Luke Evans hoped to be pushed by his competition in the 3,200 meters, but the senior on the Grandview Heights High School boys track and field team had to look to the crowd instead.
Evans won the event in 9 minutes, 45.33 seconds on April 25 in the home Bobcat Booster Invitational, breaking the program record of 9:47.82 set by Colin Hall in 2009. He also eclipsed the meet record of 9:55.5 set by Liberty Union's Nathan Holtschulte in 2002.
"My goal was to have someone push me, and (teammate) Eli (Reed) did that for the first few laps," Evans said. "It's pretty tough to push yourself when you are alone out there, but the crowd really helped me. There was a bunch of people up on the (northwest) turn. They were really vocal and I fed off of that."
Reed finished second in 10:34.13.
"I wanted to go 4:56 in the first mile and I went out fast at 4:53," Evans said. "I didn't want to go out hard and waste energy. I tried to turn it up at the end and had a (1:06) on the last lap."
Reed and Evans also were on the winning 3,200 relay (8:38) with Ryan McHugh and Josh Smith.
The boys team finished second (156) behind Liberty Union (180) and ahead of West Jefferson (89), Jonathan Alder (56), Columbus International (21) and Madison Plains (21).
The girls won their ninth consecutive Booster title with 197 points, followed by Jona-than Alder (115), Liberty Union (100), International (52), West Jefferson (29) and Madison Plains (22).
"We had a lot of good performances across the board," coach Brian Schoch said of the girls team. "We scored a ton of points in the field events. We scored more in the sprints than we had in the past couple of meets and did well in the distance events. We had a pretty well-rounded meet in the sprint, hurdle and field events."
The girls team finished 1-2 in five events. Morgan Ettrich (8 feet, 6 inches) and Madison Osborne (8-0) took the top spots in the pole vault and Lizzie Van Duesen (13-2) and Claire Holliday (13-1/2) did the same in the long jump. Dareth Douglass (32-7 1/2) and Grace Palmer (31-10) led the way in the shot put.
Molly Smith (2:34.41) and Laura Satterthwaite (2:38.25) dominated the 800 and Maria Murphy (17.51) and Riley Henningsen (17.58) led in the 100 hurdles. Ali Lachey won the 1,600 (5:42.74) and 3,200 (12:25.94), and the 3,200 relay won in 10:33.8 with Halli Bair, Emma Hecker, Satterthwaite and Smith.
The 1,600 relay of Bair, Satterthwaite, Emily Burns and Smith was second (4:22.29), and Burns was runner-up in the 100 (13.27), 200 (28.05) and 400 (1:03.45).
"It was the same thing for the boys," Schoch said. "They scored a good amount of points in field events and the distance was strong. The hurdlers have come on quite a bit, not only from last year to this year, but from the beginning of the year until now."
Grant Varner (51-3) and A.J. Pinyerd (43-6 1/2) were the top two competitors in the shot put and McHugh won the 1,600 (4:59.01).
The 800 relay of Pat McHugh, Spencer Hawk, Peter Mathes and Alex York won in 1:38.64, and the 1,600 relay of York, Pat McHugh, Ryan McHugh and Mathes won in 3:43.92.
Pat McHugh was second in the 110 hurdles (16.3) and 300 hurdles (42.99). Zach Brannan was second in the pole vault (10-0).
Tennis team takes fourth in MSL tourney
The boys tennis team was 2-6 overall and 1-3 in the MSL-Ohio Division before playing Whitehall on April 29.
The Bobcats finished fourth in the league tournament April 26 at London. Columbus Academy (14 points) won, followed by Bexley (8), Worthington Christian (5), Grandview (4), Whitehall (2), London (1) and West Jefferson (1).
Winning matches to reach the semifinal round were Nick Luckenbach (second singles), Lucas Smith (third singles), Nick Eaton and Luke Treasure (first doubles) and Ben McCollough and Jon Sterneker (second doubles).
The Bobcats lost to Bexley 5-0 on April 24 and fell to Worthington Christian 3-2 on April 22. A league match at home with West Jefferson on April 28 was postponed because of bad weather and rescheduled for May 9.
Softball team picks up two victories
The softball team was 3-13 overall and 2-6 in the MSL-Ohio before playing West Jefferson on April 29.
The Bobcats defeated Madison Plains 11-1 in six innings April 23 in league play. Mary Emma MacLeod threw a three-hitter and had two hits. Kynsie Burton-Smiles had three hits and Bailey Smith had two hits.
Morgan Ramey tossed a two-hitter as Grandview defeated Patriot Prep 15-2 in five innings April 24. Emma Bulla hit a two-run home run.
On April 25, the Bobcats lost to London 10-7 in league competition.
Grandview dropped a doubleheader April 26 at Heath, losing 10-0 in five innings and 21-0 in five innings.
Baseball team loses five straight
The baseball team was 4-10 overall and 4-4 in the MSL-Ohio and on a five-game losing streak before playing West Jefferson on April 29 and Academy on April 30.
The Bobcats lost a pair of league games last week, falling to Madison Plains 5-4 on April 23 and to London 8-1 on April 25. Leo Readey took the loss against London.
Grandview lost to Heath 14-4 in five innings April 26. Jon Faris took the loss.