There wasn't much not to like for the Hartley High School boys and girls track and field teams as they got their postseasons started last week in the Division II district meets at Hamilton Township.

There wasn't much not to like for the Hartley High School boys and girls track and field teams as they got their postseasons started last week in the Division II district meets at Hamilton Township.

The girls team qualified three relays and advanced six individuals in a total of nine events to regional on Thursday, May 26, and Saturday, May 28, in Dayton Welcome Stadium.

After entering the district meet with a question about how to fully utilize the versatility of senior Aisha Cavin, the Hawks settled on running her in the 100 and 400 meters and in the 800 and 1,600 relays.

Although Cavin settled for a runner-up finish in the 100 (11.82 seconds) behind Eastmoor Academy's Aaliyah Barnes (11.80) after finishing with faster times than the sophomore in both the preliminaries and the semifinal, she won the 400 (57.53) and helped the two relays place first.

Coach Richard Jones called Cavin's failure to win the 100 a "momentary loss."

Last season at state, Cavin won the title in the 400, was fourth in the 200 and ran on the runner-up 800 relay and on the champion 1,600 relay.

The top four finishers in each district event advanced to regional, where the top four in each event advance to the state meet June 3-4 at Ohio State.

"We're moving in the right direction," Jones said.

The girls finished first (111) of 22 teams that scored in the Division II district meet.

Also winning for the girls were Chelsea Scott in the 100 hurdles (14.31) and 300 hurdles (43.82), the 400 relay of Nala Key, Deja Martin, Destany Martin and Scott (49.84), the 800 relay of Cavin, Najah Greer, Destany Martin and Maya Pedersen (1:41.94) and the 1,600 relay of Cavin, Greer, Mallory McCormick and Pedersen (3:55.25).

The boys team finished third (67) of 14 teams that scored in the district 2 meet. Eastmoor (131) won and Granville (106) finished second.

Capturing titles were the 800 relay of Anthony Allwein, Noah Key, Matt Simpson and Corey Thompson (1:29.89) and the 1,600 relay of Allwein, Key, Thompson and Isaiah Walls (3:23.12).

Walls also added a title in the 300 hurdles (39.73) and a runner-up finish in the 110 hurdles (15.33).

"We started off this year with a lot of injuries," Thompson said. "We've had so many underclassmen who have stepped up like Anthony Allwein."

•The girls lacrosse team played Columbus School for Girls on May 24 in a Division II South/Central Region semifinal.

The winner advanced to a regional final Thursday, May 26, at Columbus Academy or Cincinnati Summit Country Day.

The regional champion advances to a state semifinal June 3.

The Hawks opened the postseason with a 14-10 victory over Bexley on May 19 that improved their record to 14-2.

Emily Sweeney scored six goals and Emily Strapp added five. Hartley also beat the Lions 16-11 on May 5.

Defender Mae Livingston was another standout against Bexley, according to coach Molly Gilbert.

"We stuck through to the end," Gilbert said. "We didn't let down when we were tired. Mae Livingston had the game of her life. She doesn't let anybody get by her. We played team ball and stuck through it in the rain."

Hartley defeated Columbus School for Girls 10-9 on March 31, marking what Gilbert believes was the first victory over the Unicorns in program history.

If the Hawks again defeated the Unicorns, they could get another shot at an Academy team that they lost to 12-7 on April 5.

•The third-seeded baseball team's season ended with a 5-1 loss to Big Walnut on May 20 in a Division II district semifinal at Worthington Kilbourne.

The Hawks trailed 2-1 when the game was suspended in the fourth inning May 19 at Hamilton Township. After play resumed the next day at the new site, the Golden Eagles scored three runs off senior Caleb Parker.

Senior Austin Underwood struck out six on the first day of play but took the loss. Sophomore Luke Heinmiller scored on a single by Underwood in the first inning for Hartley's only run.

"I think we just had too many mistakes in this game," coach Morgan Assmann said. "Big Walnut is a decent team and they hit the ball well. We started the game (May 19) in the rain, and I've never done that. The field at Kilbourne was basically under water, which is not conducive to good baseball."

The Hawks finished 14-10 overall. They opened the district tournament May 12 with a 6-1 second-round win over Sparta Highland.

Hartley finished third at 4-4 in the CCL behind DeSales (7-1) and Watterson (5-3) and ahead of Ready (2-6) and St. Charles (2-6).

The other seniors were starters Connor Callahan, Jack Imwalle, Alex Heinmiller, Kendall Johnson, Alex Lowe and Nick Owens, and backup Nathan Tentler.

The Hawks will rebuild next season around Luke Heinmiller, who started at catcher and also pitched.

"He'll be the major guy coming back," Assmann said. "It's hard to part with all of the seniors because they knew my moves and I knew their moves. The biggest thing (for the new players next year) will be the speed of the game."

•The softball team will lose a pair of three-year starters in Emma Caputo (1B) and Hannah Chalfant (OF) but should return the remainder of its roster.

The Hawks, who went 10-16 overall a year ago, finished with a 12-10 record that included a 10-game winning streak to start the season.

Hartley earned the fifth seed for the Division II district tournament and rallied from a five-run deficit with two outs in the seventh inning to beat seventh-seeded Jonathan Alder 13-12 on May 11 in a second-round game. The Hawks then lost to sixth-seeded Olentangy 8-7 in a district semifinal May 16 at Pickerington North.

Among those eligible to return are junior Erin Collins (C), sophomores Tiffany Wolf (P), Anna Kirk (INF) and Allie Smith (CF) and freshmen Sidney Melton (2B), Cassie Plageman (OF) and Nicole Weldon (OF).

Hartley tied Ready for second at 3-3 in the CCL behind DeSales (6-0) and ahead of Watterson (1-5).

"Our seniors led all of these little kids," coach Meghan Rowlands said. "We should have a real strong core of players coming back."