The Westerville South High School boys and girls track and field teams will participate Friday in the Gahanna Invitational with less than three weeks left before the postseason starts and just two weeks before the OCC-Cardinal Division meet.

The Westerville South High School boys and girls track and field teams will participate Friday in the Gahanna Invitational with less than three weeks left before the postseason starts and just two weeks before the OCC-Cardinal Division meet.

The Wildcats are hoping for some good performances against a tough eight-team field that includes area powers Gahanna and Worthington Kilbourne. Other teams expected to round out the field include Central Crossing, Delaware, Logan, Newark and Westerville North.

Last year in the Gahanna Invitational the boys team finished third and the girls team was fourth. The host Lions won both titles.

"Well Gahanna is just loaded, as always," girls coach Jim Gaul said. "But I think it's going to be an outstanding meet. It's going to be like a pre-league meet for us. This will be a good test before the league meet."

"I expect another effort there like we had (at the Wildcat Invitational)," boys coach Jimmy Gaul said. "We're going to see where we take the next step forward toward the league meet."

Last Friday, South played host to the Wildcat Invitational in what the coaches said was a midseason check on the Wildcats' progress.

South entered the meet with lofty expectations and though neither the boys or the girls teams won, it was a good performance on both sides.

The boys were third (95) behind Pickerington Central (144) and Hilliard Davidson (122) and ahead of Dublin Coffman (93), Brookhaven (88), Delaware (85) and Pickerington North (30).

The girls finished third (98) behind Davidson (183) and Central (162) and ahead of Coffman (79.5), North (74) and Delaware (51.5).

For the boys, Ricky Harris won the discus (154 feet) and the shot put (48-7) and Jedidiah Adarquah was second in the 100 meters (11.3 seconds). The 400 relay of Adarquah, Jordon Hardgrow, Raayshawn Jeter and Jack Tomlinson was second (44.2) and the 800 relay of Adarquah, Hardgrow, Jeter and Drake Wakefield was second (1:31.6).

"I was extremely proud of all of our guys," Jimmy Gaul said. "The effort they had on the track and in the field was top-notch and I couldn't be any happier with the way they performed. I'm pleased with where we're at right now. This is our first week back from spring break and for where we're at right now, we're headed in the right direction."

For the girls, Leah Coleman won the 400 (1:01.2), Victoria Sumner was third in both the 100 hurdles (17.3) and 300 hurdles (49.0) and Edna Akora was third in the 100 (13.3).

The 400 relay of Akora, Amie Bannister, Nikia Buckingham and Annaleise Kitzler was second (51.5), the 800 relay of Bannister, Buckingham, Kitzler and Sumner was second (1:48) and the 1,600 relay of Bannister, Buckingham, Kitzler and Sumner was second (4:19.7).

"Just seeing how the girls did and what kind of pieces of the puzzle we have, I thought we did a real good job. I was real pleased," Jim Gaul said. "I think after (last Friday) we have a good idea of who's going to form our league team and now we're start training for that."

Given that South expects to return many of its athletes next season, Jim Gaul said he thinks the team have will have the potential to win the Wildcat Invitational next year.

"We are very young but it looks very promising," Jim Gaul said. "There's no doubt that we'll have the talent."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Westerville South boys and girls track and field teams:

Last Friday -- Boys: Finished third (95) behind champion Pickerington Central (144) in home Wildcat Invitational; Girls: Finished third (98) behind champion Hilliard Davidson (183).

Friday -- At Gahanna Invitational