It was a tough postseason for the Delaware Hayes High School boys track and field team.

It was a tough postseason for the Delaware Hayes High School boys track and field team.

Coach Greg White had six athletes he thought had realistic opportunities to advance to the Division I regional. Only two of them did - senior Kameron Holloway and junior Bobby Oliver.

Both concluded their seasons last Wednesday in the first day of regional competition at Pickerington North.

Holloway finished 13th in the 400-meter preliminaries in 54.93 seconds. Oliver did not clear the opening height of 13 feet in the pole vault.

"Kameron pulled his left hamstring in our Tuesday workout," White said. "He was running some 200s. In the first one, he crushed the time I gave him. He started the second one very well, but 50 meters into it, he pulled the hamstring. He said he heard it pop."

Holloway advanced from the district 1 meet by coasting into the fourth and final regional-qualifying spot in 51.51 seconds on May 22 at Dublin Coffman. His personal record was a 50.85.

Holloway was sixth in his regional heat, with the top four advancing to the finals last Friday. The last qualifier from his heat was Stevin Spees of St. Charles, who finished in 53.49. Holloway's district time would've been second in his regional heat and sixth-best overall.

"We thought we had him all ready to go for the school record of 49.9 in the regional and get him to state," White said. "You couldn't even think of something this bad happening."

Oliver advanced to regional by matching his personal-best of 13-6 in the district meet May 20.

"Bobby has a mental block starting at 13," White said. "Every meet we've been to where the starting height was 13 feet, he no-heighted. It's almost like he needs to clear 12 or 12-6 to feel comfortable and grow confidence and to get some jumps down to warm up."

The boys finished 12th (19 points) in the 15-team district field as Gahanna won (120). Kyle Edwards was seventh in the 800 with a personal-best 2:02.56 and Holloway was eighth (10.66) in the 100. Also scoring was Matt Swisher, who had a personal-best 13-0 in the pole vault.

Freshman Emily Mengerink was the lone athlete from the Delaware girls team to qualify for the regional. She competed in the regional last Friday after finishing third in the 800 (2:20.70) in the district 1 meet.

"I was really excited because it was a big time drop for me," Mengerink said. "It was four seconds better than my (personal record). I didn't think I could do that."

The girls finished 11th (13) in the 13-team field as Gahanna won (132). Freshman Tayler Reid was sixth in the 400 (1:01.79) and the 1,600 relay of Kristin Yannacey, Reid, Tangi Hamilton and Mengerink was sixth in 4:10.84. Also scoring for the Pacers was sophomore Rebekah Younkin, who was eighth in the shot put (30-11 1/2).

•The boys lacrosse team couldn't put things in gear during the first round of the Club Division state tournament on May 22. After beating visiting Marysville 15-3 in a play-in game on May 19, the Pacers lost to Fairfield 18-11. Being a club team, the Pacers don't have transportation provided by the school.

"There was a wreck or something on I-71 that had things bottled up," coach Dick Sanfillipo said. "Some of our players were still arriving at the end of the first quarter after being stuck in traffic for at least an hour.

"Then, we had a lot of penalties and spent 12 1/2 minutes playing a man down. We gave up eight goals when we were a man down. But they were bigger and faster and more experienced. Still, we didn't give up. In the end, their 15 juniors were better than our 15 freshmen."

The Pacers, who finished 7-5, trailed 11-6 at halftime and 15-8 after three quarters. Griffin Kinney had four goals and Josh Bender added three. Lane Kleinlein had one goal and two assists and Paul Golden added a goal and an assist. Jordan Zinader and Andrew Meiser also had goals and Kyle Gabbert had two assists. Phoenix Neitzelt had 10 ground balls, with Jordan Carlson and Zinader both getting five. Michael Duffy made 25 saves.

•The boys volleyball team had high hopes to begin the season as a solid crop of four seniors returned for their third season on varsity.

But inconsistency plagued the Pacers. They finished 8-13 overall after losing to Olentangy Liberty 23-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-16, 15-3 in the first round of the Division I East Region tournament May 15 at Gahanna.

After winning two of the first three games, things fell apart for Delaware as it was outscored 40-19 in the final two games.

"It's been that way all season," first-year coach Eric Whittaker said. "We've been inconsistent and hard to figure out."

Delaware finished fifth at 2-8 in the OCC-Capital Division. Mount Vernon won the title (10-0), followed by Pickerington North (8-2), Gahanna (6-4), Hilliard Bradley (3-7), the Pacers and Pickerington Central (1-9).

The Pacers will lose senior middle hitters Josh Hunt and Justin Kerby, and senior outside hitters Nick Kaser and Dan Lloyd.

Expected to return are juniors Jamey Hackett (libero), Chris Hemans (setter), Jon Hunt (outside hitter), Devon McKenzie (opposite hitter) and Josh Trippier (outside hitter), as well as sophomore middle hitter Alex Carpenter.

At a glance


Record: 8-13 overall, 2-8 (fifth place) in OCC-Capital Seniors lost: Josh Hunt, Nick Kaser, Justin Kerby and Dan Lloyd Key returnees: Alex Carpenter, Jamey Hackett, Chris Hemans, Jeremy Hunt, Jon Hunt, Devon McKenzie and Josh Trippier