In order to clear a personal-best 4 feet, 8 inches in the high jump in the Russ Owen/Bexley Relays last Friday, Sarah Arens had to develop short-term memory loss.

In order to clear a personal-best 4 feet, 8 inches in the high jump in the Russ Owen/Bexley Relays last Friday, Sarah Arens had to develop short-term memory loss.

Three days after a colliding with one of the high jump posts in a dual meet at Millersport on April 20, Arens helped senior Bev Ocheing win the high jump relay with a combined total of 9-2.

"I was a bit nervous about competing in the high jump, but I knew I was going to do better this time around," said Arens, who walked away from the Millersport dual meet with an ice bag on top of her head and a pounding headache. "I was hoping it wouldn't happen again, but I'm a bit more familiar with our stuff."

Arens and Ocheing were one of the Lions' four relays to win last Friday.

Bexley scored 93 points to finish ahead of Marion-Franklin (78), Watterson (66), Columbus School for Girls (59), Walnut Ridge (49) and Beechcroft (38).

The finish marked the first time the girls team, which won the event last year, has won back-to-back Russ Owen titles since 1986-1987.

The boys team, which won three relays, placed second with 82.5 points to finish behind Eastmoor Academy (107.5).

Rounding out the field were Marion-Franklin (72), Watterson (68), Walnut Ridge (62), Beechcroft (42), St. Charles (31) and East (21).

"The girls have done well because they have balance," said first-year coach Doug Welsh, whose girls team has also won the Red Raider Invitational, the Amanda-Clearcreek Invitational and the Teays Valley Invitational. "There's a lot of talent from event to event. We have some kids who can win events, but we have a lot of depth, too."

Elisa Mathews, Ashley Efaw, T.T. Siler and Charlotte Myers were first in the sprint medley in 1 minute, 51.9 seconds. Abby Fagin, Mathews, Mackenzie Bolon and Kendra Wilson won the 1,600-meter relay (4:16.5). Fagin, Katie Wren, Bolon and Wilson won the 3,200 relay (10:39.5).

"The majority of our team is juniors and we have been running together since our freshman year," Myers said. "Everyone knows what they have to do and what handoffs they have to make."

The boys team dominated the mid-distance and distance events. Nate Klingenberg, Evan Porter, David Essman and Micah Muller won the 3,200 relay. Neal Pohlman, Ronnell Armstrong, D.J. Jones and Zach Arace won the distance medley (8:40.98) and Klingenberg, Pohlman, Evan Jones and Arace won the 6,400 relay (20:26).

Welsh believes the event sets Bexley up for the MSL meet May 11-14 at Granville.

"As long as we continue to do what we're doing now, I'd be very surprised if we weren't in the top three in both boys and girls," Welsh said. "We're coming along at the right time to do some real scoring."

•While the boys lacrosse team suffered three consecutive losses last week, it wasn't enough to discourage senior Coleman Fitch. The goalie understands just how far the Lions have come this season.

"We're finally here to compete," said Fitch, whose team started the season with five consecutive wins. "I don't think we've won five games in a season before. We've always had the skill, but I just don't think we had the heart."

The Lions, who have not won more than four games in a season since 2005, saw signs of improvement in the losses. They lost 16-7 to Westerville Central on April 21 and a 15-9 to Sylvania Southview last Saturday.

Last year Bexley lost to the Warhawks 14-1 and to the Maple Leafs 16-4.

In a 10-9 loss to Watterson on April 19, the Lions trailed 10-5, but scored four goals in the final four minutes.

"I'm never one to say a loss is good," first-year coach Rich Russo said. "We try to win every game. But at the same time, the kids now understand what it takes to win."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for Bexley baseball, softball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys tennis and boys and girls track and field teams:


*April 19 - Defeated Academy 10-8

April 20 - Def. Northland 22-2

*April 21 - Lost to Heath 11-0

April 22 - Def. Wellington 16-0

*Last Friday - Def. Whitehall 7-0

Last Saturday - Def. Big Walnut 7-3; lost to Reynoldsburg 13-12

*Last Monday - Game against Granville postponed

*Last Wednesday - Played Newark Catholic

*Friday - Home vs. Lakewood

Saturday - At Centennial (DH)

*Monday - At Licking Valley

Tuesday - Home vs. Briggs

May 6 - Home vs. Westland

Of note: The Lions were 11-8 overall and 5-5 in MSL-Ohio before last Wednesday.

*MSL-Ohio game


April 19 - Lost to Jonathan Alder 8-0

*April 21 - Lost to Heath 14-5

*Last Friday - Lost to Whitehall 15-7

Last Saturday - Def. Northland 13-5 and def. Independence 15-2 At Northside Classic

*Last Monday - Game against Granville postponed

*Last Wednesday - Played Newark Catholic

*Friday - Home vs. Lakewood

Saturday - At Whetstone with Reynoldsburg

Monday - At Licking Valley

Tuesday - At Worthington Christian

May 6 - Home vs. Tree of Life Christian

Of note: The Lions were 3-14 overall and 0-7 in MSL-Ohio before last Wednesday.

*MSL-Ohio game


April 19 - Lost to Watterson 10-9

April 21 - Lost to Westerville Central 16-7

Last Saturday - Lost to Sylvania Southview 15-9

Last Wednesday - Played Wellington

Saturday - Home vs. Toledo St. Francis

Wednesday - At DeSales

Of note: The Lions were 5-3 overall before last Wednesday.


*April 20 - Def. Hartley 12-5

April 21 - Def. Westerville South 16-8

Last Friday - Def. Hilliard Davidson 10-9

*Last Tuesday - Played Columbus School for Girls

Last Wednesday - Played Pickerington North

Friday - Home vs. Granville

*Wednesday - At DeSales

Of note: The Lions were 4-3 overall and 1-2 in Central Independent League before last Tuesday.

*Central Independent League game


April 19 - Def. Pickerington Central 3-2

*April 20 - Def. Granville 5-0

April 21 - Lost to Watterson 3-2

*April 22 - Def. West Jefferson 5-0

Last Saturday - Home vs. Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit. Postponed and will not be rescheduled.

Last Monday - Match against Village Academy postponed

*Last Tuesday - Played Columbus Academy

Last Wednesday - Played Thomas Worthington

*Today - At Fisher Catholic

Monday - At Hilliard Davidson

*Tuesday - Home vs. Grandview

Of note: The Lions were 8-1 overall and 3-0 in MSL-Ohio/Cardinal before last Tuesday.

*MSL-Cardinal/Ohio match


April 20 - Boys: Finished second (83.5) behind Licking Heights (104) and ahead of Millersport (66.5) and Fairfield Christian (0); Girls: Finished first (103) ahead of Licking Heights (61), Millersport (43) and Fairfield Christian (26)

Last Friday - Boys: Finished second (82.5) behind champion Eastmoor Academy (107.5) at eight-team Russ Owen/Bexley Relays; Girls: Finished first (93)

Last Tuesday - Competed against Amanda Clearcreek

Friday - At Milt Will Invitational (Canal Winchester)