Anna Davis did her part to help the Grandview Heights High School girls track and field team win its eighth consecutive title in the home Bobcat Booster Invitational.
The senior was a member of the winning 3,200-meter relay and ran on a pair of runner-up relays April 26 as the Bobcats (162 points) finished ahead of Jonathan Alder (144), Liberty Union (78), Columbus International (59), Madison Plains (35) and West Jefferson (26).
The boys team finished third (106) behind Liberty Union (162) and Jonathan Alder (137) and ahead of West Jefferson (72), Madison Plains (25) and International (20).
"As a whole, I think we did pretty well," Davis said. "The (3,200 relay) and the (800 relay) did pretty well, especially after having some pretty bad weather over the past couple of meets."
Davis was joined by sophomore Emma Hecker, junior Halli Bair and sophomore Ali Lachey on the first-place 3,200 relay (10 minutes, 16 seconds). The 1,600 relay of Hecker, freshman Maria Murphy, Lachey and Davis was second (4:27.38), as was the 800 relay (1:55) of senior Lindsey Smith, senior Julie Menke, Davis and sophomore Emily Burns.
"I think the girls had quality performances all the way around," coach Brian Schoch said. "We scored a lot in the field events as well as in the distance, hurdles and sprints."
The Bobcats took the top two spots in the pole vault, with sophomore Madison Osborne winning (8 feet, 6 inches) and sophomore Morgan Ettrich taking second (8-0).
Sophomore Grace Palmer won the shot put (30-5) and freshman Isabelle Esber was third (28-5 1/2). Smith was second in the long jump (14-3 1/4) and Lachey was second in the high jump (4-10).
Menke won the 100 hurdles (17.46) and was third in the 300 hurdles (53.37), and Murphy was second in the 100 hurdles (18.37). In the 800, Lachey was first (2:29.92) and Osborne was third (2:38.45).
Osborne was second in the 1,600 (5:45.92) and freshman Emma Wheeler was third in the 3,200 (13:54.01).
For the boys, senior Chase Gage won the 800 (2:07.8), finished second in the 1,600 (4:45.4) and was a member of two first-place relays. He joined sophomore Ryan McHugh, junior Luke Evans and sophomore Eli Reed on the 3,200 relay (8:29.9) and anchored the 1,600 relay (3:39.1) that also included senior Payton Jones, junior Josh Smith and senior Tyler Mosier.
"Payton really set the tone for the (1,600 relay) with a strong first leg," Gage said. "It was a good race and a great night."
In the 3,200, Evans won (10:25.5) and Reed was third (10:33.4). Third-place finishes also were turned in by Jones (400; 52.92), junior Pat McHugh (110 hurdles; 17.48), Josh Smith (800; 2:09.28) and the 800 relay (1:42.3) of Pat McHugh, sophomore Peter Mathes, freshman Glenn Cheney and sophomore Spencer Hawk.
"Overall, the boys were very solid," Schoch said. "I believe we are moving in the right direction."
Tennis team prepping for league tournament
The boys tennis team competes Saturday, May 4, in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio tournament at Columbus Academy.
Grandview is 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the league entering a Thursday, May 2, match at Granville. The Bobcats' match with West Jefferson was suspended April 16; it will be completed at the league tournament.
Last season, the Bobcats finished fifth (17 points, 2-4) in the league behind Academy (36, 5-1), Bexley (35, 6-0), Granville (23, 4-2) and Fisher Catholic (19, 3-3) and ahead of Whitehall (4, 1-5) and West Jefferson (2, 0-6).
Grandview defeated Whitehall 4-1 on April 25. Junior Nick Luckenbach (first singles), freshman Micah Miller (third singles), senior Trevor Voelker and junior Nick Eaton (first doubles) and senior Joe Huggins and junior Peter Bonn (second doubles) were winners.
Softball team has 2-1 week
The softball team was 4-9 overall and 2-5 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Liberty Union on May 1.
The Bobcats went 2-1 in their previous three games. They defeated Fisher Catholic 6-5 in a league game April 22 before beating London 4-1 on April 23 and losing a league game to Berne Union 4-1 on April 26.
Against Fisher Catholic, freshman Mary Emma MacLeod picked up the win while striking out six, and she also had two hits. Sophomore Emma Bulla (OF) and freshman Andi Abbruzzese (INF) also had two hits apiece.
Against London, MacLeod had seven strikeouts and the only run she allowed was unearned.
Grandview had a league game at Licking Heights postponed April 24 and rescheduled for Tuesday, May 7. A game with Ready was postponed April 25 because the Silver Knights had to make up a CCL game.
A league game with Millersport was postponed April 29 and rescheduled for May 10 at Millersport as part of a doubleheader.
Rain limits schedule for baseball team
The baseball team was 4-11 overall and 2-6 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing Liberty Union on May 1.
After a 13-3 loss to Fisher Catholic on April 22, Grandview lost to Berne Union 9-3 on April 26 and defeated Millersport 10-0 on April 27.
The Bobcats had a home game with Licking Heights postponed April 24 and rescheduled for Tuesday, May 7. A game with Ready was postponed April 25 so the Silver Knights could make up a CCL game.
A second game with Millers-port was postponed April 29 and rescheduled for Wednesday, May 8.