Senior Sam Colachis of the Upper Arlington High School boys track and field team might not have heard the end of it if he and junior Ben Kompa both hadn't qualified for the Division I regional meet in the discus.

Senior Sam Colachis of the Upper Arlington High School boys track and field team might not have heard the end of it if he and junior Ben Kompa both hadn't qualified for the Division I regional meet in the discus.

Colachis placed third in the district 3 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby with a personal-best throw of 158 feet, 2 inches and Kompa was fourth (147-8).

Also advancing to the regional meet that began May 23 and concludes Friday, May 25, at Pickerington North were senior Spencer Luallen in the shot put (49-1/2, third) and senior Tim Corrigan in the pole vault (12-9, fourth).

The top four finishers in each district event advanced to regional.

"I'm really excited about making it to regional," Colachis said. "It's also cool that my friend Ben over there got fourth place. We have this competitive thing going on and we give each other a hard time."

"We are kind of like brothers. We fight a lot," Kompa said. "We push each other. Every day in practice is a competition. It motivates me a lot to beat Sam and his goal is to beat me as well."

Colachis and Kompa were seeded sixth and ninth, respectively, at regional behind Olentangy Liberty's Grant Cartwright (175-5).

The top four finishers in each regional event advance to the state meet June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.

This marks the first time Colachis and Kompa have qualified for regional in the same season.

In 2010, Colachis placed 12th (122-2) at regional after Kompa failed to make it out of district. Last season, Kompa (138-5) edged Colachis (135-2) for the final regional berth at district and went on to finish 10th (131-10) at regional.

"It was interesting to be around so many good throwers (at regional)," said Kompa, whose personal best in the discus is 157-0. "At district, you get a little bit of that. But at the regional, everyone throws well. It's a different environment."

Colachis' previous season-high was 134-6, which he threw when he placed fourth in the OCC-Central Division held May 10 and 12 at Hilliard Davidson. His best throw at district came on his final attempt and he nearly fell backward and fouled after releasing the discus.

"I really didn't think I'd throw as far as I did. I got lucky," Colachis said. "A lot of times I will foul like that.

"We're actually very lucky. Most schools don't have two throwers who can throw like that. Without (Kompa), I don't think I'd be throwing this far."

The boys team scored 43 points in the 16-team district meet to finish seventh (43) behind champion Pickerington North (127.5).

Qualifying for regional for the girls team out of the district 3 meet were junior Natalie Bayer in the pole vault (9-0, third), freshman Erin Simko in the 1,600 meters (5 minutes, 23.67 seconds, fourth) and the 3,200 relay of freshman Hannah Peale, sophomore Betsy Trace, Simko and freshman Megan Brewer (9:40.23, second).

The girls team placed sixth (40) in the 16-team district behind champion Reynoldsburg (116.5).