Olivia Carpenter is running in peak form for the Northridge High School girls track and field team, and coach Richard Featheringill said his junior standout should continue her strong performances in the Division III regional meet May 24 and 26 at Fairfield Union.
The top four finishers in each event qualify for state June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
Carpenter won the 300-meter hurdles (45.78 seconds) in the district 2 meet that concluded May 20 at Watkins Memorial. She was second in the 100 hurdles (15.56) and a member of two qualifying relays, as the top four in each event advanced to regional.
“Olivia really had a great (district) meet, but both she and I know that she can get better,” Featheringill said. “She has an incredible drive this year and has very high goals. I’m expecting big things from her.”
Last spring, Carpenter won the 100 hurdles (program-record 14.95) at regional. She did not compete in the 300 hurdles last season.
Carpenter joined Makayla Harris, Megan McCament and Lorna Bailey on the third-place 1,600 relay (4:12.95), and she was on the fourth-place 800 relay (1:52.95) with Bailey, Hunter Hennen and McCament.
Megan King was runner-up in the 3,200 (12:00.85), and Sydney Menix was fourth in the high jump (4 feet, 9 inches).
The Vikings were fourth (57 points) of 15 teams behind champion Mount Gilead (108).
Gabe Miller of the boys team won the discus (151-3) and was runner-up in the shot put (49-2) in the Division II district meet, which concluded May 20 at Westerville South. The top four in each event advanced to regional May 25 and 27 at Lexington.
The junior scored all 18 points for the boys team, which tied Columbus East for 14th of 21 teams behind champion Eastmoor Academy (89).