The Pickerington High School Central girls track and field team prides itself on having as much depth as any program in central Ohio.

The Pickerington High School Central girls track and field team prides itself on having as much depth as any program in central Ohio.

That might never have been more evident this season than in the Division I, district 2 meet that concluded May 21 at Hilliard Bradley.

In all but the high jump and the 3,200 meters, Central placed among the top four as it qualified 10 individuals and all four relays to the regional, which began May 25 and concludes Friday, May 27, at Pickerington North.

It added up to the district title, as Central finished first of 12 teams that scored with 126 points while Watkins Memorial was second (107).

"We won by a pretty good margin," coach Robb Hammond said. "It was just kind of like the (OCC-Ohio Division title we won May 14).

"The girls stepped it up when the competition was there. We'll have a good contingent of girls running (at regional)."

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

Capturing district titles were Ada Burley in the shot put, Jasmine Greene in the 300 hurdles and the 800 and 1,600 relays.

The Tigers also showed a propensity for performing in the clutch.

In finals races or events, Central only settled for a fifth- through eighth-place finish four times.

Expected to compete in four regional events was Elizabeth England, who qualified in the 100 and 200 and on the 400 and 800 relays. Greene also was expected to run on the 800 and 1,600 relays in addition to her individual event, and Jalisa Jarrett qualified in the 400 and on the 800 and 1,600 relays.

Kendal Richmond advanced in the 100 hurdles and the long jump, and on the 400 relay.

The Central boys finished fifth (70.67) of 14 teams that scored in the district 3 meet at Bradley won by Dublin Coffman (116.5).

Davion Bowers led the Tigers by placing first in the discus and fourth in the shot put.

Grant Hammond finished as runner-up in the pole vault and also competed on the fourth-place 1,600 relay with Vince Pritchard, Nick Scarberry and Gemel Trent.

Trent added a third-place finish in the 400 and Kenny Johnson and Nick Scarberry both qualified in the high jump, while David Stephens advanced in the shot put.

Pritchard was a late addition to the 1,600 relay in place of Roger Lewis, who was out with an injury. Coach Jason Roach was hoping to have Lewis back for regional.

Sprinter Billy Eakins also was unable to compete at district because of injury.

•The North boys and girls teams each earned district runner-up finishes and qualified large contingents to regional.

The girls finished second (108) of 13 teams that scored in the district 4 meet at Hamilton Township won by Hilliard Davidson (110).

Zena Kolliesuah advanced to regional by capturing district titles in both the 200 and 400.

Two of the busier Panthers at regional were expected to be Julianne Ballog and Bria Booker.

Ballog tied for third in the pole vault, added a fourth-place finish in the 800 and ran on the 3,200 relay that was second at district.

Booker was third at district in the long jump and also competed on the 400 and 800 relays that advanced to regional.

Kristen Eisenhauer ran a personal-best 5 minutes, 9.58 seconds in the 1,600, breaking the school record and placing second at district.

The Panthers placed fifth in five events.

"I was pretty confident about the pole vault, but not really in my racing because it's my first year running," Ballog said. "I definitely ran better than I ever have before. I believe our (3,200 relay) has a shot (to advance to state) and I definitely have to focus a lot on the pole vault because it's going to be a tough regional. I'm hoping to make it out since it's my senior year."

The boys team finished second (78.5) of 16 teams that scored in district 1 at Bradley as Thomas Worthington (87) captured the title.

Michael Ballentine won the high jump, was fourth in the long jump and ran on the 400 relay that placed second.

Pat Elflein captured the shot put title and Spencer Bentley (800) and Kyle Mushill (discus) also advanced.

The 1,600 relay added a fourth-place finish to advance.

The Panthers placed fifth in four events and sixth through eighth in five others. Desmond Palmer had the second fastest preliminary time in the 300 hurdles but got disqualified from the final.

"It was definitely our depth that helped us (place second as a team)," Ballentine said. "Most people don't have the depth that we have."