Senior Andrew Sigrist of the Grove City High School boys track and field team entered the Division I regional at Hilliard Davidson -- which started last Wednesday and ends Friday -- as the Greyhounds' lone hope of being represented in the state meet.

Senior Andrew Sigrist of the Grove City High School boys track and field team entered the Division I regional at Hilliard Davidson -- which started last Wednesday and ends Friday -- as the Greyhounds' lone hope of being represented in the state meet.

Last Saturday at the district 1 meet at Dublin Coffman, Sigrist finished second in the 300-meter hurdles in 38.76 seconds as Gahanna's Austin Curbow won (37.63). He helped Grove City score 20 points to finish 12th behind champion Gahanna (142.5).

Sigrist said he's healthy enough to compete in the postseason for the first time since he was a freshman, and he did as well as he expected.

"No more injuries, but I just want to stay loose," he said. "I know who I'm running against. I know who I can beat. I know what times I can get. Second is where I expected to finish."

With running event preliminaries taking place May 20 and field event finals being two days later, there weren't many still coming to practice as Sigrist trained to compete last Saturday.

After finishing his finals race, he expressed how different practice had become without all of his teammates there.

In preparing to get to the state meet, Sigrist was training with senior Matt Hall, who was Grove City's top sprinter in the 200, and senior Niles Moeys, an exchange student from Belgium who didn't compete this year.

Last year coach Jane Taylor considered Sigrist the team's best chance to be represented in a running event at the state meet, but he had to pull up before he could finish a preliminary race in the 300 hurdles. As a sophomore, a hip injury cost him his postseason. The feeling was special for him last Saturday as he cooled down after the race by stretching his legs with a rubber band.

"I really have been plagued with injuries and it feels good (to be competing)," Sigrist said. "There's no next season this time."

The top four in each event at the regional will advance to state June 6-7 at Ohio State.

Senior T.J. Bock, who was 12th in the state last year in the pole vault, cleared 13 feet to finish fifth last Saturday behind champion Jordan Minnick (14-6) of Zanesville. The final qualifying spot was taken by Dublin Scioto's Jimmy Bullock (13-6).

Andre Kaufman also narrowly missed qualifying for regional. He was fifth in the high jump (6-3) and cleared the same height as regional qualifiers Ayodeji Olatoye of Scioto and Curbow. Kaufman, though, needed more attempts to do it.

•The girls team showed some improvement over last year's team, which competed in one event during the final day of competition. Last Saturday the Greyhounds had runners in four events and they helped the Greyhounds score 18 points to finish 12th as Lancaster (118) edged Gahanna (117.16) for the district 2 title.

Junior Cierra Smith narrowly missed advancing to the regional meet with a fifth-place finish in the 300 hurdles (47.31) just behind fourth-place Victoria Sumner of Westerville South (46.92). Lancaster's Jenna Patterson won in 46.12. Smith and Sumner were side by side as the two competed during the final 100. During that final stretch, Smith said she was motivated to be the first athlete on the girls team to compete in the regional since 2004.

"I think about not disappointing (girls sprint coach Mark Flynn)," said Smith, who was seventh (16.08) in the 100 hurdles and sixth (16-0) in the long jump. "We haven't had a girl go to regional in (since 2004) and I know my coach really wants it and I want to be the girl that did it for him."

Senior Liz Taylor also missed advancing to the regional meet by one spot. She was fifth in the shot put (34-8) as Davidson's Alex Blackmon took the final qualifying spot (37-3). Taylor also was seventh in the discus (93-07).

Last year the 800 relay finished eighth in the district meet and scored Grove City's only point. Last Saturday, seniors Chelsea Dillion and Caitlin Emmerich, junior Anna Potokar and freshman Emily Laffin finished eighth again (1:49.83). Sophomore Lizzie Criss was seventh in the 100 (13.24).