Senior Carolyn Costin of the Olentangy Liberty High School girls track and field team is finding little trouble keeping busy.

Senior Carolyn Costin of the Olentangy Liberty High School girls track and field team is finding little trouble keeping busy.


She qualified in three events to the Division I regional, which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Hilliard Davidson. In the district 2 meet that concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman, she was fourth in the 100 meters (program-record 12.66 seconds) and 200 (program-record 26.05) and joined Kara Gandy, Kelsey Couts and Katie Costin to take third in the 400 relay (50.21).


The top four in each event qualified to the regional, and the top four there will advance to state June 6-7 at Ohio State.


"I'm done with school now so I can just focus on track and making it to state," said Carolyn, who also was fifth (16 feet, 4 inches) in the long jump at district. "Once you get to regional, you have to keep your focus. You're running against these athletes that are just insane. You can't change the people around you. You just have to focus on yourself."


Couts also advanced in three events as she won the high jump (5-4) and was third in the 300 hurdles (program-record 46.35).


"I think it does help being in more than one event," coach Brenda Buffington said.


"We had several athletes who are strong enough and versatile enough to get through a preliminary, a semifinal and a final in more than one event. Carolyn should be able to mimic what she does in a normal meet, going all-out in the 100 and 200 and still having enough left for the 400 relay."


The Patriots finished fourth (68 points) behind Lancaster (118), Gahanna (117.16) and Davidson (89) at district.


Last year Carolyn Costin was in the top eight of all three of her events at the regional, but her best finish was sixth in the long jump (16-8 1/2).


Corinne Carducci set the program record in the 1,600, finishing third (5:22.8) and Arwen Mark set the record in the 3,200, though she finished sixth (11:44.43).


The boys team was fifth (62) behind Hilliard Darby (109.5), Westerville South (73.5), Mount Vernon (72) and DeSales (70.33).


Tom Wilkin stayed with the leaders long enough to finish fourth (program-record 4:28.39) in the 1,600, barely holding off Mount Vernon's Tyler Gregg (4:30.59)


"You can't let anyone get too far ahead of you," Wilkin said. "You have to hang with them and push it at the end."
Joe Uhle had the best finish, clearing 14-0 to edge his brother, Chris (14-0), to win the pole vault. Joe won with fewer misses.


"Everyone ran well today. Nearly everybody got to do what they wanted and go to regional," Wilkin said. "Overall it was a good day for all of us.