The New Albany High School girls track and field team fended off Dublin Scioto to win its second consecutive district championship last Saturday.

The New Albany High School girls track and field team fended off Dublin Scioto to win its second consecutive district championship last Saturday.

The Eagles scored 120 points to edge Scioto (118) for the Division I district 4 championship at Groveport.

"(The district title) means a lot to us," coach Otis Winston said. "This is our third year in Division ,I and we're back-to-back district champs. That says a lot about our talent and our effort. They really have to put forth a lot of effort to make it happen."

New Albany won six events, including three relays. The Eagles clinched the championship when the 1,600-meter relay of Taneisha Cordell, Kelly Brittan, Mycah Mason and Lori Kelly finished first in 3 minutes, 54.63 seconds. Scioto was second (4:02.47).

Individually, Taneisha Cordell won the 800 (2:19.16) and Kelly Brittan won the 300 hurdles (45.82).

Cordell won the state championship in the 800 last season with Reynoldsburg. Brittan is looking to qualify in the hurdles for the first time.

"Last year I made it to (the regional) finals and was like sixth," Brittan said. "I was really close, but I'm having a better season this year."

Cordell, Haley Robertson, Hannah Robertson and Mason won the 800 relay in 1:43.66, beating runner-up Hilliard Darby (1:47.24). The 400 relay of Kelly, Hannah Robertson, Haley Robertson and Vanessa Gymiah won in 49.47, finishing ahead of Scioto (50.26).

The Eagles are now focused on the state meet. The regional meet started last Wednesday and concludes Friday at Pickerington North. The top four in each event advance to the state meet June 4-5 at Ohio State.

Last season, New Albany advanced its 400 and 1,600 relays to state. Haley Robertson also qualified in the long jump. She finished second at district (16-6 3/4) to Chillicothe's Audra Metzler (16-8 1/2).

"We had a good seed so we're going to be the top team in almost every event (at the district meet)," Haley Robertson said. "At the regional it's everybody: Reynoldsburg, Gahanna, Pickerington. It's going to be better competitions. We really haven't had anyone to push us most of the year, so hopefully we can make some good times."

New Albany was sixth (32) in the region last year behind Reynoldsburg (113).

•The boys team sent representatives in eight events to the regional meet. Leading the Eagles was Blake Taneff, who won the district 3 championship last Saturday in the 3,200 (9:28.45), finishing well ahead of runner-up Tsehaye Hiluf of Reynoldsburg (9:45.47).

Taneff was the lone member of the boys team to make it to the state meet last year. New Albany scored 71 points to finish fourth in the district 3 meet behind champion Brookhaven (89).

The Eagles also had strong performances. Zach Galbreath was second in the long jump (21-2) behind Brookhaven's Nigel Preacher (21-9) and Clark Hillenbrand was second in the discus (143-6) behind Worthington Kilbourne's Brian Skura (158-2).

The Eagles scored six points to finish 32nd in last year's regional behind Gahanna (81).

At a glance

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

Boys - Michael Burton: 110 hurdles (fourth, 15.01). Zach Galbreath: long jump (second, 21-2.75). Clark Hillenbrand: discus (second, 146-6). Jordan Williams: 400 (fourth, 49.68). Blake Taneff: 3,200 (first, 9:28.45). Drew Windle: 800 relay: Adam Bodrick, Galbreath, Taylor Primeau and Williams (fourth, 1:30.81). 1,600 relay: Williams, Galbreath, Primeau and Windle (fourth, 3:25.69) Girls - Taneisha Cordell: 800 (first, 2:19.16). Kelly Brittan: 300 hurdles (first, 45.82). Mirra Galbreath: 1,600 (third, 5:15.76). 3,200 (fourth, 11:14.51). Haley Robertson: long jump (second, 16-6 3/4). Lori Kelly: 100: (fourth, 12.69). Mycah Mason: 200: (fourth, 26.02). 400: (second, 58.44). 400 relay: Hannah Robertson, Vanessa Gymiah, Kelly and Haley Robertson (first, 49.47). 800 relay: Cordell, Haley Robertson, Hannah Robertson and Mason (first, 1:43.66). 1,600 relay: Mason, Brittan, Kelly and Cordell (first, 3:54.63). 3,200 relay: Annie Bowe, Galbreath, Haley McLellan and Hannah Inman (second, 9:53.92)