Track & Field

Pickerington North wins third straight regional title

Columbus School for Girls, Columbus Academy earn Division III titiles

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The Pickerington High School North boys track and field team won its third consecutive Division I regional title May 28 and 30 at North.

The Panthers finished with 74 points, ahead of runner-up Westerville Central (52) as 37 teams scored.

The top four finishers in each event advance to state Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, at Ohio State.

Junior Nick Gray led North, winning the 100 meters (10.69 seconds), 400 (47.41), 200 (21.0) and joined Lucas Miller, Trey Browder and Jayvonta Tolliver in winning the 1,600 relay (3:17.76).

Gray’s effort in the 200 was a regional record.

North’s Dairius Ragland won the 300 hurdles (37.79) and was second (14.28) to Central’s Michael Bisaha (14.24) in the 110 hurdles.

“Nick Gray is a special athlete, so we’re all kind of jumping on his shoulders right now and going along for the ride,” North coach Dave Spring said. “Dairius Ragland had an outstanding day in the hurdles races. Dairius is coming on really strong and was a big part of today.”

Pickerington Central (75) won the girls title, finishing ahead of second-place Gahanna (69.5) as 41 teams scored.

Last season, Pickerington Central and Gahanna tied for the title each finishing with 55 points.

Pickerington Central’s Shalon Conley won the 100 (12.15) and Conley, Irene Skinner Cortisha Short and Tyler Williams won the 800 relay in a meet-record time of 1:39.28.

Skinner, Williams, Brionna Peppers and Nyari Herron won the 1,600 relay (3:50.52) to secure the title.

“We battled Gahanna all year and they gave it everything they had today and our girls did, too,” Pickerington Central coach Robb Hammond said. “It was kind of nice to see it come down to the (1,600 relay). That’s what track is about. It was a great team effort. The kids competed well and we’ve been pointing for this all year.”

Division III

The Columbus School for Girls and Columbus Academy boys track and field programs captured Division III regional championships May 28 and 30 at Fairfield Union.

Featuring titles by Eleanor Smith in the 400 meters (57.44) and by the 400 (50.07), 800 (1:46.48) and 1,600 (4:00.25) relays, CSG scored 70 points as Columbus Academy took second (57) and Africentric third (45).

Also advancing for the Unicorns were Smith in the 800 (second, 2:17.55), Cecilia Pesavento in the 100 hurdles (second, 16.15), Isabella Pesavento in the 400 (fourth, 59.47) and the 3,200 relay (fourth, 9:41.87).

Academy’s Julia Rizk won the 800 (2:15.92) and the 1,600 (5:08.36), teammate Jillian Woodard won the long jump (16 feet, 9 3/4 inches) and the Vikings’ 3,200 relay also was first (9:34.59). Africentric’s Kyrah Jones won the 100 (12.78) and 200 (25.81).

The Academy boys also scored 70 points to win their regional title, with Grandview taking second (59).

Jack Lint won the 110 hurdles (14.44), 300 hurdles (37.1) and the long jump (20-10 3/4) to lead the Vikings. Their 1,600 relay (fourth, 3:31.88) and 3,200 relay (second, 8:18.32) as well as Logan Baker in the 800 (second, 1:58.25), Mitchell Tuckerman in the 800 (fourth, 2:01.46) and Isaac Sheumaker in the discus (fourth, 47-5 1/2) also moved on.

Other area boys champions were Grandview’s Grant Varner in the shot put (53-3 1/4) and its 3,200 relay (8:15.79), Newark Catholic’s 400 relay (44.18) and Harvest Prep’s Richard Johnson in the 100 (11.24), 200 (22.51) and 400 (49.6) and its 1,600 relay (3:26.78).

— Jarrod Ulrey

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