Mychelle Furlan is returning to the state meet for the Johnstown-Monroe High School girls track and field team.

Mychelle Furlan is returning to the state meet for the Johnstown-Monroe High School girls track and field team.

The senior was fourth in the discus last Thursday in the Division II regional in Dayton with a throw of 115 feet, 4 inches. The top four in each event advanced to state, which will be Friday and Saturday at Ohio State. The regional concluded last Saturday.

"It wasn't her best throw, but it's good enough to take fourth and get to state," coach Mark Thomas said. Furlan also competed in the shot put last Saturday.

At state last year, Furlan threw the discus 117-8 but did not place. She threw 120-0 on April 25 in the Yellow Jacket Relays in Mount Vernon.

Also competing last Thursday in Dayton for the Johnnies were the boys and girls 3,200-meter relays. The boys relay of seniors Jeremy Hornick and Matt Wall, sophomore James Platt and junior Alex Wright finished sixth (8 minutes, 51.7 seconds).

"The boys finished with their fastest time of the year and that's what you want at regional," Thomas said.

The girls relay of junior Erin Radigan, freshman Stephanie Loshbaugh, senior Ashley Mast and junior Kaila Cramer would have finished sixth (9:47.0), but was disqualified for taking too many steps during an exchange.

"They ran their best time ever, but one of the girls took three steps on line and was called for it," Thomas said. "But when you run your best time, you can walk away with your head up."

The Johnnies also had several competitors last Saturday. They included Hornick (1,600, 3,200), junior Skyler Schofner (shot put) and Wall (3,200) for the boys and Cramer (800), Loshbaugh (3,200), Mast (1,600), senior Karlee Michel (3,200) and Radigan (1,600) for the girls.

In the district 2 meet, which concluded May 23 at Groveport, Hornick won the 1,600 (4:32.81) and 3,200 (10:10.61) and Wall was second in the 3,200 (10:13.94). The Johnnies finished sixth (54 points) of 14 teams behind champion Granville (99).

The girls were fourth (73) of 14 teams in district 2 behind champion Hartley (114). Radigan won the 1,600 (5:36.97) and Mast was fourth (5:42.47). Loshbaugh won the 3,200 (12:13.68) and Michel was fourth (12:40.32). Cramer also won the 800 (2:21.9).

Furlan was the only state-qualifier for Johnstown last season.

Northridge had five Division II regional qualifiers, with two girls competing in Dayton and three boys competing in Lexington.

The girls team had Kaela Hatfield finish 10th in the high jump with a best of 4-10, the same height she had in the district 2 meet as she finished second.

"Kaela had a rough start when she had to do the opening height of 4-8 twice to make it and then needed two times to make 4-10,"coach Rebecca Brechbill said. "We talked about going into the meet about not having misses at low heights. That's how she got second at district because she didn't have a miss until she tried to get 5-0.

"But Kaela's only a sophomore and has come a long way. She was only doing 4-6 last year and has already done 5-0 and is already talking about what she needs to do to get ready for next year."

Dana Vandervort was a regional qualifier in the long jump, but competed last Saturday. She finished fourth at district with a best of 15-11 1/2.

In the district 2 meet, the Vikings finished 11th (20) of 14 teams behind champion Hartley (114).

All three of the Northridge boys qualifiers to regional competed last Saturday.

Senior Derek Hull was second (50.51) in the 400 at the district 1 meet, which concluded May 23 at Groveport.

Sophomore Andrew Walsh was fourth (4:49.95) in the 1,600 and freshman Michael Derringer was fourth (10:25.26) in the 3,200.

In the district 1 team standings, Northridge finished 12th (21) of 14 teams champion Licking Valley (128).

The Vikings did not have a qualifier for state last season.