Abby Steiner has had her appetizer and is ready for the main course.

Abby Steiner has had her appetizer and is ready for the main course.

The sophomore sprinter for the Dublin Coffman High School girls track and field team returns to the Division I state meet Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, at Ohio State, looking to add to her already impressive resume.

Steiner won the 100 meters (11.82 seconds) and 200 (24.17) in the regional meet May 25 and 27 at Pickerington North. The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to state.

"I was most anxious for the 100 and really just ran the best that I could," she said. "I wanted to keep my feet low and my arms split."

As a freshman, Steiner won both the 100 (12.32) and 200 (24.86) at regional before winning the 200 (23.96) and finishing runner-up in the 100 (11.89) at state. She won both the 60 (7.38) and 200 (24.07) in the Division I state indoor meet March 5 at the University of Akron.

At this year's regional, Steiner was most pleased with the performance of the winning 800 relay, as she teamed with Wambui Watene, Shannon Downie and Shaunqueza Stevens to set meet and program records with a 1:39.12.

"The (800 relay) broke the record and I'm really proud of the team," she said. "I was really tired after the (800 relay) because I had already run three events. I really like to get out fast and catch people I see (in front of me). That's my favorite part, running people down."

Downie said the record-setting relay simply was trying to keep pace with Gahanna, which placed second (1:39.43).

"It was hard because we knew Gahanna Lincoln was incredibly talented," Downie said. "We just hoped to make it out. We just wanted to have a good day."

Steiner also was a member of the third-place 400 relay (48.45) with Megan Gregory, Stevens and Watene.

Megan Cameron, a junior, qualified for state for the first time by placing fourth in the pole vault (11 feet, 4 inches) as the girls team finished second (41 points) behind Gahanna (109) as 37 teams scored.

"I was fifth (10-8) at regional last year, so I'm glad to get out this time," Cameron said. "I had issues with my calves cramping, so I was happy to get 11-4 and just get out (to state). At state, I'm hoping to go 12-plus."

Also at regional, Stevens finished 11th in the 200 (26.31) and the 3,200 relay of Sana Qamar, Maddy Andrews, Jessica Flynn and Marissa Kruse was 11th (9:53.14).

The boys team had three individuals and a relay advance to state.

The 3,200 relay of Tyndale Hannan, Simon Alford, Tommy Alford and Lucas Bons won (7:49.32) on the first day at regional, and Hannan placed second in the 800 (1:52.73) and Simon Alford finished third in the 800 (1:52.99) as the temperature approached 90 degrees on the second day.

"The coach had us warming up in ice hats, which are just hats filled with ice, and that helps lower your core temperature," Hannan said. "Plus, we stayed in the shade all day. You can't let (the heat) get to you."

The 3,200 relay finished first (7:45.27) in the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet held March 11-13 in New York City. It qualified for that meet after winning (7:51.8) the Division I indoor state meet.

Also qualifying for state on May 27 was Jason Boateng, who placed third in the high jump (6-6). He finished ninth (6-4) at state last season.

The Shamrocks finished fifth (34) at regional behind champion Pickerington Central (93) as 38 teams scored.

Also competing at regional were the 800 relay of Jeslord Boateng, Ibn Williamson, David Sides and Alex Barber (seventh, 1:29.8), the 1,600 relay of Hannan, Nolan Conway, Tommy Alford and Simon Alford (eighth, 3:28.46), Bons in the 3,200 (eighth, 9:40.69), John Graf in the 1,600 (ninth, 4:28.61), the 400 relay of Chris Mollica, Barber, Sides and Williamson (13th, 43.86) and Barber in the 200 (14th, 23.2).

Davis twins advance to state for Celtics

Jerome senior twins Brad and Carly Davis both qualified for the Division I state meet in the 3,200.

Brad placed second in the boys race at regional in a personal-record 9:13.73, and Carly was runner-up in the girls race in 10:56.91.

"It was great that we both made it," Brad said. "I guess it's another 'twin thing.' "

Both runners just missed advancing to state in the 3,200 last season, as they both placed fifth at regional. Brad finished in 9:24.69 and Carly ran a 11:01.39.

"I'm so happy, but I'm waiting until my brother finishes to cry," Carly said. "I'm so close (to crying) right now."

Brad and Carly both finished sixth in the Division I state cross country meet last fall.

"To go from fifth (at regional) last year to second this year, I don't know what to say. It's indescribable," Brad said. "After getting sixth in cross country, I would like to get higher up on the podium for track."

Brad and Carly both decided to forego competing in the 1,600 at regional in order to focus on the 3,200.

"I talked to my coaches (Dave Stroh and Kenny Schuster) about running the mile or the two-mile and we decided to stick with the two(-mile)," Carly said. "I think I race better in the two-mile than the mile, so that's what it came down to."

The Davis twins were the only state qualifiers for Jerome.

Also at regional for the boys team, Benton Wilson placed fifth in the 200 (22.18), finishing just .04 of a second behind fourth-place Zavien Parker of Pickerington Central (22.14).

Wilson also was on the sixth-place 800 relay with Max Darrow, Chris Emerson and Trevor Marcus (1:29.66) and the sixth-place 1,600 relay with Justin Chon, Doug Kayuha and Marcus (3:22.94).

Marcus finished seventh in the 400 (49.38), the 3,200 relay of Chon, Brad Davis, Ryan Gartner and Adam Erickson was 13th (8:18.7) and the 400 relay of Kayuha, Emerson, Zack Kowatch and Max Darrow was 16th (44.66).

The Celtics tied Westerville South for 11th (20) at regional.

Also at regional for the girls team, Tiffany Hill placed fifth in the 3,200 (11:24.28), behind fourth-place Andrea Kuhn of Watkins Memorial (11:11.28), and Hill and Carly Davis joined Larkin Thomas and Kat Willette on the sixth-place 3,200 relay (9:31.16).

The Celtics tied Hamilton Township for 16th (16).

Season ends for Irish at regional

None of Scioto's regional competitors advanced to the Division I state meet.

Competing for the girls team were Dominique Tuff in the 100 hurdles (16th, 21.87) and the 400 relay of Tuff, Taylor Collins, Nena Hayes and Erin Holsinger (11th, 50.82).

Competing for the boys team were Eric Holsinger in the 200 (10th, 22.82) and 100 (11th, 11.7) and Ras Lumpkins in the shot put (15th, 45-1 3/4).

Neither team scored at regional.