Event after event in the Division III district meet, Grandview Heights High School boys and girls track and field coach Brian Schoch found he was repeating himself. Schoch kept greeting his competitors with the phrase "personal record."

Event after event in the Division III district meet, Grandview Heights High School boys and girls track and field coach Brian Schoch found he was repeating himself. Schoch kept greeting his competitors with the phrase "personal record."

"We PR'd in almost everything," he said. "There were a ton for the boys and girls. It was very few events we didn't have one. It's a good sign we've peaked at the right time."

For the girls, five individuals and all three relays qualified for the regional, which began last Wednesday and will conclude Friday at Pickerington North. In the district meet which concluded last Saturday at Gahanna, Grandview was second with 83 points behind Columbus School for Girls with 144.

"Pretty much all of the girls are performing at their best," Schoch said. "It's just a matter of the sprinters, distance and field events all jelling and coming together at the right time."

Paige Lachey set the program record in the 100-meter hurdles (16.52 seconds). Other program records were turned in by the 800-meter relay (1:50.4) and 1,600 relay (4:14.7).

Schoch credits the training regimen.

"Not only have we done a lot of running, but core work and ab work and weight-room work," he said. "It's a lot of different things to make sure they're ready go to."

Schoch is slowing practice down in between meets as to not wear out his athletes, some of whom will compete in multiple running events.

"We've taken it a little easier in the day before a meet so they're fresher," Schoch said. "Some of these girls are still running three to four races a day. We want to take it easy in terms of the pounding on their legs.

For the boys, seven individuals and the 3,200 relay were regional qualifiers. In the district 1 meet that concluded last Saturday at Gahanna, the boys finished fifth with 77 points behind Ridgedale (99.5), Mount Gilead (93.5), Millersport (90) and Worthington Christian (80).

Sam Roberts won the high jump (6 feet) and Zach Taylor won the shot put (48-5).

"To me, Zach Taylor stands out, just how far he's thrown this year," Schoch said. "If he can throw what he's already thrown, he has a good chance of making it to the next level. Sam Roberts is also capable of 6-3, 6-4."

Grandview's strength -- the distance events -- did not disappoint as the Bobcats qualified two runners in the 1,600, one in the 3,200 and the 3,200 relay.

"With our distance guys, none of them are seniors," Schoch said. "They do have a lot of experience, all have been running track for three years, but they're all still juniors. They do have experience from cross country and they've run in big atmospheres before. As well as they've run in their last two big, important meets -- league and district -- they are definitely up to the challenge."

•When the season began, the inexperience of the boys tennis team was evident.

As the season progressed, that inexperience faced the state's top-ranked Division II team, Columbus Academy, and third-ranked team, Bexley, in MSL-Cardinal/Ohio Division matches.

"It's a difficult schedule we play," coach Ray Corbett said. "That always makes things difficult, but I like the way the kids went after it."

Grandview finished 6-9 overall and fourth at 1-4 with three points in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio won by Academy (5-0, 15).

"We had a lot of inexperience at the beginning," Corbett said. "I thought some of our kids got better as the season went on and that's your goal. We had a lot of kids gain valuable experience for next year."

Grandview will lose seniors Manny Delaveris, A.J. Jourdan and Vince Reau. Delaveris was the first-singles player and Jourdan and Reau began the season at first doubles.

Although Grandview did not have a district qualifier, Corbett was pleased with how his team finished. Among those expected to return are junior Garrison Graves and sophomores Charlie Allen, Mario Fortin, Ben Sheets and Alex Wolfe.

In order to avoid the feeling of inexperience at the beginning of next season, Corbett hopes his players are not strangers to a tennis court.

"The guys like playing and I would like them to play when they've got some down time," he said. "They need to get out there and work on their weaknesses. If you don't pick up a racket until next year, those weaknesses won't go away. If we're ever going to compete with the big boys, we've got to play the sport more than eight weeks."

At a glance

Below are the regional qualifiers for the Grandview Heights boys and girls track and field teams with district event, place and time/distance/height:

BOYS -- Stephen Daniel-Hamburg: high jump (third, 5-10); Colin Hall: 1,600 (third, 4:35.71), 3,200 (third, 10:26.93); Joseph LaMonte: 1,600 (fourth, 4:40.12); Noah Reed: 3,200 (fourth, 10:48.43); Dan Shannon: 800 (fourth, 2:05.21); Sam Roberts: high jump (first, 6-0); Zach Taylor: discus (fourth, 131-8), shot put (first, 48-5); 800 relay (fourth, 1:38.29); 3,200 relay (third, 8:38.84)

GIRLS -- Paige Lachey: 100 hurdles (second, 16.52); Sarah Meier: 300 hurdles (fourth, 48.25); Hannah Stefanoff: 3,200 (first, 11:58.0); Emma Swinford: 1,600 (second, 5:29.71), 800 (fourth, 2:27.45); Taylor VanDeusen: high jump (third, 5-1), pole vault (second, 9-3); 800 relay (fourth, 1:50.4); 1,600 relay (fourth, 4:14.7); 3,200 relay (second, 10.26.65)