Freshman Chasatea' Brown has made an immediate impact for the Westerville South High School girls track and field team.

Freshman Chasatea' Brown has made an immediate impact for the Westerville South High School girls track and field team.

Brown capped her first Division I, district 1 meet by helping the 1,600-meter relay win in 3 minutes, 55.84 seconds on May 25 at Hilliard Darby.

Junior Tara Thompson, sophomore Paichence Carter and freshman Desiree Clark joined Brown on the relay.

"I wasn't this good last year and I've just been training hard and doing the best I can," Brown said.

Coach Jimmy Gaul said the relay has set a program record each of the last five weeks.

"Those girls in the (1,600 relay) are a special group," he said. "They're a lot of fun to coach, they're a lot of fun to be around. I'm very proud of the way they continue to compete, push themselves and strive to find ways to improve week after week."

The Wildcats finished fourth (53 points) behind champion Hilliard Davidson (90) as 17 teams scored at district, which also was held May 21 and 23. The top four in each event advanced to the regional meet that began May 29 and concludes Friday, May 31, at Pickerington North.

Brown also was first at district in the long jump (17 feet, 5 1/4 inches) and second in the 300 hurdles (45.09).

Brown, Carter, Thompson and junior Amaria Estes were second in the 800 relay (1:44.26).

The boys team finished seventh (36.5) behind champion Pickerington North (159.5) as 15 teams scored.

Senior Richard Dahome was second in the 110 hurdles (15.31) and senior Noah Prentiss was third in the 100 (11.2).

Dahome (back) and Prentiss (left hamstring) both have battled injuries this season.

"I love coming out here running and just being out here with everybody," Prentiss said. "I'm a little banged up, but I'm a leader and I have to come out here and do what I have to do to compete."

Finishing fourth were Murphy Coan, Daylan Haynie, Myles Collier and Steiner Abayie in the 800 relay (1:31.87) and Darryl Long in the shot put (46-6).

"I'm very happy for all of our regional qualifiers," Gaul said. "We're just really proud of the way everyone competed. We went out fighting. We went out going with our best effort."

At regional, the top four in each event advance to the state meet June 7 and 8 at Ohio State.

North boys, girlsthird at district

The North boys (55) and girls (61) teams each finished third in the district 1 meet.

For the boys, senior Jacob Dumford won the 1,600 (4:19.85) ahead of runner-up and classmate Nick Chatel (4:20.12).

Dumford, Chatel, Andrew Sucharski and Trevor Dilley won the 3,200 relay (7:59.79).

Dumford was second in the 800 (1:54.69) and Kent Ford was second in the 3,200 (9:34.97).

Andrew Meacham was fourth in the 300 hurdles (40.02).

"As expected, the boys ran well," coach Johnny Jackson said. "They did about the best they could and I was happy with that."

For the girls, Heather Sandvik was first in the 3,200 (11:26.97) and part of the winning 3,200 relay (9:33.39) with Jocelyn Sharpe, Heidi Engelhardt and Haley Sandvik.

Heather Sandvik was second in the 1,600 (5:12.22) and Haley Sandvik was second in the 3,200 (11.31.94).

"It was a tough race, but I worked through it," Haley said of the 3,200. "I wanted to stay at my pace. The other girls were going too fast, so I thought I would start in the middle where they weren't going as fast and I would work my way up."

Sharpe was third in the 400 (59.1), and Devin Jackson was fourth in the shot put (34-11 1/4) and discus (98-5).

Central boys 3rd,girls 4th at district

The Central boys team was third (88.5) in the district 3 meet behind Granville (117) and New Albany (101.5) as 16 teams scored. The meet was held May 22, 23 and 25 at Darby.

David Hatchett won the 100 (10.84). He also joined Joshua Beaumont, Eldin Anu and Charlie Moushey on the second-place 800 relay (1:28.89) and Anu, Moushey and Zach Crumpler on the second-place 400 relay (43.23).

Moushey won the pole vault (15-6), Hatchett was third in the 200 (22.28), Tommy Mansfield was third in the long jump (21-0) and Jayvon Council was third in the high jump (6-4).

Finishing fourth were Michael Bisaha in the 110 hurdles (15.28), A.J. Johnson in the 400 (51.53) and Mansfield in the pole vault (13-8).

The girls finished fourth (66) behind champion Dublin Coffman (141) as 14 teams scored.

Morghan Hyatt was second in the 400 (59.35), as was Jessie Swisher in the pole vault (9-9).

Finishing third were Keena Pollard in the 300 hurdles (47.6), Ciara Norris in the long jump (16-3 1/4) and Allison Fehlhaber, Kelly Piper, Swisher and Allie Ubry in the 1,600 relay (4:06.67).

Finishing fourth were Pollard in the 100 hurdles (15.5), Swisher in the 300 hurdles (47.75) and Ubry, Norris, Adrienne Agee and Arie Williams in the 800 relay (1:49.36).

"It was a good weekend for our team and I am very proud of the effort the girls have shown this season," coach Ryan Borland said. "This is the highest total of regional qualifiers I have had since I began at Central, which is a testament to how hard this group of girls have worked this year. We have improved a ton since the beginning of the season and I am so excited to get another week to work with this team."