The conventional wisdom throughout the girls high school cross country community heading into the Division I regional meet on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Pickerington North might best be described as "wide open."

The conventional wisdom throughout the girls high school cross country community heading into the Division I regional meet on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Pickerington North might best be described as "wide open."

Although Dublin Coffman appears to be a favorite to earn one of the four state-qualifying berths, as many as six teams could be in the mix for the other three spots. The top four teams and top 16 individuals at regional advance to the state meet Nov. 5 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

Coffman had little trouble winning the district 1 meet Oct. 22 at Watkins Memorial despite the absence of two of their top competitors, including No. 1 runner Rachel Bosworth.

Also capturing district titles were Dublin Scioto in district 2 and Hilliard Davidson in district 3. The next two finishers behind the Wildcats, Upper Arlington and New Albany, also seem to be in line to battle for a state berth, as could district 1 runner-up Olentangy Orange and district 2 runner-up Olentangy Liberty.

"I think it's probably five teams for four spots," Scioto coach Matt Suttle said. "You can't predict how it's going to go at the regional. We're hoping for one of those four spots and we're in a position if we run well."

After winning the OCC-Central Division title Oct. 15 in 19 minutes, 18.1 seconds, Bosworth didn't compete at district because of a calf strain. Also out was Mechelle DeNoble, who was the Shamrocks' No. 6 runner in the league meet.

The Shamrocks still managed to easily win the district 1 meet, scoring 43 points as Clarissa Bons led with a third-place finish (19:43.74). Anna Weber (seventh, 20:05.39) and Julia Fries (eighth, 20:20.27) also made the top 10.

It was the second consecutive district title for Coffman.

"I was pleased, especially because we didn't know we wouldn't have (DeNoble) until (the day before the district meet)," Shamrocks coach Jim Ferguson said. "The rest of the kids packed it in.

"Scioto has been solid all year long and Davidson is getting better every week. You can't count out Upper Arlington. The nice thing is that we don't have any Cincinnati teams coming up or Toledo teams coming down for (the regional) as has been the case the last few years."

Winning individual district championships were Canal Winchester senior Kayla Scott (18:54.25) in district 1, Reynoldsburg freshman Leah Wallace (19:22.85) in district 2 and Dublin Jerome junior Kaitlyn Willette (19:04.55) in district 3.

Keeping pace with Scott in the district 1 race was Olentangy Orange junior Hannah Hartzell, who ran 18:55.1 to finish as runner-up.

Scott struggled to a 36th-place finish at the regional last year but found out after the season that she had been battling mononucleosis. She doesn't plan to let anything stop her from making it to state this weekend.

"(Hartzell's) a great competitor for me," said Scott, an Ohio University recruit. "I felt really confident during my race and I'm excited for the regional. I'd like to just qualify individually this year."

Jerome coach Kenny Schuster, whose team finished fifth in district 3, couldn't have been more pleased with the performance of Willette.

"It was a really big thing for us," Schuster said. "She really hasn't been challenged too much this year. It's a tough call to know how to prepare her (for the regional) because the ultimate goal is to do well at the state meet. Having said that, she's comparable to the other two district champions and I'd definitely like to see her go for it. She's a gutsy runner."

Davidson survived a 15-team district 3 meet by having five of the top 12 finishers. Lauren Hoover led the Wildcats by placing sixth (19:42.05), followed by Caroline Hildebrand (seventh, 20:15.76) and Lilly Saniel-Banrey (20:20.1).

Pickerington North's Kristen Eisenhauer was runner-up (19:16.63) in district 3 and Upper Arlington's Olivia Menden (19:23.3) and Dorrian Jaffe (19:28.03) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

"We have a really solid pack this year," Hoover said. "We have a really strong top five that are really close. We'll probably taper a little bit since it's regional week, but mainly we just want to mentally stay focused for regionals and go after some of the main teams like Coffman, Scioto, UA and New Albany.

"I think I'm doing pretty well. I'm still not exactly where I want to be, but I think it'll come."

Wallace followed her run to an OCC-Ohio title Oct. 15 by winning the district 2 title in convincing fashion over the runner-up, Zanesville's Sarah Kaufman (19:40.53).

"It was actually good competition," Wallace said. "The Zanesville girl really pushed me. I'm not really concerned about time. It's more about getting into a good place in the race and staying there. I'm excited just to go out there and have fun."

Jessica Cronau (third, 19:50.82) and Rebecca Groh (fourth, 19:57.6) led Scioto in district 2. Senior twins Minori Minagawa (eighth, 20:12.9) and Sakiko Minagawa (ninth, 20:22.45) also made the top 10.