The Hilliard Davidson High School girls cross country team took advantage of an Upper Arlington team not at full strength to win the Division I district 3 championship last Saturday at Watkins Memorial.

The Hilliard Davidson High School girls cross country team took advantage of an Upper Arlington team not at full strength to win the Division I district 3 championship last Saturday at Watkins Memorial.

The win advanced Davidson to the regional meet Saturday at Pickerington North, where the top four teams and those individuals not on a qualifying team who finish in the top 16 advance to the state meet on Nov. 6 at Scioto Downs.

"(UA was) missing their third runner, but we still ran pretty well," coach Emily Holiday said. "We still have some people that were a little off for whatever reason. It will be tougher for sure (at regional)."

Davidson scored 44 points at the 12-team district to place ahead of runner-up UA (60). Also qualifying for regional were Dublin Jerome (80) and Canal Winchester (138). Olentangy Orange placed fifth (139).

The Wildcats had placed third (55) behind Dublin Coffman (31) and UA (49) at the OCC-Central Division meet on Oct. 16.

Coffman, which is ranked fifth in the Division I state coaches poll, is among the favorites to advance to state as a team, as well as Toledo Notre Dame, which is ranked fourth.

Leading the Wildcats is Jessica Hoover, who continued her dominating season by winning the district title in 18 minutes, 14.55 seconds, with UA's Dorrian Jaffe coming in second (18:45.72). Hoover is seeking her third trip to state.

Darby also advanced to regional after placing fourth (118) at the 12-team district 1 meet, behind New Albany (34), Dublin Scioto (66) and Pickerington North (70).

Julissa Poullet led the Panthers, finishing 14th (20:20.84) behind the champion, Pickerington North's Kristen Eisenhauer (19:11.05). Darby has not had a runner advance to state since Erika Alpeter did so in 2007.

Bradley advanced to regional in Division II after coming in fourth (124) at the 11-team district 1 meet, behind Granville (36), London (84) and Ready (84).

Mariah Sasson finished 21st (21:19.75) to lead the Jaguars, who have qualified for regional in their first two seasons. London's Sarra Taylor (18:44.73) won the race.

"(Returning to regional) means a lot," said Becca Nikolaus, who finished 27th (21:48) at district. "We've worked hard to build this program since we had to split our team (with Darby) last year."

ĽOn the boys side, Bradley showed signs of peaking as it advanced to the Division I regional meet for the second time.

Led by Troy Kelleher, who was fifth (16:25.06) in the district 1 race behind the champion, Dublin Scioto's Luis Carbajal (15:39.37), Bradley came in third (82) of 10 teams, behind Coffman (26) and Lancaster (77).

Darby, led by Don Bennett, who placed 10th (16:37.15), was fourth (86). Olentangy Liberty (96) secured the fifth and final regional-qualifying spot.

"We've been running well the last three weeks," Bradley coach Jon Agriesti said. "We put together a race at the right time. We've been racing well the last three weeks. It's been really executing."

Agriesti credited his team's performance to changes in the Jaguars' workout regimen, which he said made it "sharper" last Saturday.

Davidson was third (102) in the 14-team district 2 race, behind New Albany (42) and Reynoldsburg (48). St. Charles (116) and Olentangy (145) secured the fourth and fifth regional-qualifying berths.

The Wildcats were led by Ryan Caulley, who placed 10th (16:33.51) behind the champion, Reynoldsburg's Tsehaye Hiluf (15:40.7).

For any of the Hilliard boys teams to advance to state, it would mean beating out one of the district's top four seeds in Coffman, Westerville North, Reynoldsburg and New Albany.

Davidson, which is seeded fifth in the district, has had a runner at state every year since 2000. Last year was the first season in that span that the Wildcats didn't qualify as a team.

Darby has been represented at state every year since 2005, but the Panthers haven't advanced as a team since 2006.