There was plenty to be excited about - with a big disappointment along the way - for the Beechcroft High School track program at the Division I district 2 meet.

There was plenty to be excited about - with a big disappointment along the way - for the Beechcroft High School track program at the Division I district 2 meet.

Last Saturday at Dublin Coffman, the 400-meter relay for both the boys and girls teams advanced to the regional meet last Wednesday and Friday at Pickerington North with runner-up finishes.

Franklin also added a second-place finish in the 100 and Kandace Jemison took second in the long jump.

It was a frustrating week, however, for senior Austin Carter of the boys team. He couldn't compete last Saturday because of a hamstring injury, which has affected him throughout the regular season.

Carter was hoping to run in the preliminaries of the 400 relay last Wednesday, but his hopes of winning a second consecutive district title and making it back to the state meet in the 100 ended. Carter had the fastest preliminary time in the 100 (11.17 seconds), but aggravated his hamstring while running the 400 relay preliminary.

"I'm mad, but there's nothing I can do about it," Carter said.

The 400 relay of Hamid Turay, Billy Croom, Dominic Mensah and Chays Davis-White earned a runner-up finish despite missing Carter. They finished in 43.44, behind Northland (43.11). Turay has been bothered by a groin injury.

The boys finished 13th (11) in the 15-team district 2 meet, behind champion Olentangy Liberty (121).

The girls finished seventh (33) in the 14-team Division I district 2 meet, behind champion Reynoldsburg (115).

Franklin finished fifth in the 200 (26.72), but took second in the 100 (12.53) to advance individually as well. She also ran anchor on the 400 relay that included Jemison, Kandace Vance and Amber Radcliff and passed two runners during her leg of the event.

"It felt like I came out of the blocks terrible, but I guess it was good enough (in the 100)," Franklin said. "We need to work on our third leg (of the relay) and our handoffs have to be even better, but I'm glad we made it."

•The baseball team finished 8-12 overall and fourth in the City League-North Division at 8-6. It will lose five seniors, including Otterbein-recruit Zach Davis.

Davis battled through injuries to hit .346 with 18 RBI and went 3-6 with 54 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings.

The other seniors were Chaun-cey Hilson, Rahim Jones, Jose' Rodriguez and B.J. Watkins. Davis was named a team MVP and made first-team all-City and honorable mention all-district in Division II. Rodriguez was the team's co-MVP.

Sophomore Ricky Crum is expected to return after serving as the No. 2 pitcher. He went 3-4 with 38 strikeouts in 35 innings and was honorable mention all-City. Also expected back after seeing time on the mound are sophomores Brandon Woods (2-1) and Dustin Poindexter.

Offensively, the Cougars should be led by Crum, who was named the team's co-offensive MVP after hitting .375 with team-leading totals of 23 RBI and 17 stolen bases. Sophomore second baseman Tyquan Wakefield was the team's defensive MVP and made second-team all-City and hit .353 with 13 stolen bases. Sophomore Tevin Qualls was honorable mention all-City after hitting .343.

"We should have 10 guys back from this team, and hopefully we'll also get Anthony Barnes back for his senior season," coach Matt Bell said of Barnes, who was not eligible. "So I should have 11 guys to build around, and by the end of the year we got a lot better."

Beechcroft finished behind Centennial (14-0), Whetstone (12-2) and Northland (10-4) and ahead of Brookhaven (6-8), East (4-10), Mifflin (2-12) and Linden-McKinley (0-14) in the City-North. The Cougars lost to Watterson 18-0 in the first round of the tournament May 11.

•The softball team could take a step forward next year considering it loses only four players to graduation in Kayla Eppes, Kirsten Martin, Ashley Smoot-Baker and Reina Thomas.

The biggest loss will be Martin, who has been the team's No. 1 pitcher the last three seasons.

Sophomore Yvette Martin, who transferred in from Warren Harding, ended up with one of the area's best batting averages while playing catcher. Also eligible to return are juniors Brittany Bohanan (3B), Natalee Banks (SS), Domonique Hillmon (2B) and Fabiola Malidor (1B) in the infield and junior Makayla Garnes and sophomore Mariah Mayes in the outfield.

The Cougars finished 10-7 overall and fourth in the City-North at 8-6, behind Whetstone (14-0), Centennial (12-2) and Northland (10-4) and ahead of Brookhaven (5-9), Mifflin (4-10), Linden (2-11) and East (0-13).

Beechcroft lost to Centennial 4-2 in the first round of the Division II district tournament May 11.

•The boys tennis team will lose three seniors after finishing eighth in the City League at 3-8.

D'Angelo Brown and Marquise Lovejoy, who played first and second singles, respectively, were joined in the senior class by doubles player Shawn Stewart.

Sophomore David Beyene should be the top returning singles player after playing third singles this spring.

Junior Eric Taylor, sophomore Michael Parker, sophomore Joseph Pleasant and freshman Terron Hale all gained experience playing doubles.

Brown finished 8-3, Beyene was 5-5 and the team of Pleasant and Hale was 4-3.

At the Division I sectional tournament May 13 at Pickerington Central, Beyene, Brown and Lovejoy all lost their opening singles matches and the teams of Parker and Taylor and Pleasant and Hale lost their opening doubles matches.

"I was very pleased with our season," said coach Daphne Hess, who recently received Beechcroft's Coach of the Year award. "I look forward to next season."

At a glance

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

Boys - 400 relay: Billy Croom, Chays Davis-White, Dominic Mensah, Hamid Turay (second, 43.44). Girls - Kalantra Franklin: 100 (second, 12.53). Kandace Jemison: long jump (second, 14-11 1/2). 400 relay: Franklin, Jemison, Amber Radcliff, Jasmine Vance (second, 49.71).