The New Albany High School boys track and field team won the 3,200-meter relay in the OCC-Capital Division meet and rarely looked over its proverbial shoulder the rest of the way while unseating four-time champion Watkins Memorial.

The New Albany High School boys track and field team won the 3,200-meter relay in the OCC-Capital Division meet and rarely looked over its proverbial shoulder the rest of the way while unseating four-time champion Watkins Memorial.

The relay of Sebastian Matt, C.J. Stringer, Kraig Manion and Zack Buck finished in 8 minutes, 4.92 seconds in the first final and in the process broke a meet record that had stood since 1994, when Reynoldsburg clocked 8:06.1. Hilliard Bradley, which finished second in 8:06.2, stayed with Buck through the anchor leg, however.

"It was a tough race all the way to the end," said Buck, a freshman.

"That's a great start for us, though, and this is only the third time we've run with this lineup," said Matt, a senior who ran the first leg. "We definitely talked about getting out and winning this race to set the tone for the entire meet."

The Eagles posted victories in 10 of 17 events in the league meet, which was held May 10 and 12 at Hilliard Davidson, and totaled 186 points to finish well ahead of runner-up Bradley (117.5).

The Warriors, who edged New Albany 156-155 to win last year's team title, finished third (117).

"They beat us by one point last year," senior Adam Bodrick said. "We weren't going to let that happen again."

Bodrick certainly did his part by winning four league titles, which included victories in the 200 (22.53) and 400 (49.11). He also anchored the winning 800 (1:28.15) and 1,600 (3:24.7) relays. The 800 relay broke the OCC all-divisions record (1:28.38) set by Thomas Worthington last year in the OCC-Central and the OCC-Capital record (1:30.17) set by Watkins Memorial in 2011.

Darren Lee won three league titles, including the 100 (11.37) as the Eagles swept the sprint events.

The 800 relay also consisted of Daniel Emery, Alan Watson and Lee, while the 1,600 relay included Lee, Emery and Manion. Mount Vernon was second in the 800 relay (1:32.51).

Manion and Alex Frye also had three winning efforts apiece. Manion finished first in the 800 (1:57.41) and threatened the OCC-Capital record (1:57.1) set in 1994 by Reynoldsburg's Randy Benedict.

Frye won the 110 hurdles (15.26), 300 hurdles (39.55) and high jump (6 feet, 6 inches) for New Albany's only title in the field events.

"There was no stopping us today," Bodrick said.

Pettiford-Winters leads girls to title

Karrington Pettiford-Winters won four titles in her league-meet debut as the girls team also captured the OCC-Capital title.

The freshman finished first in the 400 (55.56) to break the meet record (57.4) set by Alanna Hawkins of Franklin Heights in 2008 and anchored the winning 1,600 relay (4:02.3) that broke the meet record (4:03.47) set by Mount Vernon in 2009. Pettiford-Winters won the 200 (25.26) and anchored the winning 800 relay (1:44.35) as well.

The 800 relay also was comprised of Christina Shoemaker, Alex Dunn and Cynthia Cox, while the 1,600 relay also included Debi Bhanja, Dunn and Cox.

Running in lane 4 during the 400, Pettiford-Winters closed on the early leaders going down the back stretch and was in front by the time she got to the third turn. Watkins Memorial's Stephanie Robb finished second (57.51), and Robb was on the anchor leg for the 1,600 relay as the Warriors finished second (4:05.68).

"I was going after the OCC-Capital record, but I didn't expect to run quite this fast," Pettiford-Winters said after the 400. "I'm hoping to get down into the 53s."

The Eagles, who won five events, also enjoyed a wide margin of victory by outscoring runner-up Watkins Memorial, which had won the past three team titles, 161.5-109. Dena White took first in the high jump (5-2).

The Eagles also got a strong performance from Mirra Galbreath, who finished second in the 3,200 (11:30.32) as Olentangy Orange's Hannah Hartzell set a meet record (10:59.87). Galbreath was fourth in the 1,600 (5:08.55) as all three runners ahead of her broke the meet record (5:08) set by Laura Hall of Franklin Heights in 1993. Watkins Memorial's Mara White (5:04.16) and Josie Woosley (5:04.82) finished first and second, respectively, while Hartzell (5:06.41) was third.

Galbreath also teamed with Eliza Matt, Kaci Gundin and Hannah Inman as the 3,200 relay finished second (10:01.28) behind Watkins Memorial (9:44.87).