Andrew Maetzold had broken a promise to himself and his teammates on the Thomas Worthington boys track and field team, and he wasn't happy about it.

Andrew Maetzold had broken a promise to himself and his teammates on the Thomas Worthington boys track and field team, and he wasn't happy about it.

The senior and anchor on the 1,600-meter relay had let an opponent catch him in the event during the Division I, district 3 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby and, as a result, the Cardinals had to settled for second in 3 minutes, 19.51 seconds.

Granville's Cody Lenfest passed Maetzold in the final 100 feet as the Blue Aces won the 1,600 relay in 3:19.08. Maetzold was joined on the relay by Nana Kyeremeh, Armand Austin and Jalen Wells.

"I had no clue anyone else was coming," Maetzold said. "That happened at state last year, and I said that would never happen again.

"I guess this definitely gives us something to build from. It just opens my eyes a little and gets the fires burning."

Last season, the 1,600 relay of Kevin Girgis, Kyeremeh, Austin and Maetzold finished fourth (3:18.48) at state as North Canton Hoover's Stephen Denissoff passed Maetzold late in the race to lead the Vikings to a third-place finish (3:18.07).

Despite having to settle for second at district, the 1,600 relay advanced to the regional meet that began May 23 and concludes Friday, May 25, at Pickerington North. The top four finishers in each district event qualified for regional.

The top four finishers in each regional event advance to the state meet June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.

"We ran well throughout the meet and had some great performances," said coach Andy Cox, whose team scored 87 points in the 16-team district 3 meet to finish second behind Pickerington North (127.5). "We had Jalen Wells set a (program) record in the 300 hurdles and we hope to be getting efforts like that over the next two weeks."

Wells won the 300 hurdles in 38.32, eclipsing the record of 38.4 set by Sterling Roberts in 1998. The Cardinals also finished in the top two spots in the 400, with Austin winning in 49.54 and Maetzold taking second in 50.0.

"We definitely have a friendly rivalry (in the 400) and we're pretty much best friends like we are with everyone on the relays," said Austin, who will run at Ohio State. "It's great when we go 1-2. (Maetzold) is a great competitor and we push each other in practice to get better. We're always pushing to get faster."

Kyeremeh won the 100 in 10.71 with Westerville Central's Davon Reed taking second (10.95). His top competition at regional should be Dublin Coffman's Taylor Williams (10.82) and Gahanna's Riak Reese (10.87), both of whom competed in the district 1 meet. Brookhaven's Tajuan Green won the event in district 2 in 11.013, slightly edging Pickerington Central's Marcus Milton (11.014).

Kyeremeh (11.02) edged Williams (11.03) in the final of the OCC-Central Division meet on May 12 at Hilliard Davidson.

"I was happy with the (100), but I wanted to get the (program) record," said Kyeremeh, who has signed to play football at West Virginia. "The record is 10.7 by Justin Williams, and hopefully I can get that (at regional)."

The Thomas girls team finished ninth (27) of 17 teams in the district 2 meet that concluded May 19 at Darby behind champion Davidson (101.5).

Barrie helps Wolves girls reach regional

Sophomore Maggie Barrie of the Worthington Kilbourne girls team qualified for regional in two individual events and as part of the 1,600 relay with Allison Hooley, Meagan Thompson and Taylor Hill.

In the district 3 meet, Barrie was third in the 200 (25.26) and fourth in the 100 (12.49). The 1,600 relay finished third (3:57.61).

"I like running the 200 more than the 100," said Barrie, whose team finished fifth (52) of 16 teams in district 3 behind champion Reynoldsburg (116.5). "I think I'm better at gaining ground in the 200 and that makes the end (of the race) so much more interesting.

"But the relays are great because you are working together as a team. You really want to do well for the others on the relay, not just for yourself."

Barrie and her family moved from New Hampshire into the school district four months ago. She said she still is getting used to the local climate.

"It's hotter here right now than it ever gets in New Hampshire," she said. "It's definitely something different and something I'll have to get used to. But it's hot for all of the other runners to, so I just have to go out and run."

For a second consecutive season, Erica Rodriguez qualified for regional in the pole vault. The senior finished second in 9 feet, 6 inches.

The Kilbourne boys team finished 12th (14.5) in the district 3 meet.