Luke Evans was at a loss to explain his performance Nov. 2 in the Division III state cross country meet.
The senior for the Grandview Heights High School boys team was in second place with 200 meters remaining when complications began. He was fifth when he fell about 10 meters from the finish line at National Trail Raceway.
Evans then sat up to regain his bearings, but three runners passed him before he was able to get up and collapse across the finish line for an eighth-place time of 16 minutes, 21.67 seconds.
"I'm still trying to figure out how what happened, happened," said Evans, who competed at state with junior boys teammate Eli Reed and junior girls teammate Ali Lachey. "It's weird because I never came close to feeling like that before."
Evans said everything was falling into place before he pushed himself past his limit.
"I came through the mile right where I wanted to be. I was in second and felt completely normal until the final stretch," said Evans, who secured his third all-state performance by finishing in the top 25. "I started to feel my whole body slipping away and I was getting slower and slower.
"A guy passed me and I thought, 'Well, at least I can get third.' Once I got somewhere around 10 meters from the finish, I lost control of my body."
Evans had to be steadied by a tournament official on the awards podium as he accepted his medal. He then sat down with his head in his hands during the recognition ceremony.
"That's what happens when you push yourself past the limit," coach Brian Schoch said. "Luke was in second and wanted to catch (champion Bobby Johnson of McDonald, who won in 15:45.48). He went really, really hard."
Evans finished 13th (16:10.92) at state last season.
Reed finished 55th (17:09.74) after he was 128th (18:22.49) last season.
"I was having fun out there," Reed said. "I'm happy (with my performance). I was having a blast. It was a perfect day to run."
"Eli came through strong," Schoch said. "This is something that will give him a lot of confidence going into track and next season."
In the girls race, Lachey finished 27th (19:45.09) as Liberty Center's Brittany Atkinson won in 18:31.45.
"It was kind of cool and I wasn't where I should have been mentally," said Lachey, who finished 46th (19:40.24) last season.
Schoch believed Lachey ran well.
"Ali had a great day at the end of a great season," Schoch said. "She went out aggressively and had a great race."
McDonald (94) won the boys meet ahead of Cortland Maplewood (103) and Liberty Center (98) was the girls champion ahead of Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (110).
Football team beats Swanton
Junior Leo Readey kicked a 32-yard field goal with 4 minutes remaining to give the football team a 10-9 victory Nov. 1 over host Swanton.
"(Swanton) ran a hook and (lateral) with about 17 seconds left and we were able to stop them around the 50(-yard line)," coach Jason Peters said. "We won our final two games, which is a great way to finish the season."
Sophomore running back Rhodes Jump scored on a 12-yard run for the Bobcats, who finished 4-6 overall.
Grandview finished fifth (2-4) in the MSL-Ohio Division behind West Jefferson (6-0), Bexley (4-2), Columbus Academy (4-2) and Whitehall (3-3) and ahead of London (1-5) and Madison Plains (1-5).
Senior Luke Miller (TE/DE) and junior Grant Varner (OL/DL) were named first-team all-league. Senior Sam Callison (OL/DL) and Jump (RB/LB) were named to the second team, and senior Tim Murphy (WR/DL/P), junior Joe Pinney (RB/LB) and Readey (OL/LB/K) were honorable mention.
Boys soccer team played strong defense
The boys soccer team finished 15-4 overall, losing to third-seeded Worthington Christian 1-0 in a Division III district final Oct. 26 at Canal Winchester.
The Bobcats gave up one goal or fewer 17 times and allowed only 13 goals.
Seeded second in the district tournament, Grandview had a first-round bye before defeating 19th-seeded Grove City Christian 5-0 on Oct. 19 and 11th-seeded Madison Christian 6-0 on Oct. 23 in a semifinal.
The Bobcats finished fourth (5-2) in the MSL-Ohio behind Bexley (5-0-2), Academy (5-1-1) and Worthington Christian (5-1-1) and ahead of Grove City Christian (2-5), London (2-5), West Jefferson (1-5-1) and Whitehall (0-6-1).
Junior forward Ryan McHugh led the Bobcats with 20 goals and was first-team all-league. Senior defender Pat McHugh (6 goals) and junior midfielder Alex Haase also were on the first team.
Junior forward Colin Jourdan (second-team all-league) had 15 goals, senior midfielder Sam Claypool scored nine and junior midfielder Ike Dunaway (second-team all-league) added seven. Senior goalkeeper Josh Keller (honorable mention all-league) had 65 saves and sophomore goalie Jannick Hiltrop shut out Grove City Christian and Madison Plains in the postseason.
Other seniors were defender Jake Bottorf, midfielder Zach Brannan, forward Adam Hale and defender Alex York, who was honorable mention all-league.
"We had some great seniors who were great leaders and great kids," said coach Brian Neidenthal, who completed his 12th season. "They took us a long way this year."
Also expected to return are juniors Willis Day (midfielder), Alec Gastesi (defender), Avery Hanscel (defender), Spencer Hawk (midfielder), Dom Milano (forward), Daniel Picazo (forward), Tristen Rose (defender) and Jack Sterneker (defender), sophomores Ross Carter (defender), Colin Elliott (midfielder) and Callum McNamara (midfielder) and freshmen Breon Backus (forward), Peter Beals (midfielder), Ben Bussey (defender), Alan Field (defender), Kaleb Orr (forward), Atom Slaughter (midfielder), Zyg Stafa (midfielder) and Everett Stamm (goalie).
"Next year, we should have a team a lot like we had this year," Neidenthal said. "But they will be a year older and have more size, more speed and more skill. We improved a lot from last year and I expect the same for next year."
Bobcats looking to hire wrestling coach
The wrestling team is seeking a coach after Chad Davis resigned. He led the program for two seasons and left to become a medical supply salesman.
Applicants should contact athletics director Jim Hall at email@example.com.