Westerville South High School senior Brielle Collier entered the Division I regional girls track and field meet in position to reach state, but that was far from her only goal.
Collier qualified for regional in three events, including the 300-meter hurdles, which she won in a personal-record 44.58 seconds in the district 3 meet that concluded May 20 at Hilliard Darby.
"I just hope I can keep getting my times lower and lower because I want to win state," Collier said.
The top four finishers in each district event advanced to the regional May 24 and Friday, May 26, at Pickerington North. From there, the top four finishers in each event advance to state June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
Collier also qualified for regional in the 100 hurdles and 1,600 relay. She was second in the 100 hurdles (15.17) at district, as she was edged by Pickerington Central's Amirah Strauther (15.15) for the title.
Collier joined Peyton Guice, Maria Hays and Marteana Newton on the fourth-place 1,600 relay (4:03.33).
In the 300 hurdles, Collier is aiming for the program record of 43.25 set by 2016 graduate Chasatea Brown last season at state.
"I can definitely get the school record by (regional)," Collier said.
Collier competed at state as a sophomore and finished 10th in the 100 hurdles (14.86). Last season at regional, she was sixth in the 300 hurdles (44.59).
"Brielle does everything I ask her to do," coach Jim Gaul said. "She's been a stabilizing force on our team for years, just solid. She's had success from the start. She's very talented."
Also advancing to regional for South was the second-place 400 relay (49.22) of Guice, Daja Mason, Alexys McClure and Kayla Silva.
Silva also moved on with a third-place finish in the 100 (12.8).
South finished sixth (44 points) of 12 teams at district behind champion Central (161).
Collier credits the father-son coaching tandem of Jim and Jimmy Gaul for her success in the sport.
"They're really great," she said. "They're very positive. It's good when you have coaches who believe in you."
Collier will continue her track career at Kent State.
"I'm going to (major in) fashion design and they're like the best in the nation, and they're (Division I) in track, so it was a pretty easy decision," Collier said. "I really love track."
Boys track team
The boys track team finished second (115) in the district 3 meet behind Pickerington Central (154.5).
Dominique Long won the 100 (11.22) and 400 (47.69) and was third in the 200 (22.19), while Bankole Abimbola, Ibukunoluwa Alfred, Jaelen Gill and Elton Sunnyway won the 400 relay (42.34).
Gill, a junior, was competing in his first meet of the season after also playing baseball this spring.
"I feel great," Gill said. "I'm glad to be out here running again. Playing baseball was a big part getting back to this. ... I thought I might as well come back and help my team and school out. It's just fun to be back out here."
Anthony Parham was second in the shot put (49 feet, 8 inches) and third in the discus (135-3). Carson Pfeiffer was third in the pole vault (12-0), George Patil was third in the high jump (5-10) and fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.53) and Ray Gordon was fourth in the high jump (5-10).
Abimbola, Alfred, Malik Powell and Sunnyway were third in the 800 relay (1:30.35).
"We had such a great day with our field events (May 17) and that put us in a whole different position than we thought we might be in after day one, and all of a sudden we're right in the mix," Jimmy Gaul said. "We followed that up with a great day two in the semifinals and when you have lots of guys in the finals you're going to score a lot of points. I'm proud of all the guys."
Boys volleyball team
wins tourney opener
The second-seeded boys volleyball team opened the Division I East Region tournament by defeating 18th-seeded Reynoldsburg 25-6, 25-8, 25-11 in a quarterfinal May 19 at home.
The Wildcats were 18-7 before playing fourth-seeded Hilliard Davidson in a semifinal May 23, with the winner advancing to play third-seeded Olentangy or ninth-seeded Pickerington North in a regional final Friday, May 26, at Westerville Central.
The regional champion advances to the state tournament June 3 and 4 at Capital University.
The baseball team had an up-and-down season and finished 7-17 overall and 1-14 in the OCC-Buckeye Division.
The 33rd-seeded Wildcats lost at home to 38th-seeded Groveport 12-4 on May 8 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
"I'm disappointed that we didn't get more wins," coach Tim Bates said. "Our team played hard the entire year. They've always stayed positive. I didn't have to motivate them to be positive, to be up and to be ready to compete. They all competed."
Gill (SS/P/OF) was named first-team all-league and second-team all-district. He led the Wildcats in batting average (.400) and runs (22).
Junior Eric Edman (C/P) was second-team all-league, senior Brad Robbins (SS/P) was special mention all-league and junior Jordan Orr (2B/P) was honorable mention all-league.
Edman batted .311 with a team-high 19 RBI, and Robbins hit .333 and had 17 RBI.
Senior Austin Lovell (OF) and sophomore Michael Dailey (3B/C/P) each batted .309.
Other players eligible to return are juniors Andrew Boszor (OF), Daniel Hinz (2B/P) and Jack McLean (C), sophomores Seth Chrisman (INF), Kamron Hempy (1B/P) and Jack Lovell (OF) and freshmen Alex Couch (INF) and Jake Llaneza (OF).
South finished sixth in the OCC-Buckeye behind Olentangy (12-3), Olentangy Orange (10-5), Westerville Central (8-7), Westerville North (7-8) and Olentangy Liberty (7-8).