The Grandview Heights High School girls track and field team returns a wealth of experience. Coach Brian Schoch is encouraged by the makeup of the Bobcats' girls team. They won the MSL-Cardinal Division and a Division III district title last year. They also finished second (76.5 points) at the regional meet behind champion Steubenville Central Catholic (98) and qualified for 10 events at state where they finished 17th (11 points) behind champion Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (71).

The Grandview Heights High School girls track and field team returns a wealth of experience. Coach Brian Schoch is encouraged by the makeup of the Bobcats' girls team. They won the MSL-Cardinal Division and a Division III district title last year. They also finished second (76.5 points) at the regional meet behind champion Steubenville Central Catholic (98) and qualified for 10 events at state where they finished 17th (11 points) behind champion Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (71).

Grandview may have graduated three state qualifiers, but the returning athletes comprise a talented nucleus.

"We got a good, strong group coming back," Schoch said. "We return a lot of talent and we're working hard so far. We're pretty well balanced, but we'll see how balanced after the first meet."

Grandview opens today at Dublin Jerome, followed by the Bobcats' first home meet Tuesday against Ready. Leading the group of returning athletes are six state qualifiers in seniors Paige Lachey, Hilary Ells and Maggie Odiorne, juniors Sarah Meier and Hannah Stefanoff, and sophomore Emily Lachey.

"Everything is going great," Paige Lachey said. "We have great team chemistry and we're all excited about the season coming up and what we can achieve this year."

Lachey's partner in the hurdle events, Meier, finished third in the 300-meter hurdles (45.0 seconds) at the state meet. Meier set the program record in the 300 hurdles at the state meet and Lachey set the program record in the 100 hurdles at the regional meet (15.39).

"Paige and Sarah are a good 1-2 punch in the 100 and 300 hurdles," Schoch said. "We're going to be balanced throughout our running events. Hopefully, we can develop some depth with our distance runners."

Stefanoff was fourth in the 3,200 (11:21.29) at the state meet. Last fall, she finished fifth at the Division III state cross country meet in 19:21.84, behind champion Tammy Berger of Versailles in 18:47.94.

"Hannah loves to run," Schoch said. "She puts in her miles and puts in the effort. It's great to have her back and coming off a strong cross country season."

Grandview also had two relays qualify for state. The 800 relay (14th, 1:47.66) comprised of graduate Kelly Lewis, Ells and Paige and Emily Lachey and the 3,200 relay (12th, 9:54.07) featured graduate Elise Clemens, Ells, Odiorne and Emily Lachey.

"We know what we want to accomplish this season," Paige Lachey said. "We just need to work hard and keep our minds focused.

•The boys track and field team was also represented at the state meet. But the four state-qualifying athletes have graduated.

"We lost four really good distance runners," Schoch said. "That's tough to replace. We have guys waiting in the wings waiting for their shot."

Grandview lost Colin Hall, Dan Shannon, Joseph LaMonte and Noah Reed who ran on the state-qualifying 3,200 relay (11th, 8:11.51). Individually, LaMonte finished seventh in the 1,600 (4:26.67) and Hall was 10th in the 3,200 (9:47.82).

Emerging in the distance events are senior Jonathan Gleason and junior Joe Pinerio.

"There are only so many opportunities on a track team," Gleason said. "It was great running with those guys and it made us better. Now it's our turn to step up."

Grandview finished second in the MSL-Cardinal with 125.5 points, behind champion Berne Union (140). It also finished second (84) at the district 2 meet behind Fredericktown (97.5) and finished fourth with 35 points at the regional behind champion Cardington (56). At state, the Bobcats tied for 63rd with two points, behind champion Garfield Heights Trinity (45).

Grandview does return regional qualifiers in seniors Ian Dyer and David Geygan, and junior Ryan Schofield. Dyer was fifth in the 3,200 at regional in 10:06.83, Geygan was fifth in the long jump (19-5 1/2) and Schofield was 10th in the 300 hurdles (42.76).

"Last year we were young in the sprints and hurdles," Schoch said. "This year we are a year older and more mature.

"We have a spread of talent, we just have to figure out where to put it all."

At a glance

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

BASEBALL

Last Monday -- Lost to Dublin Scioto 11-2 in opener

Last Wednesday -- Played Hilliard Bradley

*Today -- Home vs. West Jefferson

Friday -- At Delaware (DH)

*Monday -- At Licking Heights

*Wednesday -- Home vs. Harvest Prep

BOYS TENNIS

Tuesday -- Home vs. Buckeye Valley

Wednesday -- Home vs. Jonathan Alder

SOFTBALL

Monday -- At Licking Heights in opener

Tuesday -- At Bexley

*Wednesday -- Home vs. Harvest Prep

TRACK & FIELD

Today -- At Dublin Jerome

Tuesday -- Home vs. Ready

*MSL-Cardinal game

Schedules

Boys Tennis

April 6 vs. Buckeye Valley

April 7 vs. Jonathan Alder

*April 8 at Whitehall

April 12 at Teays Valley

*April 13 vs. Granville

April 14 at Hartley

*April 20 vs. West Jefferson

April 21 vs. Ready

April 22 at Centennial

April 26 vs. Canal Winchester

*April 27 vs. Fisher Catholic

*April 29 vs. Columbus Academy

April 30 at Grove City

May 3 at Village Academy

*May 4 at Bexley

May 5 vs. Bloom-Carroll

May 6 at Jonathan Alder

May 8 at Columbus Academy at MSL-Cardinal/Ohio meet

May 11 at London

May 12 at Worthington Christian

*MSL-Cardinal/Ohio match

Track & Field

April 1 at Dublin Jerome

April 6 vs. Ready

April 10 at Granville Invitational

April 13 at Whetstone

April 20 at London

April 23 vs. Bobcat Booster Invitational

April 30 at Hamilton Township's Ranger Invitational

May 7 vs. Friday Night at Grandview Heights Invitational

May 11, 14 at Licking Heights at MSL-Cardinal meet