Led by its sprinters and hurdlers, the Westerville South High School boys track and field team took second place in the Division I district 2 meet that concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman. The Wildcats scored 73.5 points to finish behind Hilliard Darby (109.5).

Led by its sprinters and hurdlers, the Westerville South High School boys track and field team took second place in the Division I district 2 meet that concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman. The Wildcats scored 73.5 points to finish behind Hilliard Darby (109.5).

Sprinters Ryan Barber, Jedidiah Adarquah, Brent Carter, Jordan Hardgrow, Tony Palmer advanced to the regional, which began last Wednesday at Hilliard Davidson and concludes Friday. They were joined by hurdler Chase Marburger and thrower Ricky Harris.

"I thought the guys did fantastic," coach Jim Gaul said. "We actually finished many of the races where I thought we would."

Barber won both the 100 meters (11.0 seconds) and 400 (48.87) and anchored the winning 1,600 relay (3:21.15).

Barber did not compete in the 200, allowing him to focus more on the other events and save more energy.

"Right now he's just running great," Gaul said. "His focus is running a technical race. Our goal as a coaching staff is just for him to continue to qualify, but he's not going to be happy unless he wins."

Joining Barber on the 1,600 relay were Carter, Hardgrow and Marburger.

"I think it's a real solid lineup," Gaul said. "I think they're going to hit 3:20 (at regional)."

"That was a really good race for us," Barber said of the 1,600 relay. "Everybody ran hard and we just came out determined."

Adarquah was second (11.17) to Barber in the 100. Hilliard Darby's Jeremy Ebert beat Barber and Adarquah in the semis, but pulled out of the finals because of a hamstring injury.

The 400 relay of Adarquah, Hardgrow, Palmer and Carter was second (43.9) and the fourth-place 800 relay (1:31.48) consisted of the same group.

Harris was runner-up in the discus (154 feet, 6 inches) and Marburger was fourth (40.28) in the 300 hurdles.

•The girls team finished eighth (33.2) behind champion Lancaster (118). Leah Coleman won the 400 (57.72) and followed Amie Bannister, Annaleise Kitzler and Brooke Robbins on the 800 relay that was fourth (1:46.8).

"It feels good to be a district champion," Coleman said. "I was just trying to do the best I could and make it to regionals."

Freshman Tori Sumner was a surprise for the Wildcats, qualifying to regional in the 300 hurdles by placing fourth (46.92).

"Tori is going on to regional in the 300 hurdles and I thought her race was just an unbelievable race," Gaul said. "She ran well at (the Gahanna Invitational) and she ran well last weekend."

The top four finishers in every event at regional will advance to the state meet June 6-7 at Ohio State.

In the regional last year, Barber won the 400 (48.14) and was second in the 200 (29.17) as the Wildcats finished seventh (28) behind champion Gahanna (59.5). Barber and Carter were members of the 800 relay that was second (1:28.89).

The girls team did not score, but competed in four events. The Wildcats' top finish was in the 1,600 relay where Bannister, Coleman, Kitzler and Kayleen Roth were ninth in 4:08.19.

At a glance

Below are the regional qualifiers for the South boys and girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:

BOYS -- Ryan Barber: 100 (first, 11.00), 400 (first, 48,87); Jedidiah Adarquah: 100 (second, 11.17); Chase Marburger: 300 hurdles (fourth, 40.28); Ricky Harris: discus (second, 154-6); 400 relay: Tony Palmer, Adarquah, Jordan Hardgrow, Brent Carter (second, 43.9). 800 relay: Carter, Adarquah, Hardgrow, Palmer (fourth, 1:31.48); 1,600 relay: Carter, Marburger, Hardgrow, Barber (first, 3:21.15)

GIRLS --ĘLeah Coleman: 400 (first, 57.72); Tori Sumner: 300 hurdles (fourth, 46.92); 800 relay: Amie Bannister, Annaleise Kitzler, Brooke Robins, Leah Coleman (1:46.8)