Although the Reynoldsburg High School girls track and field team had its sights much higher than simply achieving success in the Division I district 3 meet, it was hard for the Raiders not to be excited with their performance last Saturday.

Although the Reynoldsburg High School girls track and field team had its sights much higher than simply achieving success in the Division I district 3 meet, it was hard for the Raiders not to be excited with their performance last Saturday.

Reynoldsburg scored 157 points to cruise to the championship at Dublin Coffman, with Watkins Memorial (98) a distant second. The Raiders, who have won four consecutive district titles, qualified at least one athlete to the regional in every running event except the 3,200.

The top four in each event advanced to the regional, which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Pickerington North. The top four there will advance to state June 5-6 at Ohio State.

Last season, when the Raiders went on to finish second in the state, they scored only 135 points at the district level.

"Overall, there wasn't anybody that we thought would make it that didn't," coach Denny Hammond said. "Everybody stepped up and ran well. That was as good a team performance as you're going to get."

The 1,600-meter relay of Faith Washington, Destinee Gause, Azia Walker and Taneisha Cordell won in 3 minutes, 46.83 seconds, more than 15 seconds ahead of second-place Northland (4:01.88).

The state record is 3:45.89, set last year by Cincinnati Walnut Hills. Gause said she believes that record is within reach, especially since the Raiders had no competition after the first lap last Saturday.

"In order for me to run my best, I have to have someone to catch," Gause said. "I'm not used to running by myself, so it's hard for me to do that."

The 3,200 relay of Loni Marchello, Melanie Marx, Dani Watson and Cordell had some competition from Upper Arlington but still won in 9:32.71. That was a season-best by five seconds. Abby Timblin, Ashley Phillips, Kacia Grant and Gause won the 400 relay (48.72) and Gause, Washington, Grant and Walker won the 800 relay (1:40.33).

Including individual wins, Gause and Washington won four events. Gause won the 200 (24.67) and Washington won the 100 hurdles (15.36) and 300 hurdles (44.1).

Cordell also won the 800 (personal-best 2:13.13) and Walker won the 400 (55.59).

Melissa Dodaro, the defending state champion in the discus, won that event (140 feet) and the shot put (41-4 1/4).

•The boys team had some impressive individual performances but could not catch Big Walnut for the district 3 title.

The Raiders scored 99 points to finish second behind the Eagles (107).The second-place finish snapped a string of eight consecutive titles.

For a second consecutive week, Daryl Murphy played a major role as he ran four events. At district, he had two wins, one second place and one third place.

"It was Daryl, Daryl and more Daryl," Hammond said.

Murphy easily won the 1,600 in 4:17.44. He also ran on the winning 3,200 relay (7:58.89) with Calvin Garza, Lamar Booker and Jake Wilson.

Murphy was second in the 800 (1:55.28) and ran on the third-place 1,600 relay (3:23.26) with Julius Greer, Booker and Ken Fisher.

Garza finished second in the 1,600 (4:25.48) and Wilson reached the regional for the first time by taking third in the 800 (1:57.45). Garza ran more than three laps of the 1,600 with one shoe after the other was knocked off early on.

"He ran with one shoe on, one shoe off, and the track's probably 100-some degrees," Hammond said. "That's awfully impressive, without a doubt."

Huss Trowery won the shot put (54-1 1/4).

Fisher was third in the 400 (49.55), fourth in the 200 (22.69) and third in the long jump (20-11). Tsehaye Hiluf was fourth in the 3,200 (9:55.45).

•ALSO -- Phillips became the third athlete from the girls team to sign with a Division I college as she committed to Toledo on May 19. She joins fellow seniors Dodaro (Ball State) and Timia Ingram (Bowling Green).

Phillips is a three-time all-state performer on the sprint relays and is gunning for her first individual state appearance this season. She was second in the 100 at district (12.58).

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 -- Daryl Murphy: 1,600 (first, 4:17.44), 800 (second, 1:55.28); Calvin Garza (second, 4:25.48); Ken Fisher: 400 (third, 49.55), 200 (fourth, 22.69), long jump (third, 20-11); Jake Wilson: 800 (third, 1:57.45); Tsehaye Hiluf: 3,200 (fourth, 9:55.45); Huss Trowery: shot put (54-1 1/4); 3,200 relay: Calvin Garza, Lamar Booker, Jake Wilson, Daryl Murphy (first, 7:58.89); 400 relay: Devon Penick, Keon Lee, Stanley Peterson, Talion Grace (fourth, 43.63); 1,600 relay: Julius Greer, Fisher, Booker, Murphy (third, 3:23.26); Girls -- Faith Washington: 100 hurdles (first, 15.36), 300 hurdles (first, 44.1); Ashley Phillips:

100 (second, 12.58); Loni Marchello: 1,600 (third, 5:18.8); Dani Watson: 1,600 (5:19.98); Azia Walker: 400 (first, 55.59); Leah Sasfy: 300 hurdles (fourth, 47.99); Taneisha Cordell: 800 (first, 2:13.13); Melanie Marx: 800 (second, 2:18.63); Destinee Gause: 200 (first, 24.67); Melissa Dodaro: discus (first, 140-0), shot put (first, 41-4 1/4); Alicia Rodgers: discus (third, 109-6); Donyelle Brown: shot put (second, 37-10); 3,200 relay: Marchello, Marx, Watson, Cordell (first, 9:32.71); 800 relay: Gause, Washington, Kacia Grant, Walker (first, 1:40.33); 400 relay: Abby Timblin, Phillips, Grant, Gause (first, 48.72); 1,600 relay: Washington, Gause, Walker, Cordell (first, 3:46.83)