As a four-time qualifier for the Division II regional girls track and field meet, Northridge High School senior Dana VanDervort offered advice to teammate Hannah Shank.

As a four-time qualifier for the Division II regional girls track and field meet, Northridge High School senior Dana VanDervort offered advice to teammate Hannah Shank.

"It's exciting to make it to regional, but I really don't know what to expect," said Shank, a sophomore. "Dana has been telling me that it's just another meet that happens to be in a big place. (Dayton's Welcome Stadium) is a big place."

Shank qualified for the regional, which was held May 26 and 28, by finishing third in the 300-meter hurdles (47.94 seconds) in the district meet at Hamilton Township, which concluded May 21. She qualified for the regional final by placing sixth (48.41) in the preliminaries on May 26.

Also qualifying for a regional in Lexington was Michael Derringer, who finished second in the 3,200 (10:43.44) in the boys Division II, district 1 meet.

The top four in each district event advanced to regional, where the top four in each event qualified for state Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, at Ohio State.

VanDervort qualified for regional by finishing second at district in the long jump with an effort of 16 feet, 6 1/2 inches.

Last season, VanDervort was the only regional qualifier for the girls team. She finished ninth in the preliminaries of the 200 (26.69), missing the last qualifying spot for the finals by .05 of a second.

"It's going to be different," VanDervort said of competing at regional in the long jump. "When you run the 200 and you get down in your blocks it feels like the whole stadium is watching everything you do. When you're in the long jump, you're kind of off to the side. That's a little easier."

The district long-jump competition was held May 28.

VanDervort missed qualifying for regional in the 200 by placing seventh (27.14) at district. The weather went from the low 50s in the preliminaries to muggy and the lower 80s on the day of the final.

"I hate running in the hot weather," VanDervort said. "I feel like my lungs are contracting. It can be tough to get air."

The Vikings finished 11th (22.5 points) in the 26-team girls district meet behind champion Hartley (111).

"The district was pretty intense," VanDervort said. "We had some really good girls in our district."

Derringer was making his third regional appearance. Last season, he was the lone regional qualifier for the boys team and finished 13th in the 3,200 (11:08.67) at Dayton.

Coach Mike Dudgeon said Derringer had a plan at district and stuck with it.

"Michael ran a 5:02 in his first mile and then he just tried to hang on in the second," Dudgeon said. "He wanted to go out hard and have a good first mile and see what he could do.

"He finished second and held off some kids closing in during the last 100 yards. He had a strategy, and it paid off for him."

Northridge finished 13th (11) of 14 teams in the district 1 meet behind champion Caledonia River Valley (104.5).

•The softball team finished 15-2 overall, losing to River Valley on May 16 in a Division III district semifinal at Pickerington Central.

The Vikings finished 12-1 in the MBC and won a second consecutive league title. The final league game was not made up with second-place Loudon-ville, which was 11-2 in the MBC.

Northridge had three seniors in outfielder Jessica Simmons, catcher Chelsea Tietz and third baseman Shannon Woosley.

"Jessica and Chelsea were four-year varsity players for us and all three of our seniors have meant so much to this team," said coach Ralph Taylor, who completed his second season with the program. "They definitely will be difficult to replace."

Northridge is expected to return six starters in juniors Kara Barclay (SS), Kayla Davison (2B), Sarah Grindle (OF) and Kimber Hazlett (P) as well as sophomores Kassi Davison (1B) and Taylor Mann (OF). Sophomore outfielder/catcher Taylor Kelly and freshman outfielder Courtney Mann also played varsity.