Coach Ed Rarey didn't carry around the championship trophy that was presented to him after the Gahanna Lincoln High School boys track and field team won the Division I district 1 meet, which concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman.

Coach Ed Rarey didn't carry around the championship trophy that was presented to him after the Gahanna Lincoln High School boys track and field team won the Division I district 1 meet, which concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman.

He was too busy congratulating the 13 Lions who placed in the top four and qualified to the regional, which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Hilliard Davidson. The top four there will advance to state June 6-7 at Ohio State.

In 56 seasons, Rarey has led Gahanna to 24 district titles. The Lions were especially dominant this year, scoring almost twice as many points (142.5) as runner-up Pickerington North (74).

"Winning district championships has never been a focal point for me," Rarey said. "Our focus is to move as many people on to the next level as we can, and I think we've done a good job of that. If our kids happen to score enough points to win the team championship while moving through, that's a nice accomplishment. But what's most important is that we take quite a few athletes to regional."

Blake Heriot won the 200 meters (21.57 seconds) and 100 (10.67). The 400 relay of Earl Cunningham, Brandon Thomas, Darius Reeves and Heriot won (42.88), as did the 1,600 relay (3:20.4) of Cunningham, Heriot, Harry McFann and Austin Curbow.

"I was disappointed in my start in the 100, but I'm glad I won," Heriot said. "My time in the 200 was pretty good, and our time in the 400 relay was just OK. We stacked our 1,600 relay and that was the most exciting race for us. We ran one of the best times in the state."

Curbow won the 110 hurdles (14.27) ahead of Joe LaRoche (second, 14.87), and he won the 300 hurdles (37.63), with teammate Herman Washington in third (39.47).

"Having that 1-2 punch in the hurdles in a nice advantage," Rarey said.

Chase Beckmann won the 1,600 (4:23.25), Alex Friend won the shot put (51 feet, 10 inches), Darius Reeves won the long jump (22-2 1/4) and Cunningham was third (21-9) and Harry McFann won the 800 (1:57.75).

"We had a number of athletes who scored in multiple events," Rarey said.

Last year, the Lions were first (59.5) of 36 teams scoring at regional ahead of runners-up Independence (52) and Reynoldsburg (52).

"We all have personal goals of making it back to state, but we'd also like to win regional as a team again," Heriot said.

•The girls team finished second (117.16) behind Lancaster (118) in the 13-team Division I district 2 meet.

"When you need one more point to win, there are a million little things that you wish could have gone differently," coach Roger Whittaker said. "I can think of five or six different events that we could have picked up a couple more points in, but give Lancaster a lot of credit because they picked it up and scored better than they were supposed to in several events. We would like to have won this meet, but the name of the game at district is qualifying to the next level. We got a lot of girls through, so we're not going to go home feeling depressed."

Amber Stokes won the 200 (program-record 24.6), 100 (12.23) and long jump (17-11 1/2) ahead of teammate Camai Brandenberg (second, 17-6 1/4).

The 800 relay of Stokes, Phlycia Morrow, Tiyona Marshall and Dajanae Gaston was first (1:43.2). Stokes isn't competing in the 400 this season after placing fifth (54.73) in that event at state last year.

"I wasn't able to get into the shape I needed to be to run it, and it just wasn't fun for me anymore," Stokes said. "I picked up the long jump a couple of weeks ago and I'm having a lot of fun with it. I still don't jump with any technique, but I'm learning new things every week."

Kassy Thomas won the 800 (2:19.32) ahead of teammate Meaghan McGuff (second, 2:21.69).

"Kassy strained (a foot May 21), so this was a gutsy performance," Whittaker said. "Our 800 relay is running the fastest time in our district right now."

Last season, the Lions were first (65.5) of 40 teams scoring at regional ahead of runner-up Hilliard Darby (62.5) for their first regional title.

"With Amber in there, I think we've got the opportunity to score more than 50 points at regional," Whittaker said. "But it's going to be unbelievably tough to beat Reynoldsburg, so we'll have to wait and see how it plays out."

At a glance

Below are the regional qualifiers for the Gahanna Lincoln boys and girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:

BOYS -- Austin Curbow: 110 hurdles (first, 14.27), high jump (tied for third, 6-3), 300 hurdles (first, 37.63); Joe LaRoche: 110 hurdles (second, 14.87); Herman Washington: 300 hurdles (third, 39.47); Chase Beckmann: 1,600 (first, 4:23.25); Alex Friend: shot put (first, 51-10); Darius Reeves: long jump (first, 22-2 1/4); Earl Cunningham: long jump (third, 21-9); Harry McFann: 800 (first, 1:57.75); 1,600 relay: Cunningham, Blake Heriot, McFann, Curbow (first, 3:20.4); 400 relay: Cunningham, Brandon Thomas, Reeves, Heriot (first, 42.88); Heriot: 100 (first, 10.67), 200 (first, 21.57); 3,200 relay: McFann, Kyle Grassel, Jae Williams, Beckmann (second, 8:09.55); 800 relay: Brian Hairston, LaRoche, Thomas, Cunningham (third, 1:31.54)

GIRLS -- 3,200 relay: Kiara Booker, Meaghan McGuff, Kassy Thomas, KayKay Garber (second, 9:52.73), Amber Stokes: 100 (first, 12.23), long jump (first, 17-11 1/2), 200 (24.6); 800 relay: Stokes, Phlycia Morrow, Tiyona Marshall and Dajanae Gaston (first, 1:43.2); Thomas: 800 (first, 2:19.32); McGuff (second, 2:21.69); 1,600 relay: Thomas, Morrow, Marshall, Gaston (third, 4:03.44); Emily Sheets: discus (third, 114-2); Camai Brandenberg: high jump (fourth, 5-2), long jump (second, 17-6 1/4); Ivana Payne: shot put (second, 38-10)