Grove City Christian School track and field standout Calista Manns is seeking her third consecutive appearance in the Division III state meet.
The junior also is hoping to be joined by teammates on June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.
Manns qualified for regional in the 100-meter hurdles (program-record 14.47 seconds), 100 (12.72) and high jump (5 feet) by winning all three events in the district 1 meet that concluded May 19 at Watkins Memorial.
She's expecting to set personal records in the events over the next two weekends. She also advanced in the 300 hurdles by finishing second (47.29) at district.
"I've been waiting all season to PR, so I was excited to go into (May 19)," Manns said. "I've felt ready all season to do my best and make personal records."
Coach Mindy Bankey was expecting another strong showing from Manns at regional, which began May 23 and concludes Friday, May 25, at Fairfield Union. The top four finishers in each event advance to state.
"Calista looked extremely strong (May 19)," Bankey said. "She's going to be a force to be reckoned with."
Last season at state, Manns finished second in the 100 hurdles (14.7) and seventh in the 100 (12.72) and 300 hurdles (46.12). As a freshman, she was fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.37).
Sophomore Morgan Iverson competed in her second regional May 23 after finishing second in the pole vault (9-4) at district. Last season at state, she was unsuccessful in three attempts at 9-6.
Also advancing to regional was senior Dalina Phomphengchane, who was fourth at district in the 100 (13.11). Phomphengchane qualified for her first regional despite competing in the latter part of the season with a left quad injury.
"If (my quad) hurts it doesn't matter, I'm just going to leave all I have on the track and just keep running," Phomphengchane said. "I'm immensely happy. I'm a little bit in awe that I actually made it, but I'm really excited."
Iverson, Phomphengchane, Olivia Ellis and Brooke O'Dell were fifth in the 800 relay (1:56.74), missing a regional berth by one spot.
The girls team finished fifth (59 points) of 16 teams behind champion Grandview (89).
Brett Baker earned the boys team's only regional berth by winning the pole vault (12-0) in the district 1 meet. He missed most of last season with a groin injury.
"Brett looked really good," Bankey said. "I wish he would have been healthy last year because this would have been a repeat for him. He's ready, he's strong. He has the desire of a champion as well."
The boys finished 13th (13) of 16 teams behind champion Worthington Christian (135).
"We're really excited and fortunate to have Calista, Dalina, Morgan and Brett in the regional," Bankey said. "It's an awesome feeling. It's fantastic."
Baseball team falls in semifinal
The baseball team saw its season end in a 9-7 loss to second-seeded Centerburg in a Division IV district semifinal. The game was suspended because of bad weather with the Eagles trailing 8-3 in the bottom of the first inning May 15 and concluded the next day at Buckeye Valley.
"Giving up eight in the first was really hard to overcome, but we came close," coach A.J. McCampbell said. "I was really proud of our guys for that."
The fifth-seeded Eagles finished 17-5 overall.
Centerburg went on to win the district title, defeating fourth-seeded Fisher Catholic 5-4 on May 17.
In the first two rounds, the Eagles defeated 13th-seeded Delaware Christian 13-1 on May 7 and third-seeded Morral Ridgedale 16-5 on May 9, both in five innings.
Grove City Christian earned its first MSL-Cardinal Division championship since 2014, sharing the title with Fisher Catholic at 12-2. Berne Union finished third at 11-3.
Senior Luke Spegal (P/INF), junior Gavin Robbins (INF/C/P) and senior Alex Moore (C/OF) all were named first-team all-district and all-league.
Spegal batted .443 with 32 RBI and 24 runs. Robbins hit .437 with 35 runs and 27 RBI and was 5-0 with a 2.44 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 23 innings. Moore hit .385 with 24 runs and 20 RBI.
Sophomore Cameron Downton (OF) batted .394 with 33 RBI and 27 RBI. He was first-team all-district and second-team all-league.
Sophomore Jake Spegal (P/INF) was 4-0 with a 2.24 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 25 innings. He was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.
Junior Ethan Metsker (3B) hit .400 with 20 runs and 15 RBI. He was second-team all-league.
Sophomore Aaron Wickham was 4-1 with a 1.27 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. He was honorable mention all-league along with seniors Kendrick Beard (1B) and Caleb Sullivan (OF/INF/P).