The plan worked to perfection for Marysville High School senior Brooke Brown during the Division I, district 2 girls track and field meet May 19 at Hilliard Darby.

The plan worked to perfection for Marysville High School senior Brooke Brown during the Division I, district 2 girls track and field meet May 19 at Hilliard Darby.

She won the 3,200 meters in 11 minutes, 24 seconds -- finishing more than 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Veda Durbin (11:54.83) of Watkins Memorial -- and advanced to compete in the regional meet that concluded May 25 at Pickerington North.

"We went in with a plan and with a goal, and that was with (boys) coach (Jim) Gannon, too," girls coach Lori Robinson said. "All three of us just sat and talked about what we wanted to accomplish. We said, 'Get out there quick. Don't let the girls dictate a path and then everyone is running together and clustered. Just get out there quick and see if anyone goes with you,' and she did and it worked.

"We had a good strategy going in and she ran well."

It was the first district title for Brown, who is the school's valedictorian with a 4.3 GPA.

"I've improved my time so much this year from what it was last year," said Brown, who last season in the 3,200 finished second (11:53.87) in district 2 and seventh (11:38.15) at regional. "It's a good jump. I've always worked hard, but I've had time to get more experience with the two-mile because I didn't run it as much last year. I've just grown as a runner just with more training and more work."

Marysville's other regional qualifier was senior Dereck Fleury, who competed in the boys shot put. Fleury finished fourth (50 feet, 1 inch) in the district 2 meet, securing the final regional berth.

The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to the state meet Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, at Ohio State.

Brown's achievements this season have included helping the 3,200 relay set a program record (9:47.6) at district. Aly Heeb, Maddy Mason and Ashley Zani joined Brown on the relay, which finished fifth, one spot from a regional-qualifying berth.

Brown, Zani, Emily Sattler and Tya Parks set the previous record (9:57.7) in 2010.

Last season, Brown, Zani, Maddy Hoy and Lindsay Longbrake finished 14th at regional in the 3,200 relay (10:14.64).

Brown was a four-time regional qualifier.

"She's one of those girls that you tell her to jump, she says how high," Robinson said. "Sometimes we have to tell her to back off a little bit because she wants to go, go, go. She puts 110 percent into her workouts every day. She's a wonderful girl."

Brown will attend the Notre Dame and is considering whether to run at the collegiate level.

"It's been a dream," she said of attending Notre Dame. "It's a really good school, so I'm looking forward to it. I got into a lot of good schools and had a lot of options, but that just seemed like the right fit for me."

The girls team finished 10th (26 points) at district behind champion Hilliard Davidson (101.5) as 17 teams scored.

Jenny Sperry was fifth in the discus (105-6).

The boys team was 10th (18) at district behind champion New Albany (100.5) as 16 teams scored.

Nick Williams was fifth in the 400 (50.4).

Seasons end for lacrosse teams

The boys lacrosse team lost to Avon Lake 12-7 in the first round of the club division tournament May 19 to finish 5-9 overall.

The Monarchs defeated Legend Lacrosse 10-3 in a play-in game May 17.

The girls team lost to Brecksville-Broadview Heights 21-7 in the second round of the North/Central Region club tournament May 19 to finish 6-8 overall.

The Thunder defeated Avon Lake 16-8 in the first round May 12.