Grandview Heights High School boys and girls track and field coach Brian Schoch had a conversation with Paige Lachey and Sarah Meier before the 100-meter hurdles last Saturday in the Hornet Invitational at Licking Heights.

Grandview Heights High School boys and girls track and field coach Brian Schoch had a conversation with Paige Lachey and Sarah Meier before the 100-meter hurdles last Saturday in the Hornet Invitational at Licking Heights.

"Paige and Sarah were saying how fast the girls looked," Schoch said.

Meier finished first with Lachey right behind in second. So much for those fast-looking opponents.

"That's the beauty of the early season in track," Schoch said. "You don't know who the stiffest competition is. We've done a good job of stepping up and running well against whoever it is they run against."

Once again, Schoch and his team will be unfamiliar with the competition at Friday's home Bobcat Invitational. Others in the field will be Fairbanks, Jonathan Alder, Liberty Union, Madison Plains and West Jefferson.

"I know the kids will be excited," Schoch said. "It's our first home meet of the year. Any home meet is exciting, and when it's on Friday night it'll be a fun opportunity for the kids to get a chance to run in front of parents, family and friends."

Just like last Saturday, the talent of the competition is unknown.

If last season is any indication, Grandview can contend for titles. The girls finished tied for first with Liberty Union with 103 points. Lachey was first in the 100 hurdles (17.5 seconds) and 300 hurdles (52.2). The boys finished second with 83 points behind Liberty Union with 116.

Schoch is trying to piece the boys team together. The Bobcats are strong in distance events thanks to a carryover from the state-qualifying cross country team. But injuries to sprinters Marcus Szabo and Phil Green-Poisson have slowed the team's growth.

"We're running different combinations in the relays," Schoch said. "The boys have been doing well and so far I've been pleased, but we're still trying to improve."

Inexperience lies with the hurdlers and pole vaulters, but some field events personnel are starting to perform. Last Saturday, Zach Taylor finished third in the shot put (46 feet, 5 inches) and discus (128-0). Sam Roberts has cleared 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump.

The girls have been able to place higher at events thanks to their balance, as evidenced last Saturday. Meier won the 100 hurdles (17.5) and 300 hurdles (50.7), Taylor VanDeusen won the high jump (4-8) and pole vault (8-6), Kelly Lewis won the 400, Hannah Stefanoff won the 3,200 (12:41.11) and the 1,600 relay was first ( 4:26.9).

"What's good about the girls team is the amount of coverage in events," Schoch said. "We're capable of scoring in a lot of different ways which is helpful in track."

On April 15, Grandview competed against Columbus Academy and Northside Christian. The girls scored 101 points and finished ahead of Academy (52) and Northside Christian (1).

After the Bobcat Invitational, Grandview is at Worthington Christian on Tuesday with Johnstown. That is the final meet before the postseason begins at Berne Union on May 13 with the MSL meet.

Until then, Schoch is keeping his team's goals simple.

"We want to get faster," he said. "That's our No. 1 goal. The points will fall in line."

•The boys tennis team has big tests today and Tuesday against two of the better teams in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio Division.

After a 4-1 win over Ready and a match last Tuesday against Fisher Catholic, Grandview is home against Bexley today and at Academy on Tuesday. The Bobcats lost to both teams 5-0 last season.

Grandview was 3-3 overall before last Monday and 1-0 in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio before last Tuesday. The Bobcats beat Teays Valley 3-2 on April 14, lost to Hamilton Township 3-2 on April 16 and lost to Worthington Christian 3-2 on April 17.

Bexley was 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the league before last Tuesday.

Junior Preston Phillips advanced to the Division II state tournament last season with graduate Ryan Rauck. Phillips leads the Lions this season from the first-singles court.

Academy was 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the league before last Tuesday. The Vikings lost to Upper Arlington (3-2 on April 9) and Cincinnati St. Xavier (4-1 on April 12).

In both losses, second-singles player Andrew Enslen sat out as he recovered from a broken foot and the flu.

Enslen has returned to second singles, joining Will Petrie at first singles for the Vikings. Both Enslen and Petrie advanced to the state tournament last season.

Petrie finished third after beating Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit's Nathan Horbath 6-1, 6-3 and Enslen was paired with Vivek Varma as the duo lost in the second round to Elida's Landon Neuman and Evan Neuman 6-1, 6-3.

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Grandview Heights baseball and softball teams:

BASEBALL

*April 14 -- Defeated Fisher Catholic 8-5

*April 15 -- Def. Licking Heights 8-3

*April 16 -- Def. Liberty Union 15-6

*Last Friday -- Def. West Jefferson 8-3. Fred Lane got the win.

Last Saturday -- Lost to Central Crossing 10-9 in eight innings; def. Marion-Franklin 15-2

*Last Monday -- Def. Millersport 16-1

*Last Wednesday -- Played Berne Union

Today -- Home vs. Jonathan Alder

*Friday -- At Harvest Prep. Grandview won 18-3 on April 9.

Saturday -- At Upper Arlington. The teams did not play last season.

*Monday -- Home vs. Licking Heights

*Wednesday -- At Fisher Catholic

Of note: The Bobcats were 10-3 overall and 7-0 in the MSL-Cardinal before last Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

*April 14 -- Lost to Fisher Catholic 13-7

*April 16 -- Lost to Liberty Union 12-0

*Last Friday -- Lost to West Jefferson 10-0. Grandview did not have a hit for the second consecutive game.

Last Saturday --ĘGame at Worthington Christian postponed. It was rescheduled for May 6.

*Last Monday -- Lost to Millersport 5-0

*Last Wednesday -- Played Berne Union

Saturday -- At Franklin Heights

*Monday -- Home vs. Licking Heights. On April 10, Licking Heights won 14-4.

*Wednesday -- At Fisher Catholic

Of note: The Bobcats were 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the MSL-Cardinal before last Wednesday.

*MSL-Cardinal game