The Hilliard Davidson High School boys track and field team's district championship streak was in jeopardy late in the Division I, district 2 meet that concluded May 25 at Darby.

The Hilliard Davidson High School boys track and field team's district championship streak was in jeopardy late in the Division I, district 2 meet that concluded May 25 at Darby.

The Wildcats trailed Watkins Memorial by 15 points with four events remaining but gained 13 points on the Warriors over the next three events and headed into the final event -- the 1,600-meter relay -- trailing by two points.

Fortunately for Davidson, Dametrius Clark, Josh Bernard, Jonathan Ellis and Phillipie Motley came through with a clutch performance, winning the event in 3 minutes, 22.17 seconds as Watkins Memorial placed second (3:24.26).

As a result, the Wildcats tied Watkins Memorial for first with 140 points apiece in the 16-team meet to capture their third consecutive district title.

"We're sharing it with Watkins, but this is still a district title and it's a huge accomplishment for our team," coach Jim Smith said. "This one is even more special (than the previous two) because we were so far back and we had to play catch-up with some big performances at the end of the meet. Once it came down to the mile relay, there was no question in my mind that we were going to win it because we've been steady in that race all year."

The top four finishers in each district event qualified for the regional meet that began May 29 and concludes Friday, May 31, at Pickerington North. The top four finishers in each regional event advance to the state meet June 7 and 8 at Ohio State.

Also finishing first for the Wildcats at district were Bernard in the 400 (49.74) and the 800 relay of DeMarcus Nelson, Bernard, Michael Kreiser and Clark (1:30.47).

Placing second were Motley in the 100 (10.78) and 200 (program-record 21.67), Colin Burdette in the 1,600 (4:29.1), Nelson in the long jump (20 feet, 8 inches) and the 400 relay of Motley, Nelson, Clark and Kreiser (43.37).

Placing third were Nelson in the 300 hurdles (40.02), Ellis in the 400 (51.41), Jacob Ross in the high jump (6-3), Tyler Anthony in the discus (151-1), Garrett Knapik in the 3,200 (9:31.15) and the 3,200 relay of Burdette, Knapik, Johnny McKeown and Robert LeFevre (8:24.87).

Finishing fourth were Ross in the long jump (20-5 1/2) and Garrett McIlvain in the pole vault (12-0).

"Phillipie and DeMarcus had strong all-around performances ...," Smith said. "We had a lot of nice performances, even from kids who didn't qualify. The kids came together to win this meet as a team."

The Davidson girls team scored 90 points to win the 17-team Division I, district 1 meet that concluded May 25 at Darby ahead of runner-up Pickerington Central (78), marking its third consecutive district title.

The Wildcats held a 10-point lead with one event -- the pole vault -- to be completed and held on to win as Mackenzie Brown cleared 10-6 to win the event. Pickerington Central's Dana Shoff also cleared 10-6 but needed more attempts, giving Brown the district title.

"Mackenzie is our only pole vaulter and she needed to score enough points for us to hold onto our lead and win," coach Matt Beatty said. "Not only did Mackenzie know the situation, she embraced it and won the meet. Pickerington Central's pole vaulters (Shoff and Hannah Robeson) are both real good, but they had bad days and Mackenzie really came through for us in a stressful situation."

Lauren Hoover won both the 1,600 (5:10.66) and 800 (program-record 2:13.91) and Molly Balcer placed second in the high jump (5-1) and third in the long jump (16-2).

Also placing third were the 3,200 relay of Hoover, Lilly Saniel-Banrey, Elsa Saelens and Jane Haines (9:40.66), the 1,600 relay of Hoover, Iman Batiste, Lizzy Litzinger and Ashley Blake (4:00.34), Blake in the 100 (12.64), Jane Onders in the 3,200 (11:33.48) and the 800 relay of Blake, Batiste, Litzinger and Maddie Gallagher (1:46.22).

Finishing fourth were Blake in the 200 (25.96) and Saniel-Banrey in the 1,600 (5:21.09).

"Hoover and Blake both did phenomenal in their races, but this was a total team effort," Beatty said. "Molly was a nice surprise and gave us points that we weren't counting on. We scored real well in the (1,600) and (3,200) to move into first place and our (1,600) relay kept us in first place. We had a lot of girls contribute to this victory."

Hartley wins shot putfor Bradley boys team

The Bradley boys team finished sixth (39) in the 15-team Division I, district 1 meet behind champion Pickerington North (159.5).

Advancing to regional were Skylar Hartley in the shot put (first, 49-2 3/4), Frasier Smith in the discus (third, 134-7) and Nick Christensen (third, 9:36.46) and Eric McCabe (fourth, 9:38.28) in the 3,200.

"Championship performances are exactly what you want to see this time of year and that's what we got out of our regional qualifiers," coach Ben Gadfield said. "Skyler threw well in a pouring rain and won the meet on his third throw. Frasier got his (personal record) by six feet, and he wouldn't have made it through otherwise. Nick ran his personal-best time in the (3,200) and Eric ran his (personal record) by almost (17) seconds in the (3,200) to win a four-guy race for the fourth spot. All four of these guys stepped up big when it counted."

The Bradley girls team finished eighth (40) in the district 1 meet.

Qualifying for regional were Sara Reitz in the long jump (second, 16-3), Kayla Malik in the 100 (second, 12.62), Tes Corea in the 800 (third, 2:21.01), Cierra Allen in the long jump (fourth, 16-1 1/2) and the 400 relay of Reitz, Malik, Ariel Brown and Sydney Rings (fourth, 50.39).

Alexander wins titlefor Darby girls team

The Darby girls team finished sixth (51) in the 16-team Division I, district 3 meet that concluded May 25 at home, behind champion Dublin Coffman (141).

Jordan Alexander won the 300 hurdles (45.77). Also advancing were Julissa Poullet in the 1,600 (third, 5:15.56) and high jump (fourth, 4-10) and the 400 relay of Taylor Kennedy, Anaya Lewis, Nikki Misiolek and Skylar Jacobs (fourth, 51.58).

"A lot of our kids ran (personal-record times) and that's what you want to see at district," coach Don Seymour said. "Julissa got knocked down to the ground at the start of the last lap of the 1,600, but she wasted no time in getting back up and catching up with the front pack again. Her determination impressed me a lot. Jordan ran a season-best time to win her race, too."

The Darby boys team finished fifth (51) in the 16-team district 3 meet behind champion Granville (117).

Qualifying for regional were Jaleel Johnson in the high jump (second, 6-5), Daniel Reynolds in the 1,600 (third, 4:25.41), the 400 relay of Tim Lines, Colin Rack, Dwayne Oates and Cal Kelleher (third, 43.68), Josh Humbert in the discus (fourth, 142-10) and the 3,200 relay of Reynolds, Ryan Baldridge, Kunal Verma and Chase Hampton (fourth, 8:10.64).