Not everything went according to plan for the Worthington Christian High School boys and girls track and field teams during the Division III district running finals May 21, but there still were some reasons for excitement.

Not everything went according to plan for the Worthington Christian High School boys and girls track and field teams during the Division III district running finals May 21, but there still were some reasons for excitement.

In the district meet May 17-18 and 21 at Gahanna, the Warriors advanced two individuals and two relays to the regional meet that began May 25 and concludes Friday, May 27, at Fairfield Union.

The girls 400-meter relay helped compensate for the Warriors being disqualified in the final of the 1,600 relay by finishing first in 51.4 seconds.

The 400 relay didn't come together until late in the season, according to sophomore Donyell Miller. She ran on the relay along with seniors Mackenzie Clapper and Tobie Weston and junior Allie Custer.

"It felt good," Miller said. "It's been a good season. At the beginning, we had some trouble with our handoffs, but it's been real exciting to watch us grow together. We've been working hard every day."

Clapper, Custer and Weston were among those who ran on the 1,600 relay that finished ninth at state last year. That trio, along with junior Anna Shaw, ran the second best preliminary time (4:22.98) at district before getting disqualified in the final.

Also advancing to the regional for the girls was Custer in the 400 (third, 1:02.55).

Weston took sixth in the 200 (27.86) and Clapper was seventh in the 800 (2:30.82) as the top four moved on.

The girls team finished 12th (21) behind champion Grandview (100.5) as 26 teams scored.

The boys team placed 13th (17.5) behind champion Columbus Academy (83.5) as 21 teams scored.

After the Warriors were 10th in the 2009 state meet and 13th last year in the 400 relay, they moved on to regional in the event with a third-place district finish (44.87).

Juniors Chris Bradley and Michael Stomps are on the relay again after both ran on it each of the past two seasons. Senior Connor Brown is another returnee from the relay last year.

During preliminaries, Bradley, Brown, Stomps and junior David Manns-Moses had the third-best time (45.13).

Manns-Moses was unable to run his leg of the final because of a hamstring injury, but senior Sam Isner filled in.

"We felt like we could make it to the regional," Brown said. "We're happy to make it after David got hurt during the semifinal. We're happy to make it with this kind of being a recovery year for us."

Stomps added a third-place finish in the 400 (53.22) to advance. Placing but failing to advance were Matt Watterson in the 1,600 (seventh, 4:50.12) and Bradley in the long jump (tied for eighth, 18 feet, 10 inches).

The top four in each event at regional qualify for the state meet June 3-4 at Ohio State.

•The season came to an end May 20 for the boys tennis team.

Freshman Joel Montgomery qualified for district after finishing fourth in the Division II sectional tournament at Columbus School for Girls and Columbus Academy on May 12 and 14, but he was forced to default in a sectional semifinal loss to Granville's Danny Gardner because of a leg injury.

He also defaulted his sectional consolation match.

Because of the injury, Montgomery elected to scratch from his first-round district match against Watterson's Chris Diaz, who won the title.

Montgomery missed two weeks of the regular season because of the same injury and went 8-2 overall.

In the sectional May 12 at CSG, winning first-round matches but losing in the second round were junior Reid Smith in singles and the doubles team of seniors Seth Montgomery and Tanner Singleton. The doubles team of senior Conor Holland and junior Jonathan Myer lost in a quarterfinal.

Senior David Feusse lost in his sectional opener in singles. Andrew Siders rounded out the senior class.

Others who could take on key roles next year are sophomores Luke Howard and Josh Ong and freshman Sam Coon.

Worthington Christian finished with a 7-5 record in duals.

"We had a really good showing (at the sectional)," fourth-year coach Alex Schmidt said. "We reached our goal of doubling our win total from last year when we won three matches. It could easily have been different if Joel had been healthy all year because we were in those matches that we lost.

"I've heard good things from our eighth grade. It'll be exciting to see the new freshmen and see how they contribute."