The Pickerington High School Central girls track and field team entered the 2011 season with seasoned athletes throughout its lineup.

The Pickerington High School Central girls track and field team entered the 2011 season with seasoned athletes throughout its lineup.

Seniors Jasmine Greene, Jalisa Jarrett and Jordan Robinson give the Tigers a trio of sprinters who have experience at the Division I state meet.

Then there's senior Allison Hammond, who tied for eighth in the pole vault (9 feet, 6 inches) at the Division I state indoor meet March 19 in Akron.

Combine that group with senior distance-runner Kaitlyn Meyer, a four-time regional qualifier in cross country and there are few areas in which Central has major question marks.

"It's been going great so far," coach Robb Hammond said. "We've got 14 seniors. All of them have been in our program all four years and we're happy that they've stuck it out. We've also got some young kids that we just don't know enough about yet who might contribute."

Last season, Greene and Jarrett competed at state for the third time and Robinson ran at state for the first time. Greene, Robinson and Jarrett ran on the 800 relay that was 11th (1 minute, 43.15 seconds) and on the 1,600 relay that finished 11th (3:57.49). Also at state, Jarrett was 10th in the 400 (57.47) and Greene was 13th in the 300 hurdles (45.89).

Senior Elizabeth England, who ran on the 400 relay at district, and Hammond, who ran on the 800 relay at district, could be other key sprinters. Other options include seniors Grace Calloway, Erica Gordon and Larresha Palmer and junior Kendal Richmond.

Senior Tionne Goodson, who competed at state last year on the 800 relay, is not back with the team. Kaitlin Peters, a 2010 graduate, ran on the 1,600 relay at state.

Joining Meyer in distance should be senior Annie Curie and juniors Emily Sharrett and Santele Smith.

Junior Mallory Wyrick should join Hammond in the pole vault. Richmond and Jarrett are expected to compete in the long jump, with senior Anna Ladipo and junior Ada Burley both throwing the shot put and discus.

Last season, the girls team finished third (127.5) in the OCC-Ohio Division meet behind champion Gahanna (171) and Reynoldsburg (135) and ahead of Pickerington North (85), Lancaster (59.5), Groveport (37), Newark (25) and Grove City (18).

The Tigers were second (113) of 14 teams at the Division I district 2 meet, which was won by Reynoldsburg (115). They then took fifth (35) of 37 teams that scored at regional as Reynoldsburg (95) won.

Christina Gagliardo, a 2010 graduate, won the pole vault (10-6) at the OCC-Ohio meet and was first at district (10-6) and second (11-3) at regional. She placed fifth at state (11-0) to score four points as the Tigers finished 49th of the 68 teams that scored, as Reynoldsburg (56) won.

"(Sprinting) was the strength of the team last year, but I think we have enough kids with 65 that we're going to be able to fill the holes as the season goes on," coach Hammond said. "Good things will happen if you work hard, and the girls are working hard."

•The boys team also should have a strong group of sprinters.

Seniors Michael Jamar-Brown and Kris Strange, juniors Roger Lewis and De'Vone Penick and freshman D'Aaron Williams all should compete in sprint relays. Strange has signed to play football at Eastern Michigan and Lewis has a football scholarship offer from Toledo.

Senior Grant Hammond is back in the pole vault. He placed eighth (14-0) at regional last year and took fourth (14-6) at the indoor state meet March 19.

Expected to contribute in the shot put and discus are seniors Aric Barker, Sidney Martell and David Stephens and junior Davion Bowers.

Last season while attending Reynoldsburg, Bowers finished seventh in the OCC-Ohio meet in the shot put (45-1/2) and fifth in the discus (140-10). He was third in the shot put (46-0) at district, and 11th (45-5 1/2) at regional.

Seniors Kenny Johnson and Nick Scarberry will be competing in the high jump and Strange and senior Speedy Hammond will be among those in the long jump.

Sophomore Trent Gemel will compete in the 400 and 800 and juniors Michael Gase and Brennan McCotter give the Tigers a pair of strong distance runners. McCotter was 12th in the 1,600 (4:42.93) at regional last season.

"We do have a good amount of sprinters, and our field events are up this year," said assistant coach Jake Kuhner, who is coaching pole vaulters and hurdlers. "We obviously have Grant Hammond back in the pole vault, and our discus and shot are looking a lot better."

The Tigers placed fifth (38) at the league meet last year behind champion Pickerington North (171), Lancaster (148), Gahanna (147) and Reynoldsburg (70.5) and ahead of Groveport (31.5), Newark (30) and Grove City (25).

They were 11th (28) of 16 teams at the district 3 meet, as Brookhaven (89) won.

Central tied for 34th (3) of the 40 teams that scored at regional as Gahanna (63) won the title.