Delaware Hayes High School girls track and field coach Andy Graham was impressed by his team's performance in the Division I, district 2 meet.
The Pacers advanced six athletes from the district meet, which concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby, to the regional meet held May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North. The athletes competed in six events at regional.
At regional, the top four finishers in each event advanced to the state meet Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, at Ohio State.
"This is the most girls we've sent in a long time and the most events (in which) we've competed in a long, long time," Graham said. "I couldn't be prouder of them. We also had so many girls run their personal-best times and the relays ran their season-bests. It was a wonderful meet for us and, truthfully, I see this as a steppingstone for the years to come."
Torie Young led the Pacers at district, placing second in both the 200 meters (26.89 seconds) and 400 (56.97). She also was on the third-place 800 relay with Ari Avant, Lauren McMillin and Sydney McMillin (1:46.23).
The top four finishers in each district event advanced to regional.
"Our (800 relay) had a season-best time (1:44.46) in the (preliminary heat) and just missed the school record. Adrianah Melvin was in that group," Graham said. "We've got those five to use between the (400) and (800 relays) and they all did a great job. Torie ran great and is pushing for the school record in the 400."
Avant finished fourth in both the 100 hurdles (15.92) and 300 hurdles (45.96).
"She lowered her own school record in the 300 hurdles and was exhausted at the finish," Graham said. "I think our runners are all peaking at the right time and that has something to do with (boys coach Sean Patrick's) workout plan. The kids are really on their game right now."
In the pole vault, Madeline Hayes finished second (10 feet, 6 inches) and Chase Patton (10-0) was third.
The Pacers scored 56 points at district to finish fifth of 16 teams, behind champion Gahanna (164).
Advancing to regional out of district 2 for the boys team were Todd Toney and Orion Ward.
Toney was runner-up in the discus (157-11) and Ward placed fourth in the long jump (20-11).
"I've been coaching here for 20 years and the best discus mark we've had in that time was 145," Graham said. "(Toney is) nearly at 158 and that is really pushing it out there. Plus, he's thrown further in practices lately.
"Orion has been terrific for a freshman in all of his events. I can't wait to see how much he develops from here on out."
The Pacers finished 11th (22) of 16 teams at district, behind champion Gahanna (109).
Klumpp shined for boys tennis team
Sophomore Kyle Klumpp represented the boys tennis team in the Division I district tournament, losing to Lancaster's Colton Clark 6-1, 6-2 in the first round May 17 at Hilliard Bradley.
Clark went on to finish third, as the top four finishers advanced to the state tournament held May 25 and 26 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
"Kyle had a great season and he played decent but just was overmatched by a state qualifier," coach Richard Hunt said. "He finished 17-5 (on the season) and was a sectional runner-up and district qualifier."
Klumpp was seeded second in a sectional May 10 and 12 at Pickerington Central and went 3-1 and placed second, losing to top-seeded Guillermo Del Rio Gonzalez of Marietta 6-4, 6-3 in the final.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to district.
Also competing in singles at sectional were senior Jack Marks, who went 1-1, and senior Justin Sanclemente, who went 0-1. In doubles, sophomores Danny Brennan and Will Fogle went 1-1 and sophomores Sam Bonofiglio and Eric Puthoff went 0-1.
Delaware finished 12-4 overall and went 3-3 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to place third, behind Dublin Jerome (6-0) and Thomas Worthington (5-1) and ahead of Darby, Dublin Scioto and Worthington Kilbourne (all 2-4) and Bradley (1-5).
"We won many close matches this year and had a great group of kids who continued to improve," Hunt said. "We lose two seniors from our postseason lineup. We've got many returning and tons of potential."
Boys lacrosse team closed season strong
The boys lacrosse team won nine of its final 11 games and finished 12-7 overall after losing at fourth-seeded Jerome 11-6 in a Division I, Region 1 quarterfinal May 18.
The sixth-seeded Pacers opened the postseason with a 15-2 win over 14th-seeded Brunswick on May 15 at home.
Delaware trailed Jerome 4-3 at halftime and 7-4 entering the fourth quarter.
The Pacers, who lost to the Celtics 13-9 in OCC-Cardinal play April 10, went 4-2 in the league to place third, behind Kilbourne (6-0) and Jerome (5-1) and ahead of Thomas (3-3), Darby (2-4), Bradley (1-5) and Scioto (0-6).
Delaware is losing 11 seniors in Connor Culver (defender), Casey Eiland (midfielder), Tristan Emans (midfielder), Joseph Hill (goalkeeper), Levi Jones (midfielder), Vincent Jones (midfielder), Chase McGarry (goalie), Keltin Melvin (defender), Josiah Naegele (defender), Dalton Powers (attacker) and Alex Schumacher (midfielder).
Expected to return are juniors Sam Lagando (midfielder), Andrew Lyon (attacker), Connor Prenger (midfielder) and Xavier Yates (defender), sophomores Tyler Carney (goalie), Colby Cooper (long-stick midfielder) and Tyler David (defender) and freshmen Blake Eiland (midfielder), Clay Knight (long-stick midfielder) and Ryan Smudz (attacker).
Season ends for boys volleyball team
The boys volleyball team finished 1-15 overall after losing to fourth-seeded Mount Vernon 25-15, 25-16, 25-13 in the first round of the Division I, East Region tournament May 18 at Darby.
Delaware, which was seeded 20th and lost its final 14 matches, went 0-12 in the OCC-Cardinal to place seventh, behind Darby (12-0), Jerome (10-2), Kilbourne (8-4), Bradley and Thomas (both 5-7) and Scioto (3-9).
The Pacers' lone win came against Northland, 25-19, 25-12, 25-14 on March 29.
Delaware is losing four seniors in Gabe Haferman, Anthony Matus, Joe Strubler and A.J. Vasek. Expected to return are juniors Nino Santarelli, Evan Tarnawsky and Brennan Tucker, sophomore Colin Ashworth and freshmen Michael Trippier and James Vasek. Tucker and Ashworth were starters.