The Westland High School boys and girls track and field teams entered the season with high hopes, but those hopes were dashed early by a rash of injuries which lingered throughout the season.

The Westland High School boys and girls track and field teams entered the season with high hopes, but those hopes were dashed early by a rash of injuries which lingered throughout the season.

The Cougars closed the season by competing in the Division I district 1 meet May 19 and 23 at Dublin Coffman. The boys team finished 14th (11 points) behind first-place Gahanna (123) and the girls were 14th (1) behind champion New Albany (108.50).

Randy Hall, who missed part of the season with a hamstring injury, led the boys, as he took fifth in the shot put (48 feet, 4 inches), just one place out of a regional qualifying spot. Kristin Draves finished eighth in the 1,600 meters for the girls team's lone point.

"There were a lot of personal records set at the district track meet and the good thing is we had just one senior, Beth Altfilisch, competing," coach Tim Eckard said. "We have most of our kids are coming back barring any moves to other districts."

Eckard called the opening Falcon Invitational at Fairfield Union on April 4 a highlight of the season. The boys took fourth (67.5) behind first-place Thornville Sheridan (114) and the girls were fifth (48) behind champion Sheridan (130).

"The kids performed their best at Fairfield Union," Eckard said. "We were healthy and it just went downhill from there with injuries and people quitting. It was a tough year from that regard."

Senior sprinter Allyson George was lost for part of the season with a hamstring injury. Kemekea Washington, another senior sprinter, was lost for most of the season with a hamstring injury and later left the team.

Hall, a junior captain, returned from the hamstring injury and earned honorable mention all-OCC-Central Division in the shot put.

"Randy is a major point-getter and is a good leader," Eckard said.

"I'm not too happy with my season," Hall said. "I thought I could have done a little better. As a team, I thought we could have done much better. We have a young team right now and I guess a lot of people need help with their events. They have to step up."

At the OCC-Central meet May 14 and May 16 at Upper Arlington, the boys finished eighth (15) behind Hilliard Darby (172), Hilliard Davidson (104.33), Coffman (85), Thomas Worthington (85), Worthington Kilbourne (77.33), UA (63) and Central Crossing (51.33). The girls were eighth (16) behind Davidson (166), Thomas (110), Darby (106.5), UA (89.5), Coffman (81.5), Central Crossing (56) and Kilbourne (36.5).

Allison Thomas (75 points) and Keith Carius (74) earned the Cougar Award for scoring the most points.

Dillon Barclay and George won the top sprinter awards, Carius and Draves were named the top distance runners, Kyle Hazlett and Thomas won the top field events awards, Abdi Omer and Draves earned the top rookie awards and Jonathan Bowen and Stephanie Pakes won the coaches awards.

"We were hampered with a lot of injuries this year," Eckard said. "It held back some of our kids and they were kind of weird injuries."

Eckard will look to replace seniors Altfilisch, Dave Blamo, Nino Dominguez, George, Dara Paxson and Nicole Reichart. Reichart is a foreign exchange student from Germany.

At a glance

•Finish: Boys -- Eighth in OCC-Central, 14th in district; Girls -- Eighth in OCC-Central, 14th in district

•Seniors lost: Boys -- Dave Blamo and Nino Dominguez; Girls -- Beth Altfilisch, Allyson George, Dara Paxson and Nicole Reichart

•Key returnees: Boys -- Chris Butcher, Keith Carius, Randy Hall, Zach Hall and Kyle Hazlett; Girls -- Kristin Draves, Stephanie Pakes and Allison Thomas