Watkins Memorial High School track and field standout Kayla Brown's career will end in the Division I state meet.

Watkins Memorial High School track and field standout Kayla Brown's career will end in the Division I state meet.

The senior, a four-year varsity contributor, qualified for state in the girls high jump for the second time and will compete on Saturday, June 4, at Ohio State.

Afterward, Brown said she will choose between Mount Union and Walsh and then settle into college life as a non-athlete. She intends to study physical therapy, an interest sparked when she was rehabilitating a knee injury as a freshman cheerleader.

"I guess this'll be it," Brown said of the state meet, which opens Friday, June 3. "It's kind of sad, but it's time to move on."

Brown advanced to state by placing fourth with a height of 5 feet, 1 inch during the regional meet May 25 at Pickerington North. She was a regional participant in three other individual events, including the long jump, but did not qualify for the May 27 finals in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

"I already missed (qualifying for state) in the 100 hurdles so I felt I needed to bounce back," Brown said after the high-jump competition, which was won by Dublin Coffman's Isolde Hannan (5-3) as Mount Vernon's Jessica Roden (second, 5-2) and Groveport's Jamie Gadrim (third, 5-1) also advanced. "I did OK; good enough to make it out, anyway. That's all I wanted."

Brown was the district 2 runner-up in the high jump (5-0) and long jump (15-10 1/2), and she was fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.96 seconds) and 300 hurdles (46.73) at Hilliard Bradley to help the Warriors (70 points) to a second-place finish behind Hilliard Davidson (109) on May 21. They captured 12 individual regional berths overall, which included Morgan Reichert's district championships in the 1,600 (5:14.54) and 3,200 (11:40.51), Logan Visnick's in the discus (111-3) and Rachel Arnott's in the pole vault (10-6).

The top four in each event at district advanced to regional, where the top four in each event advanced to state.

Also advancing to regional were Taylor Amrine in the pole vault (third, 10-0), Mara White in the 1,600 (second, 5:14.57), Visnick in the shot put (third, 33-8) and Mallory Warrington in the shot put (second, 34-10 3/4).

Brown is a four-time regional qualifier in the high jump and her four regional berths this spring pushed her career total to 10, including seven in the past two years. In 2009, she placed 16th at state in the high jump (5-0) and also competed in the 100 hurdles.

Brown won the 100 hurdles (15.58) when the Warriors captured a third consecutive OCC-Capital Division title at Bradley on May 14. She swept the hurdles at the league meet in 2010.

"It's been a lot of fun," she said. "I remember my first time (at state), it was nerve-wracking. Hopefully, it'll be different this time."

The boys team also was the district 2 runner-up (107) behind Pickerington Central (126).

Advancing to regional were Jordan Elizondo in the 1,600 (third, 4:29.58), Justin Dowis in the 800 (fourth, 1:59.91), Ethan George in the 300 hurdles (fourth, 40.37), Cameron Johnson in the pole vault (fourth, 14-0), Joey Rich in the long jump (third, 21-9 3/4), Connor Sensabaugh in the 200 (third, 23.21) and Le'Trel Taylor in the 400 (fourth, 50.79).

Relays that advanced were the 400 of Brenden Kemp, Sensabaugh, Rich and Devonte Marable (second, 43.24), the 800 of Taylor, Kemp, Marable and Sensabaugh (third, 1:29.74) and the 3,200 of Dowis, Taylor Williams, Erich Vlaar and Elizondo (third, 8:09.84).

Baseball player D.J. Collins has signed to play at Georgetown (Ky.), an NAIA school.

Despite being limited at the plate much of the season because of a wrist injury, the senior shortstop helped the Warriors finish 18-7 overall with a 3-1 loss to Gahanna in a Division I district semifinal on May 18. They went 8-5 in the OCC-Capital to tie Mount Vernon for third place behind New Albany (11-3) and Olentangy Orange (9-5) and ahead of Delaware (6-7), Big Walnut (6-8), Hilliard Bradley (6-8) and Franklin Heights (0-13).

Eight seniors, including first-team all-league outfielder Joe Matalon, are graduating. The others include catcher J.D. Robertson, pitcher Eric Robinson and Chris Skaggs, who missed the season with an injury. Matalon will play at Wittenberg.

The Warriors, who won seven games in their final at-bat, posted their highest win total since the 2006 team advanced to the Division II state final and finished 22-10. The 2007 squad went 16-8 while advancing to a regional final.

"It's not just about what they've done on the field," coach Don Schone said of his seniors. "It's about the way they jelled as a team and the way they accepted the younger kids. They showed the kind of leadership you love to have."

Much of the team's infield is expected to return in juniors Reno Reda (1B) and Steve Huber (3B) and sophomore Jordan Miller (2B). Huber will play this summer for the Licking County Athletics. Sophomore Tony Winters (CF) and junior Rob Sexton (P) also are expected back. Both of them also were first-team all-league, and Sexton was second-team all-district.

Sexton, Winters and junior Evan Werner (P) are expected to play this summer for Pickerington American Legion Post 283A.

"We've got the kids scattered this summer," Schone said. "But they're playing ball and playing good competition, and that's the key thing.