The season was a learning process for the Westerville North High School boys and girls track and field teams.

The Warriors had several first-year performers, so coach Johnny Jackson hopes their experiences from this season will help those athletes improve in the future.

"We had some new people out from freshmen to seniors," said Jackson, who completed his 16th season leading the girls and his 14th leading the boys. "That takes some time, and hopefully a lot of them will be coming back."

North had just one regional competitor in girls sprinter Jaiden Stokes. The junior was 10th in the 400 meters (1 minute, 1.97 seconds) and 11th in the 100 (12.93) at regional, which was held May 22 and 24 at Pickerington North.

"I need to keep working so I can continue to drop time," she said. "I love my team and want to keep getting better."

The Warriors had 20 seniors, including 12 on the boys team.

"We always have to rebuild," Jackson said. "It's no different. We don't know who's coming back out. There are certain kids who are track people that you know are coming back out and then the others you don't know who you're getting new. We always seem to get new seniors, so when we get new seniors it's almost like starting over again. They're like freshmen."

Jackson likes the look of the possible returnees in the boys sprint corps. They include juniors McRandy Achia, Abdou Keita and Chace Perkins and freshman Maximus Plaxico. Juniors Eli DeTemple and Charles Perkins are top throwers, and sophomore Isaiah Hutcherson should lead the distance runners next spring.

"The boys were kind of rough, but I expect them to get a little better with more experience," Jackson said. "We had a lot of (personal records). It went pretty well. If we shore up some of our bad exchanges (on relays) we'll be good.

"We'll have the Perkins brothers coming back and they should do well in their second year, and Isaiah is getting bigger and stronger. McRandy, Plaxico and Abdou help give us decent sprint depth."

Stokes should lead the girls sprinters next year along with junior Jalyse Cornley, sophomores Autymn Briggs and Chrissy Widman and freshman Ashley Kisor, who also excels in the 400. Juniors Grace Blanchong and Audrey Smith can run everything from the 200 to 1,600, according to Jackson.

Junior Lynn Burton is a top thrower expected to return, and freshman Paige Miracle will be expected to lead the distance runners.

"We should have some pretty decent girls coming back with Jaiden, and a healthy Jalyse Cornley will make a big difference," Jackson said. "That's a good place to start."

Boys lacrosse program looking for new coach

Austin Ford has resigned after leading the boys lacrosse program for one season.

Athletics director Wes Elifritz said Ford left "for personal reasons."

The Warriors finished 3-15 overall and placed fifth (1-6) in the OCC-Buckeye Division behind champion Olentangy Liberty (7-0).

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