Thomas Worthington High School girls track and field coach Nancy Beattie remembers the first time she heard about Jamie Meegan.

Thomas Worthington High School girls track and field coach Nancy Beattie remembers the first time she heard about Jamie Meegan.

"It's funny," Beattie said. "Someone told me that I would have an addition to the team and that she throws 117 feet in the discus. I thought, 'Yes, right, I'll believe it when I see it.' By golly, they were right."

Meegan, a senior, is a move-in from Blairsville, Pa., where she placed 10th in the discus in the Class AA state meet last year with a throw of 116-5. She threw a personal-best 127-9 in the Division I district 2 meet that concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman to place second and advance to regional.

The top four in each event qualified for regional, which began last Wednesday and concludes Friday at Pickerington North. The top four there will advance to state June 5-6 at Ohio State.

"She's an amazing young lady," Beattie said. "She's been a wonderful move-in for us."

Meegan consistently has thrown further than 120-0 this season, which is important because she said "there are a lot more girls who can throw over 120" in Ohio than Pennsylvania, where any girl who throws 115 automatically qualifies for state.

Meegan credits throws coach John Staten with her improvement.

"This is the first year I've had a coach who is an expert in the throws," she said. "It's the first time I've had someone tell me what I'm doing wrong and helping me."

Meegan headed into regional not only looking to qualify for state, but break the program record in the discus, which is 129-8 set by Missy Novak in 1995.

"I'm hoping to get 130," she said. "If I get over the 130 mark, I'll be pretty happy. (The record) is so close. I know I can do it. It's something I really want to accomplish."

"She's knocking on the door," Beattie said.

Thomas qualified to the regional in six other events.

"Our field event people were magnificent," Beattie said.

Beattie said this is the most talented group of athletes in the field events the program has had in the last 28 years.

"Without a doubt, this season is the strongest ever," she said.

The Cardinals scored 76 points at district to place fourth of 15 teams behind Hilliard Davidson (120), Mount Vernon (82.5) and Westerville Central (76.5).

The boys team competed in the district 1 meet and finished seventh (48) of 17 teams behind champion Gahanna (123). It qualified to the regional in seven events.

•The Kilbourne boys and girls teams competed in district 3.

The boys team advanced to the regional in five events as it finished seventh (47) of 15 teams behind champion Big Walnut (107).

Highlighting the qualifiers was Brian Skura in the discus (second, 153-7) and shot put (second, 50-6).

"I'm excited for the kids who qualified," coach Todd Deisher said. "Skura going in both events, that's big. Brian's going to have to throw his best to get (to state), but I think he has it in him."

Joe Huber was third in the pole vault (12-6). It was the first time he was beaten all season.

"We moved him onto a (longer) pole this week, so he's still getting used to that," Deisher said. "He looked great in practice (last Friday), so I'm excited about what he might be able to do (at regional)."

The girls team finished ninth (27) of 15 teams behind champion Reynoldsburg (157) and had only two regional qualifiers in Morgan Gray in the pole vault (fourth, 8-6) and Taylor Luke in the 200 (fourth, 25.93).

"I can't say enough about Taylor Luke," coach Chip Seely said. "She's now getting close to the (program record of 25.0). She's under 26 now and she can only get better. She's got a legitimate shot at making state. We'll see what happens."

The Cardinals' Jamie Meegan finished second in the discus (127-9) at the district meet.

At a glance

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


Boys -- Brian Skura: discus (second, 153-7), shot put (second, 50-6); Sam Dixius: 3,200 (third, 9:51.38); Joe Huber: pole vault (third, 12-6); Weston Bridges: 300 hurdles (fourth, 40.74); Girls -- Morgan Gray: pole vault (fourth, 8-6); Taylor Luke: 200 (fourth, 25.93).


Boys -- Max Friedlander: 3,200 (second, 9:44.9); 800 relay: Alaji Bah, Andrew Maetzold, Armand Austin, Andre Austin (second, 1:31.03); 400 relay: Bah, Armand Austin, Lukas Cameron, Taylor Voris (third, 44.27); 1,600 relay: Maetzold, Andre Austin, Madison Murphy, Michael Stanley (third, 3:21.77); Andre Austin: 110 hurdles (fourth, 15.2); Murphy: 1,600 (fourth, 4:24.47); 3,200 relay: Stanley, Friedlander, Ray Crook, Murphy (fourth, 8:22.11); Girls -- Allie Wood: pole vault (first, 11-6); Sarah Burkett: shot put (second, 35-1 1/2), discus (fourth, 110-7); Chelsea Holland: high jump (second, 5-0); Jamie Meegan: discus (second, 127-9); 3,200 relay: Claire Graupmann, Libby Lewis, Kelsey McAlpine, Helen Smith (third, 9:52.18); 800 relay: Natalie Radaci, Danielle Henderson, Amber Williams, Wood (fourth, 1:44.91)