The Brookhaven High School boys track and field team left the Division I district 3 meet at Dublin Coffman last Saturday with two individual championships and a relay title.

The Brookhaven High School boys track and field team left the Division I district 3 meet at Dublin Coffman last Saturday with two individual championships and a relay title.

The events the Bearcats didn't win but still placed among the top four also brought smiles to the faces of the team's sprint corps.

"We were just worried about placing," Michael Sellers said after his team finished second in the 800-meter relay. "Our coach told us that fourth place was just like first."

There were a few firsts as well.

DeShawn Alston was the busiest among the athletes who had a hand in helping Brookhaven tie Watkins Memorial for fourth (57) points behind Big Walnut (107), Reynoldsburg (99) and Coffman (69.5). He advanced in four events to the regional, which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Pickerington North. The top four there will advance to state June 5-6 at Ohio State.

Alston was first in the 400 in 48.48 seconds, a time which was second-best among the area's 12 regional qualifiers behind Gahanna's Blake Heriot (48.19) from district 1.

Alston also ran on the second-place 800 relay with Andrew Herrell, Jonzelle Meeks and Michael Sellers and the fourth-place 1,600 relay with Herrell, Sellers and Ibrahim Yaya.

"I really just tried to stay smooth (in the 400)," Alston said. "I wanted to try to break the stagger when I came off the curve and not tense up. I was feeling pretty good. I just knew I had to go get (runner-up Rob Baisden of Watkins Memorial). It's a good feeling."

It was the first significant competition in a few weeks for Herrell, a senior who was seventh in the regional in the 400 last year but has been battling injuries.

The other champions were Sellers in the 200 and Donivan Lipsey, Meeks, Sellers and Ryland Ward in the 400 relay.

Sellers' time of 22.38 in the 200 would have been second in district 2 behind Northland's A.J. Johnson (22.3). In the City meet May 13, Sellers won in 22.25 and Johnson was third (23.0).

The top two regional-qualifying times -- Heriot (21.49) and Westerville Central's Channing Doermann (22.0) -- came from district 1.

The girls team was 13th (3) in a 15-team district 3 field behind champion Reynoldsburg (157) and had no regional qualifiers.

Top performers were sophomore Madison Morris in the long jump (eighth, 14 feet, 5 1/2 inches) and sophomores Travecia Franklin and Briana Holmes and freshmen Makayla Cooper and Charletta Henley in the 3,200 relay (seventh, 11:26.36).

The same 3,200 relay was third (10:44.41) at the City meet, where senior DaTona Ball also was fifth in the shot put (32-2 3/4) and Morris was fifth in the long jump (14-9).

Also contributing this season was sophomore Karla Gravely (shot put, discus).

"We made up some serious ground in middle distance," said Hali Robinson, who coached the Bearcats from 1979-2006 and took the program over this season after a two-year absence. "We want to put another group of sprinters around them. It's going to take another class or two because we don't have enough balance yet. Unless you get really lucky, you can't (rebuild a program) in one year."

•After going 0-6 in the City League-North Division last year, the boys tennis team went 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the league to finish fifth behind co-champions Whetstone (4-1) and Centennial (4-1). Centennial represented the division in the City final May 21 and beat West 4-1.

The Bearcats are eligible to return all of their players. Juniors Asonganyi Atemkeng and Kalven Morrison played first and second singles and junior Mike LaValle and freshman Hercules Medeiro split time at third singles.

Sophomores Phuoc Nguyen and Fabricio Medeiro played first doubles and freshmen Lance Frazier and Brandon Thomas played second doubles.

"I had a bunch of good kids," coach Eugene Barrett said. "I'd consider them babies to the sport because they're mostly sophomores and juniors with a couple freshmen. They've got some potential."

At a glance

Below are the regional qualifiers for the Brookhaven boys track and field team with district event, place and time/distance/height:

DeShawn Alston: 100 (second, 11.2), 400 (first, 48.48); Michael Sellers: 200 (first, 22.38); 400 relay: Donivan Lipsey, Jonzelle Meeks, Sellers, Ryland Ward (first, 43.19); 800 relay: Alston, Andrew Herrell, Meeks, Sellers (second, 1:29.27); 1,600 relay: Alston, Herrell, Sellers, Ibrahim Yaya (fourth, 3:23.39)