The 1,600 meters came down to the final strides for Central Crossing High School's Donovan Wonacott during the Division I, district 3 boys track and field meet May 21 at Hilliard Bradley.

The 1,600 meters came down to the final strides for Central Crossing High School's Donovan Wonacott during the Division I, district 3 boys track and field meet May 21 at Hilliard Bradley.

The junior placed fourth with a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 28.56 seconds to earn the final qualifying berth for regional, which began May 25 at Pickerington North and concludes Friday, May 27.

The top four finishers in each event at regional advance to the state meet June 3-4 at Ohio State.

"With about 300 yards to go, everyone was kicking hard and I was right with a kid (Michael Gase) from Pickerington Central," Wonacott said. "At the end, I just leaned and got it. It was pretty intense."

Gase finished fifth in 4:28.62.

Coach Glenn Blue said Wonacott's kick is his best attribute.

"It really is," Blue said. "He stayed in position and made his move at the right time."

When the Comets' 3,200 relay also qualified by finishing fourth in a season-best 8:07.99 on May 19, Wonacott was able to help that group accomplish one goal. He's seeking another on a more personal level at regional. Wonacott led off the all-junior 3,200 relay and delivered a 1:58 split while running with Kyle Dyer, Will Doering and Stanley Gates.

"I'll make the second national-elite team on (www.milesplit.com) if I come in under 4:25 (in the 1,600)," Wonacott said. "Our (3,200) relay, we already made it (based on the district time) and that's real big for us. I shaved (nearly) two seconds off my time (4:30.14) at the (OCC-Central Division) meet (a week earlier), so I think I can get there."

The Comets also advanced their girls 400 relay of Kara Barber, Kendal Witherup, Ayana Colvin and Sarah Hunter to regional by placing fourth in 51.11 during the district 4 meet at Hamilton Township. It ran sixth (52.77) in the preliminaries and needed to make up ground.

"We were a little crisper with our exchanges in the final," Blue said. "They weren't perfect, though, and that's what we'll be working on this week."

The boys totaled 19 points to place eighth as Dublin Coffman (116.5) captured the team title. The girls (16) were 10th as Hilliard Davidson (110) prevailed.

Grove City qualified its girls 400 relay to regional as Beth Boes, Elayna Brizendine, Emily Laffin and Miranda Gaitten placed fourth in a season-best 51.34 during the district 3 meet at Bradley. It was sixth after clocking 53.25 in the preliminaries.

"The girls were pretty disappointed they didn't qualify (earlier) in the (800) relay (despite running a season-best 1:49.63 to place fifth), and Miranda Gaitten really put a lot of heat on herself as the anchorman," coach Jane Taylor said. "Our two seniors (Boes and Laffin) fought back and Miranda brought it home for us. It's really exciting because I can't remember the last time we sent a girls relay to the regional."

Harve Crabtree advanced by placing fourth in both hurdle events in the boys district 3 meet. He finished in 17.2 in the 110 hurdles and clocked a personal-best 42.92 in the 300 hurdles.

"He had a little trouble three-stepping early in the high hurdles, so we're working on that," Taylor said. "He's usually a strong finisher, and so in the lows we're working on getting out a little faster and working on the turn."

The boys team placed 10th (16) at district. The girls were ninth (17) as Dublin Scioto (139) captured the team championship.