It wasn't an ideal performance from the Reynoldsburg High School boys and girls track and field teams in the Division I district 3 meets concluding last Saturday at Dublin Coffman, but as usual, the Raiders had enough firepower to take home another couple of championships.

It wasn't an ideal performance from the Reynoldsburg High School boys and girls track and field teams in the Division I district 3 meets concluding last Saturday at Dublin Coffman, but as usual, the Raiders had enough firepower to take home another couple of championships.

The boys team won its eighth district title in a row, and the girls team earned its third consecutive.

Still, coach Denny Hammond hopes his team can be a bit sharper at the regional, which began last Wednesday and will concluded Friday at Hilliard Davidson. The top four in each event at district qualified to the regional, and the top four there will advance to state June 6-7 at Ohio State.

"We made a lot of mistakes, a lot of mental errors, a lot of things that are unReynoldsburg-like," Hammond said. "We'll have to fix those. We had some people who stepped up and some people who didn't."

The boys team had little competition at the top, finishing with 126 points, well ahead of second-place Worthington Kilbourne (80). The girls scored 135 point but had a somewhat unexpected challenge from Pickerington North (120.33).

At the regional meet last season, the boys were second with 52 points behind Gahanna (59.5), and the girls were fourth (52) as Gahanna won (65.5).

The boys advanced a total of 13 athletes to the regional and qualified in all four relays. Despite being sick most of the week, Mike Knisley advanced in four events and had an individual district title in the 800 meters (1 minute, 54.96 seconds). He also ran with Daryl Murphy, Ben Humphrey and Calvin Garza on the winning 3,200 relay (7:55.6), and he qualified in the high jump (fourth, 6 feet, 2 inches) and as part of the 1,600 relay (second, 3:25.0) with Tashod Peterson, Julius Greer and Humphrey.

Humphrey had to step in on the 1,600 relay in the final when Shelby Porras, normally the anchor, could not run. The 1,600 relay capped an impressive day for the Humphrey, who also qualified individually in the 800 (1:57.21).

"It kind of tests you out mentally," Humphrey said. "But you've got to do it for your team. It's all about team sacrifice."

David Franklin won a district title in the 110 hurdles (14.61) and also qualified with a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles (39.04). The Raiders' other district title came in the 400 relay as Tieran Bonner, Jay R. Taylor, Troy Webster and Paul Harris won in 42.64. Harris was third in the 100 (10.99), followed by Bonner (11.0). Harris, Bonner and Taylor also ran on the 800 relay that was third (1:30.02).

Porras advanced in two events, as he was second in the 400 (50.33) and second in the high jump (6-2). Peterson was second in the long jump (21-0 1/4), and Huss Trowery was third in the shot put (52-8 1/2).

The girls team, which had a total of 14 athletes advance to the regional, had a balanced team effort but again was led by its throwers as the Raiders took first and second in the shot put and discus.

Melissa Dodaro won district titles in both events, throwing 130-8 in the discus and 41-1 1/2 in the shot put. Donyelle Brown was second in the shot put (39-6 1/2) and Lauren Sloan was second in the discus at 121-4.

Ashley Phillips, Timia Ingram, Azia Walker and Taneisha Cordell won the 800 relay (1:41.27). Ingram also qualified in the 100 (second,12.12) and 200 (second, 25.16), and was part of the third-place 400 relay (50.02) with Abby Timblin, Rachel Timblin and Kalyn Daniel.

Cordell won the 800 (2:16.26) and Walker won the 400 (58.08).

Walker, Cordell, Daniel and Melanie Marx won the 1,600 relay (3:59.51) and Marx was third in the 800 (2:21.7). In the 3,200 relay, Walker, Marx, Loni Marchello and Cordell were first (9:37.89).

Dani Watson was fourth in 1,600 (5:23.53) and Leah Sasfy was fourth in the 300 hurdles (47.54).

"Overall, I think we ran well considering it was the first time we had run in the heat," Marx said. "We tried to stay out of the sun to keep our energy, so overall, I think we did pretty good. We're going to have to bring it next week at regional."

At a glance

Below are regional qualifiers for the Reynoldsburg boys and girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:

BOYS -- Tieran Bonner: 100 (fourth, 11.0); David Franklin: 110 hurdles (first, 14.61), 300 hurdles (second, 39.04); Paul Harris: 100 (third, 10.99); Ben Humphrey: 800 (fourth, 1:57.21); Mike Knisley: 800 (first, 1:54.96), high jump (fourth, 6-2); Tashod Peterson: long jump (second, 21-0 1/4); Shelby Porras: 400 (second, 50.33), high jump (second, 6-2); Huss Trowery: shot put (52-8 1/2); 1,600 relay: Peterson, Julius Greer, Knisley, Humphrey (second, 3:25.0); 3,200 relay: Daryl Murphy, Humphrey, Calvin Garza, Knisley (first, 7:55.6); 400 relay: Bonner, Jay R. Taylor, Troy Webster, Harris (first, 42.64); 800 relay: Webster, Harris, Bonner, Taylor (third, 1:30.02)

GIRLS -- Donyelle Brown: shot put (39-6 1/2); Taneisha Cordell: 800 (first, 2:16.26); Melissa Dodaro: discus (first, 130-8), shot put (first, 41-1 1/2); Timia Ingram: 100 (second, 12.12), 200 (second, 25.16); Melanie Marx: 800 (third, 2:21.7); Lauren Sloan: discus (second, 121-4); Azia Walker: 400 (first, 58.08); Leah Sasfy: 300 hurdles (fourth, 47.54); Dani Watson: 1,600 (fourth, 5:23.53); 1,600 relay: Walker, Cordell, Kalyn Daniel, Marx (first, 3:59.51); 3,200 relay: Walker, Marx, Loni Marchello, Cordell (first, 9:37.89); 400 relay: Abby Timblin, Ingram, Rachel Timblin, Daniel (third, 50.02); 800 relay: Ashley Phillips, Ingram, Walker, Cordell (first, 1:41.27)