Ever the numbers-crunching perfectionist, Hilliard Davidson High School boys cross country coach Pat Schlecht couldn't contain his satisfaction after the Division I, district 1 district meet Oct. 22 at Watkins Memorial.

Ever the numbers-crunching perfectionist, Hilliard Davidson High School boys cross country coach Pat Schlecht couldn't contain his satisfaction after the Division I, district 1 district meet Oct. 22 at Watkins Memorial.

After a two-year absence, the Wildcats were back in trophy territory. They used a strategy Schlecht wasn't sure would pay off - and still isn't completely sure of - to score 42 points, beating runner-up Dublin Jerome by 16 points.

Davidson took two extra weekends off during the regular season in hopes of saving energy for the postseason and cutting down on injuries. Ryan Caulley placed third (16 minutes, 11.69 seconds) in district 1 to lead the Wildcats, with Garrett Knapik (seventh, 16:49.53) and Collin Burdette (eighth, 16:52.76) also placing in the top 10.

"We haven't raced very much," Schlecht said. "We were running real well early (in the season) and wanted to train and save (for the postseason). We're not sure how this experiment is going to work out yet, but we've taken steps in the right direction two weeks in a row. We're getting better. We'll see what happens next week and the rest of the fall."

Davidson placed second (38) to Dublin Coffman (31) in the OCC-Central Division meet Oct. 15 at Westerville North.

The top five teams and top 20 individuals in districts 1 and 2 and the top six teams and top 24 individuals in district 3 advanced to the regional meet on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Pickerington North.

The top four teams and top 16 individuals at regional advance to the state meet Nov. 5 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

In addition to Davidson and Jerome, also advancing to regional in district 1 were Central Crossing (92), Reynoldsburg (101) and Pickerington Central (124).

New Albany won its third consecutive district title, scoring 64 points in district 2 to edge OCC-Capital rival Hilliard Bradley (72). Also advancing to regional from district 2 were Pickerington North (74), Westerville Central (80) and St. Charles (136).

In district 3, Coffman scored 58 points to hold off runner-up Olentangy Liberty (61) for the title, with Westerville North (118), Watkins Memorial (136), Lancaster (141) and Marietta (142) also advancing to regional.

Reynoldsburg senior Tsehaye Hiluf won his third consecutive district title, finishing the district 1 race in 15:53.95, almost 17 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Jerome's Jake Mandel (16:10.25).

Olentangy Orange's Danny Meyung finished first in district 2 in 16:01.26, with Westerville Central's Brandon Shirey (16:06.9) and Bradley's Troy Kelleher (16:13.33) rounding out the top three.

Coffman senior John Sotos ran a personal-best 15:53.63 to finish first in district 3 and lead the Shamrocks, who placed five runners in the top 21.

•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.

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.

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.