Grove City Christian School girls track and field standout Calista Manns continued her pursuit of her first state title by winning three district championships.
Manns, a senior, now is competing in the Division III regional meet, which began May 22 and concludes Friday, May 24, at Fairfield Union. The top four finishers in each event advance to state May 31 and June 1 at Ohio State.
In the district 2 meet that concluded May 18 at Watkins Memorial, Manns won the 100-meter hurdles (14.03 seconds), 100 (12.11) and 300 hurdles (program-record 44.97). She bettered her program records in the 100 hurdles (13.99) and 100 (12.07) during the preliminaries.
She ran a state-record time in the 100 hurdles, but Manns said the Ohio High School Athletic Association doesn't consider it a record because meet officials didn't track the wind. She hopes to set the state record at regional or state.
"The entire week went beyond my expectations," Mann said of district. "Before last week, I thought we're entering the postseason and I only have a few weeks left. I just wanted to leave it all out there and I feel like I did everything that I could do and I want to continue to do that the following weeks."
Last season at state, Manns finished second in the 100 hurdles (14.13), ninth in the 100 (12.57) and 15th in the 300 hurdles (47.42). Alysse Wade of Mansfield St. Peter's won the 100 hurdles in a state-record 14.07.
As a sophomore, Manns finished seventh in the 100 (12.72) and 300 hurdles (46.12). As a freshman, she was fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.37).
"I don't want to leave regretting that I could have done more," Manns said. "I want to push myself to my limit. I want to hit my peak."
Also advancing to regional was junior Morgan Iverson, who won the pole vault (11 feet, 6 inches) at district.
"I definitely had a lot of fun at district," Iverson said. "I knew I had to go in and clear a height, and the main goal is obviously to advance to regional."
Iverson is seeking her third state berth. She finished seventh (10-6) last season after not clearing the opening of height of 9-6 on all three attempts as a freshman.
She entered regional hoping to surpass her program record of 11-9, which she set earlier this season.
"I'm shooting for 12 (feet) and I'm pretty confident I can get it at regional," Iverson said.
Freshman Bryanna Trout finished fifth in the 100 hurdles (16.12), missing a regional berth by one spot. She was the only freshman to qualify for the final.
Iverson, Trout, Olivia Ellis and Brooke O'Dell were fifth in the 800 relay (1:54.72).
The Eagles finished seventh (53 points) behind champion Grandview (124) as 12 teams scored.
Jaylin Walker, Brandon Rex, Jacob Stoneking and Zion-Christopher Jackson led the boys by finishing second in the 400 relay (45.8) to advance to regional.
Rex was fifth in the 100 (11.78).
Grove City Christian finished ninth (21) behind champion Grandview (163) as 14 teams scored.
Softball team concludes season
The softball team closed the season by losing to Millers-port 11-1 in five innings May 16 to finish 6-14 overall and 2-10 in the MSL-Cardinal Division.
In the Division IV district tournament, the 11th-seeded Eagles lost at eighth-seeded Delaware Christian 7-1 in the first round May 6.
"We're happy," coach Ron Kennedy said. "You take what you get over here. We really didn't have a seasoned pitcher. Without a pitcher, you're at the mercy of everyone. They all improved. They got better from the beginning to end, so that's at least how I judge myself as a coach."
Senior Megan McGrath (C) led the Eagles with a .370 batting average and was second-team all-league. She added four doubles and a triple.
Sophomore Taylor Ison (P/OF) was honorable mention all-league after batting .344 with four doubles and a triple.
Junior Emma Howard (1B) hit .310 with two doubles and was honorable mention all-league.
Others eligible to return are juniors Odette Espinosa (OF), Sophia Hoyt (SS) and Damaris Vanecko (2B/OF) and freshmen Ava Bailey (P/C), Mia Glenn (OF), Kadence Hignite (OF/2B), Grace Leffel (P/OF), Kayla Ollam (OF), Jocelyn Rojas (OF), Paige Spencer (OF) and Maddie Tuckerman (P/utility).
Baseball team loses in second round
The baseball team split a pair of games in the Division IV district tournament, defeating ninth-seeded Tree of Life 5-3 in the first round May 13 and losing to top-seeded Newark Catholic 10-0 in five innings in the second round May 15.
The 10th-seeded Eagles finished 11-10.