The 800-meter relay for the Westland High School girls track and field team had hopes of qualifying to the Division I state meet Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

The 800-meter relay for the Westland High School girls track and field team had hopes of qualifying to the Division I state meet Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

Those hopes were dashed last Wednesday in the regional at Hilliard Davidson as seniors Jackie Kreterfield and Rachel Tyree and juniors Kemekea Washington and Allyson George finished sixth (1 minute, 47.53 seconds) in their heat and 10th overall during the preliminaries.

"It was probably their worst race of the year," coach Tim Eckard said. "We looked better early season than we did (last Wednesday). It was bad exchanges. There were awful exchanges."

The top eight relays overall advanced to last Friday's finals.

The relay qualified for the regional meet after placing fourth (1:47.84) at the district 1 meet at Dublin Coffman on May 24. The four were fifth in the 400 relay (51.03) as the top four advanced to the regional.

Senior Beth Barnhart competed in her third regional competition last Friday at Davidson in the discus. At district, she was second (112 feet, 8 inches) to Hilliard Darby's Kayla Johnson (113-6).

"Our district was the toughest district for discus and Beth got out," Eckard said.

The girls team finished 10th at district with 24 points behind first-place Pickerington Central (128.5). Earning Westland's other points were Tyree in the 400 (fifth, 1:01.58) and Domonique Martin in the shot put (sixth, 35-6),

The boys team failed to qualify an athlete for the regional meet.

Senior Mustafa Ahmed turned in a personal-best in the 1,600 in placing fifth (4:26.22) and took seventh in the 3,200 (10:05.97).

"My district was the hardest one," Ahmed said. "We had a lot of guys that ran the same time. I gave it my best."

"He was initially disappointed, but when he found out that he ran a (personal-best) and ran his best time in four years at the biggest meet of your career, what more can you ask for," Eckard said. "It's a tough district. You have to take your lumps and move on. I think he's good now."

The Cougars tied St. Charles for 16th with eight points behind first-place Gahanna (142.5). Ahmed, Keith Carius, Jimmy Galvan and Ben Warner took seventh in the 3,200 relay (8:37.44).

•The girls tennis team is in need of a new coach after Carolyn Frazer stepped down last month. Athletics director Greg Burke said Frazer resigned to continue her education.

Frazer, a special education teacher at the school, guided the Cougars for four seasons, with her best season coming last fall when the Cougars finished 7-6 overall.

"Carolyn has an infectious personality," Burke said. "She laughs easily. She gets herself at the same level of the girls. It just was a good scene, plus she was in the building and that's always a good thing."

Burke has begun the interview process for a new coach.

"I'm trying to make sure we get a good, solid fit for our girls because we do have a pretty active, excited girls tennis program," Burke said. "Carolyn had built the numbers up over the years. I'm not looking for Carolyn again, but I'm looking for someone with that same type of flair and personality."

•Approximately 15 juniors from the football team took part in a cleaning project of the Broad Street area in Galloway on May 17.

The effort was associated with the Westland Area Business Association through Burke.

"It's a good opportunity for the community to see Westland out being concerned about its community and helping keep the place cleaned up," Burke said. "The seniors were stepping up and taking a little leadership going into the season."