With veterans such as Jasmine Anderson and Jetti Laggah leading the Northland High School girls track and field team, the last thing its opponents probably were hoping to see in the Division I district 3 meet was the emergence of a pair of freshmen.

With veterans such as Jasmine Anderson and Jetti Laggah leading the Northland High School girls track and field team, the last thing its opponents probably were hoping to see in the Division I district 3 meet was the emergence of a pair of freshmen.

Sprinters Lena Collins and Kierra Simpson played a key part in the Vikings qualifying all four of their relays to the regional, which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Pickerington North.

The top four in each event will advance to the state meet June 5-6 at Ohio State. Coach Tom Fast believes all four relays have a chance.

"(Collins) has been kind of hidden in the relays a little bit, but she's an exceptional talent," Fast said. "We're going to graduate some great seniors, but we've got a lot of great young talent."

Northland didn't win any events at district but ended up third (89 points) in a 15-team field behind Reynoldsburg (157) and Watkins Memorial (98). The meet concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman.

Collins finished third in the 200 meters (25.8 seconds) and ran on the 400 relay along with Anderson, Simpson and sophomore Delisa Sanford. She also ran on the second-place 800 relay (1:44.17) with Anderson, Laggah and Simpson.

"I'm happy because I came in third (in the 200)," Collins said. "I didn't think I'd be able to make it (to the regional). I love the 200 because when I ride the curve it feels like I'm moving really fast. I'm happy that we did well with the girls that we have."

The 1,600 relay features DaShayla Robinson, Perrine Thomas, Anderson and Laggah.

Laggah was fourth in the 1,600 (5:51.26) at the City meet but elected not to run the race at district, instead moving to the relay.

"This is the first time we ran with Jetti (in the 800 relay), but it was really good having the two seniors finish it off," Simpson said.

The boys team finished seventh (42) in the 17-team Division I district 2 meet behind champion Hilliard Darby (111).

A.J. Johnson won the 200 title in 22.3, a time that is third-best among the 12 area regional qualifiers behind Gahanna's Blake Heriot (21.49) and Westerville Central's Channing Doermann (22.0) both from district 1. Johnson also advanced to the regional in the 100 and is on the 400 and 1,600 relays which advanced..

"We just practiced on having good handoffs, and everything aligned (at district)," Johnson said. "I feel very strong (about the relays)."

The 1,600 relay of Johnson, Dimonde Hale, Alex Holley and Trey Burke finished second (3:22.11), 0.05 behind Pickerington North.

"It's the first time all four of them have run together," coach Marcos Segovia said. "I think things have been going pretty well. It's a matter of competing and working hard."

•The baseball team finished 13-6 overall and third at 10-4 in the City League-North Division behind Whetstone (14-0) and Centennial (12-2). The Vikings lost to Gahanna 16-0 in the second round of the Division I district tournament May 14.

The Vikings will lose seven seniors in David Adkins, Sam Belisle, Andrew Kraut, Austin Landis, Jordan Scott, Sammy Torres and Ben Washington.

Washington, who was first-team all-district, plans to walk on at Northern Kentucky and Belisle will play basketball at Denison. Kraut was second-team all-City and Landis and Torres received honorable mention.

The top returnee will be junior Chris Mitko, who along with Kraut and Washington gave Northland three players who hit about .600. Other key returnees are expected to include juniors Damion Crudup, Devon Crudup and Anthony Peoples.

"We'll lose the core of our pitching staff," coach Dean Washington said. "We're trying to put a summer team together that's like a City team, and we'll play some independent games."

•The boys tennis team will lose three seniors in Rob Dove (first singles), Bruce Allen (second singles) and Donovan Dean (second doubles).

Sophomores Daniel Smith and Austin Miller and freshman Alejandro Nunez are expected to be the top returnees for the Vikings, who finished third at 4-2 in the City-North behind Centennial (5-1) and Whetstone (5-1).

Northland had no singles or doubles players win sectional matches.

"I was happy with our effort," coach Allen Jarrett said. "Our practice habits were great and I always feel like we have a chance to get the City. I felt like we could have played better on the doubles end of things. Our goal is to get better, no matter who we play."

At a glance

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

Boys (district 2) -- Dimonde Hale: 400 (fourth, 50.06); A.J. Johnson: 100 (fourth, 11.01); 200 (first, 22.3); 400 relay: Travis Byrdsong, Alfred Geiger, A.J. Johnson, D'Brian Stewart (third, 43.16); 1,600 relay: Trey Burke, Hale, Alex Holley, Johnson (second, 3:22.11); Girls (district 3) -- Sierra Bray: discus (fourth, 108-6); Lena Collins: 200 (third, 25.8); Jetti Laggah: 800 (third, 2:18.84); Andrea Madison: discus (second, 114-0); shot

put (fourth, 34-9 1/2); Ebony Mundy: long jump (second, 15-10 1/4); Delisa Sanford: long jump (third, 15-10); 400 relay: Jasmine Anderson, Collins, Sanford, Kierra Simpson (second, 49.96); 800 relay: Anderson, Collins, Laggah, Simpson (second, 1:44.17); 1,600 relay: Anderson, Laggah, DaShayla Robinson, Perrine Thomas (second, 4:01.88); 3,200 relay: Laggah, DaShayla Robinson, Daysia Robinson, Thomas (fourth, 9:42.15)