Marysville High School high jumper Kate Francisco missed her third attempt to clear 5 feet, 4 inches at the Division I regional meet last Wednesday at Pickerington North. She then collected her belongings and exited the track to join her coaches, family and friends.

Marysville High School high jumper Kate Francisco missed her third attempt to clear 5 feet, 4 inches at the Division I regional meet last Wednesday at Pickerington North. She then collected her belongings and exited the track to join her coaches, family and friends.

Francisco knew she finished in the top four after making 5-2 and would compete at the state meet Friday at Ohio State. What she didn't know was the regional meet was not over.

While Francisco mingled, officials were preparing to have a jump off for the final four competitors - Francisco, Olentangy's Brittney Simmons, Canal Winchester's Taylor Smith and Thomas Worthington's Chioma Umunnibuki.

"I didn't know we'd have a jump off," Francisco said, laughing. "That's why I went over."

Francisco returned to the competition and tied Umunnibuki for second behind champion Brittney Simmons. All four competitors missed their three attempts in regulation at 5-4. In the jump off, Simmons became the first to clear at 5-2 giving her the title.

"Kate's last jump at 5-4 was about a 5-6," Gannon said. "She just clipped the bar with her heels. She needs to bring her legs faster through the end of the jump."

Francisco returns to the state meet for the second consecutive season. Last season, she tied for 13th by clearing 5-2.

"The nerves will be gone so hopefully I'll do better," she said. "Last year it sucked being the first jumper. I'll be better now that it's my second year there."

Last season, Medina sophomore Taylor Burke won by clearing 5-9, which was a Jesse Owens Stadium record at the high school level.

Francisco hopes to clear 5-6.

"I just need to work on my arc better," Francisco said. "Since I clipped the bar with my heels on my last jump, I just need to arc more to lift my legs and kick them up."

Marysville competed in two of the three events that scored last Wednesday. The Monarchs 3,200-meter relay of Emily Sattler, Tya Parks, Ashley Zani and Brooke Brown finished 13th in 9 minutes, 57.95 seconds.

On the boys side, the 1,600 relay of Andrew Diehl, Julian Williams, Chris Coburn and Hayes Chrispin finished eighth (3:24.91) in preliminaries and qualified for last Friday's finals. Meanwhile, the 800 relay of the same four runners finished 10th (1:31.47) and failed to advance past the preliminary round.

The regional meet concluded last Friday with the top four in each event advancing to the state tournament.

•DISTRICT MEET - At the Division I, district 2 meet at Dublin Coffman that concluded May 22, Marysville's boys and girls teams combined to qualify 13 athletes to the regional meet.

As a team, the girls scored 73.5 points to finish fifth behind champion Reynoldsburg (115). Francisco was the lone district champion by finishing first in the high jump, clearing 5-4.

On the boys side, Marysville scored 32.5 points to finish sixth behind champion Olentangy Liberty (121). The Monarchs were led by second-place finishes in the 1,600 relay and 800 relay. Both relays are comprised of Chrispin, Coburn, Diehl and Williams.

"We knew they had the ability, it was just a matter of finding the right time to put it together," Gannon said. "We knew it was there."

The 800 relay's time in the district final (1:30.22) set a program record. Gannon was quick to credit Marysville's relays coach, Kevin Rees, for the success.

"Once he got those four together, he's been working at exchanges and tweaking how much kids actually run," Gannon said. "They're doing things to shave time and a lot of the credit goes to coach Rees."

•The softball team battled adversity this season. Without two of its top offensive threats in the postseason, seventh-seeded Marysville reached a Division I district semifinal on May 18 before losing to third-seeded Pickerington Central 4-3 in eight innings.

The Monarchs finished 22-8 overall and tied Olentangy Liberty for first in the OCC-Cardinal at 11-3 ahead of Westerville Central (10-4), Westerville North (7-7), Olentangy (6-8), Dublin Scioto (5-9), Westerville South (5-9) and Dublin Jerome (1-13).

Marysville lost Shelby Allmon and Rachel Mullaney late in the season. Allmon broke her ankle on April 28 at Westerville South sliding into first base. Nine days later, Mullaney broke her nose fielding a ground ball against Westerville Central.

Allmon led Marysville, batting .488. Mullaney was hitting .295 with a team-high 15 RBI.

"Our kids have hung in there," coach Chris Shirer said. "They overcame those injuries and we were one play away from winning (the district semifinal)."

Marysville will lose seniors Allmon, Chelsea Burns (P), Lindsay Hershberger (INF/DP), Skye Howard (RF), Darik Parker (CF), Dani Steepe (P), Paige Thompson (1B) and Paige Westfall (3B).

Among those expected to return include juniors Mullaney (3B) and Rebecca Martin (LF) and sophomores Kasie Sepeda (2B) and Olivia Kriel (C).

Kriel played in 16 games and batted .333 with seven RBI. Sepeda played in all 30 games, hitting .318 with six RBI.

In the circle, Steepe was 13-2 with a 0.74 ERA. In 95 1/3 innings pitched, she had 150 strikeouts and 25 walks. Burns was 8-4 with a 1.63 ERA. She had 87 strikeouts and 15 walks in 89 2/3 innings.

"The question will be how strong will our pitching be," Shirer said. "Our infield is pretty much intact, but it'll depend on how good our pitching is and how they develop."

At a glance

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

BOYS - Andrew Diehl: high jump (second, 6-0). 800 relay: Diehl, Julian Williams, Chris Coburn, Hayes Chrispin (second, 1:30.22). 1,600 relay: Diehl, Williams, Coburn, Chrispin (second, 3:22.61). GIRLS - Meagan Barrett: discus (third, 102-0). Brooke Brown: 1,600 (second, 5:17.61). Lyndsey Davisson: long jump (fourth, 14-7 3/4). Kate Francisco: high jump (first, 5-4). Katie Helfrich: pole vault (fourth, 8-6). Emily Sattler: 800 (third, 2:22.56). 3,200 relay: Sattler, Ashley Zani, Tya Parks, Brooke Brown (third, 9:59.29)