The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls track and field team is off to a positive start.

The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls track and field team is off to a positive start.

The Wolves finished eighth of 14 teams last Saturday in the Icebreaker Invitational at Watkins Memorial with 42 points, behind champion Gahanna (143).

"We only scored 20 points in that meet last year, so we more than doubled that, which is a pretty good thing," third-year coach Chip Seely said. "We have 12 returning letterwinners, with seven of them being seniors. And we also have 17 freshmen out, which is a boost to the program."

All four relays placed for the Wolves. The 1,600-meter relay of freshman Taylor Hill and seniors Taylor Luke, Rachael Colby and Christine Miller placed second in 4 minutes, 25.4 seconds. The 400 relay of Hill, freshmen Allison Hooley and Allissa Riebel and junior Courtney Green also was second (54.14).

The 800 relay of sophomore Erica Rodriguez, Luke, Green and Miller was third (1:52.39) and the 3,200 relay of junior Danielle Kaufman, Colby, senior Kristin Black and Miller was sixth (11:11.8).

Green did not run last season but as a freshman won the 100 in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet and was a regional qualifier in the same event. Last Saturday, she was fourth (13.47) in the 100.

"It's always good to get someone back who is an OCC champion and a regional qualifier," Seely said. "We have her back and several of our 17 freshmen competed in the opening meet."

Hill was fourth (1:04.14) in the 400 and Luke, a three-year letterwinner and a regional qualifier last season, was fifth (28.11) in the 200. Last spring, Luke finished ninth (26.48) in the 200 at the regional at Pickerington North.

Last Saturday, senior Meredith Lapp was sixth (13:05.7) in the 3,200.

Other returning letterwinners include seniors Stephanie DiBartola (middle distance), Elizabeth Martin (distance) and Amanda Siroskey (throws), juniors Darby McMullen (high jump) and Grace Wesner (distance) and sophomore Jennifer Keller (throws).

"Kristin Black and Taylor Luke are our captains, and we're getting great leadership from them," said Seely, whose team competes Tuesday at home in a dual with Hilliard Darby. "Definitely, our sprinters and our distance runners are our strength. Once the weather gets better, we can start getting our jumpers and other field competitors working more."

Last year in the OCC-Central meet, Kilbourne finished seventh (36.5), behind Hilliard Davidson (166), Thomas Worthington (110), Darby (106.5), Upper Arlington (89.5), Dublin Coffman (81.5) and Central Crossing (56) and ahead of Westland (16).

•The boys team finished sixth of 14 teams last Saturday with 53.5 points, behind champion Watkins Memorial (177).

Senior Brian Skura led the way by finishing second in both the shot put (50 feet, 2 1/2 inches) and discus (151-4). Senior Weston Bridges was second in the 300 hurdles (41.9).

Sophomore Scott Weiss was fourth (11:09.1) in the 3,200 and senior Stan Lange was fifth (56.1) in the 400. First-year senior Cameron Green was sixth (11.77) in the 100.

The 800 relay of senior Chris Coury, Lange, senior Tyler Hooley and Bridges was third (1:36.54) and the 1,600 relay of seniors Eric Clemens, Stephen Batchelder and Tom Green and Bridges was fifth (3:43.8).

"Brian Skura was second in both the shot and discus and Weston was really attacking the hurdles and was second in the 300 (hurdles)," seventh-year coach Todd Deisher said. "There was some good talent at Watkins (Memorial) and it was a good to see us open up well against that kind of competition."

Also back is senior pole-vaulter Aaron Sass and junior distance runner Ethan Dixius.

"In the field events, we should be stout in the pole vault and throws and we expect Weston to be one of the top 300 hurdlers in the area," Deisher said. "We're going to have a couple people who are competitive in every event. We're pretty well spread out as far as strengths and we have some pretty good distance runners. We might not have a premier person in one event, but we should be pretty solid as a team."

Last year at regional, Skura was sixth in both the discus (157-8) and shot put (51-10 1/4) and Bridges was 14th (42.9) in the 300 hurdles, as the Wolves scored six points to tie DeSales, Marysville and New Albany for 32nd behind champion Gahanna (81), with 42 teams scoring.

"One thing we could always have is more sprinters," Deisher said. "We could always use more sprinters since 13 of the 17 events are sprint-related. We do have a few holes, but that can be a good thing because it will give the younger kids an opportunity to compete and get some experience."

The Wolves finished fifth (77.3) in the OCC-Central meet last year, behind Darby (172), Davidson (104.3), Coffman (85) and Thomas (85) and ahead of UA (63.5), Central Crossing (51.3) and Westland (15).


At a glance

Coaches: Boys -- Todd Deisher, seventh season; Girls -- Chip Seely, third season Next meet: Tuesday vs. Hilliard Darby Key athletes: Boys -- Weston Bridges, Eric Clemens, Chris Coury, Tim Green, Stan Lange, Brian Skura and Scott Weiss; Girls -- Kristin Black, Rachael Colby, Courtney Green, Taylor Hill, Meredith Lapp, Taylor Luke and Christine Miller SCHEDULE March 27 at Watkins Memorial Icebreaker Meet *April 6 vs. Hilliard Darby April 9 at Hilliard Darby Panther Invitational *April 13 at Upper Arlington April 17 at Dublin Coffman Invitational *April 20 at Westland April 23 at Lancaster Fulton Relays *April 27 at Hilliard Davidson May 1 at Thomas Worthington Gary Smith Invitational *May 4 vs. Central Crossing May 13, 15 at OCC-Central meet (Central Crossing)

*OCC-Central meet