Many athletes for the Westerville North High School boys and girls track and field teams saw their seasons come to an end last Saturday in the Division I district 1 meet at Dublin Coffman.

Many athletes for the Westerville North High School boys and girls track and field teams saw their seasons come to an end last Saturday in the Division I district 1 meet at Dublin Coffman.

Only two boys, Patrick McCormack and Justin Brewton, managed to qualify to the regional, but coach Johnny Jackson still was pleased with the Warriors' showing. The boys team scored 27 points to place ninth behind champion Gahanna (142.5) and the girls team scored 12 points to finish 12th behind champion Pickerington Central (128.5).

"I think we had a pretty hard district, but it went pretty well with the size of our team and the makeup of our team," Jackson said. "We're pretty young, so I thought we did well. I thought we did better at the district than in the (OCC-Buckeye Division meet May 17)."

Brewton was second in the 400 meters, finishing in 49.86 seconds as behind Dublin Scioto's Thomas Murdaugh won in 47.79.

Brewton also competed in the 100 and 200 and was on the 1,600 relay. He helped the Warriors score in all three events. In the 100, Brewton placed sixth (11.43) behind champion Blake Heriot (10.67) of Gahanna and in the 200 he was eighth (23.33) behind Heriot (21.57).

Zach Gray, Travis Burtch and Aarion Moody joined Brewton on the 1,600 relay, which was seventh in 3:33.71.

"I felt I did really well in the 400, but I thought I should have done better in the 200," Brewton said. "I was expecting to move on to regional in the 400 and 200, but it didn't work out. It will give me motivation for next year."

"The 200 is Justin's favorite and he loves the 100, but if you ask him if he likes the 400, he'll say no," Jackson said. "But he always lines up and (sets personal records) every week in it. In the (OCC meet), he (had personal-bests) two times in a row. I told him before his race at district everything he had to do and he executed it to a tee."

McCormack qualified to regional in the 1,600 by finishing third in 4:23.82. He finished behind Gahanna's Chase Beckmann (4:23.25) and Thomas Worthington's Jarrett Cowgill (4:23.69).

McCormack also competed in the 3,200 and was a member of the 3,200 relay, joining Gray, Brian Hanaford and Jeff Hanaford to finish sixth in 8:22.66. He ran a 10:10 in the 3,200 and did not place.

"Until a week before the meet, we didn't know which race would be Patrick's strongest," Jackson said. "He had a decent 3,200 time in the Wildcat Invitational but had nobody to push him. If I looked at it last year, I would've said that easily his best race was the 3,200. But this year with some new conditioning and strength training, he really developed a lot of speed. We let him choose which event to focus on and he chose right. He set a seven-second personal record in the 1,600 and just had nothing left for the 3,200."

Last Wednesday, Brewton and McCormack competed in preliminaries in the regional at Hilliard Davidson. The finals are Friday, with the top four in every event advancing to state June 6-7 at Ohio State.

Last year at regional, Brewton was on the 1,600 relay that finished 10th (3:27.46) and did not advance to the finals.

Jackson was happy with the district effort of the Warriors.

"It's very important to finish on a strong note," Jackson said. "I always give a speech or a talk when getting off the bus. (After district) I told them to make every step count because it might be your last. If this is your last race, make sure you end on a good note and they did that.

"I also told them not to leave the track with any regrets and to know that they gave it their all. All the kids felt so good about the way they performed and they were happy with it. They ended the season well and I was happy with that."