The Westerville North High School boys and girls track and field teams may be short on numbers, but not on quality athletes.

The Westerville North High School boys and girls track and field teams may be short on numbers, but not on quality athletes.

Some Division I teams in the area have three times as many athletes as the Warriors, but North is sending a large group to the Division I regional which began last Wednesday and concludes Friday at Pickerington North. The top four in each event advance to the state meet June 4-5 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State.

The girls have all three sprint relays at the regional meet. The strength for the boys is in its distance runners with Brian Hannaford and Jeff Hannaford in the 3,200 meters and Ryan Weldon in the 1,600.

"We're just well-rounded, and that's something we haven't been in a while," coach Johnny Jackson said. "We still don't have much in the field events."

At the district 1 meet last Saturday, the boys were second (77 points) behind champion Gahanna (120) and ahead of third-place Olentangy Orange (66).

Aarion Moody won the 300 hurdles (39.32 seconds). In the 3,200, Jeff Hannaford was first (9:31.73) and Brian Hannaford was second (9:32.78). The 3,200 relay of Jacob Dumford, Brian Hannaford, Jeff Hannaford and Weldon also won (7:57.04).

The girls were seventh (45) behind champion Gahanna (132). The 1,600 relay of Jordyn Brewton, Meghan Maurer, Gabrielle Pace and Hope Wood won in 4:00.88.

"I'm extremely pleased with how we did at the district," Jackson said. "We showed some fight."

•The Central boys team is accustomed to postseason success, but it typically has come in the sprints and sprint relays.

So it is a different feel at the regional meet now that the Warhawks are represented mostly in the distance and field events. Dan Steigerwald is in the 1,600, Brandon Shirey is in the 3,200 and Trey Devereaux is in the discus and shot put.

One event Central isn't competing in is the 400 relay. Last season, the Warhawks won a state title in the 400.

The girls don't have any sprint relays at the regional meet, but Taylor Reneau (100) and Dominique Hoskins (200 and 400) are competing in open events. Amara Whaley is in the pole vault and looks like a good shot to return to state if she continues to vault like she did at the district 1 meet.

The boys tied for fourth (59) at district with Olentangy, behind champion Gahanna (120). Devereaux won the discus (152 feet, 5 inches) and the shot put (47-10.5).

"The district meet was kind of the good, the bad and the ugly for us," boys coach Jason Loughman said. "We have some events we'd like back but overall we're proud of the guys."

At the district meet, the girls were fifth (62) behind champion Gahanna (132). Hoskins won the 200 (26.0) and the 400 (59.01) and Whaley won the pole vault (11-6).

•At the district 3 meet, the South girls were fifth (75) behind champion Watkins Memorial (120.5). District champions were the 400 relay (49.88) of Edna Akora, Nikia Buckingham, Alex Hall and Abbey McDonald and the 800 relay (1:43.25) of Akora, Buckingham, Hall and Leah Coleman.

The South boys tied for seventh (40) with Kilbourne behind champion Brookhaven (89).