lost 6-5 to fifth-seeded Hartley in a Division II district semifinal on May 18. Hartley moved up to Division II this year from Division III.

The Indians led 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning after a sacrifice fly from Curtis Steube that scored Derek Petruskevich. Hartley cut its deficit to 3-2 in the top of the sixth, but it was the seventh inning that lost the game for Canal Winchester. An error, a hit batter, a slip by a player fielding a routine grounder and a hit that ricocheted off the leg of pitcher Drew Dosch contributed to a four-run inning for the Hawks.

In the bottom of the seventh, Petruskevich scored on a passed ball and Dosch scored on a fielder's choice by Ryan Rose, but the Hawks induced Garrett Brown into a groundout to end the game.

"From our perspective, we wanted to go out playing a good game, and we did," coach Jason Vest said. "We kind of felt all season like the little bounces didn't quite go our way, and that's what happened (against Hartley)."

Canal Winchester finished 21-6 overall and tied Circleville in the MSL-Buckeye Division at 11-3, ahead of Bloom-Carroll (9-5), Logan Elm (9-5), Hamilton Township (6-8), Fairfield Union (4-10), Amanda-Clearcreek (3-11) and Teays Valley (3-11).

The Indians lose four seniors in Dosch (SS/P), Rose (LF/3B), Justin Whitlatch (2B) and Michael Young (P).

Key players expected to return include Drew Black (P), Derek Brown (OF), Trey Kiser (3B/P) and Petruskevich (C).

"I'm happy with the way the guys competed hard all season," Vest said.

•The softball team ended its season with an 8-0 loss to second-seeded Lakewood in a Division II district final last Saturday.

Lakewood won the Division III state title each of the last two years.

The Lancers led 3-0 in the bottom of fifth when they hit a three-run home run to extend their advantage to 6-0. They added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Canal Winchester loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh but couldn't score. Hannah Toler led off the inning with a double, McKenzie Bonner walked and Angela Steube was hit by a pitch. The next three batters recorded an out, including two by strikeout.

"We felt that if we played our best game that we could play with anybody," coach Randy Hinton said. "We didn't get out hitting early and after we got behind we started to press a little bit."