The field events competitors led the way for the Olentangy High School boys track and field team at the Division I district 1 meet, which concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman.




The field events competitors led the way for the Olentangy High School boys track and field team at the Division I district 1 meet, which concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman.
The Braves advanced to the regional — which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Hilliard Davidson — in only two non-field events, the 400- and 800-meter relays. At district, Olentangy totaled 72 points to finish third behind Gahanna (142.5) and Pickerington North (74).

The top four in each event advanced to the regional, with the top four there qualifying to state June 6-7 at Ohio
State.

There were some tense moments in the high jump for Jason Hoskins. He eventually finished second after clearing 6 feet, 4 inches. He didn't clear 6-3 until his final attempt.

"There were still five high-jumpers left and I knew I was the only one who hadn't cleared 6-3 yet," Hoskins said. "Once I made it, I knew I still had to clear 6-4 because I still hadn't made it to regional."

Michael Ballentine of North cleared 6-5 to finish first.

Kenny Anunike won the discus (158-1) and Andre Dawson, Phillip Morris, John Rosen and Monte Davis won the 800 relay (1 minute, 31.28 seconds). Anunike was seeded fifth in the discus at regional and the 800 relay was seeded seventh.

Anunike also was second in the shot put (50-4) and Dawson was second in the long jump (program-record 21-11 1/2). Anunike won the discus on his last
throw.

"It was a great field event meet for us," coach Sam Lehman said. "To score that many points in the field events is pretty amazing.

"At the regional the only thing we have to worry about is ourselves. We can't change what an opponent is going to do. We just have to make sure we're ready to go and compete."

•The girls team finished fifth (55) behind champion Pickerington Central (128.5).
Nikki Paplaczyk was third in the high jump (5-3), but wasn't happy with her performance.

"But it was good enough to qualify for regional," she said. "That's good enough for me."
Ayla Starcher took third in the pole vault (10-6). Taking fourth were Megan Schweller in the
300 hurdles (47.23) and 100
hurdles (15.94), Brittany Strickland in the discus (110-7) and Megan Walker in the shot put (36-1).

"At this point in the season, we have such a small group and they do a good job of staying focused on their own," girls coach Dwight Dewese said. "I don't know if I have to say a lot to them. Once they get to this level, they're pretty in-tune to what they need to do."