The move to Division I didn't seem to affect the DeSales High School boys track and field team.

The move to Division I didn't seem to affect the DeSales High School boys track and field team.

The Stallions still qualified six individuals and two relays to the regional, which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Hilliard Davidson. The top four in each event at district qualified to the regional, and the top four there will advance to state June 6-7 at Ohio State.

In the district 2 meet which concluded last Saturday at Dublin Coffman, the Stallions scored 70.33 points to finish fourth behind Hilliard Darby (109.5), Westerville South (73.5) and Mount Vernon (72).

Michael Rutherford, who competed in the Division II state meet last year in the 800 meters, felt good about his chances of getting back there this season after winning the 800 last Saturday in 1 minute, 54.6 seconds, just ahead of teammate Vinnie Balzano (1:55.5).

"I noticed a lot at Division I that the actual winning times aren't faster," said Rutherford, who was seventh in the 800 at the state meet last year (1:55.44). "There are a lot more people running close times."

That makes things more interesting in events like the 800, where positioning means more than in other races. With a tighter pack of runners, Balzano said he tried to focus on his teammate.

"People have different kinds of kicks and you don't know when they're going to start," he said. "They might pass you up in the last 200. That is where I let (Rutherford) loose a little bit and I thought, 'I can't let that happen,' and I tried to catch up to him."

Matt Farkas, who was seventh at the Division II state meet in the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches) last year, managed only eighth (5-10) at district. But he was second in the 400 (50.44) to Westerville South's Ryan Barber and ran the first leg of the third-place 1,600 relay (3:24.92) that included Jacob Allen, Balzano and Rutherford. Westerville South won (3:21.15).

Farkas' impression of the competition in Division I was that there are a lot more serious athletes.

"People care so much more," Farkas said.

Rutherford was the anchor of the 1,600 relay and followed Balzano, Zach Aust and Seth Gray on the second-place 3,200 relay (8:18.31) as Davidson won (8:13.64). Balzano has taken the place of graduate Michael Thompson on a 3,200 relay that finished third (7:50.08) in Division II last year.

Dion Keeton was third in the 200 (22.74) and Kenny Stafford was third in the long jump (21-3 1/4). Patrick Omameh was third in the shot put (51-0) and fourth in the 200 (142-6).

The girls team scored 47 points to finish sixth as Pickerington Central won (128.5). Katie Rutherford won the 1,600 (5:03.82) ahead of Melissa Thompson (second, 5:10.72) and she won the 800 (2:10.4). Thompson finished fourth in the 3,200 (12:02.37) and Amy Miller was fourth in the high jump (5-2). The 3,200 relay of Rachel Seiffert, Michelle Ritter, Rutherford and Thompson was second (9:53.84) to Darby (9:50.2).

•The softball team lost to Canal Winchester 6-4 in a Division II district final May 22 to finish 10-16 overall. It tied Hartley for third in the CCL at 3-5 behind Watterson and Ready at 7-1 and ahead of Worthington Christian at 0-8.

The Stallions lost 13 graduates from last year's team that won a district championship and came back this season with a roster of mostly freshman and sophomores. Seventh-seeded DeSales defeated New Albany 7-0 in the second round May 15 and then beat second-seeded Big Walnut 4-2 in a district semifinal May 20.

"Our girls truly realized how wonderful of an experience (playing in a district final) was," coach Julie Barber said. " And I can tell that the younger ones are already hungry to return. It was difficult for them to accept that their season was over, and they have told me that they want to be prepared next year to continue further."

The Stallions have nine letterwinners eligible to return. They will lose seniors Melanie Cox (OF), Kaitlyn Schwartz (3B) and Krissy Vargo.

Expected back are sophomores Erica Hertel (OF), Celina Meyers (OF) and Olivia Stranges (OF) and freshmen Amanda Herron (1B/2B), Alyssa McGinnis (P), Kelsey Seeds (P), Courtney Somers (SS), Mary Wickert (C) and Alysha Vafaee (P/1B).

Herron and Somers were named first-team all-CCL and Wickert and Seeds made the second team. Herron led the team in hitting with a .378 average followed by Somers (.333) and Wickert (.329). Seeds was 9-14 with a 2.48 ERA and 129 strikeouts.

•Myles Harris of the boys tennis team fell in the first round of the district tournament to Worthington Kilbourne's Kevin Metka 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Metka ended up losing in the second round to Upper Arlington's Sean Carr 6-1, 7-6 (7-2).

Harris, a sophomore, is expected to return next season, as are juniors Stephen Thorley and Jordan Davis and freshmen John Acomb and Michael and Paul Rosile. The Stallions will lose seniors Ben Aring, Kevin Cooler and Steve Funk.

•The boys lacrosse team, which was seeded fourth for the Division II Region 3 tournament, played Gahanna last Tuesday in the first round. The winner will play today in the second round against eighth-seeded Bexley or top-seeded Granville. Granville was 11-3 before playing Bexley, which as 1-7, last Tuesday. The Stallions, who lost to Granville 11-10 on April 24 and defeated Bexley 9-5 on April 10, was 7-5 before last Tuesday.

•The girls lacrosse team fell to Watterson 13-12 in overtime in a regional final of the club lacrosse tournament May 22. The Stallions finished 5-11 in their second season as a program.