Julie Menke couldn't have been happier with her final performance at Anderson Field.
The senior for the Grandview Heights High School girls track and field team won both hurdle events and was a member of two first-place relays, helping the Bobcats win the Friday Night Under the Lights meet May 10.
"It definitely was a good way to finish out here at home," Menke said. "I had four wins and the team won the title. It's a good start before the postseason."
The postseason began May 14 with the MSL-Cardinal Division meet at Licking Heights. The two-day meet concludes Friday, May 17.
In the five-team Friday Night Under the Lights meet, the girls scored 186 points to outdistance Hamilton Township (121), Big Walnut (87), Worthington Christian (81) and Harvest Prep (14).
The boys team was second (146) behind Hamilton Township (146) and ahead of Big Walnut (97), Worthington Christian (95) and Harvest Prep (28).
Menke won the 100-meter hurdles (16.54 seconds) and 300 hurdles (49.79). She also was on the first-place 400 relay (54.86) with senior Lindsey Smith, freshman Maria Murphy and sophomore Emily Burns and the winning 1,600 relay (4:26.69) with sophomore Emma Hecker, sophomore Ali Lachey and Burns.
"Those were my (personal records) in both hurdle events, which is what you want to be doing this time of year," Menke said. "We have all been getting better as the season goes along. It's the time of year to be getting our best times each week."
The girls also won two other relays. They were first in the 3,200 relay (10:24.1) with Hecker, senior Anna Davis, junior Halli Bair and sophomore Madison Osborne and first in the 800 relay (1:56.98) with freshman Kayleigh Stelling, Smith, Davis and Burns.
Lachey won the 1,600 (5:40) and 800 (2:32.57). Osborne was third in the 1,600 (5:48.13) and Davis was third in the 800 (2:35.96).
In the 3,200, sophomore Megan McCauley was first (13:00) and freshman Emma Wheeler was second (13:46.13).
Sophomore Grace Palmer was first in the discus (90 feet, 4 inches) and second in the shot put (30-1/2). Bair was second in the 400 (1:04.02) and Smith was third in the 200 (28.77) and long jump (14-2).
Also placing third were Osborne in the high jump (4-4), sophomore Morgan Ettrich in the pole vault (8-0) and freshman Isabelle Esber in the shot put (28-1).
"We use this meet to try to get things figured out for the postseason and I think we did a lot of that," coach Brian Schoch said. "The (rainy) conditions weren't that great, but we had great performances from both the boys and girls teams."
For the boys, the 3,200 relay finished first (8:37.5) with senior Payton Jones, junior Josh Smith, sophomore Ryan McHugh and junior Luke Evans.
Sophomore Grant Varner won the shot put (44-8) and discus (108-0). Senior Chase Gage won the 1,600 (4:37.47) and was second in the 800 (2:06.14).
In the 3,200, Evans was first (10:41.96) and senior Ben Brannan was third (11:27.33). In the 400, Jones was second (53.32) and senior Tyler Mosier was third (53.57).
Sophomore Peter Mathes, Mosier, junior Pat McHugh and Gage were on the third-place 1,600 relay (3:39). Pat McHugh also was second in the 110 hurdles (17.56) and third in the 300 hurdles (44.23).
Ryan McHugh was third in the 1,600 (4:56.88) and freshman Rhodes Jump was third in the pole vault (7-6).
The Bobcats will compete in the Division III district meet Tuesday, May 21, Wednesday, May 22, and May 25 at Hamilton Township. The girls compete in a 32-team district meet and the boys compete in the 17-team district 2 meet.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional meet May 29 and 31 at Fairfield Union.
Last season, the boys won their first district championship since 1989, scoring 125 points in the 17-team district 2 meet as Galion Northmor (87) was runner-up.
The girls finished second (77) in the 29-team district meet behind Columbus Academy (83).
Tennis team heads to sectional at Academy
The boys tennis team was 11-5 overall after defeating Shekinah Christian 4-1 on May 13 and before playing Buckeye Valley on May 14.
The Bobcats compete in a Division II sectional tournament Thursday, May 16, and Saturday, May 18, at Columbus Academy. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district May 24 and 25 at Academy.
The doubles team of seniors Luke Snider and Trevor Voelker is seeded fourth for sectional and has a first-round bye. They open against West Jefferson's Abby Arnold and Marcus Adkins or Worthington Christian's Ben Baacke and Dominic Francis in the second round.
The doubles team of senior Joe Huggins and junior Peter Bonn plays Ready's Tyler Eggers and Spencer Heselden in the first round.
In first-round singles play, junior Nick Eaton faces Buckeye Valley's Eddie Fairbanks and junior Nick Luckenback faces Corey Hughes of Linden-McKinley. Freshman Micah Miller has a play-in match against West Jefferson's Garrett Beachy.
Last season, the Bobcats did not have a district qualifier.
Baseball team wins MSL-Cardinal finale
The baseball team was 7-17 overall after losing to Bexley 12-2 on May 13 and finished 5-9 in the MSL-Cardinal after defeating Millersport 5-4 on May 8.
The Bobcats were seeded 22nd of 23 teams in the Division III district tournament and opened May 14 against 10th-seeded Heath in the first round.
The winner plays Thursday, May 16, at fourth-seeded Ready. The Bobcats have not played the Silver Knights this season.
The second-round winner plays sixth-seeded Marion Elgin, 12th-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek or 15th-seeded Centerburg in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 21, at Olentangy. The Bobcats have not played these teams this season.
The district final is May 23 at Beavers Field in Lancaster.
Softball team opens postseason
The softball team was 6-14 overall after defeating Wellington 22-5 on May 8 and 4-8 in the MSL-Cardinal before playing a doubleheader against Millersport on Saturday, May 18, to close league play.
The Bobcats were seeded 17th of 20 teams in the Division III district tournament and had a first-round bye. They opened May 15 against second-seeded Heath.
The winner plays fifth-seeded North Union, 10th-seeded Johnstown or 19th-seeded Mount Gilead in a district semifinal Monday, May 20, at Pickerington North. The Bobcats have not played these teams this season.
The district final is May 25 at Pickerington North.