The Delaware Hayes High School girls track and field team hasn't scored well this season, but coach Andy Graham sees the potential for the Pacers to advance in the postseason.

The Delaware Hayes High School girls track and field team hasn't scored well this season, but coach Andy Graham sees the potential for the Pacers to advance in the postseason.

"There are seven or eight events where we have the ability to advance to the regional," Graham said. "It will depend on what section we're in and if the girls perform to their capabilities."

The Pacers will compete Thursday, May 5, in the Delaware County Elite meet at Olentangy Liberty before competing in the OCC-Capital Division meet May 12 and 14 at Hilliard Davidson. The Division I district meet will be at Hilliard Bradley, with the first of three sections beginning May 17. The draw meeting is Sunday, May 1.

Sophomore Emily Mengerink was the only Delaware competitor to advance to the regional last season after finishing third at district in the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 20.70 seconds.

"Emily had knee surgery after playing soccer last fall, and she wasn't cleared to compete until two days before the season started," Graham said. "She's just starting to come around now and we didn't want to push her too hard early this season, and the weather hasn't been good yet either."

Graham was encouraged by Mengerink's effort against New Albany on April 26 when she competed in three events.

"She won the 800 in 2:48, but she was pushed in each of her races and we'll see how sore she is in the next few days," he said. "She ran three races and was pushed in all of them and she had a chance to see what she can handle right now."

Others who may have a chance to advance individually to regional, according to Graham, include Kristin Yannacey in the 200 and 400, Lavonia Johnson in the shot put and discus, Tayler Reid in the 400 and long jump, Emily Richards in the 400 and Tangi Hamilton in the long jump.

"I think we also have a chance in the (400 relay) and the (1,600 relay)," Graham said. "The problem with the (400 relay) is that two of our top runners in that might want to run the open 400, which is right after the (400 relay). But we do have eight girls running close together for the (1,600 relay), so we'll see what happens.

Last season, Reid, Mengerink, Yannacey and Hamilton comprised the sixth-place 1,600 relay at district. Graham noted that Richards, Courtney White, Taylor McGinnis and Kaci McCoy are pushing to enter the relay lineups as well.

In the 90-38 loss to New Albany, Johnson led the sweep in the shot put with an effort of 32 feet, 1 inch. She was followed by Zainab Kandeh (30-2) and Rebekah Younkin (28-6).

The boys lost 92-45 despite sweeping three field events with a combination of brothers involved.

Skylar Hartley won the shot put (41-1) ahead of his brother, Dalton Hartley (38-5 1/2), and Adonis Martin (35-9). Martin's brother, Dorian Martin, won the long jump (19-6 1/2) ahead of Christian Rupp (18-10) and Bobby Oliver (18-8 1/2). Bobby Oliver won the pole vault (13-6) ahead of Matt Swisher (13-0) and his brother, Thomas Oliver (10-0).

Steve Swisher, no relation to Matt Swisher, was second (4:47.28) in the 1,600 and third (10:30.03) in the 3,200.

•The softball team won its first two games in the second round of OCC-Capital play, including a 17-0 victory over host Watkins Memorial on April 27 to remain unbeaten and in first place in the league. Second-place Hilliard Bradley lost to Big Walnut 9-6 the same day.

Mikayla Cooper had a day to remember for the Pacers, as she threw a no-hitter and hit for the cycle. She was 5-for-5 with five runs and four RBI. She needed a home run in her final at-bat to complete the cycle and hit a grand slam to center field in an eight-run seventh inning.

Kalene Schmidt was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI, Carly Shaw was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Cindy Bowman also drove in two runs. All but one starter had at least one hit in the 17-hit attack.

• Baseball coach Mike Yinger must have felt like he was losing a game of musical chairs last week.

"This is about as bad of a spring season as I can recall," Yinger said. "I've got calls out to nearly everyone in central Ohio for games and we just can't find the same open dates for games. I've made probably 25 phone calls to find an opponent for (April 30)."

With all the postponements, the non-league portion of the schedule has dwindled significantly as league makeups take precedence over non-league games. The Pacers did not play on the few days the weather permitted early last week.

Games against Dresden Tri-Valley and Thomas Worthington were postponed on April 23 and a game against London on April 26 was dropped, as was a contest against Worthington Kilbourne on April 27. A league game against Hilliard Bradley was rescheduled from April 27 to Tuesday, May 3.

Yinger expected to take his day planner to the Division I district tournament draw meeting on Sunday, May 1, and compare schedules with fellow coaches in an attempt to add games before the tournament begins.

"It will be a strange meeting because nobody has much of an idea on how good their teams truly are, let alone the other teams in the district," Yinger said. "Other than maybe the top five teams, it'll be a crapshoot. There's not much of a track record for anyone."

•The girls lacrosse team is making progress.

The first-year club team defeated Marysville 12-6 on April 21 and lost to Westerville North 10-8 on April 25.

The Pacers led North 6-5 at halftime, but the Warriors played their varsity squad in the second half.

"Although we lost to Westerville Central 13-11 in overtime (April 19), the girls needed to taste victory and they were pumped to beat Marysville," coach Brian Mollenkopf said. "We dominated that game. It wasn't even as close as the final score because (Marysville) got a few late goals. It was great for the girls and their pride and confidence."

In its first season in 2009, the boys club team did not win a game on the field, although it did receive a forfeit win.

"It was so exciting and all the girls ran down and swarmed our keeper (Jacquelene Mitchell)," Mollenkopf said. "These girls are showing tremendous improvement and it's a fun group, too. They've bonded as a team and they work as a team. It's been an awesome experience. They've been a dream to coach."