Anasa Matthews of the Delaware Hayes High School girls track and field team will spend the early part of this week conjuring up memories of her past two seasons competing in the Division I state meet.

Anasa Matthews of the Delaware Hayes High School girls track and field team will spend the early part of this week conjuring up memories of her past two seasons competing in the Division I state meet.

After using it as motivation, she will try to put those memories behind her as Saturday approaches and she prepares to compete in the shot put at Ohio State

"I choked the past couple of years," said Matthews, who finished second in the regional last Wednesday at Pickerington North with a program-record throw of 40 feet, 9 3/4 inches, breaking her own previous mark. "I'll need to focus more than the first two times. It's exciting (returning to state), but I have a lot of work to do."

The top four in each event advanced to state, which will begin Friday. The Division I field events are scheduled to begin at noon Saturday.

Matthews and her sister, Makeda Matthews, were the only two Pacers who qualified to the regional from the district 1 meet, which concluded May 23 at Dublin Coffman.

Last Wednesday, Makeda fouled on her first two attempts in the shot put, although her throw traveled the second-farthest in flight 1. She then let up on her last attempt and finished 16th (29-5 3/4).

"It's sad that Makeda won't be there," Anasa said. "She'll be with me in spirit, though. She's my top (supporter) and my No. 1 competitor. It's a bad thing that nobody will be there in practice to push me. The good thing (about practicing by herself) is that practice goes really fast and you get a lot of repetitions."

Anasa also competed in the discus at regional last Friday, hoping to make this the first time in her three trips to state that she will compete in more than one event.

Last year, she finished 13th at state in the discus with a 113-4 after being runner-up at regional (126-2) and district (123-1). She won the district title in the shot put (39-5 1/2), but finished sixth in the regional (37-2 1/4).

As a sophomore, Anasa was second in the shot put at district (39-0), fourth at regional (39-7 1/2) and 11th at state (36-10 1/4).

Competing in flight 2 last Wednesday, Anasa was fourth after the first two rounds with a 37-0 3/4 that she posted in her first attempt. After she fouled on her second attempt, she was bumped to fifth early in the third and final preliminary round. Then she posted a 40-5 1/2 to enter the finals as the top seed.

"She popped that one out there at the right time because that had a pretty good chance of holding up and being a mark that would get her to state," coach Andy Graham said. "My first throw I wanted something that would get me into the finals and the second one was even better, but I fouled," Anasa said. "The third one felt like I was gliding through the ring. It was exciting. I was screaming in my head."

In the finals, she remained first until Reynoldsburg's Melissa Dodaro threw a 41-10 1/2 in the second round.

Dodaro, who won the regional last season, finished sixth at state a year ago with a 40-7 1/4. Anasa's effort last Wednesday would have tied for fourth at state last year.

"I think she can go 42 or 43 feet next week," Graham said. "She's right where she needs to be in terms of strength and form and she's really focused. We've seen her throw 40-plus many times in practice, but she's finally staying in the ring and doing it. Plus, she's been throwing to her competition."

That could be a good thing. Her regional effort was fifth-best among state qualifiers from the Pickerington, Youngstown and Amherst regionals, but the Dayton regional competed in the event last Friday, so she could drop further.

Shatora Lewis of Toledo Scott had the best mark of 42-11. She had a 42-8 to win the state title last season.

In the district meet, Anasa won the shot put (37-3) and discus (128-0) and Makeda was fourth in the shot put (33-4).

Also scoring for the Pacers was Eva Kostyu in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 26.2 seconds). Delaware finished eighth with 26 points as Hilliard Davidson won (120) and Mount Vernon (87.5) was second.

The Delaware boys finished 14th with 12 points as Hilliard Darby (111) and Pickerington North (93) took the top two spots.

Spencer Kauf was sixth in the 300 hurdles (41.85) and joined Calvin Turner, Kameron Holloway and Girard Ogletree to place sixth in the 1,600 relay (3:27.33). Turner was sixth in the pole vault (12-6) and the 800 relay of Jacob Nicol, Nate Decker, Holloway and Ogletree was seventh (1:32.0). Nicol was eighth in the 200 (23.6).

"I was definitely happy for Spencer Kauf," boys coach Greg White said. "He's a first-year kid who surprised me every week. He progressively got better, but I still was certainly surprised with what he did in the hurdles at district. He also had one of the faster splits on the (1,600 relay)."

The 1,600 shaved four seconds off its season-best time and the 800 relay time also was a season-best.