As Emily Lachey made the final turn in her leg of the 1,600-meter relay, she could hear the chants.

As Emily Lachey made the final turn in her leg of the 1,600-meter relay, she could hear the chants.

Her teammates from the Grandview Heights High School boys and girls track and field teams, as well as students, parents and fans, lined the fence at Anderson Field and chanted "Em-i-ly! Em-i-ly!" as she entered the home stretch April 20 in the final girls event in the Bobcat Booster Invitational.

The 1,600 relay of Jordan Fitzgerald, Lachey, Ali Lachey and Laura Satterthwaite won in 4 minutes, 24.8 seconds, helping the Bobcats girls win their seventh consecutive Booster title.

"It's really nice and pumps you up to have them there cheering you on for the last 100 meters," Emily Lachey said. "The whole team and others from the school and the community are there to give you the boost that you need. I definitely think it's an advantage."

The girls scored 178 points to win the six-team meet ahead of Columbus International and Liberty Union (both 74), Tree of Life (73), Madison Plains (65) and West Jefferson (49).

The boys were second (151) behind Liberty Union (225) and ahead of West Jefferson (62), Tree of Life (35), Columbus International (32) and Madison Plains (6).

"It really went well for us. I was pleased with some of the performances on both the boys and girls side," coach Brian Schoch said. "I'm happy with where we are at right now."

The girls won nine events, including the 800 when Ali Lachey (2:31.11) edged Satterthwaite (2:31.35).

"We must push each other because it's always pretty close (when racing Ali)," Satterthwaite said. "We run relays together and have done well in those, and we won (the team title) again this year. We have won this for a while and it's always important to win your home meet."

The girls team also finished in the top two places in the pole vault (Caitlyn Sarich, 7 feet, 6 inches; Morgan Ettirch, 6-6), the 1,600 (Halli Bair, 5:56.62; Selby Gage, 6:07.02) and the 3,200 (Bair, 12:45; Madison Osborne, 12:49).

Julie Menke won the 100 hurdles (17.42) and Fitzgerald won the 400 (1:04.36). Grace Palmer was second in the shot put (26-5).
The 800 relay of Sarich, Emily Burns, Fitzgerald and Anna Davis was first in 1:52.02, breaking the meet record of 1:54 set by Jonathan Alder in 2007.

The 3,200 relay of Emily Lachey, Davis, Satterthwaite and Ali Lachey won in 10:10.5, which was a meet record by better than five seconds. The former meet record was 10:15.8, set by Cindy Mattiaccy, Erin Herl, Jamie McIntyre and Alli Grace in 2000.

"This was a really good team win for us," Ali Lachey said.

For the boys, the 3,200 relay of Brendan Cox, Ben Mathes, Chase Gage and Josh Smith won in 8:35.6, narrowly missing the meet record of 8:33.7, set by Jared Lairmore, Carson Peterson, Rich Bartholomew and Jon Etter in 2000.

"It's exciting to come out and do that well in the first event," Mathes said. "Last year, we won the (3,200 relay) at the (MSL-Cardinal Division) meet and that pushed us off and we won a league title. Winning that is always a huge starting point for us."

"We have been pretty strong across the board, especially in distance events," Schoch said. "We have a nice versatile crew running in both of the (3,200 relays) and they really get us started."

Cox also won the high jump (5-10) and ran on the second-place 1,600 relay (3:37.5) with Evan Tillett, Mathes and Payton Jones.

"The wind hit me on my last three jumps," Cox said. "First, I went too far, then too close. ... It was tough."

Other winners for the boys were Joe Anderson (discus, 130-4), Luke Evans (1,600, 4:38.2), Gage (3,200, 10:25), Mathes (800, 2:07.2) and Tillett (200, 23.94).

The 800 relay of Tillett, Tyler Mosier, Grant Varner and Phil Readey was second (1:39.35).

Tennis team tackles difficult schedule

The boys tennis team was 5-6 overall after Ready 3-2 on April 23 and was 1-3 in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio before playing Whitehall on April 24.

The Bobcats lost league matches to Fisher Catholic 3-2 on April 17 and Columbus Academy 5-0 on April 19 before losing to Village Academy 5-0 on April 20.

"Actually, I thought the kids played really well (last) week," said coach Ray Corbett, whose team plays Saturday, April 28, at Worthington Christian and has a league match at home against Granville on Tuesday, May 1. "Against two really talented teams like Academy and Village Academy, I thought our doubles teams moved well and played well together and our singles players did some good things as well. Those are two of the better teams in the area."