The Central Crossing High School boys track and field team was represented in four events in the Division I regional, which started last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Hilliard Davidson.

The Central Crossing High School boys track and field team was represented in four events in the Division I regional, which started last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Hilliard Davidson.

At the district 1 meet which concluded last Saturday at Hilliard Davidson, the 3,200-meter relay continued to display the strength it showed in qualifying to the regional meet last year. Also, the sprint group proved it had enough left over from a state-qualifying 400 relay to make another deep postseason run.

The 3,200 relay of seniors Corey Roberts and Lucas Murphy and juniors Matt Shaffer and Chris Aldea qualified to the regional meet last season, setting program records along the way. It began this postseason run by winning the 3,200 relay in 8 minutes, 9.55 seconds.

They helped the Comets score 45 points to finish sixth in the district 1 meet behind Gahanna (142.5), Pickerington North (74), Olentangy (72), Thomas Worthington (59) and Dublin Scioto (48.5).

The Comets qualified to state last season in the 400 relay, but it appeared seniors Andrew Allton and Kateeb Rivers and juniors Sam Burns and Denzell Matlock wouldn't make it back after crossing the finish line in fifth (44.17) behind Gahanna (42.88).

It appeared a poor handoff between Matlock, who ran the third leg, and Rivers, the anchor leg, would be enough to keep the Comets from advancing, but afterward they learned that Beechcroft had been disqualified and the Comets had advanced.

"I felt great (about qualifying)," Allton said. "I was kind of disappointed at first because I thought we would be in anyway. But we had some unfortunate handoffs, but we finished fifth with the unfortunate handoffs."

The same four also advanced in the 800 relay, which both Allton and Burns believed was the stronger of the two events. They finished fourth in that event (1:31.68) as Olentangy won (1:31.28).

"Our handoffs (in the 800 relay) were pretty good," Burns said. "If we get those down we'll be all right. Kateeb rivers is really strong in the 200 and he really helped us."

Burns also said that the Comets would have to shave at least a second off their time if they want to get to the state meet, which is June 6-7 at Ohio State. The top four in every event at the regional will qualify to the state meet.

Allton also advanced to regional in the long jump with a personal-best 21 feet, 4 inches. He was fourth as Gahanna's Darius Reeves won (22-2). Shaffer also advanced in the 800, finishing second (1:58.75) to Gahanna's Harry McCann (1:57.75).

•The girls team had its season end last Saturday with a 13th-place finish at the district 1 meet. The Comets scored 11 points as Pickerington Central won with 128.5.

Senior Sinead Engler's fifth-place finish in the long jump (15-11 1/4) highlighted the Comets' effort. Senior Kayla Renner was sixth in the 800 (2:24.5) and the 3,200 relay team of seniors Brooke Bohanan and Renner and junior Jenny Galvin and sophomore Becky Miller was seventh ( 10:19.16). Senior Beth Walters was seventh in the 100 hurdles (16.72).