After the New Albany High School girls track and field team finished second at the OCC-Capital Division meet May 16, coach Otis Winston said he was looking for a district title to "replace" the disappointment of the league finish.

After the New Albany High School girls track and field team finished second at the OCC-Capital Division meet May 16, coach Otis Winston said he was looking for a district title to "replace" the disappointment of the league finish.

The Eagles got that district title last Saturday at Dublin Coffman with an all-around performance that scored 108.5 points, beating out second-place Dublin Scioto (103). Still, Winston said that he doesn't want his athletes to forget about that league meet quite yet.

"They've got to use that as fuel," Winston said. "That's what I told the girls. We have to finish. Last week we didn't finish. This week, we finished."

The Eagles are competing in the regional, which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Pickerington North. The top four in each event will advance to state June 5-6 at Ohio State.

Last season, New Albany finished seventh (35) at the regional as Reynoldsburg (109) won. Eight athletes advanced to state in a total of five events.

New Albany had just three event wins in district 1 but qualified in 12 events. The sprint relays looked particularly strong, as Lauren Kelly, Haley Robertson, Maria Brown and Hannah Robertson won the 400-meter relay (49.16 seconds) and Haley Robertson, Brown, Mycan Mason and Hannah Robertson won the 800 relay (1:43.38). Haley Robertson had the team's other victory, winning the long jump (16 feet, 7 inches). Teammate Danielle Allen wasn't far behind in that event, finishing third (16-4 1/4).

The Eagles also had some surprise regional qualifiers, including Lauren Kelly, who had not even reached a final in the 100 until the OCC-Capital meet, where she ran a 13.01 to finish fifth. Kelly ran a 12.84 to finish fourth at district.

Winston said the Eagles couldn't have won the district title without performances from some runners who didn't reach the regional, including Maria Troutman. She scored points in the 1,600 (sixth, 5:24.37) and 3,200 (seventh, 12:20.21).

"This just shows that we can all come together and do well," Troutman said. "Our coach always says 'distance to discus,' that we can be good all throughout and be strong as a family."

Mason said accomplishing the goal of winning a district title was satisfying, especially since New Albany was in Division II two years ago.

"We're all excited to have our name up there with all the big schools," Mason said. "People didn't expect us to get that far, but we did and we proved them wrong."

•The boys team exceeded all of coach Chad Olinger's expectations at the district 2 meet, finishing fifth (48.5) of 17 teams behind champion Hilliard Darby (111) and advancing to regional in five events.

The Eagles were 14th last season and did not have any regional qualifiers.

"I could not be happier," Olinger said. "The best part of it is that all but one person who qualified are underclassmen."

The Eagles were led by the second-place finish by Blake Taneff in the 3,200 (9:39.8). Taneff and Pickerington North's Nick Hissrich (9:39.4) pulled away from the pack on the final lap and had a duel down the final straightaway. Taneff, whose time was the third-fastest of any of the district meets at Coffman, said he has been working on his mental approach to each race.

"My biggest thing is I need to stop worrying about times and start worrying about the competition," Taneff said.

"We're trying to tell him, 'Win the race,'" Olinger said. "The times will take care of themselves."

Taneff also ran on the fourth-place 3,200 relay (8:29.17) with Nick Buck, Juvon Williams and Drew Windle. The Eagles had another relay reach the regional, as Taylor Primeau, Zach Galbreath, Jordan Williams and Ross Watkins were third (1:30.89) in the 800 relay.

Galbreath qualified in the pole vault (third, 13-0) and Michael Burton qualified in the 110 hurdles (fourth, 15.17).

At a glance

Below are regional qualifiers for the New Albany boys and girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:

Boys -- Michael Burton: 110 hurdles (fourth, 15.17); Blake Taneff: 3,200 (second, 9:39.8); Zach Galbreath: pole vault (third, 13-0); 3,200 relay: Nick Buck, Taneff, Juvon Williams, Drew Windle (fourth, 8:29.17); 800 relay: Taylor Primeau, Galbreath, Jordan Williams, Ross Watkins (third, 1:30.89); Girls -- Lauren Kelly: 100 (fourth, 12.84); Taylor Cameron: 1,600 (fourth, 5:21.7); Mycah Mason: 400 (second, 59.45), 200 (fourth, 26.20); Kelly Brittan: 300 hurdles (second, 48.6); Hannah Robertson: high jump (third, 5-3); Haley Robertson: long jump (first, 16-7); Danielle Allen: long jump (third, 16-4 1/4); 3,200 relay: Krystal Worrell, Annie Bowe, Maria Lackey, Leilani Worrell (second, 9:46.01); 1,600 relay: Cameron, Hannah Robertson, Brittan, Mason (second, 3:58.76); 400 relay: Kelly, Haley Robertson, Maria Brown, Hannah Robertson (first, 49.16); 800 relay: Haley Robertson, Brown, Mason, Hannah Robertson (first, 1:43.38)