Olentangy High School senior Adaora Anunike said she felt pressure to repeat her district title in the shot put.

Olentangy High School senior Adaora Anunike said she felt pressure to repeat her district title in the shot put.

In the Division I, district 1 meet May 19 at Hilliard Bradley, she won the event with a throw of 34 feet, 8 1/4 inches. Then she captured the discus title with a throw of 102-9.

"One of my biggest fears is out of the way," Anunike said. "You know the old quote, 'It's easier to get to the top than it is stay up there.' People go, 'Didn't you win the district title last year?' If I didn't win (shot put) this year, it'd be pretty awkward."

Olentangy scored 67 points to finish third behind Dublin Coffman (152) and Big Walnut (79), while Liberty was sixth (47.5). Orange finished fifth (73) behind champion Dublin Scioto (139) in the district 3 girls meet.

For the boys, Olentangy was fifth (54) and Orange was 12th (21) behind champion Thomas Worthington (87) in the district 1 meet, while Liberty was fourth (66) behind champion Hilliard Davidson (109) in the district 2 meet.

The top four finishers in each event from all of the district meets advanced to the regional meet that began May 25 and concludes Friday, May 27, at Pickerington North.

The top four finishers in each regional event advance to the state meet June 3-4 at Ohio State.

While she felt nervous during the shot put competition, Anunike said she wasn't nervous for the discus.

"I thought to myself, 'I have one district title, so I'm OK with second,'" Anunike said with a laugh. "I went out there and threw like I normally throw. I didn't worry about positioning or anything. I just threw."

Liberty's Halee Wex was second in the discus (98-9).

The other first-place finisher for the Olentangy girls was Whitney Bice in the pole vault (10-0), while Brittney Simmons tied for second in the high jump (5-2). For the Braves boys, Joshua Perry finished first in the long jump (22-5 3/4).

• Orange sophomore Katelyn Daniels said she tried to envision placing first in the shot put in the district 3 meet, but she didn't think it would be possible to beat Reynoldsburg senior Donyelle Brown.

Brown placed fourth in the Division I state meet last year with a throw of 41-11 1/2 and was ranked first in the May 15 central Ohio honor roll (42-11 1/2).

But Daniels won the district title with a throw of 41-7, while Brown was second at 41-5 3/4.

"Donyelle is one of the top throwers in the state. I came into the meet thinking I was going to get second," Daniels said. "That's not the right attitude to have, so placing first was a nice surprise."

Daniels also won the high jump (5-0) and placed second in the discus (118-8) behind Brown (130-3).

Daniels is seeded first in the shot put for the regional meet.

"I look at it like this: there's always going to be someone coming into the meet who wants to take my spot," Daniels said. "I have to clearly change my attitude. I need to visualize myself doing what I want to do. That makes it a lot easier to compete."

•The day before the district meet, Liberty senior Joey Uhle had a poor practice in the pole vault. But the Air Force Academy recruit interpreted that as a good sign.

Uhle went on to break the state record by clearing 17-0 on May 21 while winning the Division I, district 2 title.

"Usually every time I have an off day, I have a good one right afterwards," Uhle said. "I've been battling ankle problems all season, but the run was just perfect."

In the past 14 months, Uhle, his twin brother, Chris, and Gahanna's Jake Blankenship have broken the state pole vault record. Blankenship owned the record for a week after clearing 16-10 in the OCC-Ohio Division meet on May 14.

All three of the pole vaulters competed in the same district meet. Blankenship was second (16-6) and Chris Uhle, the defending state champion, was third (16-0).

"We bring out the best in each other," Joey Uhle said. "It's like when you have two top sprinters in the same race and they push each other for better times. Having good competition helps me vault better, and with Chris and Jake, I always have good competition."

Chris Uhle captured the district title in the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 7.01 seconds. Grant Cartwright was second in the shot put (56-9) for the Patriots.