On the way to a Division I, district 3 runner-up finish May 21 at Hilliard Bradley, the Reynoldsburg High School girls track and field team earned the equivalent of blowout wins in each of the sprint relay races.

On the way to a Division I, district 3 runner-up finish May 21 at Hilliard Bradley, the Reynoldsburg High School girls track and field team earned the equivalent of blowout wins in each of the sprint relay races.

The one-second victory the Raiders earned in the 400-meter relay and the win by nearly five seconds in the 800 relay were the kind of victories sophomore Diamond Gause was expecting.

However, she believes there still is room for improvement in the 1,600 relay, even though the Raiders won the event by nearly nine seconds at district.

"I'm so confident in us because we work together so well," Gause said. "With the (400 relay and 800 relay), we've got that. The only one we really need to work on is the (1,600 relay). We've got a lot of work to do in that."

Gause and Kacia Grant both ran on all three relays. Gause added a fourth-place finish in the 200 (26.18 seconds) and Grant took third in the 100 (12.76).

The Raiders scored 116 points at district to place second of the 11 teams that scored, behind Dublin Scioto (139). The top four in each event moved on to the regional meet, which began May 25 and concludes Friday, May 27, at Pickerington North.

The top four in each event at regional qualify for the state meet June 3-4 at Ohio State.

Faith Washington won her third consecutive district titles in both the 100 hurdles (15.23) and 300 hurdles (43.65).

Destinee Gause won her third district title in a row in the 200 by running 24.3 and earned her second consecutive district championship in the 100 by running 12.04.

Destinee Gause also ran on the 400 relay (47.48) and 1,600 relay (3:56.14) and Washington ran on the 800 relay (1:41.77) and 1,600 relay.

Donyelle Brown, who won a district title in the shot put last year, finished first in the discus (130 feet, 3 inches) and second in the shot put (41-7).

Advancing on to regional with fourth-place finishes at district were Britany Anderson in the shot put (34-8) and Cherese Nimmons in the 400 (1:02.83).

Yamonie Jenkins, who rounded out the 800 and 1,600 relays, added a fifth-place finish in the long jump (15-7). The 3,200 relay placed eighth (10:55.56).

"Everybody that should have moved on did so," coach Denny Hammond said. "Donyelle had her (personal-best) in the discus and we ran some of our best times of the year. Destinee and Faith had big days. I've never seen either of them run a bad race."

•The boys team finished third (69) of the 15 teams that scored in the district 2 meet at Bradley, behind Hilliard Davidson (109) and Watkins Memorial (70).

Capturing titles were LaVonne Gauthney in the shot put (56-9), Tsehaye Hiluf in the 3,200 (9:33.08), Dominik Seitzer in the 1,600 (4:24.8) and the 3,200 relay of Hiruy Abraha, Hiluf, Peyton Radebaugh and Seitzer (8:06.26).

Gauthney's throw in the shot put was the farthest of any competitor in the three Division I district meets.

Seitzer added a second-place finish in the 800 (1:58.61), Abraha was runner-up in the 3,200 (9:34.04) and Gauthney was fourth in the discus (136-7).

Also scoring but failing to qualify for regional were Johnny Pace in the 200 (seventh, 24.14), Dionte Brown in the long jump (eighth, 20-0), the 400 relay (seventh, 44.63) and the 800 relay (sixth, 1:31.66).

"The boys team missed second place by one point," Hammond said. "Everybody stepped up. Dominik Seitzer won the mile and was second in the 800, and for a sophomore that's pretty impressive. Hiruy ran his best two-mile, Tsehaye had a great day and LaVonne Gauthney had a great day."