The conclusion of the Division I district 3 girls track and field meet last Saturday at Dublin Coffman couldn't have been much busier -- or heart-wrenching -- for anyone more than for Whetstone High School senior Debbie Miller.

The conclusion of the Division I district 3 girls track and field meet last Saturday at Dublin Coffman couldn't have been much busier -- or heart-wrenching -- for anyone more than for Whetstone High School senior Debbie Miller.

Miller had to wait several minutes to find out whether she had earned the fourth and final berth in the 100-meter hurdles, the first event of the meet.

When officials watching the finish decided it was too close to call between Miller and New Albany's Jordan Mazzi after each finished in 16.25 seconds, the two prepared for a run-off that wouldn't occur until after the final race of the day.

Before the run-off, however, Miller was third in the 300 hurdles (47.03) to advance to the regional, which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Hilliard Davidson, and also ran on the 1,600 relay -- the final event of the day -- that finished sixth (4:08.55).

After a 20-minute break, Miller led Mazzi in the 100 hurdles run-off until bumping the last hurdle and getting passed just before the finish line. Her hands immediately covered her face in disappointment.

"I've not ever seen (a run-off) in a track meet at this level," coach John Coffman said. "The head official ruled that it was too close to call. That's a hard race to come back with after (running a 400 in her leg of the 1,600 relay)."

Miller's qualification in the 300 hurdles ended up being the only one for the Braves, who finished ninth (16.5 points) of 14 teams behind champion Reynoldsburg (135). The top four in each event at the regional will advance to state June 6-7 in Ohio State.

"I'm always trying to win and I tried my hardest and thought I ran a good time (in the 300 hurdles)," Miller said.

Also placing were Michelle Woods in the 300 hurdles (sixth, 48.62). Chelsi Cummings, Tori Rafferty and Woods joined Miller on the 1,600 relay.

"We had a good day (last Saturday), much better than (May 22 in the preliminaries)," Coffman said. "I thought we'd do a little better in the (800 relay)."

The boys team scored 46 points to finish eighth of 13 teams behind champion Reynoldsburg (126) and had two individuals and two relays advance to the regional.

Moving on were Mario Dovell in the 110 hurdles (third, 14.78), Blake Callahan in the 100 (first, 10.74) and 200 (first, 21.99), Callahan, Dovell, Jamon Hodges and Marcus Penn in the 400 relay (second, 42.81) and Callahan, Dovell, Hodges and Penn in the 800 relay (second, 1:28.8).

Also placing were the 3,200 relay (seventh, 8:34.5) and Penn in the 200 (seventh, 23.96). Eddie Erion ran a personal-best 4:52.96 to take 14th in the 1,600 and Wade Westbrook ran a personal-best 10:19.44 to take ninth in the 3,200.

"We did pretty well," Dovell said. "It's been the same group all year (in the relays) and that's played a big factor. I feel solid about the four of us."

Callahan was a state qualifier in the 100, 200 and 400 last year but elected not to run the 400 at state, where he finished seventh in the 100 and sixth in the 200.

He will run the two individual events and two relays at regional this time.

"It was a good day," coach Joe Monda said. "Our sprinters had a really good day and Blake had a good day. Both our relays set school records."

ēThe baseball team will play Briggs for the City League championship at 5:30 p.m. today at home. It will be Whetstone's first game since May 17.

The Braves, who are 18-7 overall and went 12-2 to win the City-North Division, had nine players honored at the all-City meeting May 18.

Bradley Barnett (P), Will Homan (CF), Zach McGuire (C), Reggie Mitchell (RF) and Derek Toler (SS/P) were first-team all-league, Ben Jackson (1B) and Max Wright (3B) made the second team and Jeremy Althouse (1B/2B) and Dan Tuttle (2B) received honorable mention.

Homan, McGuire and Toler were second-team all-district and Mitchell received honorable mention.