When senior Carolyn Cann of the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls track and field team lines up for the start of the 800 meters in the Division I regional Friday at Hilliard Davidson, she will try not to think about what happened last year.

When senior Carolyn Cann of the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls track and field team lines up for the start of the 800 meters in the Division I regional Friday at Hilliard Davidson, she will try not to think about what happened last year.

That probably won't be easy.

Cann was running third when she inadvertently was tripped from behind by Central Crossing's Jordan Kennedy with about 250 left. Cann fell, skinning her right knee, right elbow and right shoulder. Still, she was able to complete the race, finishing 10th in 2 minutes, 24.46 seconds.

Cann was visibly upset after the race, as she knew she had missed an opportunity to qualify for the state meet. Kennedy, a 2007 graduate, went on to finish third in 2:17.37 at the regional.

"She's got that on her mind," coach Chip Seely said. "She's real driven. It will be fun to watch her (at regional)."

Cann heads into the regional, which began last Wednesday, with the fourth-fastest qualifying time. The top four in each event will advance to state meet June 6-7 at Ohio State.

"I just need to stay positive and focus on the race I need to run and not focus on the other runners," Cann said. "I just want to run my best. If I run the race I'm supposed to run, I have a pretty good chance."

At the district 3 meet which concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman, Cann was second in the 800 in 2:21.03. The top four in each event advanced.

Claire Durkin, the defending state champion in the 3,200, dominated both of her events. She won the 1,600 in 4:59.1 as Pickerington North's Karissa Magnuson was second (5:19.52), then won the 3,200 in 10:47.1 as Canal Winchester's Kaitlin Smith was second (11:25.04).

"We expected it," Seely said. "She lived up to our expectations. We don't have anyone that works as hard as she does. She is really driven for success, and what she does on the track shows that."

Kilbourne was seventh (51 points) in a 14-team field behind champion Reynoldsburg (135).

"I thought maybe we could score a few more points in the field events," Seely said.

"It's really hard to get in the top five when you don't score much in the field events. But our runners did about what I thought they'd do."

The only member of the girls team who scored in a field event was Courtney Green, who was eighth in the long jump (15 feet, 8 1/4 inches).

•The boys team was second (80) in a 16-team field behind Reynoldsburg (126).

Dustin Ubbing won the 1,600 in 4:22.97.

"I could have raced for second or third or fourth, but I was going for the win," he said. "That's what (the coaches) pretty much wanted us to do, and so that's why I tried to do."

"We knew he was going to bust a good one (last Saturday)," coach Todd Deisher said. "He's so confident and he's such a competitor, but he doesn't give himself all the credit in the world all the time."

Ubbing, a senior who has signed with Winthrop, was a state qualifier in the 3,200 last year.

"The entire region has gotten so much faster in the (3,200) that I had a better shot at getting to state in the (1,600)," he said. "I've got 400-meter speed and it basically works better in the (1,600) than the (3,200). My speed is so much better this year than my endurance. That's basically the reason (for switching)."

Deisher was impressed with the performance turned in by Phil Bunting, a senior who is a first-year member of the track team. He joined Ubbing, Aaron Long and John Batchelder to finish second in the 3,200 relay (8:04.6) and was fourth in the 1,600 (4:30.45).

"My goodness, that's huge," he said. "Everybody knows that Phil lays it all out there."

"It kind of makes the whole season worth it, all the training we've been through and all the miles we've put in," Bunting said of qualifying for the regional.

At a glance

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

BOYS -- Dustin Ubbing: 1,600 (first, 4:22.97); Sam Dixius: 3,200 (second, 9:56.68); James Hilbert: discus (second, 158-9); Ryan Richardson: 200 (second, 22.39); 3,200 relay: Phil Bunting, Ubbing, Aaron Long, John Batchelder (second, 8:04.6); Batchelder: 800 (third, 1:56.69); Bunting: 1,600 (fourth, 4:30.45); Brian Skura: discus (fourth, 142-5); 1,600 relay: Richardson, Christian Townsend, Eric Snyder, Batchelder (fourth, 3:27.11)

GIRLS -- Claire Durkin: 1,600 (first, 4:59.1), 3,200 (first, 10:47.1); Carolyn Cann: 800 (second, 2:21.03); 400 relay: Morgan Gray, Taylor Luke, Courtney Green, Alicia Henry (fourth, 51.07)