In just two seasons in the sport, Zack Casparro established a new benchmark for the Grove City Christian School boys track and field program.

In just two seasons in the sport, Zack Casparro established a new benchmark for the Grove City Christian School boys track and field program.

Casparro competed in his second consecutive Division III regional meet May 23 and 25 at Fairfield Union. The senior finished eighth in the shot put (46 feet, 5 1/2 inches) and ninth in the discus (127-4).

"I could have thrown better and gotten a higher place in both events, but I would have had to (get my personal record) in both in order to go to states," Casparro said. "I am very happy with how I performed this season. For only my second year throwing, I think I did very well. I definitely left my mark on this program and I think I left two very far records for future throwers to try to beat."

The Eagles tied Tree of Life and Greenwich South Central for 42nd (1 point) at regional behind champion Columbus Academy (113).

The top four finishers in each event advanced to the state meet Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, at Ohio State.

Last season at regional, Casparro was 15th in the discus (108-7).

"I'm actually really happy, especially since he was able to make it in two events," coach Brad Seaburn said. "He really improved this year in the shot."

Casparro leaves as the program record-holder in the discus (143) and shot put (47-10).

"I think his records will stand for a long time," Seaburn said.

Led by Casparro, the Eagles finished ninth (18) behind champion Academy (177) in the district 1 meet held May 15, 16 and 19 at Gahanna.

Casparro was second in the discus (124) and fourth in the shot put (43-10 1/4).

Senior Nathan Little and freshmen Josh Jones, Alec Poling and Matt Dykes were sixth in the 3,200-meter relay (9 minutes, 19 seconds).

The girls did not enter an athlete in the meet.

Grove City Christian competed at district without several seniors because they were on the class trip to Tennessee.

Other seniors on the boys team were Zach Brewer, Josh High, Nate Holt, Nathan Howard, David Pashovich and Matt Strawser.

Seniors on the girls team were Emily Harper and Libby Shannon.

"The seniors were a talented group, so it was great having them around," Seaburn said.

Other boys expected to contribute next season are juniors Seth Rouch and Blair Thompson and freshmen Josh Dick and Jordan Haywood.

Freshman Jenny Jones should be the key returnee for the girls team.

Josh and Jenny Jones are siblings.