The Canal Winchester High School girls track and field team was aiming for a top-two finish in the Division I, district 1 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby.

The Canal Winchester High School girls track and field team was aiming for a top-two finish in the Division I, district 1 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby.

The Indians accomplished their goal by scoring 97 points to finish second in the 15-team meet behind Dublin Coffman (141).

"We're the first people from our school to earn a Division I district trophy for track for finishing as runner-up, and that's something we're all really proud of," senior Kayla Scott said.

Scott won the 1,600 meters with a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 59.13 seconds, finishing ahead of Coffman's Clarissa Bons (5:02.4). She also won the 3,200 (11:21.12) ahead of Coffman's Rachel Bosworth (11:28.25).

The top four finishers in each district event advanced to the regional meet, which began May 23 and concludes Friday, May 25, at Pickerington North.

"In the mile, we were all together for the first lap before I was able to take the lead," Scott said. "I had a lot of people pushing me in that race and a 5:03 wasn't good enough to get out of our district this year, so I had to run well. My goal for the two-mile was just to win it because it wasn't as stacked as the mile.

"I'm probably going to run both events at regional and see if I can reach state in both of them."

The top four finishers in each regional event advance to the state meet June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.

Jocselyn Powell scored 32 points at district for the Indians, as she won both the 100 hurdles (14.78) and 300 hurdles (43.71) and finished third in both the 100 (12.67) and 200 (25.57).

Taylor Smith helped score 25 points, as she won the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches) and long jump (16-5 1/4). She also anchored the 800 relay of Fleetwood Carter, Arena Paige and Ashley Mavis to a fourth-place finish (1:46.43).

The Indians scored well in the pole vault as well, as Gretchen Rosch was third (9-8) and Rachel Muller was fourth (9-0).

"Jocselyn and Taylor both did really well in a lot of events like they usually do, but we did well because we have a great team and a lot of people scored for us," Scott said. "We had a lot of girls who didn't make it to regional who still scored for us to help us finish second."

Last year, Canal Winchester scored 11 points at regional to finish 20th behind champion Reynoldsburg (88) as Powell placed third in the 300 hurdles in 44.5 and was the Indians' lone state qualifier.

"We're all going to do our best to make it to state," Scott said. "We just need to be confident in our training at this point."

Boys track team fares well at district

The boys track team scored 68 points in the 16-team Division I, district 3 meet that concluded May 19 at Darby to finish fifth, behind champion Pickerington North (127.5).

"We're pretty pleased with things team-wise because we're not as big as some of the other Division I schools here, and we had only eight guys competing here in the finals," senior Jarrod Genther said. "I think we did really well for as many people as we have."

Tyler Jenkins helped score 22 points for the Indians, placing second in the pole vault (14-9) and third in both the 110 hurdles (15.12) and 300 hurdles (38.52).

Antonio Whitfield helped score 17 points, placing fourth in the long jump (21-1/4), 100 (11.13) and 200 (22.41).

Jenkins and Whitfield also teamed with Sam Decker and Jaquan Ransome to finish seventh in the 1,600 relay (3:29.42).

The top four finishers in each district event advanced to regional.

Also qualifying for regional were Genther in the 1,600 (4:14.43, second), Bryn Campbell in the discus (162-8, second) and Decker in the 300 hurdles (39.97, fourth).

"Tyler Jenkins and Antonio Whifield both did really well in a lot of events, and Sam Decker is having the track season of his life," Genther said. "I had my breakout race of the season in the mile and got a big (personal record) in that race."

Last year, the Indians scored 27 points at regional to tie Lancaster and Westerville Central for ninth behind co-champions Thomas Worthington (37) and Westerville North (37), as Genther advanced to state by placing third in the 1,600 (4:18.92).

"Running this well at district has given us confidence going into regional," Genther said. "Personally, I think I can run a 4:10 in a quicker race and maybe even go below that time at state."

Softball team's tourney run comes to an end

The 12th-seeded softball team beat sixth-seeded Marysville 5-0 in a Division I district semifinal May 14 at Pickerington Central.

Alyxis Moore hit a solo home run in the top of the third inning and Kaleigh Whitlatch had an RBI single in the fourth before the Indians scored three unearned runs on an error by the Monarchs' shortstop in the fourth to blow the game open.

Carly Favorito pitched the first two innings before being replaced by Lauren Arndt, who pitched the final five innings to earn the win. The pitchers combined to throw a four-hitter.

Canal Winchester then lost to third-seeded Pickerington Central 4-0 in a district final May 19 at Central to finish 18-11.

After scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning, the Tigers took a 4-0 lead in the third on a three-run home run by Hannah Dittoe.

The Indians' best scoring chance came in the sixth inning. Jenna Carlisle and Paige Hughes opened with back-to-back singles, but Whitlatch lined out to Allie Luther at first base for a double play. Raven Hamilton then singled to move Carlisle to third base, but Morgan White flew out to right field to end the inning.

"We had a good run in our first year competing in the Division I tournament," coach Randy Hinton said. "We had our chances against Pickerington Central and Kaleigh hit a hard shot that just happened to go right at their first baseman. Central's a good team and it just wasn't our day."