The conventional wisdom throughout the girls high school cross country community heading into the Division I regional meet on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Pickerington North might best be described as "wide open."

The conventional wisdom throughout the girls high school cross country community heading into the Division I regional meet on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Pickerington North might best be described as "wide open."

Although Dublin Coffman appears to be a favorite to earn one of the four state-qualifying berths, as many as six teams could be in the mix for the other three spots. The top four teams and top 16 individuals at regional advance to the state meet Nov. 5 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

Coffman had little trouble winning the district 1 meet Oct. 22 at Watkins Memorial despite the absence of two of their top competitors, including No. 1 runner Rachel Bosworth.

Also capturing district titles were Dublin Scioto in district 2 and Hilliard Davidson in district 3. The next two finishers behind the Wildcats, Upper Arlington and New Albany, also seem to be in line to battle for a state berth, as could district 1 runner-up Olentangy Orange and district 2 runner-up Olentangy Liberty.

"I think it's probably five teams for four spots," Scioto coach Matt Suttle said. "You can't predict how it's going to go at the regional. We're hoping for one of those four spots and we're in a position if we run well."

After winning the OCC-Central Division title Oct. 15 in 19 minutes, 18.1 seconds, Bosworth didn't compete at district because of a calf strain. Also out was Mechelle DeNoble, who was the Shamrocks' No. 6 runner in the league meet.

The Shamrocks still managed to easily win the district 1 meet, scoring 43 points as Clarissa Bons led with a third-place finish (19:43.74). Anna Weber (seventh, 20:05.39) and Julia Fries (eighth, 20:20.27) also made the top 10.

It was the second consecutive district title for Coffman.

"I was pleased, especially because we didn't know we wouldn't have (DeNoble) until (the day before the district meet)," Shamrocks coach Jim Ferguson said. "The rest of the kids packed it in.

"Scioto has been solid all year long and Davidson is getting better every week. You can't count out Upper Arlington. The nice thing is that we don't have any Cincinnati teams coming up or Toledo teams coming down for (the regional) as has been the case the last few years."

Winning individual district championships were Canal Winchester senior Kayla Scott (18:54.25) in district 1, Reynoldsburg freshman Leah Wallace (19:22.85) in district 2 and Dublin Jerome junior Kaitlyn Willette (19:04.55) in district 3.

Keeping pace with Scott in the district 1 race was Olentangy Orange junior Hannah Hartzell, who ran 18:55.1 to finish as runner-up.

Jerome coach Kenny Schuster, whose team finished fifth in district 3, couldn't have been more pleased with the performance of Willette.

"It was a really big thing for us," Schuster said. "She really hasn't been challenged too much this year. It's a tough call to know how to prepare her (for the regional) because the ultimate goal is to do well at the state meet. Having said that, she's comparable to the other two district champions and I'd definitely like to see her go for it. She's a gutsy runner."

Davidson survived a 15-team district 3 meet by having five of the top 12 finishers. Lauren Hoover led the Wildcats by placing sixth (19:42.05), followed by Caroline Hildebrand (seventh, 20:15.76) and Lilly Saniel-Banrey (20:20.1).

Pickerington North's Kristen Eisenhauer was runner-up (19:16.63) in district 3 and Upper Arlington's Olivia Menden (19:23.3) and Dorrian Jaffe (19:28.03) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Wallace followed her run to an OCC-Ohio title Oct. 15 by winning the district 2 title in convincing fashion over the runner-up, Zanesville's Sarah Kaufman (19:40.53).

Jessica Cronau (third, 19:50.82) and Rebecca Groh (fourth, 19:57.6) led Scioto in district 2. Senior twins Minori Minagawa (eighth, 20:12.9) and Sakiko Minagawa (ninth, 20:22.45) also made the top 10.

"They all ran pretty well," Suttle said. "Cronau and Groh really stepped up. It was not that (the Minagawa sisters) ran horrible, but they were not as sharp as we were hoping they'd be. To get six girls in the top 15, though, is pretty good."