Davion Bowers of the Pickerington High School Central boys track and field team is on course to contend for a berth in the Division I state meet in both the shot put and discus.

Davion Bowers of the Pickerington High School Central boys track and field team is on course to contend for a berth in the Division I state meet in both the shot put and discus.

The senior finished 12th in the shot put (53 feet, 8 3/4 inches) at state last year and took fifth (54-2 1/4) in the indoor state meet March 17 at the University of Akron, but he's also taken a big step forward in the discus this spring.

Twice this season, including in the Gahanna Relays on April 18 when he and Alex Nichols combined to throw 310-10 and set a meet record, Bowers has thrown 161-3 in the discus.

"It's been going pretty well," Bowers said. "I've been throwing farther this year (in the discus) because I want to set the school record (181-4). I've been working a lot on technique and on a lot of strength training. I've gotten a lot stronger and (have added) a little bit more speed, too."

The Tigers' overall throwing depth could provide some thrilling moments over the coming weeks.

In the Gahanna Relays, Bowers was first in the shot put (50-11) and senior Nick Wilson was second (46-10 1/2).

Bowers then threw 54-2 but lost a duel with Reynoldsburg senior LaVonne Gauthney (55-1 1/4) in the shot put in the Wildcat Invitational on April 20 at Westerville South. Bowers placed third in the discus (153) in the same meet, behind Nichols (157-8) and Dublin Coffman's Tyler Brown (156-7).

In the discus, Bowers' top throw of 161-3 is ranked second in this week's area honor roll, and his toss of 54-2 in the shot put is ranked fifth. Nichols' throw of 157-8 in the discus is ranked sixth in the area.

Bowers, who is in his second season with the Tigers after transferring from Reynoldsburg, was a starter on the defensive line for the Central football team that was the Division I state runner-up last fall.

Bowers was 11th in the shot put (45-5 1/2) in the regional meet as a sophomore. Last season, he was first in the discus (152-8) and fourth in the shot put (46-6 1/4) in the district 3 meet before finishing 14th (127-7) in the discus and third (52-2) in the shot put at regional.

The group of throwers, along with Gemel Trent in the 400 meters, Max Barjona in the 100 and the 400 relay of Billy Eakins, Garrett Foster, Marcus Milton and Sebastian Smith, could be the Tigers' best hopes for postseason success.

"I think we'll come on late," coach Jason Roach said.

North boys pleased with start to season

The North boys squad is hoping to build on its performances in the Vandalia-Butler Invitational on April 14 and the Wildcat Invitational on April 20 at Westerville South.

The Panthers scored 82 points to win the 14-team Vandalia-Butler Invitational and placed third (103) in the eight-team Wildcat Invitational behind Dublin Coffman (155) and Pickerington Central (133).

Leading the way for the Panthers in the Vandalia-Butler Invitational was the 3,200 relay of Spencer Bentley, Austin Kilgore, Ryan Kronk and Sean Saffle that finished first (8:18.39).

Desmond Palmer also has been a standout, winning the 300 hurdles (38.85) and helping the 1,600 relay that also included Nick Gray, Jamie Hence and Godwin Igwebuike take first (3:23.36) in the Wildcat Invitational.

Palmer's best time in the 300 hurdles is 38.2, which ranks him first in this week's area honor roll.

His best run in the 110 hurdles of 14.43 ranks second in the area.

Also listed in the honor roll are Kyle Mushill in the discus (158-8, fourth), John Harris in the high jump (6-5, third), the 400 relay (43.31, seventh), the 1,600 relay (fifth, 3:23.36) and the 3,200 relay (8:03.37, third).

"Our times are better than last year," coach Dave Spring said. "The guys are right on track. We've just got a lot of depth and balance."

Central, North girls in honor roll

Senior Ada Burley of the Central girls team has turned in two of the area's best throws this season, as she is listed in this week's area honor roll in both the shot put (38-7 1/2, fifth) and discus (122-11, sixth).

Also on the list for the Tigers are sophomore Kylie Caudill in the high jump (5-2, tied for sixth), senior Kendal Richmond in the 100 hurdles (14.87, fifth) and the 1,600 relay (4:06.06, seventh).

Others who have been strong contributors according to coach Robb Hammond include senior Mallory Wyrick (pole vault), sophomores Elizabeth Weed (distance) and Shalon Conley (sprints) and freshman Madison Cheyunski (distance).

"We've just been running well as a team," Hammond said. "Kendal has been running really well in the hurdles."

Listed in this week's area honor roll for the Panthers girls are Jasmine Simmons, who was fourth (38-10) in the shot put, as well as Marie Hall and Rashelle Myers, who were tied with several others for sixth place in the high jump (5-2).