A week after the Grandview Heights High School girls track and field team won its third consecutive MSL-Cardinal Division title, the Bobcats began another streak.

A week after the Grandview Heights High School girls track and field team won its third consecutive MSL-Cardinal Division title, the Bobcats began another streak.

Grandview won its second consecutive Division III district title last Saturday at Gahanna by scoring 87 points to finish ahead of Columbus Academy (57).

Last season, Grandview won seven events at the 23-team district meet. A year later, the district meet did not seed teams or split, instead opting to combine all Division III teams. As a result, the field expanded to 31 teams.

"We have put a lot of work in to get this far and win this back-to-back," said senior Paige Lachey, who was a part of the district-winning 1,600-meter relay. "It's really important to us and we're very excited."

Grandview won five events and will be represented by nine athletes in 10 events at the regional meet, which began last Wednesday and concludes Friday at Fairfield Union.

"(Last Saturday) was a fantastic day for us," coach Brian Schoch said. "It was a huge district meet, the biggest in the state with 31 teams. In almost all of the events, we ran our fastest times of the year. I went in knowing we had a shot and they just kept stepping up and performing. It was great. We didn't have any hiccups throughout the day."

For the second consecutive season, Hannah Stefanoff won a district title in the 1,600 meters (5 minutes, 18.41 seconds) and 3,200 (11:39.68). Also winning a district title were Sarah Meier in the 300 hurdles (5:18.41), the 3,200 relay (9:52.10) and 1,600 relay (4:06.83).

"The upside of the district meet being so big is if you made it out, you'll be prepared for next week at the regionals," Schoch said. "There will be a ton of competition, but we will be prepared."

Last season, Grandview finished second at the regional meet with 76.5 points, behind champion Steubenville Catholic Central (98). The experience of last season should do wonders for the athletes' psyche, according to Lachey.

"I'm not really nervous," she said. "We know what we have to do. We're going to go out there and hopefully do our best."

•The boys track and field team made a splash on the first day of the Division III district meet. On May 18, Grandview qualified two field athletes and the 3,200 relay for the regional meet, which began last Wednesday and concludes Friday at Fairfield Union.

Like the girls, the boys district was also combined and the Bobcats were one of 29 teams competing. Grandview scored 23.5 points to finish 11th, behind champion Columbus Academy (98). Individually, high jumper Brenden Cox (fourth, 5 feet, 10 inches), long jumper David Geygan (fourth, 20-0) and the 3,200 relay of Ben Mathes, Dylan Golding, David Satterthwaite and Cox (third, 8:20.91) advanced.

Grandview did not have a regional qualifier at the district running finals last Saturday.

"Any other year in a normal-sized district we would have got a bunch of boys out," Schoch said. "We ran strong and ended up picking up a bunch of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-place finishes. Normally, we would have qualified, but with the district doubled up that's how the cards fell."

•The boys tennis team had an increase in participants throughout the program and the varsity team benefited.

Grandview finished 10-8 overall and fourth in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio Division at 3-3 with 20 points behind Columbus Academy (6-0, 48), Bexley (5-1, 42) and Granville (4-2, 30), and ahead of Fisher Catholic (2-4, 13), West Jefferson (1-5, 7) and Whitehall (0-6, 1).

"We had pretty good all-around balance," coach Ray Corbett said. "I thought our kids got better as the year went on. I was very pleased with the first doubles team of Van Miller and Charlie Allen."

At the Division II Columbus Academy sectional tournament on May 13, Miller and Allen reached the district-qualifying round where they lost to Watterson's Aaron Casares and Enzo Milano 6-3, 6-0.

Grandview will lose seniors Allen, Miller, Mario Fortin, Dan Sheets and Alex Wolfe.

"We have a lot of kids involved in the lower levels," Corbett said. "We have some kids interested in wanting to play more. When you have five seniors, though, there is a mystery to next year."

Among those expected to return include the second doubles of junior Sam Hawk and sophomore Ezra Baker and sophomore Nick Levitt.

"I thought Nick showed promise as the year went on," Corbett said. "Those are three kids you expect to contribute next year and we have some younger kids who also improved as the season went on and that's the important thing."

At a glance

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

BOYS - Brenden Cox: high jump (fourth, 5-10). David Geygan: long jump (fourth, 20-0 1/4). 3,200 relay: Ben Mathes, Dylan Golding, David Satterthwaite, Cox (third, 8:20.91). GIRLS - Emily Lachey: 800 (second, 2:21.34). Paige Lachey: 100 (third, 15.86), 300 hurdles (third, 48.35). Sarah Meier: 300 hurdles (first, 46.15). Caitlyn Sarich: pole vault (third, 8-9). Hannah Stefanoff: 1,600 (first, 5:18.41), 3,200 (first, 11:39.68). 800 relay: Sarich, P. Lachey, Jordan Fitzgerald, Meier (second, 1:49.21). 1,600 relay: Fitzgerald, P. Lachey, Anni Bonn, E. Lachey (first, 4:06.83). 3,200 relay: Hilary Ells, Anna Davis, Stefanoff, E. Lachey (first, 9:52.10).