The Pickerington High School North boys track and field team won seven events to run away with the title in the Division I district I meet that concluded May 25 at Hilliard Darby.
The Panthers scored 159.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Pickerington Central (77.5).
Desmond Palmer (110-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles) and Godwin Igwebuike (100 and 200) both won two individual events and were members of two winning relays. The Panthers won the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays.
The top four finishers in each district event qualified for the regional meet May 29 and 31 at Pickerington North.
The Panthers displayed their strength and depth at district.
“I was really impressed with our guys because we were able to get two to regional in the 110 and 300 hurdles as well as the 100, 200 and 400,” Pickerington North coach Dave Spring said. “We scored well with huge (personal records) in distance, too, even though both of those guys finished fifth and didn’t advance.
“It was a nice performance all the way around and it’s fun to have a day when everything goes well.”
The boys district 1 meet had the largest points discrepancy between the champion and runner-up in the six combined boys and girls Division I district meets. The closest was boys district 2, as Hilliard Davidson and Watkins Memorial both won three events and scored 140 points to share the team title.
Davidson won the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays, with Josiah Bernard competing in all three, and finishing first for Watkins Memorial were Ethan George in the 300 hurdles, Brandon Oney in the pole vault and Hunter Holton in the high jump.
Granville won the title in district 3, scoring 117 points to hold off runner-up New Albany (101.5). Cody Lenfest led the Blue Aces, winning the 300 hurdles and long jump and running a leg on the winning 800 and 1,600 relays. His twin brother, Casey, won the 200 and was on the winning relays.
In the girls Division I district meets, Davidson scored 90 points in district 1 to edge runner-up Pickerington Central (78) while Gahanna and Dublin Coffman ran away with the other team titles.
Gahanna scored 141.5 points in district 2 to finish well ahead of runner-up Big Walnut (88.5) and Coffman scored 141 points in district 3 as New Albany (86) was a distant second.
Coffman won eight events. Oyessade Olatoye led the Shamrocks, winning the shot put and discus. Rachel Weber and Beatrice Hannan won the 800 and 200, respectively, and were on the winning 800 and 1,600 relays.
Gahanna finished first in the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays but had only one individual champion in Kelsey Sandlin, who won the 800.
“It was a great team effort,” Gahanna coach Roger Whittaker said. “Everybody did their jobs. These girls have been doing this all year long.”
Davidson was led by Lauren Hoover, who finished first in the 800 and 1,600, and Mackenzie Brown, who won the pole vault.