At the Division I state track and field meet June 5-6, the Reynoldsburg High School boys track and field team made a statement about the level of talent they had at the top end of their roster.

At the Division I state track and field meet June 5-6, the Reynoldsburg High School boys track and field team made a statement about the level of talent they had at the top end of their roster.

Reynoldsburg scored in three of six events, including one runner-up finish, and they finished with 14 points to place 14th.

The Raiders couldn't contend with Gahanna, which rolled up 48 points to win the state title. Coach Denny Hammond certainly took note of Gahanna's performance at state, but he realized what it meant, in turn, about his Reynoldsburg team.

Just three weeks earlier, Reynoldsburg topped Gahanna at the OCC-Ohio Division meet on May 16. It was the ninth consecutive conference title for the Raiders, but few along the way have held the significance of this one. Combined with the solid results during the postseason, and Hammond was pleased with the way the season played out.

"You start talking about district runner-up, regional runner-up, the fact that we're the OCC champ and we beat the state champion," Hammond said. "They all add up to be a really successful season."

At state, senior Daryl Murphy had the team's top individual finish, placing fourth in the 1,600 meters in a program-record 4 minutes, 13.23 seconds.

Junior Ken Fisher also scored, placing eighth in the 400 (50.41).

Murphy also ran on the 3,200 relay with seniors Calvin Garza and Jake Wilson and junior Lamar Booker. For a second consecutive season, the relay finished second, this time in a program-record 7:43.69.

"I thought we could win it," Murphy said of the relay. "We got runner-up, though, which is good. Not too many people really expected us to do that."

Also competing at state were Huss Trowery in the shot put (10th, 52 feet, 1/4 inch), Garza in the 1,600 (15th, 4:31.92) and Fisher in the 200 (14th, 22.96).

At regional, which ended May 29, Reynoldsburg improved one spot from last year to place second (48) to Gahanna (81).

The week before, the Raiders had their streak of eight consecutive district titles snapped as they placed second at the district 3 meet, scoring 99 points to finish behind Big Walnut (107).

The Raiders had their best all-around performance at the OCC-Ohio meet. Reynoldsburg trailed Gahanna before the final three events, in which Reynoldsburg scored 17 points to move into first. The Raiders finished with 144 points, ahead of Gahanna (134.5). Pickerington North was third (125.5), followed by Pickerington Central (82.5), Groveport (70), Lancaster (44), Grove City (39) and Newark (19.5).

Next season, the Raiders likely will lean on their sprinters as most of their top distance runners and throwers were seniors. Murphy and Garza have been major contributors the past two seasons, and Wilson had a breakout year, taking sixth at regional in the 800 (1:58.34). Trowery also won the OCC title (53-11 3/4).

Julius Greer was the only other senior to compete at regional, running on the 1,600 relay that was third at district (3:23.26).

Next season, Fisher will lead a young group of sprinters that includes sophomores Talion Grace and Stanley Peterson and freshman Keon Lee and Devon Penick. Grace, Peterson, Lee and Penick ran on the 400 relay that was ninth at regional (43.7).

Booker will be the team's top returning middle distance runner, as he ran on the 3,200 relay and the 1,600 relay in the postseason.

Sophomore Brandon Garza is expected to be the top thrower next season after finishing fifth at district in the shot put (46-6).

At a glance

•Finishes: First in OCC-Ohio, first at district, first at regional, first at state

•Seniors lost: Melissa Dodaro, Timia Ingram, Melanie Marx, Kristen Mason, Ashley Phillips, Leah Sasfy, Abby Timblin and Rachel Timblin

•Key returnees: Donyelle Brown, Taneisha Cordell, Destinee Gause, Kacia Grant, Loni Marchello, Alicia Rodgers, Azia Walker, Faith Washington and Dani Watson

At a glance

•Finishes: First in OCC-Ohio, second at district, second at regional, 14th at state

•Seniors lost: Calvin Garza, Julius Greer, Daryl Murphy, Boyce Richardson, Huss Trowery and Jake Wilson

•Key returnees: Lamar Booker, Ken Fisher, Talion Grace, Tsehaye Hiluf, Keon Lee, Devon Penick and Stanley Peterson