During a meet in which Katelyn Daniels of the Olentangy Orange High School girls track and field team said she wasn't at her best, she still was one of the state's best in the shot put and discus.

During a meet in which Katelyn Daniels of the Olentangy Orange High School girls track and field team said she wasn't at her best, she still was one of the state's best in the shot put and discus.

Daniels won championships in the shot put (45 feet, 3 1/2 inches) and discus (134-6) in the Division I regional held May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North.

The senior is seeded second in the shot put and fourth in the discus for the state meet Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, at Ohio State.

"I didn't feel like I performed that great (at regional)," said Daniels, who placed seventh in both the discus (131-8) and shot put (42-4) at state last year. "My goal is to win and (to do that) I need to have a really good day. I'll see how everyone else does and hope for the best."

The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to state, and Daniels was one of six individual qualifiers from Orange, Liberty and Olentangy. Her teammate, junior Hannah Hartzell, moved on by finishing third in the 3,200 meters (11 minutes, 18.57 seconds).

For the Olentangy girls, senior Whitney Bice finished first in the pole vault (11-5) and freshman Emily Ginter was second in the high jump (5-2). The Liberty boys also had two qualifiers in junior Grant Cartwright in the discus (first, 174-6) and sophomore Andrew Johnston in the 3,200 (fourth, 9:24.97).

In the boys regional meet, Liberty placed 12th (23), Olentangy tied Franklin Heights and Walnut Ridge for 28th (4) and Orange was 38th (.5) behind champion Pickerington North (60).

In the girls meet, Orange tied Dublin Jerome and Gahanna for seventh (27), Olentangy was 12th (21) and Liberty tied Franklin Heights, Hilliard Bradley and Whetstone for 40th (1) behind champion Reynoldsburg (77).

Orange's Hartzell to make state debut

Hartzell will be making her state-meet debut and is seeded 13th in the girls 3,200 behind Rocky River's Elyse Bierut (10:47.59).

To do well, Hartzell said she must avoid getting "boxed in." In the state indoor meet March 17 at the University of Akron, she placed second in the 3,200 (11:04.75) behind Alexa Aughenbaugh of Toledo Notre Dame Academy (11:02.55).

"There are going to be a lot of girls there and the worst thing you can do is allow yourself to get boxed in," Hartzell said. "I have to work on my pacing. I had a great race (at regional), but I didn't have enough left (at the end). My legs weren't feeling it today."

Also advancing for the Pioneers was Daniels, who is seeded behind Cincinnati Withrow's D'Monami Gardner (45-10) in the shot put. In the discus, Daniels is seeded behind Cincinnati Walnut Hills' Chelsea Carpenter (136-8), Solon's Alexis Gray (135-2) and Oregon Clay's Nicole Breeden (134-11).

Liberty's Johnston has distance pedigree

Johnston is one of three sophomores who will be competing in the boys 3,200. He is seeded 10th behind Reynoldsburg's Tsehaye Hiluf, who won the regional title in a meet-record 9:13.54, the state's fastest regional time.

Johnston enters state after placing seventh (15:31.94) in state cross country last fall.

"(The state cross country experience) helps tremendously," he said. "Everyone who does (distance running in track also) does cross country. You know how everyone races."

Cartwright also will be competing at state after placing seventh (161-1) in the discus last year. He is seeded eighth behind Mount Orab Western Brown's Mack Tudor (190-5).

Olentangy's Bice playing catch-up

For most of this season, Bice has vaulted about a foot higher than her closest competition. But at state, she is seeded fifth in the pole vault behind Uniontown Green's Morgan Este (12-5), Fairfield's Danielle Harding (12-1), Avon Lake's Christine Bohan (11-9) and Bowling Green's Maria Horrigan (11-6).

"The hardest thing is going to be having so many girls there who are so good," Bice said. "I know a lot of these girls around here and what they can do, but at the state meet, there are going to be so many girls there I don't know."

Also for the Braves, Ginter will compete in the high jump. Her height of 5-2 at regional was second best in central Ohio.