The Grove City and Central Crossing high school track and field teams advanced small contingents to the Division I regional meet held May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North but failed to send anyone on to state.

The Grove City and Central Crossing high school track and field teams advanced small contingents to the Division I regional meet held May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North but failed to send anyone on to state.

The Greyhounds girls squad got a 14th-place regional finish in the discus from first-year team member Gabby Rodriguez. The junior's throw of 95 feet, 6 inches fell short of her effort of 100-6 during the district 3 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby.

"She was throwing well all week, but didn't quite hit it," coach Jane Taylor said. "Her longest is 110, but she's a competitor and she's excited about next year. She'd been playing softball and decided to come out for track this year."

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

In the pole vault, junior Danielle Shipley failed to clear the opening height after placing fourth at district with an effort of 8-9.

The 800-meter relay of senior Danielle Terry, senior Elayna Brizendine, freshman Carmen Dippolito and senior Miranda Gaitten finished 12th (1 minute, 48.52 seconds). At district, the relay set a team record of 1:47.48.

"They had a goal of making the finals, but I thought they ran pretty well," Taylor said. "It stinks when you don't run quite as fast, so they're a little bit disappointed in that. They were able to break the record a week before that. Carmen is the only one who will be back next year and she had the fastest split out of all of them."

The same group also broke a team record in the 400 relay at district (51.07), but failed to qualify for regional by finishing fifth when the top four advanced.

The Greyhounds failed to score at regional as Reynoldsburg (77 points) won the title.

The season also came to an end at regional for the Central Crossing boys and girls squads.

In the boys 1,600, senior Donovan Wonacott followed up his third-place effort in the district 1 meet by placing sixth (4:22.73). That accounted for the Comets' three points at regional, as they tied Dublin Scioto, Hamilton Township and Marysville for 31st behind champion Pickerington North (60) as 38 teams scored.

Wonacott also led off the ninth-place 3,200 relay (8:04.59) that included seniors Will Doering, Kyle Dyer and Stanley Gates. The relay had finished second at district.

Dyer was 12th in the 800 (1:59.67) after finishing third at district in a personal-best 1:58.06, which also was the first time he had finished in under two minutes.

The only girls competitor for the Comets was senior Kendal Witherup, who took 11th in the high jump (4-8) after she went 5-0 at district for a fourth-place finish. The Central Crossing girls failed to score at regional.