Before heading to the Division I district 1 track and field meet, Andy Cox had a simple strategy.

Before heading to the Division I district 1 track and field meet, Andy Cox had a simple strategy.

The Thomas Worthington High School boys coach wanted to get the most from his athletes, so he loaded the relays for the Cardinals with hopes of getting his most talented performers to the state meet.

The first stage of that tactic seemed to have paid off as all four relays advanced to the regional meet, which began last Wednesday and concludes Friday at Pickerington North. The top four finishers at regional qualify for the state meet on June 4-5 at Ohio State.

"We were going up against Gahanna and we knew we would have trouble winning, so I asked myself what areas did we have the best chance of reaching state," Cox said. "With that, we focused on relays, but we still have a big hurdle to clear this week to get there."

In the district 1 meet last Saturday at Dublin Coffman, the Cardinals finished seventh with 56 points, behind champion Gahanna (120).

Three of the relays had season-best times. The 800-meter relay of Alhaji Bah, Nana Kyeremeh, Armand Austin and Kevin Girgis won in 1 minute, 29.5 seconds, and the 1,600 relay of Madison Murphy, Austin, Bah and Kyeremeh was fourth in 3:22.02. Max Friedlander, Greg Highley, Dylan Metz and Murphy ran on the fourth-place 3,200 relay in 8:06.66.

The 400 relay of Girgis, Austin, Bah and Kyeremeh did not post its best time of the year, but finished second in 43.61.

"Each time we have run this season, we have continued to improve," Cox said. "If we continue to run our season-bests each time out, we should be all right.

"The (3,200 relay) is extremely tight and the (400 relay) is so fast. It's anyone's game.

"The (800 relay) is going be pretty close and we will have to focus on our handoffs and get the baton around to the finish line."

Last year, the Cardinals did not score at regional with Gahanna winning the team title with 81 points.

The girls finished third (100.5) in the 14-team Division I district 2 meet behind Reynoldsburg (115) and Pickerington Central (113), and ahead of fourth-place Mount Vernon (91).

"We had really good day and did as well as we could possibly do," coach Nancy Beattie said. "I was happy to be that close to Reynoldsburg and Pickerington Central. I thought the whole team did well, and I really thought it was great that we could get three girls out in field events."

Rachel Erb was second in the pole vault (9 feet, 6 inches) for the Cardinals. Madison Girardi and Chioma Ummunibuki tied for second (5-0) in the high jump.

Last year at regional, the Cardinals scored 18 points to place 14th out of 36 teams scoring, behind champion Reynoldsburg (113).

Kilbourne competed in the Division I district 3 meet last Saturday at Coffman.

The boys tied Westerville South for seventh (40), behind champion Brookhaven (89).

Brian Skura won the shot put (52-1 1/4) and discus (158-2). Cameron Green won the 200 in 22.52 and Weston Bridges was second in the 300 hurdles in 40.29.

Last year at regional, Skura finished sixth in both the shot put (51-10 1/4) and discus (157-8). Bridges was 14th (42.98) in the 300 hurdles.

Last year, Kilbourne tied for 32nd (6) with DeSales and New Albany as 42 teams scored at regional behind champion Gahanna (81).

The girls team finished 10th (14) out of 12 teams in district 3, behind champion Watkins Memorial (120.5). The Wolves had no regional qualifiers.