Julia Fries may be only a sophomore on the Dublin Coffman High School girls track and field team, but she already has figured out how to approach competing in the Division I state meet.

Julia Fries may be only a sophomore on the Dublin Coffman High School girls track and field team, but she already has figured out how to approach competing in the Division I state meet.

Having competed at state last year as a member of the 3,200-meter relay, she knows what to expect this season. She again will be competing at state Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, at Ohio State with the 3,200 relay as well as in the 800.

"I went in the (3,200 relay) last year and realized that there is no reason to be nervous because it's just another big meet and it's just really exciting," Fries said. "You have to take a minute to look around because there is no guarantee that you'll ever be back (to state). You have to take it all in and focus on your race."

Fries placed second in the 800 in 2 minutes, 16.57 seconds and teamed with senior Clarissa Bons, freshman Anna Weber and sophomore Rachel Bosworth to finish second in the 3,200 relay (9:20.26) in the regional meet held May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North.

The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to state.

Last season at state, the 3,200 relay of Bons, Fries, Bosworth and junior Rachel Weber finished seventh (9:17.72).

Rachel Weber did not compete in the 3,200 relay at regional because of illness and was replaced by her sister, Anna.

"I was really surprised at how well the (3,200 relay) ran and how fast they ran," coach Greg King said. "You take out the (program) record-holder (in the 800 in Rachel Weber) and we still ran well.

"Anna is a good runner, but she's more of a long-distance runner. Every girl on that (3,200) relay ran her best split of the season. I was confident we would get out, but I didn't think we would be that close to the front. Now we should really be in good shape when Rachel (Weber) gets back (for state)."

The Shamrocks scored 73 points at regional to place second behind Reynoldsburg (73) as 43 teams scored.

"It was great (at regional) because the kids ran really well," King said. "It would have been nice to win, but losing to a team as good as Reynoldsburg is nothing to be ashamed of. This will be the biggest group we have going to state in a long time, so I'm happy about that."

Also qualifying for state were the 400 relay of senior Sara Johnson, sophomore Beatrice Hannan, junior Rylee Axner and junior McKenzie Bailey (fourth, 48.41), the 800 relay of Johnson, junior Kaylee Taylor, Hannan and Bailey (first, 1:41.43), Hannan in the 100 (third, 12.42) and 200 (third, 24.81), Bons in the 1,600 (second, 5:06.59), Bosworth in the 3,200 (second, 11:17.05), Johnson in the 300 hurdles (third, 44.12) and freshman Oyesade Olatoye in the shot put (third, 40 feet, 4 3/4 inches).

The boys team also finished second at regional, scoring 53 points to finish behind Pickerington North (60) as 38 teams scored.

Senior Taylor Williams won both the 100 (11.02) and 200 (21.67) and teamed with juniors Daniel Chang, Michael Freese and Bilal Williamson to finish first in the 400 relay in 41.9, breaking the regional record of 41.93 set by Hilliard Darby in 2006.

Also qualifying for state were senior Michael Bennett in the pole vault (third, 15-4), senior Grant Onken in the 1,600 (fourth, 4:16.55) and sophomore David Gbenro in the high jump (fourth, 6-2).

Scioto's Minagawa qualifies for state

Senior Minori Minagawa of the Scioto girls team advanced to state in the 1,600, placing second in 5:05.59.

At regional last year, she was in second place before collapsing in the final stretch.

"Minori ran great with the (hot) conditions," coach Matt Suttle said. "She has had a lot of disappointment at that meet and she deserves it after what happened last year.

"Minori was in second going into the final turn and her legs locked up, she collapsed and that was it. Then she was also fifth in the (3,200 relay) for the past two years, so this was kind of cool to watch her advance this time."

The 3,200 relay of Minagawa, senior Sakiko Minagawa, freshman Vanessa Robinson and freshman Emily Trzeciak placed third (9:21.18).

Also qualifying for state were the 400 relay of junior Charissa Newkirk, junior Aysia Prewitt, sophomore Madison Scurlock and sophomore Brooklyn Robertson (third, 48.22) and the 800 relay of Newkirk, Prewitt, Scurlock and senior Camaria Cannon (fourth, 1:41.95).

"Our relays ran well and the girls just made sure that they got through," said Suttle, whose team scored 31 points at regional to tie New Albany for fifth. "We had some problems with our handoffs, but we can work on that. I think we can reach the (awards) podium (at state) in all of our events."

No members of the boys team qualified for state. The Irish scored three points to tie Central Crossing, Hamilton Township and Marysville for 31st.

Jerome's Rings wins 800 title at regional

Senior Rebacca Rings of the Jerome girls team won the 800 (2:13.56) at regional as the Celtics scored 27 points to tie Gahanna and Olentangy Orange for seventh.

Also qualifying for state was the 3,200 relay of senior Amy Erdelsky, junior Kaitlyn Willette, junior Brooke Boyle and Rings (first, 9:18.67).

Last season at state, Rings finished fourth in the 800 (2:14.43).

No members of the boys team qualified for state. The Celtics scored two points at regional to tie Chillicothe and Dresden Tri-Valley for 35th.