Only a sophomore, Grove City Christian School's Calista Manns is preparing for her second Division III state track and field meet.
Manns expects last year's state experience to help her return to the podium Saturday, June 3, at Ohio State. The meet begins Friday, June 2.
After finishing fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.37 seconds) last season, Manns will compete in three events.
"I knew what to expect (at regional) and what goals I needed to set for myself in order to make it to state in more than one event," she said. "I wasn't really surprised, but I was really happy. I accomplished the goals that I had set. My goal was to make it to state in more than one event."
In the regional May 24 and 26 at Fairfield Union, Manns was second in the 100 hurdles (14.62), third in the 100 (12.51) and 300 hurdles (45.94) and 15th in the 200 (29.29).
The top four finishers in each event advanced to state.
"She's been here before. She's been in this environment," coach Bryan Cook said. "She knows how it's done. She's very competitive and once she gets into that mindset and once she's in that arena, that lane, she's focused and she's determined to give it her best. Once we get into those (state) finals, hopefully she can just let loose and just bring it."
Manns will be joined at state by freshman Morgan Iverson, who was fourth in the pole vault (10 feet) at regional.
"We weren't expecting her to go to state this year," Cook said. "These last couple of weeks she's really improved. She was struggling at the beginning of the year. We had to find correct poles. We were having some pole issues and once we were able to figure it out, she improved almost weekly and by several inches."
The girls team tied Ready for ninth (25 points) behind champion Marion Pleasant (45) as 43 teams scored.
The boys 400 relay of Matt Bailey, James Rieser, Alec Sliemers and Brandon Rex qualified for regional but did not compete because of another school commitment.