Marysville High School track and field standout Hayes Chrispin compares the 300-meter hurdles to a long run in football.

Marysville High School track and field standout Hayes Chrispin compares the 300-meter hurdles to a long run in football.

Chrispin, who excelled at slot back for the Monarchs and will play football at John Carroll University, qualified for the Division I regional final in the 300-meter hurdles May 27 at Pickerington North after finishing first in his heat (40.54 seconds) and second overall during the preliminaries May 25. Newark's Anthony Johnson was seeded first (39.71).

Chrispin also qualified for the final in the 110 hurdles after placing eighth overall (15.67) during the preliminaries.

"This is tons of fun," Chrispin said. "I love this atmosphere. I made it in the 110, but I didn't expect to. That was icing on the cake, and then this is what I live for, this 300. I love this race. It's fun and I'm good at it, and everyone likes what they're good at."

Chrispin was joined in the regional finals by teammate Julian Williams, who competed in the 100 and 400.

Williams was seeded second in the 400 (49.40) behind Thomas Worthington's Armand Austin (48.90) and fifth in the 100 (11.40).

Running in his third race of the afternoon May 25, Williams failed to make the finals in the 200, finishing 13th overall (23.75).

The top four finishers in each event qualified for state Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, at Ohio State.

In the Division I, district 2 meet at Hilliard Bradley, Chrispin won the 300 hurdles (39.13) and was third in the 110 hurdles (15.50).

Williams won the 400 (49.27), was third in the 100 (11.34) and fourth in the 200 (23.24).

The top four finishers in each event at district advanced to regional.

'This is a tribute to their hard work," coach Jim Gannon said. "They're great athletes, they've worked hard all year and they've been really focused so far. They deserve the credit because they're the ones doing it."

Senior Jordan Staats, who finished third at district in the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches), competed in the regional finals May 27.

The girls 3,200 relay opened the regional by finishing 14th (10:14.64). The relay was comprised of junior Brooke Brown, sophomore Ashley Zani and freshmen Maddie Hoy and Lindsey Longbrake.

The relay qualified for regional by placing fourth (10:08.90) in the district 2 meet May 18 at Bradley.

"Coming in with two freshmen, a sophomore and a junior, we're getting them all back next year," coach J.B. Ritchie said.

Brown competed in the 3,200 at regional after finishing second (11:53.87) at district May 21.

Junior Jenny Sperry finished ninth in the shot put (34-3) at regional and fourth (33-8) at district.

At district, the boys team was eighth (44 points) behind first-place Hilliard Davidson (109) and the girls were 10th (25) behind first-place Pickerington Central (126).

•The boys tennis team improved on its 2010 performance by finishing 3-12 overall and 1-6 with 16 points in the OCC-Cardinal Division.

Last season, Marysville was 2-12 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Cardinal.

"We went from two wins last year to three wins this year and just doing much better," coach Brian Ash said. "We had fewer 5-0 losses and pulled off a few wins."

The Cardinals tied Westerville North for sixth (16, 3-4) in the OCC-Cardinal, behind Dublin Jerome (77, 7-0), Olentangy Liberty (51, 61), Westerville Central (39, 4-3), Dublin Scioto (38, 5-2) and Westerville South (19, 2-5) and ahead of Olentangy (12, 0-7).

Marysville's OCC-Cardinal win was over Olentangy 4-1 on April 5.

The other wins were over Kenton 4-1 on April 6 and Marion Harding 5-0 on April 13.

"I think we could have been three matches better," Ash said. "We had three close ones that we lost in three-set doubles matches.

"It would have put us up a little bit higher in the standings, but overall I'm satisfied with the season."

The Monarchs lost 3-2 decisions to Jonathan Alder on April 8, Hilliard Darby on April 21 and Westerville North on April 26.

Exchange student Joe Highton of New Zealand played well at first singles, Ash said.

Ash also said sophomore Daniel Gibson at third singles improved throughout the season.

Senior Jordan Cox played second singles, senior Zach McGuire and junior Mitch Woodruff played first doubles and seniors Matt Bell and Alex Miller played second doubles.

"I saw a pretty marked improvement across the board from just about everyone," Ash said.