Dropping down to Division III for the first time in 20 years would only help the Columbus School for Girls track and field team at the district meet.

Dropping down to Division III for the first time in 20 years would only help the Columbus School for Girls track and field team at the district meet.

Still, it would have been hard to predict that the Unicorns would have dominated the meet at Gahanna last Saturday as much as they did.

CSG scored 144 points to win ahead runner-up Grandview (83) and third-place Fredericktown (54.5) in a 20-team field.

"The kids have a tough two weeks. The CCL meet was very hard and we knew we needed fresh legs to get out," coach Jack Guy said. "They were fresh enough for Saturday which was good. Everybody did well and we were happy with every part of the meet."

Alexandra Roberts won the shot put (42 feet, 3 1/4 inches) and discus (136-11) with ease. The nearest competitor in the discus was Kim Booth of Fairbanks with a throw of 115-0 and the closest in the shot put was Alyssa Arnold of Millersport with a throw of 35-5. Jennifer DeLong also competed in the throwing events for the Unicorns, advancing to the regional meet in the discus (fourth, 106-2).

"She's been very consistent in the last three weeks," Guy said. "Her confidence is growing a lot. Jen also had a great meet. She was fourth in the discus and going to the regional meet as well and it's nice to have double scorers."

"I felt like it went really well and I was really proud of the team," Roberts said. "I was also proud of Jen, I thought she did really well.

"I feel like I've been throwing really consistently in both events. I just (set a personal-best) in the discus a couple weeks ago and I think it's been a good couple weeks for me."

Chelsea Scott won the 100-meter hurdles (15.29 seconds) and 300 hurdles (46.15) and was the leadoff runner on the winning 1,600 relay (4:01.19) and 800 relay (1:47.68). Joining Scott on the 1,600 relay were Claire Connor, Claire Larson and Caitlin Allen and joining her on the 800 relay were Allen, Connor and Taylor Onda.

"I would say that's remarkable," Guy said. "We knew she was a gifted hurdler because she's worked hard with it all through middle school. She's got a lot of racing under her belt, so it's not new to her. It's also nice that she did well for her teammates in the sprint relays and it's been fun to watch that."

"It's a big deal," said Allen, a senior who did not compete last year because she was injured. "My sophomore year was a big season and we were looking forward to last yea. We have really strong senior class and it's nice to be able to get out there with them."

Larson was the winner in the 800 (2:17.94). Veronica Vargo followed in the 800, placing second (2:24.95). Danielle Turiel was second in the long jump (15-9).

"We used April just to get people in shape," Guy said. "We've been doing this for a few years now, so come tournament time, the girls are fit and ready to perform the way they want to."

Senior Chelsea Gurvis, however, saw her season cut short after placing fifth (5-0) in the high jump, which was the only event in which she competed because an injury to her right foot.

Gurvis developed plantar fasciitis in the foot a few weeks ago and hardly was able to compete. She pulled out of the running events but remained in the high jump, where she lost the fourth and final qualifying spot in a jump-off.

"I hate to see it end this way, but she has been a trooper and hasn't complained about it," Guy said.

Last Wednesday the Unicorns competed in running and field event preliminaries in the regional at Pickerington North. The finals are Friday. The top four in each event will advance to the state meet June 6-7 at Ohio State.

"The significance of doing well at the district meet is that we got a bunch of kids to regional in a lot of events," Guy said. "That gives the kids another week to practice and compete. You've got some terrific athletes coming there and I don't bank on anything once you get to regional and state."

At a glance

Below are the regional qualifiers CSG track and field team with district event, place and time/distance/height:

Alexandra Roberts: shot put (first, 42-3 1/4), discus (first, 136-11); Chelsea Scott: 100 hurdles (15.29), 300 hurdles (first, 46.15); Jennifer DeLong: shot put (fourth, 106-2); Claire Larson: 800

(first, 2:17.94); Veronica Vargo: 800 (second, 2:24.95); Danielle Turiel: long jump (second, 15-9); 800 relay: Scott, Taylor Onda, Claire Connor, Caitlin Allen (first, 1:47.68); 1,600 relay: Scott, Larson, Connor, Allen (first, 4:01.19); 3,200 relay: Kelsey Klopfer, Larson, Laura Staravecka, Vargo (first, 10:04.91)