The postseason is a weeding-out process in high school track and field, with the district meet being the first stage.

The postseason is a weeding-out process in high school track and field, with the district meet being the first stage.

The Northridge boys and girls teams were part of that process last Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday in the Division II district 1 meet at Whetstone.

"This is the time of year that you separate your competitive athletes from your good athletes," girls coach Rebecca Brechbill said. "The competition goes up and that can be contagious."

Two individuals who rose to the occasion by placing in the top four and advancing to the regional Thursday and Saturday at Byesville Meadowbrook were senior Ciara Whitmer and freshman Dana VanDervort. The top four in each at regional will advance to the state meet June 6-7 at Ohio State.

Whitmer returns in the discus after finishing third with a throw of 111 feet, 1 inch. In the Division III regional last year, she was sixth (107-2).

"Ciara started training much earlier in the season and it has paid off," Brechbill said. "Her father, Matt Whitmer, was a thrower when he went to Whitehall. He really works a lot with her and with all of our throwers. It's a blessing for us because he's like having another coach."

VanDervort was fourth in the long jump (15-3 1/2) to advance to regional and also reached the final of the 200 meters by finishing in 28.01 seconds. She also made the finals as a member of the two relays -- the 400 (54.2) with Kelly Stafford, Bethany Webb and Danielle Hume and the 800 (1:53.3) with Stafford, Kaela Hatfield and Hume.

"Dana is getting used to the nuances and figuring out the (long jump)," Brechbill said. "She's starting to understand the event more."

Stafford also made the final in the 100 (13.64) and Emily VanNess made the final in the 800 (2:54.89).

Entering last Saturday, the boys team did not have any regional qualifiers, but some had reached the running finals. Nikko Turos reached the final of the 100 (11.87). Last year he qualified for the Division III regional and finished 15th (11.98).

The 400 relay of Andrey Savchenko, Marcus Williams, Taylor Reinhart and Turos reached the final in 46.62 and the 800 relay of Savchenko, Derek Hull, Williams and Turos made the final in 1:34.1.

"We switched (positions) around (in the 400 relay) when we came here (last Wednesday to the running preliminaries)," boys coach Mike Dudgeon said. "Then they went out and ran two seconds better than we've run all season."

Qualifiers for the Northridge boys team will compete Thursday and Saturday in the regional at Lexington.

At the MBC meet, the Northridge girls were fourth (76.5) behind champion Fredericktown (173) and the boys team was seventh (54) behind champion Utica (132.5).

For the girls, Stafford was second (13.38) in the 100. The 400 relay of Stafford, VanDervort, Webb and Danielle Hume was first (54.08), as was the 800 relay (1:52.78) of Stafford, Hatfield, Danielle Hume and VanDervort.

Savchenko was third (23.77) in the 200 for the boys team, Turos was third (23.86) in the 100 and Derek Hull was third (53.47) in the 400.

The 800 relay of Williams, Derek Hull, Savchenko and Turos won in 1:33.66 and the 1,600 relay of Williams, Derek Hull, John Pugh and Savchenko was third (3:39.6).

•Junior Mychelle Furlan was a regional qualifier for Johnstown-Monroe in the shot put and discus and the Johnnies had the boys and girls 3,200 relays advance entering the Division II district 2 finals at Whetstone.

The top four in every event advanced to the regional at Welcome Stadium in Dayton on Thursday and Saturday. The top four there advance to state.

Furlan will return to regional in the shot put (second, 35-8 1/4) and discus (first, 115-01). Last year in the Division III regional, she won the shot put (35-10 1/4) and went on to finish seventh (39-3 3/4) in the state meet. She was fifth (108-7) at regional in the discus.

The 3,200 relay of Claire Almendinger, Ashley Mast, Taylor Williams and Erin Radigan was third in 10:40.02.

Kaila Cramer reached the final in the 300 hurdles (51.7) and was a member of the 400 relay along with Allyson Biddle, Katrina Cartwright and Courtney Fuller that made the final in 54.73.

Cramer was joined by Erin Radigan, Kaitlyn Sapp and Katy Gamertsfelder to reach the final of the 1,600 relay in 4:32.33.

Gamertsfelder just missed qualifying for regional in the high jump, placing fifth (4-6). Allison Hines of Amanda-Clearcreek was fourth (4-8).

The boys qualified for the Dayton regional in the 3,200 relay. Billy Wiswell, Alex Wright, Matt Wall and Jeremy Hornick finished fourth (8:37.75).

Reaching the finals last Saturday for the Johnstown boys were Dan Decenzo (100, 11.86), Jay Orders (110 hurdles, 16.48; 300 hurdles, 43.19), Wall (800, 2:15.29) and Wright (800, 2:09.37).

At the MBC meet, the Johnstown girls were second (111) and the boys team was fourth (90.5).

For the girls, Radigan was second (2:34.0) in the 800 and third (1:05.93) in the 400 and Cramer was second (51.01) in the 300 hurdles.

The 1,600 relay of Radigan, Sapp, Gamertsfelder and Cramer won in 4:27.43

The 400 relay of Biddle, Fuller, Cartwright and Cramer was third (54.65) and the 800 relay of Biddle, Fuller Cartwright and Gamertsfelder was fourth (1:58.45).

Hornick won both the 1,600 (4:31.25) and 3,200 (10:23.18) for the Johnnies boys team and Order won the 110 hurdles (16.4) and was third (42.5) in the 300 hurdles. Decenzo was third (11.72) in the 100.

The 400 relay of Decenzo, Orders, James Sapp and Frankie Chambers were fourth (47.27) and the 800 relay of Garrett Jackson, Kortney Cartwright, Nick Schuler and Chambers was fourth (1:38.95).