After a sub-par performance a year ago, the Canal Winchester High School boys track and field team was looking to make a statement in the Division I, district 1 meet, which concluded May 21 at Hilliard Bradley.

After a sub-par performance a year ago, the Canal Winchester High School boys track and field team was looking to make a statement in the Division I, district 1 meet, which concluded May 21 at Hilliard Bradley.

The Indians did just that, scoring 65 points to finish third in the 16-team meet behind Thomas Worthington (87) and Pickerington North (78.5), for their best finish in a Division I district meet since moving up from Division II in 2008.

A year ago, Canal Winchester scored 33 points to tie Walnut Ridge for 10th in the district 3 meet behind champion Brookhaven (89).

"In Division II district meets, we finished second in 2006 and third in 2007, but we hadn't been doing as well in Division I the past few years, so we were looking to be in the top five this year," coach Bruce Olson said. "I thought that was a realistic goal based on the way we've performed all season, but I'm really happy with the way we competed to get third place. We scored in 10 of the 17 events, which was a big positive for us. This wasa very good team effort."

Bryn Campbell won the discus with a throw of 154 feet, 10 inches to become the lone district champion for the boys team.

Campbell recorded a season-best with his fourth throw of 142 feet and was second to Pickerington North's Kyle Mushill (143-11). Two throws later on his last attempt, Campbell set a personal record with his winning toss.

The top four finishers in each event in the boys and girls district meets qualified for the regional, which began on May 25 and will conclude Friday, May 27, at Pickerington North.

"That was a great throw by Bryn in rainy weather with the pressure on," Olson said.

Last year, Canal Winchester didn't score at regional.

The top four placers in each event advance to the state meet June 3-4 at Ohio State. Seven Indians are competing at regional.

"It's a crapshoot as to who will make it to state," Olson said. "Our kids are in the ballpark. It just depends on how well they perform."

•The girls track and field team finished fifth (71) in the 13-team Division I, district 4 meet, which concluded May 21 at Hamilton Township.

Hilliard Davidson (110) won the title.

Freshman Joscelyn Powell became the first Indian to qualify for the Division I regional meet in four individual events, as she won the 300 hurdles (program-record 44.66), finished second in the 100 (12.66), placed third in the 110 hurdles (16.02) and finished fourth in the 200 (26.25).

Ina preliminary race on Feb. 18, Powell also set a program record in the 100 hurdles (15.15).

"Joscelyn Powell had some great performances," coach John Bender said. "She broke our school records in both hurdles. She hit the first hurdles to fall into dead-last in the 100 hurdles, but she still came back and got third."

Kayla Scott finished third in the 1,600, setting a program record in 5:10.22, and was fourth in the 3,200 (11:39.91).

Taylor Smith, who has been hampered by tendinitis in her right knee, won the high jump (5-3).

"Kayla kept pace with some good athletes, and was the biggest surprise of the meet, breaking our school record in the mile," Bender said.

"Taylor hasn't been able to practice much at all because she's been sore all season, but she had one of her best efforts in a hard rain. If they perform well at regional, all three of them have a chance to make it to the state meet."

Last year, Canal Winchester finished 12th (18) in the regional behind champion Reynoldsburg (95).

•The baseball team lost to fourth-seeded DeSales 11-10 in 10 innings in a Division II district semifinal on May 19 at Dublin Jerome.

Trey Kiser hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Chris Angle hit a two-run homer in the fourth as the Indians led 9-4.

"In the first four innings we did everything right and played a heck of a game," said coach Jay Bartos, whose squad finished 16-11. "But our inexperience caught up with us when DeSales started to mount a rally, and then the wheels came off one at a time."

The Stallions scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the seventh to force extra innings.

The Indians stranded a runner at second in the top of the 10th, before DeSales won it in the bottom of the inning.

"We didn't handle the mental pressure of the game well," Bartos said. "We couldn't get a timely hit in the 10th inning and they did."