With no seniors and a sprint corps featuring several sophomores, the Beechcroft High School girls track and field team struggled to score points in many of the meets in which it competed this season.

With no seniors and a sprint corps featuring several sophomores, the Beechcroft High School girls track and field team struggled to score points in many of the meets in which it competed this season.

The biggest bright spot in what has been a growing season under first-year coach Larry Bromagen has been the 800-meter relay.

In the Division II, district 2 meet that concluded May 19 at Westerville South, junior Hailee Cannady anchored the 800 relay that placed third in 1 minute, 49.74 seconds to qualify for the regional meet Thursday, May 24, and Saturday, May 26, at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

The top four finishers in each regional event advance to the state meet June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.

Cannady was joined on the relay by sophomores Ramyus Conteh and Tivia Hylton and freshman Ahmel Roberson. The foursome helped the Cougars score 18 points to place 12th of 13 teams behind champion Columbus School for Girls (129).

"I'm excited and happy," Cannady said. "I would say (things came together) in the middle (of the season). We had worked on our exchanges a lot. Our coaches are great. We're hoping that next year we'll be a lot better even than we are this year."

The top four finishers in each district event advanced to regional.

The 800 relay nearly was joined at regional by the 1,600 relay of Cannady, Hylton, Roberson and junior Amber Radcliffe, but the foursome finished fifth (4:19.45).

Radcliffe, who has been battling an injury, got outkicked at the end of the race by the anchor from Johnstown.

The 400 relay also was fifth (51.27), Radcliffe took seventh in the 400 (1:05.42) and Roberson was seventh in the 200 (27.33).

The boys team placed 13th (8) in the 15-team Division I, district 3 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby behind champion Pickerington North (127.5).

Moving on to the regional that began May 23 and concludes Friday, May 25, at Pickerington North was James Duncan in the long jump (third, 21 feet, 4 3/4 inches).

Also scoring for the boys was the 400 relay of Kevin Chapple, Duncan, Khaleed Franklin and Rayshawn Norah (seventh, 44.2).

Bearcats boys track team places sixth

The Brookhaven boys track team had three individuals and three relays advance to the Division I regional at Pickerington North.

The 800 relay of Lei'Tonn Backus, Joshua Baker, Tajuan Green and Clevis Towns was first (1:27.49) and Green won the 100 (11.02) in the district 2 meet that concluded May 19 at Darby.

The 400 relay (third, 42.84) and 1,600 relay (second, 3:23.43) also moved on to regional, as did Shawn Campbell in the high jump (tied for third, 6-0) and Towns in the 300 hurdles (second, 39.86).

Brookhaven was sixth (56.5) in the 16-team district behind champion New Albany (100.5).

Baker was eighth in the 400 (50.73) and Toby Rushing took fifth in the shot put (49-8).

"We weren't in a real strong district for sprints, but we were happy to have our (400 relay) finish third, our (1,600 relay) getting second and our (800 relay) getting first," coach Steve Ayers said. "Pretty much everybody we expected to get out did."

Campbell was battling a left knee injury when he took third in the City League meet May 7 by clearing 5-10. His personal-best heading into the regional was 6-2.

Last season, the Bearcats had the state champion in the high jump in 2011 graduate Nigel Preacher.

"(Preacher) showed me everything I know about the high jump," said Campbell, who finished fifth in the long jump (20-6 1/2) at district. "Last year was my first year (competing in track). I'm happy about making it to the regional. I've been training real hard."

The Brookhaven girls tied Lancaster for 16th (6) in the 17-team district 2 meet behind champion Hilliard Davidson (101.5).

Senior Charletta Henley made it to the regional for the second consecutive season in the long jump after taking fourth (16-9).

Also scoring was Alexus McGill in the 200 (eighth, 27.61).

Barnes, Weatherspoon move on for Northland

Senior Will Barnes of the Northland boys track team kept alive his hopes of advancing to the Division I state meet for the second consecutive season when he placed second in the 110 hurdles (14.72) and fourth in the 200 (22.44) in the Division I, district 1 meet that concluded May 19 at Darby.

Barnes, who also was fifth in the 300 hurdles (40.19), placed fifth at state in the 110 hurdles last season and was the City League champion in the event May 9.

"My main focus has been the 110 (hurdles) because I went to state and did well there last year," Barnes said. "With me and Joey Wilkin (from Westerville North) and Desmond Palmer (Pickerington North), all of our times are close."

Northland finished 11th (17) in the 16-team district behind champion Davidson (104).

The girls team placed 13th (9) in the 15-team district 1 meet behind first-place Dublin Coffman (141).

Junior Jasmine Weatherspoon tied Pickerington North's Rashelle Myers for second in the high jump after both cleared 5-2. Weatherspoon, who competed at regional May 23, went 5-5 earlier this season.

Also placing at district was the 800 relay of Mariah Nevels, Kennedy Dulaney, Jasmine Owens and Elon Mason-Baity (seventh, 1:48.11).

"We've gone 1:46 in (the 800 relay) and it would have taken 1:45 to advance," coach Tom Fast said. "It was a really fast race.

"Jasmine has hit 5-5 a few times, but she had a really hard AAU practice the day before she competed (May 17). She's done a good job balancing her time schedule, but you can't really predict the aftereffect of AAU basketball. She's had a great season."

Local softball teams to lose key players

The Beechcroft, Brookhaven and Northland softball teams each had key seniors leading the way this season.

The Bearcats lost to Bexley 19-0 in the first round of the Division II district tournament May 8 to finish 13-8 overall. They went 9-5 in the City League-North Division to place third behind Whetstone (14-0) and Centennial (12-2).

An eight-member senior class for Brookhaven included Unique Dixon, Celina Fontes, Ashanna Jaycocks, Chelsea Matthews and Rachel Montgomery.

Players eligible to return include juniors Kristina Tweedy, Katie Stoots and Kyle Matthews.

"There were some ups and downs," coach Chuck Andrick said. "I thought we finished as well as we could have, although I was kind of disappointed in our tournament outing. I was hoping we would compete better in the league, but anytime you can end with a winning record, that's pretty good for us."

Northland lost to Davidson 11-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 7 to finish 9-12 overall.

The Vikings, who were 8-6 in the City-North, had eight seniors, including Raven Dickens, Demaris Inman, Ederra Jenkins and Briyona Smith.

Eligible to return are juniors Jennifer Brown, Sember Moore, Halle Saxon and Janelle Tyler, sophomore Quiana Hayes and freshman Johely Martin.

"The kids stepped up and showed a lot of character," first-year coach Dan Zedeker said. "I was disappointed we lost twice to Brookhaven and I was disappointed in our tournament game, but I couldn't have asked for a better group of young ladies. Everybody worked together."

Beechcroft went 7-10 overall and 6-8 in City-North. The Cougars lost to Licking Heights 10-0 in the first round of the Division II district tournament May 8.

Seniors Tiara Woodfork and Melissa Zimmerman were key players for Beechcroft, which also had a first-year coach in Mandy Cox.

Sophomore catcher Starlah Germany, sophomore pitcher Mary Stewart and freshmen outfielders Aariana Holmes and Te'a Wade provide a positive outlook for the future, according to Cox.

"Mary Stewart is only a sophomore and she pitched in every game, except for one," Cox said. "She does real well for never having any training or lessons. Our catcher, Starlah Germany, has been great. She's a nice vocal leader."