In last year's OCC-Ohio Division track and field meet, Grove City High School coach Jane Taylor lamented the points lost because of an injury to sprinter Nate Boll.

In last year's OCC-Ohio Division track and field meet, Grove City High School coach Jane Taylor lamented the points lost because of an injury to sprinter Nate Boll.

The end of this year's meet May 16 at Big Walnut reinforced why.

With the 1,600-meter relay mired in sixth place entering the final leg, Boll took the baton and steadily lifted the Greyhounds to a third-place finish in 3 minutes, 28.16 seconds, 5.09 seconds behind first-place Pickerington North.

"He is really focused," Taylor said of Boll, a senior. "Nate knew he could get us into the top three. He wanted to run against Nick Gray (of North, the defending 400 state champion), but (Gray) had some hamstring issues and pulled himself out of the relay.

"This is a great warmup for Nate going into (the Division I, district 3 meet). He is in good position. Getting to the regional is a huge goal for him."

Boll also finished second in the 400 (49.42) and helped the 800 relay to second (1:31.58), helping the boys team to 48 points and sixth place behind North (173), Pickerington Central (119), Lancaster (117), Gahanna (91) and Reynoldsburg (84) and ahead of Groveport (16) and Newark (12).

In the girls event, a second-place finish for the 1,600 relay (school-record 4:05.83) and third-place finishes for Carmen D'Ippolito in the 100 (12.65) and 200 (26.18) helped Grove City to 59.5 points and fifth place behind Gahanna (214), North (104.5), Lancaster (103) and Reynoldsburg (60) and ahead of Central (57), Newark (35) and Groveport (28).

Boll suffered groin and shin injuries shortly before the OCC-Ohio meet last year, and said he did not fully recover until after football season.

"I did something to my inner groin, and then my (right) shin, I still don't know," said Boll, who was .2 off the school record of 48.8 in the 400 entering the district 3 meet at Hilliard Darby. "It kind of tore or pulled the muscle extensively and I couldn't run. I couldn't really walk. Then I got strep (throat) on top of my injuries (around the time of the league meet). It wasn't very good.

"I have to try a lot more coming off the injury, but I am definitely improving."

Also for the boys, Koffi Edah was second in the 300 hurdles (39.0) and was on the 800 and 1,600 relays and the fifth-place 400 relay (44.58). Zach Black was fourth in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches).

D'Ippolito, who also was on the fourth-place 800 relay (1:49.55), overcame adversity in the preliminaries May 14 to make the finals. She slipped out of the blocks in the 100.

"I planned to change my spikes because they were a little dull," D'Ippolito said. "When I got into the blocks, my spikes just didn't stick like they should. When I went up to set, my left foot actually slipped out of the blocks and was completely on the ground. I got absolutely no push off the blocks, so I had to make up for it."

Hannah Hawkins was third in the discus (103-9) and eighth in the shot put (32-7 1/4), and Gina Conti was fourth in the high jump (5-2).

The district 3 meet began May 20 with field events. Preliminaries for running events will be Thursday, May 21, and running finals are Saturday, May 23. The top finishers in each event advance to the regional Wednesday, May 27, and May 29 at Pickerington North.

From regional, the top four finishers in each event qualify for the state meet June 5 and 6 at Ohio State.

Bass, Manivanh lead Comets

In the OCC-Central meet that concluded May 16 at Hilliard Davidson, Taylor Manivanh won the long jump (17-7 1/2) and was fifth in the 100 (13.01) and eighth in the 200 (27.47) to lead Central Crossing's girls to sixth place.

Danere'a White was third in the 200 (26.8) and sixth in the 400 (1:01.81), and the Comets scored 42 points to finish behind Olentangy Liberty (153), Dublin Coffman (136), Davidson (109), Thomas Worthington (103) and Upper Arlington (58) and ahead of Westland (30) and Marysville (26).

Julia Swallows was fourth in the pole vault (10-0) and seventh in the long jump (15-6 1/2), and Maggie Swallows was sixth in the discus (96-8) and shot put (32-2 1/4).

Colter Bass led the boys by finishing fourth in the long jump (19-10 1/4) and fifth in the 100 (11.32) and 200 (23.61).

The Comets were eighth (15) behind Davidson (143), Coffman (132.5), Liberty (127), Marysville (96.5), Thomas (66.5), UA (42.5) and Westland (37).

"The 100 and 200 are the events I'd like to focus on (in the postseason), especially the 200," Bass said. "I really like coming off the turn strong and staying relaxed. My coach has been pressing that into me. I did well in the 100. I stayed really relaxed in my face. He always tells me when you watch the pros, you see how relaxed their face is. They can have a conversation while they're running."

Central Crossing is competing in the Division I, district 2 meet at Darby. Field events took place May 19, followed by the preliminaries for the running events May 20 and the running finals Saturday, May 23.