Last year, Tori Brink watched as Hilliard Davidson High School girls track and field teammate Brittany Cheese became the first Wildcat to qualify to the Division I state track and field meet in four events.

Last year, Tori Brink watched as Hilliard Davidson High School girls track and field teammate Brittany Cheese became the first Wildcat to qualify to the Division I state track and field meet in four events.

This season, Brink is attempting something only slightly less ambitious, as she is trying to make it to state in three distance races. Her quest got out to a promising start at the district 2 meet which concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman as she won all three.

The top four in each event qualified to the regional, which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Davidson. The top four there will advance to state June 6-7 at Ohio State.

"Tori's confidence and work ethic make her a front-runner to make it to the state meet in any race she runs," said coach Matt Beatty, whose team was third (89) in the 13-team district behind Lancaster (118) and Gahanna (117.16). "She ran wonderful races at district."

Brink won the 1,600 meters (5 minutes, 9.86 seconds) and the 3,200 (11:24.98).

"I got my personal record by five seconds in the 3,200, so I'm happy with that," she said. "I usually stay with the pack until the very end, but my coach told me to go ahead in this one and I led the whole way. My time in the 1,600 was OK. I didn't have anyone pushing me, so the only thing I wanted to do there was win and get 10 more points for my team."

She also anchored the 3,200 relay of Meghan Gallagher, Allison Wright and Bridget Onders to a first-place finish (9:44.49) ahead of Gahanna (9:52.73).

"We didn't believe we'd get first, so winning this race pumped everyone up," Brink said. "I was in first place when they gave me the baton, so I just didn't want to lose it for my teammates."

Brink went to state in only the 1,600 last year.

"I'm going to push myself in all three events and see what I can do," she said.

Cheese, battling a left hamstring injury, competed in only the 100 hurdles at district and finished second (14.92) behind Teays Valley's Kaitie Perill (14.48). She won the regional title in the 100 hurdles (14.28) last year before placing second at state.

"It was a hard decision to cut back to one event, but I didn't want to risk hurting myself again," Cheese said. "This was only the third time I've run the hurdles in a big meet, so that was an all right time. Of course, I always want to win, but the only thing that really matters at district and regional is that I finish in the top four so I can get back to state again."

Christa Smith won the pole vault (10 feet) over Lancaster's Ashton Sniderman (10-0 on one more miss).

The 1,600 relay of Amanda Ulen, Wright, Gallagher and Lauren Pioli was second (4:00.34) behind Mount Vernon (3:59.77).

"Our 1,600 relay broke our school record, and they didn't even come close to running their best race," Beatty said.

•The boys team was sixth (59) behind champion Darby (109.5) in the 17-team Division I district 2 meet.

"We did as well as we could for what we have," coach Jim Smith said. "The guys who we thought could make it to regional did make it out. There were no surprises."

The 3,200 relay of Cole Kenyon, Anthony Boyd, Josh Brown and Sean Smith was first (8:13.64) ahead of runner-up DeSales (8:18.31).

"That's big," Smith said. "All four of those guys ran well to make that happen."

Boyd finished second in the 1,600 (4:25.78) behind Darby's Joe Jackson (4:23.81).

Yoshi Shimizu was second in the 3,200 (9:38.43) behind Jackson (9:34.19).

In the 800, Kenyon was third (1:55.63) and Smith was fourth (1:59.77).

"We did really well in the distance events, which is what we were hoping for," Shimizu said. "I'm happy with the time I ran, even though I got passed (by Jackson) in the end. I didn't have anyone pushing me at most of our meets, and my times were getting worse and worse before (last Saturday)."

"I think we can advance to state in all of the events where we made it to regional," Smith said. "Our guys know that they'll have to perform better than they did this week to make it, but I think they've all still got some room to improve."

At a glance

Below are the regional qualifiers for the Davidson boys and girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:

BOYS -- Yoshi Shimizu: 3,200 (second, 9:38.43); Cole Kenyon: 800 (third, 1:55.63); Sean Smith: 800 (fourth, 1:59.77); Anthony Boyd: 1,600 (second, 4:25.78); 3,200 relay: Kenyon, Boyd, Josh Brown, Smith (first, 8:13.64); Justen Cox: pole vault (fourth, 12-6)

GIRLS -- 1,600 relay: Amanda Ulen, Allison Wright, Meghan Gallagher, Lauren Pioli (second, 4:00.34); Brittany Cheese: 100 hurdles (second, 14.92); 3,200 relay: Gallagher, Wright, Bridget Onders, Tori Brink (first, 9:44.49); Brink: 1,600 (first, 5:09.86), 3,200 (first, 11:24.98). Christa Smith: pole vault (first, 10-0); Aida Tahiraj: pole vault (fourth, 9-0); Alex Blackmon: shot put (fourth, 37-3); Pioli: 400 (third, 58.99); Wright: 400 (fourth, 1:00.32)