Junior Chris Uhle has done a lot for the Olentangy Liberty High School boys track and field team.

Junior Chris Uhle has done a lot for the Olentangy Liberty High School boys track and field team.

At the OCC-Cardinal Division meet May 13 and May 15, Uhle won the 800 meters, was second in the pole vault and was part of the second-place 3,200 relay.

At the Division I district 2 meet, which concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman, Uhle was second in the pole vault and 800 and was ran on the second-place 3,200 relay.

Uhle, however, can't be in two places at the same time.

The junior gave up his spot on the 3,200 relay to focus on the pole vault for the Division I regional meet, which began last Wednesday and concludes Friday at Pickerington North.

"I would've liked to run in it, but it's going on at the same time as the pole vault," said Uhle, who was joined on the relay by John Buffington, Tyler Ross and Josh Frash. "I'd be way too tired to vault after that. We've got plenty of people who can run (the 800) well, and I'll be cheering them on ... from the pole vault pit."

Liberty, which advanced nine individuals and all four relays to the regional, scored 121 points to win the team title. Uhle cleared 15 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault to finish behind his twin brother, Joey Uhle (16-3). His time in the 800 (1 minute, 56.53 seconds) was just behind Lancaster's Brannon Kidder (1:55.09).

Joey Uhle also won the 300 hurdles, and Tyler Black, Kyle Pettay, Kadell Nevel and Kevin Huston won the 800 relay.

Liberty, which has never qualified in a running event for the state meet, had a regional qualifier in every running event. The top four advance to the state meet June 4-5 in Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The girls team finished eighth with 36 points behind champion New Albany (120) in the district 4 meet at Groveport.

The Patriots advanced two individuals and two relays.

•Orange girls coach Ingrid Simpson knew competing at the district 4 meet provided the Pioneers with the best opportunities to advance.

It also meant not getting a chance to see her sons, Chase and Garrett Swisher, compete.

Chase Swisher anchored the winning 400 relay and also was third in the 100 and 200 as the boys team finished third with 66 points behind Gahanna (120) and Westerville North (77) in the district 1 meet.

Ross Watkins, Ross Smith and Terrence Rode were the other members of the 400 relay.

"I didn't like that too much," said Chase Swisher, who placed seventh in the 100 (11.17) at the Division II state meet last year. "She's been at every meet this season so we were hoping to move on so she could watch us next week."

"I kept my fingers crossed," said Simpson, whose team finished fifth (49.5). "They'd send me a text after every race to let me know what was going on."

Both Orange teams earned victories in the field events. Jason Hoskins won the high jump, and Megan Walker took the shot put.

•Olentangy's Adaora Anunike grew tired of hearing about teammates hitting personal records while she was stalled shy of hers in the shot put.

Not anymore.

Anunike set a school record of 40-1 to win the title at the district 1 meet.

"This means so much to me," said Anunike, whose previous best was a 38-11. "(Throughout the year), people were always going, 'I PR'd today.' I was like, 'Congrats. I haven't PR'd since the first meet of the season.' It was time for me to PR."

Olentangy, which advanced three individuals in six events to the regional, was fourth (66.5) behind champion Gahanna (132).

Anunike, who was 15th in the shot put (36-9.75) at the state meet last year, also placed third in the discus.

Also for the Braves, Brittney Simmons won the high jump and was third in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 100 hurdles.

For the boys team, Josh Perry won the district 1 title in the long jump and Ryan Summers was fourth.

"Ryan is like my big brother out here. I'm always trying to stay in front of him," Perry said. "Our workouts are pretty good."

"Josh and I always boost off each other," Summers added. "He always brings me up when I need a big jump."

Summers needed a big jump after Hilliard Darby's Erik Greene went 20-0.75 just before Summers went 20-1.5 to take the final qualifying spot.

"(When) I see someone else achieve ahead of me, I feel like I have to match or do better than they did," Summers said.

The boys team, which advanced five individuals and the 1,600 relay, tied Westerville Central for fourth (59) at the district meet. Bryce Cheek was second in the 100 and 200.

At a glance

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

LIBERTY BOYS - Tyler Black: 100 (fourth, 11.5); John Buffington: 1,600 (second, 4:20.48); Grant Cartwright: shot put (fourth, 47-7); Doug Greening: 400 (third, 50.52); Chris Hawkins: 300 hurdles (fourth, 40.62); Kevin Huston: 200 (second, 22.54); Tyler Ross: 3,200 (third, 9:37.33); Chris Uhle: pole vault (second, 15-6), 800 (second, 1:56.54); Joey Uhle: pole vault (first, 16-3), 110 hurdles (third, 14.89), 300 hurdles (first, 38.97); 400 relay: Tyler Best, Black, Kadell Nevel, Kyle Pettay (fourth, 43.9); 800 relay: Black, Huston, Nevel, Pettay (first, 1:29.89); 1,600 relay: Greening, Huston, Zach Van Gundy, Chris West (fourth, 3:24.63); 3,200 relay: John Buffington, Josh Frash, Tyler Ross, Chris Uhle (second, 8:02.3); LIBERTY GIRLS - Melinda Hersey: pole vault (third, 10-0); Dominique Teran: 300 hurdles (third, 46.27); 400 relay: Marissa Beaumier, Dominique Teran, Katie Costin, Ashley Kemper (third, 50.53); 800 relay: Costin, Madeleine Harwig, Kemper, Nandi Wallace (third, 1:47.77); OLENTANGY BOYS - Bryce Cheek: 100 (second, 11.14), 200 (second, 22.07); Austin Hicks: pole vault (second, 15-6); Josh Perry: long jump (first, 21-8.25); Ryan Summers: long jump (fourth, 20-1.5); Brian Young: shot put (third, 47-1); 1,600 relay: Cheek, Steven Osei-Sartong, Colin McShane, Ian McShane (fourth, 3:27.65) OLENTANGY GIRLS - Adaora Anunike: shot put (first, 40-1); discus (third, 97-11); Whitney Bice: pole vault (second, 11-0); Brittney Simmons: high jump (first, 5-4), 100 hurdles (fourth, 16.28), 300 hurdles (third, 47.9); ORANGE BOYS - Alex Born: 300 hurdles (fourth, 40.21); Andy Ebersbach: discus (third, 137-6); Jason Hoskins: high jump (first, 6-2); Chase Swisher: 100 (third, 11.27), 200 (third, 22.6); 400 relay: Ross Watkins, Ross Smith, Terrence Rode and Swisher (first, 43.33); 800 relay: Orisha Nnani, Rode, Ross Smith, Watkins (fourth, 1:31.3) ORANGE GIRLS - Katelyn Daniels: long jump (third, 15-11.5), discus (third, 115-11); Hannah Hartzell: 1,600 (fourth, 5:27.29); Ayla Starcher: pole vault (fourth, 9-8); Megan Walker: shot put (first, 38-4.5); 1,600 relay: Barnett, Sarah Swanek, Pulkrabek, Del Pinto (fourth, 4:07.8); 3,200 relay: Jillian Barnett, Zoey Del Pinto, Hartzell, Brooke Pulkrabek (fourth, 9:56.82)