The pain in his left kneecap was not enough to keep Bexley High School senior Matt Cavallaro from competing in the home Russ Owen/Bexley Relays track and field meet last Friday.

The pain in his left kneecap was not enough to keep Bexley High School senior Matt Cavallaro from competing in the home Russ Owen/Bexley Relays track and field meet last Friday.

Cavallaro led off as he, Cameron Hathaway, Tyler Kennedy and Caleb Muller won the 6,400-meter relay in 19 minutes, 58.4 seconds, helping Bexley repeat as team champion. The Lions scored 78 points to finish ahead of runner-up St. Charles (71) and New Albany (67).

"It's nice because this is my last meet at home," Cavallaro said. "I thought I did all right. I have been out the last couple of weeks with my knees really bothering me. I ran a 4:56 in the first mile, but I wish I had more of a kick at the end."

Ethan Barr, Gus Martin, Colin Zidar and Brian Farlough won the 1,600 relay (3:32.8) and Larry Ochieng, Jonathan Thomas, Hathaway, and Eric Wittig won the lap medley relay (11:43.9).

Cavallaro said defeating St. Charles -- both in the 6,400 relay and the meet -- was particularly satisfying. The Cardinals had won championships in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005. The Lions hadn't repeated as champions since 1985-86.

"It felt great come out here and finish ahead of St. Charles because they are such a rival," Cavallaro said. "Through the last race I felt my leg tightening up. I wanted to run a 1,600 and in the 800 and the 3,200, but (coach Eric Acton) said he wants me to finish the season. That's how I got hurt to begin with. I ran a mile and then an 800 at the London relays."

•Senior Katie Sarvas of the girls team never gets tired of competing against Columbus School for Girls' Alexandra Roberts, the defending Division II state champion in the shot put.

Roberts threw 33 feet, 10 1/4 inches last Friday, helping the Unicorns take the shot put title with a combined 66-10 1/2. Sarvas' top throw was 32-5 1/2, and she and Megan Leite placed fourth with a combined 60-6 1/2.

Sarvas will face Roberts again Tuesday in the CSG Invitational.

"I can't usually beat her because she is such a phenomenal thrower, but she pushes me to do my best," Sarvas said. "I try to get beyond what I usually get."

The girls team finished fourth (69) last Friday behind CSG (90), New Albany (83) and Watterson (80). Ellen Cavallaro and Quincy Alexander were second (29-10) in the long jump and Kate Wren, Sarah Cavallaro, Abby Fagin and Hallie Pryor were second in the 3,200 relay (11:11).

"There are so many good teams here so you can test the waters and see how good you can be against all these strong teams," Sarvas said.

"Katie has gotten a chance to see many different levels of competition," Acton said.

"Often we'll be in competition against Division I schools and that creates a situation where she really has to push to compete. Meets like this one prepare her for the high stakes competitions at the end of the season."

Last year at the regional, Sarvas just missed making it to the finals of the shot put with a throw of a program-record 35-3.

"I definitely want to break that record," she said. "I want to break 40, but that might be pushing it."

Sarvas also is a decent runner. Last year she ran the second leg of the 1,600 relay that finished 14th in the regional (4:20.13).

"It's not that often you see someone that competes in the shot and runs as much as I do," she said. "Usually there are some girls who do it, but that they are smaller and they don't do that great in the shot. I can throw well and then come out and run fast."

The Lions haven't had a representative at the state meet in three years.

"I think (Sarvas) has a really good chance to make it to state as a thrower or on a relay," Acton said. "Katie is someone you can count on. She's very self-motivated but she's always willing to learn more."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Bexley boys and girls track teams:

April 22 -- Boys: Finished third (70) behind Logan (77) and Fairfield Union (73) in Thad Davis Relays at Amanda-Clearcreek; Girls: Finished second (77) behind Logan (101)

Last Friday -- Boys: Finished first (78) in Russ Owen/Bexley Relays. The Lions won the 1,600 (3:32.8), 6,400 (19:58.4) and lap medley (11:43.9) relays; Girls: Finished fourth (69) behind champion Columbus School for Girls (90)

Last Tuesday -- Competed against Canal Winchester and Logan

Friday -- At Milt Will Relays at Canal Winchester

Tuesday -- Boys: At Teays Valley; Girls: At CSG Invitational