Although the Dublin Scioto High School girls track and field team has fared well in distance and middle-distance races the past three seasons, the Irish haven't didn't have enough firepower in the rest of the events to win invitationals.

Although the Dublin Scioto High School girls track and field team has fared well in distance and middle-distance races the past three seasons, the Irish haven't didn't have enough firepower in the rest of the events to win invitationals.

That came to an end last Friday as Scioto scored 100 points to win the Freedom Relays ahead of Olentangy (97), Westerville Central (86), host Olentangy Liberty (59), Dublin Jerome (54) and Pickerington North (38).

The Irish won all four distance relays, but also were second in three sprint relays as they earned their first first-place trophy since winning the OCC-Cardinal Division meet in 2006.

Finishing second were Rachel Christian, Charity Mack, Candace Green and Camaria Cannon in the 400-meter relay (50.3 seconds) and 800 relay (1:47.3) and Christian, Green, Cannon and Liz Hart in the sprint medley relay (1:55.1).

"We knew we were going to win the four distance races, but we didn't know if we would be able to score well enough in the other areas to beat Olentangy or Westerville Central," coach Matt Suttle said. "This may be the most complete team performance we've had in several years."

The victory bodes well for Scioto's chances of winning the OCC-Cardinal meet May 14 and 16 at Westerville South.

"Olentangy and Westerville Central were the two favorites to win our league coming into the season, and this relay format favored those teams because it played to some of their strengths, so I think we can put together an even better performance at the OCC meet," Suttle said. "The kids had a lot of fun running their victory lap (last Friday) and I think that it showed them that all of their hard work is paying off."

Suttle will take some of his best distance runners to the Hilliard Darby Distance Twilight Invitational on Friday. Freshmen twins Minori and Sakiko Minagawa will run the 3,200 and the Irish will compete in the 3,200 relay.

The Minagawa sisters are hoping they will have the opportunity to race against Rocky River Magnificat junior twins Abby and Clare Fischer, who finished 18th and 19th in the Division I state cross country meet last fall to help lead their team to the state title.

Both twins are hoping to break 1999 graduate Cori Kill's program record in the 3,200 (11:25.0).

"Suttle told us that the Magnificat twins are faster than us by 10 seconds, so we're hoping they will push us to get that record," Sakiko said. "Minori and I didn't run any of the same races last Friday, so it will be fun to be back out there together."

The Irish will compete in the Gary Smith Invitational at Thomas Worthington the next day.

"We probably won't score that well at Gary Smith since our top distance runners will be tired from running the day before," Suttle said.

The boys team finished last (50) of five teams in the Freedom Relays behind champions Jerome (96) and Westerville Central (96), but coach Kevin Foley was pleased with the progress on his shot put and discus throwers.

Scioto won the discus relay with a combined distance of 359 feet, 5 1/2 inches and the shot put relay with a combined distance of 123-11 1/4.

"We're awfully young, but we're certainly heading in the right direction," Foley said.

"We had some bright spots in the throws. They were young but now they're becoming veterans and we're getting production out of these guys."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Scioto track and field teams:

Last Friday -- Boys: Finished fifth (50) in five-team Olentangy Liberty Freedom Relays behind co-champions Jerome (96) and Westerville Central (96); Girls: Finished first (100) in six-team field ahead of runner-up Olentangy (97). Winners were Sakiko Minagawa, Lindsay Keeran, Shelly Diewald and Katie Papesh in the 6,400 relay (22:31.55), Keelin Gorman, Simone Gholston, Katie Monda and Minori Minagawa in the lap medley relay (13:09.06), Sakiko Minagawa, Keeran, Gorman and Diewald in the 3,200 relay (10:12.09) and Nicole White, Gholston, Monda and Minori Minagawa in the distance medley relay (9:44.91).

*Last Tuesday -- Competed against Westerville Central

Friday -- At Hilliard Darby Distance Twilight Invitational

Saturday -- At Gary Smith Invitational at Thomas Worthington

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Liberty

*Tuesday -- At Westerville North

*OCC-Cardinal meet