After failing to advance any athletes to state in its first season in Division I a year ago, the Hartley High School girls track and field team will have five chances at making it this season.

After failing to advance any athletes to state in its first season in Division I a year ago, the Hartley High School girls track and field team will have five chances at making it this season.

The regional meet began May 29 and concludes Friday, May 31, at Pickerington North, with the top four in each event advancing to the state meet June 7 and 8 at Ohio State.

Winning titles in the district 1 meet May 21, 23 and 25 at Hilliard Darby were junior Naja Greer in the 200 meters (24.8 seconds) and junior Deja Martin in the 100 (12.46).

Also advancing by earning runner-up finishes were sophomore Emily Franz in the 800 (2:15.13) and the 1,600 relay of senior Mallory McCormick, sophomore Sydney Williams, Greer and Franz (3:57.1).

The Hawks' other regional-qualifying finish came from McCormick in the 400 (fourth, 59.25).

Hartley finished seventh (41) at district behind champion Hilliard Davidson (90) as 17 teams scored. The top four in each event advanced.

Moore leadsboys track team

The Division II, district 2 boys track meet May 21, 22 and 25 at Westerville South was a memorable one for senior Hezekiah Moore.

In addition to winning the 200 (22.41), he earned runner-up finishes in the 110 hurdles (14.46) and 300 hurdles (39.73).

Moore was one of three Hartley boys to advance to the regional meet Thursday, May 30, and Saturday, June 1, at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, where the top four in each event advance to state.

Also moving on from district were sophomores Kristopher Hill in the 200 (third, 22.67) and Cameron Hart in the long jump (third, 20 feet, 5 inches).

Hartley finished sixth (47) in district 2 behind champion Caledonia River Valley (128) as 12 teams scored.

--Jarrod Ulrey