The Marysville High School track and field website features the number of days until the OCC-Cardinal Division and Division I district meets.

The Marysville High School track and field website features the number of days until the OCC-Cardinal Division and Division I district meets.

Although the regular season is beneficial for the Monarchs, the postseason is what matters most.

"We really count down and gear up towards (the) conference (meet)," said girls coach Lori Robinson, whose team has a board in its locker room counting down the days until the postseason. "Every day we flip another number and know that it's getting that much closer and it's time to kick it into gear and make sure we're doing everything that we need to be doing and be ready for it."

The boys and girls teams continued to prepare for the postseason by defeating Westerville South and Delaware in a tri-meet April 17 at home.

The boys scored 69.67 points to finish ahead of Delaware (61) and South (41.33). The girls scored 97.5 points to easily outdistance Delaware (49.5) and South (25).

"There's a lot of positive vibes right now with a lot of the athletes on the guys and girls sides," Robinson said. "They're feeling good about themselves and it's nice to see that all the work they've been putting in is starting to pay off."

Marysville will play host to Marion Harding and Fairbanks on Tuesday, April 24, and compete in the Gary Smith Invitational on Saturday, April 28, at Thomas Worthington.

"If you can go to the Gary Smith Invitational and get a place, you're doing pretty well," boys coach Jim Gannon said. "That's like a big OCC meet. There are a lot of OCC schools there. It's a good meet for a measuring stick going into the OCC (meet) to see how we're improving against those other schools."

The OCC-Cardinal meet is May 10 and 12 at Pickerington North.

"We have a pretty good team," said senior Dereck Fleury, who had a personal-best effort of 48 feet, 4 inches in winning the shot put against Delaware and South. "We have a lot of solid, young athletes and a pretty good core of senior talent, too."

Dakota Dean had a personal-best 12-0 in winning the pole vault against Delaware and South. Nick Williams was first in the 100 meters (11.4 seconds) and 200 (23.2).

"We're in good shape," Gannon said. "Things are going well. We're still pretty young. We're getting better and we're seeing times and distances improve."

For the girls, Brooke Brown was first in the 1,600 (5:22.7) and 3,200 (11:31.3). Camelia Kiss was first in the 100 hurdles (16.5) and 300 hurdles (50.1).

Robinson also noted the effort of Ashley Zani, who was first in the 800 (2:32.7), as a key to the team's success.

"We had a really good night. We had a lot of personal records," Zani said. "We're training for the postseason. We really want a lot more girls to get out to regionals this year."

•The softball team is pursuing another OCC-Cardinal title despite a 10-7 loss to Olentangy on April 19.

The Monarchs were 12-3 overall and 5-2 in the league before playing Olentangy Liberty on April 20.

Last season, Marysville and North tied for the league title at 11-3, with the Warriors sweeping the series with 2-0 and 4-1 wins.

Marysville won the first meeting this season behind Cori Long, who allowed six hits and struck out six in the complete-game effort.

Kyleah Brey had four hits and an RBI. Maria Reed and Kasie Sepeda each had two hits.

"We celebrate a little after each game, but with such a short season, we have to quickly shift our focus to the next game," coach Jennifer Segner-Maxwell said.

"Westerville North was a great win for us. They are well coached and play us hard each time we face them. We have to continue to play what we call 'Monarch softball.' If we do that, then we should continue to have success. I am pleased with the way the team is playing right now."

•The boys tennis team continues to make progress, according to coach Brian Ash.

The Monarchs lost to Caledonia River Valley 3-2 on April 18.

Winners for Marysville were Bryan Langlois and Mitch Woodruff at first doubles (6-3, 6-0) and Connor Devine and Jamie Tutak at second doubles (6-3, 6-1).

"We're doing about as well as I expected with the exception of two disappointing losses to Olentangy (4-1 on March 29) and Buckeye Valley (5-0 on April 16)," Ash said. "We were swept by Buckeye Valley and I thought we should have carried one or two courts. I have seen improvement, or at least a few good matches, from all my players. We're looking forward to several matches coming up."