Westerville South High School track and field coach Jimmy Gaul made sure to greet each member of his boys 1,600-meter relay near the finish line and congratulate them on their record-setting performance in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet May 16 at Hilliard Davidson.

Westerville South High School track and field coach Jimmy Gaul made sure to greet each member of his boys 1,600-meter relay near the finish line and congratulate them on their record-setting performance in the OCC-Cardinal Division meet May 16 at Hilliard Davidson.

Dominique Long, Murphy Coan, Greg Smith and Mason Hunter won the race in a meet-record 3 minutes, 21.8 seconds.

Gaul was hoping that effort would carry over to the Division I, district 3 meet at Hilliard Darby. The meet began May 20, continues Thursday, May 21, and concludes Saturday, May 23. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional Wednesday, May 27, and May 29 at Pickerington North.

"We talk about the positive things that came out of (last) week," Gaul said. "(Those things are) the mental preparation and showing up on meet day mentally, physically ready to go and just competing, not being rattled by what other people do, and believing in what you can do. Everyone is pretty excited about how we shape up."

The Wildcats finished fourth (100) in the league meet behind Westerville Central (131), Darby (107) and Dublin Jerome (104) and ahead of Canal Winchester (85), Hilliard Bradley (78), Dublin Scioto (29) and Westerville North (28).

Long and Hunter also were part of the winning 800 relay (1:29.36) with Kameron Calloway and Abu Daramy.

Daramy, Long, Coan and Christian Nkansah-Wiafe won the 400 relay (43.27), Hunter won the 400 (50.75) and Smith was first in the 800 (1:55.93).

The girls team, which also is competing in district 3, was second (123) in the league meet behind Scioto (141) and ahead of Central (114), Darby (94), Canal Winchester (61), Bradley (47), Jerome (40) and North (40).

"We thought we'd have a real hard time catching Scioto," Gaul said. "They're incredibly deep across the board. We knew we'd be in a battle with them. All you can ask for is for the girls to show up and compete with everything that they have and we got some fantastic performances. The girls really stepped up to the level of competition."

Chasatea Brown won the 300 hurdles (45.42) and finished second in the long jump (16 feet, 11 inches).

"I want to make it to regional and I want to get low 44s in the 300 and exceed my long jump," Brown said.

Central boys win another league title

The Central boys team prepared for district by winning its fifth consecutive league meet.

The Warhawks are competing in the district 1 meet, which began May 19, continues Thursday, May 21, and concludes Saturday, May 23.

"Now we have to regroup and look and see what events at the district level we have the best chance to moving on to regional," coach Jason Loughman said.

Central received a balanced effort in the league meet. Joshua Beaumont led the way by winning the 100 (11.2) and 200 (22.37).

"It's special winning the conference championship five years in a row," Beaumont said. "I've been doing track here for four years. When you win it four years in a row that's something special. You don't know what it's like to lose. That's a pretty good feeling."

Other winners were Nate Jackowski in the shot put (47-5 3/4) and Cedric Frierson in the long jump (21-5 3/4).

The Warhawks won another league title despite losing several key athletes from last year to graduation.

"We knew coming into this meet and this season that we were going to have our hands full just regrouping and trying to find guys to fill some of the spots (of) a lot of those seniors that we lost to graduation," Loughman said. "We added a few new faces to the guys that we had coming back and had another core group of great seniors and leaders leading by example."

The girls team capped the league meet by winning the 1,600 relay in a meet-record 4:00.24. Morghan Hyatt ran the anchor leg and rallied the relay to the win. She was joined by Sydney Kapral, Kenna Pollard and Tarike Osuobeni.

Other winners were Osuobeni in the 800 (2:17.47), Hyatt in the 200 (26.11), Lindsey Erlanbach in the pole vault (9-6) and Osuobeni, Kapral, Chloe Ey and McKenna Fry in the 3,200 relay (9:27.46).

"We had a great meet," coach Ryan Borland said. "We finished third with two very good teams ahead of us."

The girls also are competing in district 1.

"(District) is one of the events that we're real excited about," Borland said. "We hope to keep moving forward and survive and advance. We're super excited about it. We're going to have a really tough district."

Sharpe leads North girls in league meet

Jocelyn Sharpe led the North girls in the league meet, as she won the 400 (57.17) and teamed with Symone Simmons, Teresa Chatel and Heather Sandvik to place third in the 1,600 relay (4:02.45).

"It didn't go as well as I wanted," said Sandvik, who will compete in track and cross country at Miami University. "I also wasn't feeling very well (last week), so that may have played a little part, but it is what it is."

North is competing in the district 1 meet.

"It's definitely winding down," Sandvik said of her career. "It's sad, but I'm excited for next year, too, so it's kind of bittersweet."

For the boys team in the league meet, Matt Parkhurst led the way by finishing second in the 3,200 (9:46.81).

The Warriors are competing in the district 1 meet.