Jeremy Hornick of the Johnstown-Monroe High School boys track and field team is doing what he can to distance himself from his brother, and the junior is doing pretty well on his own.

Jeremy Hornick of the Johnstown-Monroe High School boys track and field team is doing what he can to distance himself from his brother, and the junior is doing pretty well on his own.

With his brother, Justin, running as a freshman at Shawnee State, Jeremy has carried on the tradition of left by his siblings, including his sister, Nicole, a 2006 Johnstown graduate.

Justin was the MBC Most Valuable Performer for cross country in his senior season, and Jeremy was the MBC MVP when the track and field meet concluded May 16 at Utica by winning the 1,600 meters (4 minutes, 31.25 seconds) and the 3,200 (10:23.18).

Now, just like his brother did in cross country, Jeremy became a district champion after winning the 1,600 (4:36.74) in the Division II district 2 meet, which concluded May 24 at Whetstone. He moved on to the regional at Dayton in the 1,600 and well as the 3,200, in which he finished third (10:25.68) at district.

"We both were league MVPs, only in different sports, but I beat his time," said Jeremy, who competed at regional last Saturday. "I had a 4:31 (in the 1,600 at MBC) and he only had a 4:32."

Hornick excels in the shorter distance event because of his speed, according to distance coach Erin Pacholec.

"Jeremy has an incredible amount of speed and his leg turnover is great," Pacholec said. "That's why I see him more of a track kid than a cross country kid. He's one of those kids who have both speed and endurance."

Pacholec said Jeremy probably would be a top-flight competitor in the 800 because of that speed. She said that was evident by his performance in the 3,200 relay, which qualified for regional by placing fourth (8:37.75) at district.

Jeremy anchored the relay, which also included Billy Wiswell, Alex Wright and Matt Wall. Last Thursday in the regional at Dayton, the relay finished eighth (8:30.76). The top four in every event advance to the state meet Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

"I love running the (3,200) relay because it's a team thing," Jeremy said. "It's a big change from being out there alone (in the individual events)."

Coach Joe Bline constantly is amazed by Jeremy.

"He works out year-round and has an amazing work ethic," said Bline, whose Johnnies finished seventh (34) as a team at district behind champion Eastmoor (129.28). "Regardless of how cold it is, he's out there running in shorts and he puts in a lot of miles. He's the youngest in the family and I think he believes he always has something to prove. I think before it's all said and done, he could put up some pretty impressive statistics."

The most impressive statistic might be II. He has made the jump from Division III to Division II in an impressive fashion.

"I think it's a big deal for him to win district because we are one of the smallest schools in all of Division II," Pacholec said. "Psychologically it can take a big toll, being a small fish in a big pond. That's when it's time for the kids to step up and Jeremy has."

Mychelle Furlan guaranteed that the Johnstown girls team would be represented at the state meet. The junior had a throw of 116 feet in the discus last Thursday to finish third in the Division II regional at Dayton. She will compete at state at 10 a.m. Friday.

"Mychelle made it on her last throw of the day," Bline said. "She was in sixth place before the last throw and only five feet separated third and eighth places."

Furlan won the district 2 discus with a throw of 112-11 and also qualified in the shot put after placing second (39-8 1/4). She did not compete in the regional shot put until last Saturday.

Last year, Furlan went on to finish seventh (39-3 3/4) in the Division III state meet. She was fifth (108-7) at regional in the discus, missing state by one place.

Also advancing to the regional at Dayton was the 3,200 relay of Claire Almendinger, Ashley Mast, Taylor Williams and Erin Radigan. The relay finished third (10:40.2).

Last Thursday at regional, the same four runners finished 14th (10:39.82).

Radigan finished third (2:27.78) in the 800 to advance to regional, but did not compete until last Saturday.

The Johnnies finished eighth (44) at district behind champion Hartley (118).

•The Northridge girls team had its 800 relay come up short for reaching the state meet. The relay was comprised of four freshmen -- Kelly Stafford, Kaela Hatfield, Daniel Hume and Dana VanDervort -- and had the 12th-best time in 1:53.09 last Thursday in the Division II district at Byesville Meadowbrook. Only the top eight advanced to the final, which was last Saturday.

In the district 1 meet at Whetstone, which concluded May 24, the Vikings' 800 relay finished fourth in 1:52.28.

Northridge had two individual regional qualifiers in field events with both competing last Saturday

Senior Ciara Whitmer was third (111-1) in the discus at district 1 and VanDervort was fourth (15-3 1/2) in the long jump.

The Vikings finished 11th (23) as a team at district behind champion Cheshire River Valley (119).

The boys 800 relay qualified for the Division II regional at Lexington, but finished ninth in the preliminaries last Thursday.

Marcus Williams, Derek Hull, Andriy Savchenko and Nikko Turos finished in 1:32.84 with Napoleon taking the last qualifying spot in eighth (1:32.62). Orrville had the top qualifying time of 1:29.56.

In the district 1 meet, the 800 relay with the same four runners was second in 1:32.76.

The boys team did not have any other regional qualifiers and finished 10th (16) behind champion River Valley (109).