A year after having just two athletes competing in the Division I regional meet, the Westerville North High School boys and girls track and field teams are represented by nine athletes this season.

A year after having just two athletes competing in the Division I regional meet, the Westerville North High School boys and girls track and field teams are represented by nine athletes this season.

The regional began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Pickerington North. The top four in each event will advance to state June 5-6 at Ohio State.

The girls are represented by Jordyn Brewton, Meghan Maurer, Kya Riley and Hope Wood, who comprise the 1,600-meter relay. Maurer also will compete in the 800 and Riley qualified in the 400.

The boys is being represented by Justin Brewton, Brian Hanaford, Jeff Hanaford and Ryan Weldon, who comprise the 3,200 relay, as well as Phillip Palmer, who will compete in the 300 hurdles. Brewton also will compete in the 200 and 400. Brian Hanaford and Jeff Hanaford will compete in the 3,200 and Ryan Weldon qualified in the 1,600.

"We went from taking two last year to this, so that's a really big accomplishment in itself," coach Johnny Jackson said. "I think everybody has a chance to make it out (to the state meet), but realistically we could get four or five out."

Last Saturday, the boys were fourth (57) behind champion Gahanna (123) in the district 1 meet at Dublin Coffman. The girls finished 11th (25) behind champion New Albany (108.5).

Jeff Hanaford won the 3,200 (9 minutes, 34.32 seconds). Justin Brewton was second in the 400 (49.31) and fourth in the 200 (22.33) and Weldon was second in the 1,600 (4:23.54). Brian Hanaford was third in the 3,200 (9:45.05) and the 3,200 relay was second (8:08.29).

For the girls, Riley was third in the 400 (59.87), Maurer was fourth in the 800 (2:22.3) and the 1,600 relay was fourth (4:05).

"I think our performance at district, it shows that we're growing. It shows that (the athletes) are maturing," Jackson said. "The weather (during the regular season) didn't cooperate as much as we would've liked otherwise we'd be even better right now."

ēSouth will have six girls and four boys competing in the regional.

Leading the boys will be Jedidiah Adarquah, who will run in the 100 and as a member of the 400 relay with Ryan Barber, Jordon Hardgrow and Jack Tomlinson.

The girls will be led by the 400 relay of Edna Akora, Amie Bannister, Nikia Buckingham and Annaleise Kitzler as well as the 1,600 relay of Bannister, Leah Coleman, Kitzler and Tori Sumner.

"The girls (1,600 relay) is going to have to run under four minutes to make it out," girls coach Jim Gaul said. "The (girls 400 relay) will have to make it under 49 seconds to get out. At this point, the whole thing is just to move on."

In the district 2 meet at Coffman, the boys were 12th (21) behind champion Hilliard Darby (111). Adarquah finished third in the 100 (11.0) and the 400 relay was fourth (43.32).

The girls were seventh (34) behind champion Hilliard Davidson (120). The 400 relay was fourth (50.28) and the 1,600 relay was second (4:02.89).

ēCentral produced five district champions.

The girls team won four events in the district 2 meet and finished third (76.5) behind Davidson (120) and Mount Vernon (82.5).

Winning titles were Dominique Hoskins in the 400 (56.31), Tarela Osuobeni in the high jump (5 feet, 1 inch) and both the 400 relay (48.85) and 800 relay (1:42.69).

The 400 relay consisted of Shy Allen, Porsha Gandy, Taylor Reneau and Dominique Tirado and the 800 lineup was Allen, Gandy, Hoskins and Tirado.

Finishing second were Gandy in the 200 (25.97) and Amara Whaley in the pole vault (10-6). Allen was fourth in the 100 (12.55) and Daijane Littlejohn was fourth in the high jump (4-11).

The boys were fifth (51) in district 1, led by the first-place finish (42.89) of the 400 relay that consisted of Channing Doermann, John Howard, Gibril Kamara and Davon Reed.

Doermann was second in the 200 (22.0) and Kamara was second in the 100 (11.16).

Trey Devereauxe was fourth in the shot put (48-4) and Howard was fourth in the 100 (11.2).

At a glance

Below are the regional qualifiers for the Central, North and South boys and girls track and field teams:

CENTRAL

Boys -- Trey Devereauxe: shot put (fourth, 48-4); Channing Doermann: 200 (second, 22.0); John Howard: 100 (fourth, 11.2); Gibril Kamara: 100 (second, 11.16); 400 relay: Doermann, Howard, Kamara, Davon Reed (first, 42.89); Girls -- Shy Allen: 100 (fourth, 12.55); Porsha Gandy: 200 (second, 25.97); Dominique Hoskins: 400 (first, 56.31); Daijane Littlejohn: high jump (fourth, 4-11); Tarela Osuobeni: high jump (first, 5-1); Amara Whaley: pole vault (second, 10-6); 400 relay: Allen, Gandy, Taylor Reneau, Dominique Tirado (first, 48.85); 800 relay: Allen, Gandy, Hoskins, Tirado (first, 1:42.69)

NORTH

Boys -- Justin Brewton: 400 (second, 49.31), 200 (fourth, 22.33); Brian Hanaford: 3,200 (third, 9:45.05); Jeff Hanaford: 3,200 (first, 9:34.32); Phillip Palmer: 300 hurdles (third, 40.2); Ryan Weldon: 1,600 (second, 4:23.54); 3,200 relay: Brewton, Brian Hanaford, Jeff Hanaford, Weldon (second, 8:08.29); Girls -- Meghan Maurer: 800 (fourth, 2:22.3); Kya Riley: 400 (third, 59.87); 1,600 relay: Jordyn Brewton, Maurer, Riley, Hope Wood (fourth, 4:05)

SOUTH

Boys -- Jedidiah Adarquah: 100 (third, 11.0); 400 relay: Adarquah, Ryan Barber, Jordon Hardgrow, Jack Tomlinson (fourth (43.32); Girls -- 400 relay: Edna Akora, Amie Bannister, Nikia Buckingham, Annaleise Kitzler (fourth, 50.28); 1,600 relay: Bannister, Leah Coleman, Kitzler, Tori Sumner (second, 4:02.89)