Last season, Nick Schneider was the only Division I regional qualifier for the Dublin Jerome High School boys track and field team.

Last season, Nick Schneider was the only Division I regional qualifier for the Dublin Jerome High School boys track and field team.

This year he has several teammates going along with him. The regional began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Pickerington North, with the top four in each event moving on to state June 5-6 at Ohio State.

The Celtics finished second (70 points) to Gahanna (123) at the Division I district 1 meet last Saturday at Dublin Coffman.

"I really didn't think we would finish second," coach David Stroh said. "I thought maybe top four, if we got lucky top three, especially after what Logan (third, 62.5) did in the field events. But as the meet went on and we kept building points in every event, I felt we could catch Logan and then I was worried about Westerville North (fourth, 57). We just had enough gas at the end to do it."

Schneider is the program's first two-time regional qualifier. He was fourth in the 3,200 meters (9 minutes, 45.82 seconds).

"It's good to see more of us there," Schneider said. "Obviously, I want to go top four, but if not, I at least want to go to the low 9:30s."

Cody Burris, Robert Carmona, Chris Osbun and Jeff Robison won the 800 relay (1:29.2), Burris, Osbun, Kevin Jackson and Robison were second in the 400 relay (43.42) and Jackson, Burris, Ashiyr Pierson and Carmona were second in the 1,600 relay (3:21.3).

Collin Crowson was second in the pole vault (13 feet, 6 inches), Robison was third in the 100 (11.19) and Carmona was third in the 400 (49.8).

"I just pace myself," Carmona said of the 400. "Everybody goes fast, but when I hit that 200 meter mark I just start going. The 400 meters is about pacing yourself and knowing when to go fast."

The girls team finished 13th (9) in district 1 behind first-place New Albany (108.5) and had no regional qualifiers.

•The Scioto girls team was second (103) in district 1.

Katie Papesh won the 1,600 (5:18.8) and joining Keelin Gorman, Minori Minagawa and Sakiko Minagawa on the first-place 3,200 relay (9:39.31).

"I was hoping so, but you never know," Papesh said of qualifying for regional.

"We all work hard and our seniors are really good leaders, so they keep pushing us to try and pass the next level."

Sakiko and Minori Minagawa finished first (11:10.44) and third (11:21.92) in the 3,200.

"She always helps me during practice," Sakiko said of her sister. "She's usually the one who helps me push. I can't go this far without her."

Olivia Price was second in the 100 hurdles (15.86). Rachel Christian was third in the 100 (12.8) and 200 (25.9) and joined Nicole White, Candace Green and Camaria Cannon on the third-place 800 relay (1:44.02) and Charity Mack, Green and Cannon on the third-place 400 relay (50.11).

Also taking third were Gorman in the 800 (2:21), Hannah Miller in the discus (106-3) and White in the pole vault (9-0). Angela Roll was fourth in the pole vault (9-0).

The boys team finished 13th (14.5) in district 1. The 800 relay of Jason Reineck, Mike Shibko, Seun Canada and Darion Dalton-Ragland was third (1:31.89).

•The Coffman boys team finished third (69.5) in district 3 behind Big Walnut (107) and Reynoldsburg (99).

Nate Lonsway, a returning state qualifier in the 1,600, won the 800 (1:54.81) and was member of two second-place relays. Lonsway, Carl Ruf, Grant Onken and Drew Murray were second in the 3,200 relay (8:03.33) and Shaun Borland, Lonsway, E.J. Williams and Ruf were second in the 1,600 relay (3:21.44).

"I just have to be relaxed," Lonsway said of regional. "I need to not try to take it out too hard. I have to really focus on trying to go out in a 56 maybe and then just try to follow it up."

John Kieffer used a late move to take second in the 3,200 (9:50.74).

"I was optimistic," Kieffer said. "I knew it would take a good race. I put myself in a good position at the end. I was able to finish strong enough."

Taking third were Matt Spohn in the discus (148-3) and Brandon Kowalski in the high jump (5-10).

Murray was fourth in the 800 (1:57.78) and Drew Mathew, Michael Stoup, Borland and Taylor Williams were fourth in the 800 relay (1:31.16).

The girls team finished fifth (61) behind first-place Reynoldsburg (157).

"That was about as well as we thought we could do," girls coach Greg King said. "We had really good solid performances out of everybody."

Jacqueline Rinehart won the high jump (5-3). Freshman Sara Johnson was second in the 100 hurdles (15.81).

"My goal is try to make it into the final at regional," Johnson said. "Hopefully state, but I don't think so."

Johnson later joined Crai Hodges, Brooke Sciullo and Kinsey Hogue on the third-place 800 relay (1:46.43). Hodges was third in the 400 (60.16).

"Hopefully we can do really well at regional," Hodges said. "We just have to apply ourselves and this time we're going to have to push it to do our best rather than pushing it to place."

Megan Collins was fourth in the 3,200 (12:31.59). Nadia Khan, Clarissa Bons, Stefanie Larsson and Sciullo were fourth in the 1,600 relay (4:06.32).

At a glance

Below are the regional qualifiers for the Dublin Coffman, Jerome and Scioto boys and girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:


Boys -- Nate Lonsway: 800 (first, 1:54.81); John Kieffer: 3,200 (second, 9:50.74); 3,200 relay: Carl Ruf, Lonsway, Grant Onken, Drew Murray (second, 8:03.33);1,600 relay: Shaun Borland, Lonsway, E.J. Williams, Ruf (second, 3:21.44); Matt Spohn: discus (third, 148-3); Brandon Kowalski: high jump (tied for third, 5-10); 800 relay: Drew Mathew, Michael Stoup, Shaun Borland, Taylor Williams (fourth, 1:31.16); Murray: 800 (fourth, 1:57.78); Girls -- Jacqueline Rinehart: high jump (first, 5-3); Sara Johnson: 100 hurdles (second, 15.81); 800 relay: Crai Hodges, Brooke Sciullo, Johnson, Kinsey Hogue (third, 1:45.43); Hodges: 400 (third, 60.16). Megan Collins: 3,200 (fourth, 12:31.59); 1,600 relay: Nadia Khan, Clarissa Bons, Stefanie Larsson, Sciullo (fourth, 4:06.32)


Boys -- 800 relay: Cody Burris, Robert Carmona, Chris Osbun, Jeff Robison (first, 1:29.2); Collin Crowson: pole vault (second, 13-6); 1,600 relay: Kevin Jackson, Burris, Ashiyr Pierson, Carmona (second, 3:21.3); 400 relay: Burris, Osbun, Jackson, Robison (second, 43.42); Robison: 100 (third, 11.19); Carmona: 400 (third, 49.8); Nick Schneider: 3,200 (third, 9:45.82); Girls -- None


Boys -- 800 relay: Jason Reineck, Mike Shibko, Seun Canada, Darion Dalton-Ragland (third, 1:31.89); Girls -- Katie Papesh: 1,600 (first, 5:18.8); Sakiko Minagawa: 3,200 (first, 11:10.44); 3,200 relay: Keelin Gorman, Minori Minagawa, Sakiko Minagawa, Papesh (first, 9:39.31); Olivia Price: 100 hurdles (second, 15.86); Hannah Miller: discus (third, 106-3); Nicole White: pole vault (third, 9-0); Rachel Christian: 100 (third, 12.8); 800 relay: Christian, White, Candace Green, Camaria Cannon (third, 1:44.02); 400 relay: Christian, Charity Mack, Green, Cannon (third, 50.11); Gorman: 800 (third, 2:21); Christian: 200 (third, 25.9); Angela Roll: pole vault (fourth, 9-0)