Coach Brian Schoch continued to be amazed by Luke Evans.
The senior for the Grandview Heights High School boys track and field team placed third in the 1,600 meters in the Division III state meet held June 6 and 7 at Ohio State. He finished in 4 minutes, 21.74 seconds -- 5.46 seconds faster than his regional time -- to reach the awards podium as one of the top eight in the event.
"Luke's whole season was fantastic, but the state meet really kind of symbolized how he ran all year," said Schoch, who completed his seventh season. "He's tough, he's smart and he stuck to his game plan. He left it all out there.
"To place third in the state is fantastic. His maturity as a runner as a senior was amazing. He was very confident in what he was doing."
About 90 minutes later in the 3,200, Evans finished 14th (10:17.44).
His best effort in the 1,600 was 4:21.64 when he won the MSL-Ohio Division title May 16 at Whitehall.
Junior Grant Varner threw a season-best 53 feet, 9 inches in the shot put to place fifth at state and reach the podium for the first time. It was the first time the Bobcats placed at state in the shot put since Zach Taylor was seventh (51-11 1/4) in 2008.
"In the winter, I did a lot of power lifting with the club team coached by Bob Maupin," Varner said. "That was the first time that I did that, and it really helped me out this season."
Senior A.J. Pinyerd was 12th in the shot put (48-9 1/4), senior Alex York was 16th in the 300 hurdles (42.99) and the 3,200 relay of junior Eli Reed, junior Ryan McHugh, senior Josh Smith and Evans was 13th (8:19.72).
The Bobcats tied for 19th (10 points) behind champion Lima Central Catholic (52) as 69 teams scored.
"This was my second time at state (after finishing 11th) with the 3,200 relay last year," McHugh said. "It just gives me more motivation to work hard and get back here next year."
The girls team had one competitor at state in freshman Dareth Douglass, who finished 12th in the discus (112-5).
"This really showed me what I needed to work on," she said. "It makes me want to work hard and get better to get back here."
The girls team did not score at state. McDonald (45) won as 66 teams scored.
In the regional May 28 and 30 at Fairfield Union, the boys finished second (59) behind Columbus Academy (70) as 40 teams scored and the girls were 11th (19) behind champion Columbus School for Girls (70) as 43 teams scored.
Douglass finished second in the discus at regional with a throw of 127-1, breaking the program record of 126-8 set by Heather Abbot in 1992. The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to state.
The 3,200 relay of senior Halli Bair, senior Laura Satterthwaite, freshman Molly Smith and junior Ali Lachey finished fifth (9:50.81) and the 1,600 relay of Bair, Smith, Douglass and junior Emily Burns was sixth (4:09.6).
Lachey was fifth in the 1,600 (5:18.82). In the pole vault, junior Morgan Ettrich was ninth and junior Madison Osborne was 11th, both clearing 8-6.
For the boys at regional, the 3,200 relay of Reed, McHugh, Josh Smith and Evans won in 8:15.79 and Varner won the shot put (53-3 1/4) with Pinyerd taking third (48-11).
Evans was second in the 1,600 (4:27.2) and 3,200 (9:47.23), and Reed was fifth in the 1,600 (4:35.93) and eighth in the 3,200 (10:12.07). York was third in the 300 hurdles (41.64), and senior Pat McHugh was sixth in the 300 hurdles (42.14) and 110 hurdles (16.81).
Freshman Jordan Beight was 10th in the long jump (18-11) and Ryan McHugh was 14th in the 800 (2:09.78). The 800 relay of Pat McHugh, junior Spencer Hawk, junior Peter Mathes and York was 11th (1:37.64).
In the boys district 1 meet that concluded May 24 at Whitehall, the Bobcats won the title with 119.5 points as Berne Union (102) was runner-up and 12 teams scored. The girls team was fifth (60.33) of 24 teams at district behind champion CSG (101).
The girls team earned its seventh consecutive league title by winning the MSL-Ohio meet. The Bobcats scored 162.5 points to finish ahead of Bexley (113), Academy (96), Whitehall (81), London (71), Worthington Christian (62), Madison Plains (28) and West Jefferson (26.5).
The boys team was third (127) in the league behind Academy (149.5) and Bexley (132) and ahead of Whitehall (74), Worthington Christian (57), West Jefferson (56), London (34.5) and Madison Plains (18).
"Both teams really had exciting seasons as a whole," Schoch said. "Going on the performances we had, we had a great season and a great postseason."
Seniors for the boys team were Zach Brannan, Sam Claypool, Evans, Pat McHugh, Pinyerd, Josh Smith and York. Tenley Aufdencamp, Bair, Claire Holliday, Josie Pommering and Satterthwaite were the seniors on the girls team.
"We had a great senior class," Schoch said. "These kids are leaving the program with a bunch of success and a ton of great memories. They will have a lot to remember for a long, long time."
Also expected back for the girls team are juniors Maria Albon, Meredith Cox, Emma Hecker, Alexis Lower, Megan McCauley, Emma Mihocik, Grace Palmer, Morgan Taylor and Allison Voelker, sophomores Maria Murphy, Emma Pommering, Kayleigh Stelling, Abbey Urig and Emma Wheeler and freshmen Emma Amurgis, Adrienne Bechtel, Emma Berlin, Laura Brannan, Evelyn Brown, Lily Feast, Cassie Freeman, Riley Henningsen, Alex Joseph, Courtney Swihart, Lizzie Van Duesen and Edie Workman.
Juniors Jackson Bussey, Willis Day and Quinn Williams, sophomores Kevin Daniel-Hamberg, Brendan Fitzgerald, Jackson Furbee and Rhodes Jump and freshmen Ben Hecker, Zach Martin, Ben Rehbeck and Matt Smith are expected to return for the boys team.
"Both teams had standout senior contributors, but both had freshmen, sophomores and juniors who made major contributions," Schoch said. "We were fortunate to have a good mix of veterans and youth, which helped out a lot."