The Reynoldsburg High School girls track and field team heads into the Division I state meet looking for its fourth consecutive state championship.

The Reynoldsburg High School girls track and field team heads into the Division I state meet looking for its fourth consecutive state championship.

The Raiders will be represented at state Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, at Ohio State in five individual events and two relays.

That's fewer athletes than a year ago when Reynoldsburg won its third state title in a row, as the Raiders qualified for state in six individual events and three relays. However, they believe they have the potential to score high enough in each of their events to contend for another team championship.

To help keep its sprinters' legs fresher for state, Reynoldsburg did not compete this postseason in the 800-meter relay after taking third at state in the event last year.

"To get a chance to four-peat, not a lot of people get a chance to do that," junior Yamonie Jenkins said.

Reynoldsburg is coming off regional championships in six of the seven events in which it will compete at state.

The Raiders scored 77 points in the regional meet May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North to edge runner-up Dublin Coffman (73) as 43 teams scored.

Reynoldsburg trailed 72-67 heading into the final running event on the second day but had its 1,600 relay of seniors Destinee Gause and Faith Washington, sophomore Cherese Nimmons and Jenkins win in 3 minutes, 49.89 seconds. Coffman placed eighth (3:58.24) in the event.

The regional championship was the fifth in a row for the program.

"Physically it was a tiring day, emotionally it was stressful and spiritually it was a great day," Washington said. "It's great to have two young athletes in our relays like Cherese and Yamonie that we know can bring it. It feels really good to win (the team title)."

Washington won the 100 hurdles (14.18) and 300 hurdles (42.62) and Gause won the 100 (12.08) and 200 (24.0).

Washington's preliminary time of 14.14 in the 100 hurdles broke the regional record.

The 400 relay of Gause, Jenkins, Washington and junior Diamond Gause also was first in a regional record 46.63.

Contributing five regional points and also advancing to state was freshman Leah Wallace, who took fourth in the 3,200 (11:22.82).

Diamond Gause came up just short of advancing in the 100, as she took fifth (12.65).

The top four finishers in each regional event qualified for state.

Last season at state, the Raiders scored 47 points as Cincinnati Withrow was second (39) and Middleburg Heights Midpark took third (33).

Gause captured titles in the 100 and 200, Washington was third in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 100 hurdles and the 1,600 relay was runner-up. Donyelle Brown, a 2011 graduate, also scored two points by placing eighth in both the shot put and discus.

"Overall, me and my team did well (at regional)," Destinee Gause said. "We always come close to getting the state record (of 46.53) in the (400 relay). We've run (the 1,600 relay) a couple times with this group and we did well."

Hiluf, Gauthney, relay make state for boys

Tsehaye Hiluf is looking for his second consecutive state championship in the 3,200 after breaking the regional record May 25.

The senior ran 9:13.54 at regional to win the event by more than 10 seconds, helping the Raiders score 29 points to tie Pickerington Central for ninth behind champion Pickerington North (60) as 38 teams scored.

Hiluf's toughest competition at state could come from Copley senior Nicholas Pupino, who won the regional at Austintown-Fitch in 9:17.92.

A year ago, Hiluf finished fourth at regional before winning the state title in 9:17.09.

"I'm pretty happy," he said. "I was just trying to win (the regional title). I knew it was going to be hot. I wanted to get the regional record (9:14.42, set last year by 2011 Westerville North graduate Brian Hannaford) and I got it.

"I'm ready to roll. I'm just going to do a light workout this week so that I can recover for the state meet."

Hiluf will be joined at state by senior LaVonne Gauthney in the shot put and his teammates on the 3,200 relay.

Gauthney placed second at regional in the shot put in 57 feet, 10 3/4 inches and the 3,200 relay of senior Khalid Omar, Hiluf, senior Trey Hamilton and junior Dominik Seitzer placed second in 7:46.34.

Gauthney also was the regional runner-up last year, when he went on to finish 14th (53-4) at state.

"I just stayed relaxed and tried to treat it like a regular meet," Gauthney said of regional. "I have to trust my technique. My first throw was pretty bad and my first throw in the finals I fouled it, but then I went back to a 55. My last throw was the (57-10 3/4), but I was already in second place by then and the pressure was off."