The Granville High School boys and girls track and field teams are going to the Division II state meet Friday and Saturday at Ohio State in a familiar event.

The Granville High School boys and girls track and field teams are going to the Division II state meet Friday and Saturday at Ohio State in a familiar event.

Or at least it was at one point earlier this decade.

The boys 3,200-meter relay captured the regional championship last Thursday in Dayton in 8 minutes, 9.3 seconds. After qualifying for state eight times in a 10-year stretch, the berth is the Blue Aces' first in the event since 2002. Lead-runner Scott Comisford and anchor Michael Brown ran splits of 2:01, and in between Cody Hall and Tommy Brown kept the group among the top four.

The relay's season-best of 8:07.56 came at the MSL-Ohio Division meet two weeks ago. The program record, set in 2002, is 8:00.05 and appears to be within reach at the state meet.

"I think they can do it. We'll see," coach Bob Hollen said. "(This) week the atmosphere lends itself to super performances."

The girls 3,200 relay, which had qualified for state in three consecutive seasons ending in 2004, also advanced to the final weekend by placing third in 9:45.36 during the regional meet last Thursday at Byesville Meadowbrook, breaking the program record by nearly five seconds.

Anna Lamb ran the leadoff leg and the group also included Sara Fondriest and Hannah Combe. Julia Konkler, a senior, stepped in at the last minute to run the second leg for Mary-Claire Rocha.

"Our girls had it a little tougher. Mary-Claire was sick so Julia took her spot," Hollen said. "They still made a great run."

During the Licking County Honor Roll Meet earlier this month at Watkins Memorial, Rocha said she and the others were well aware of the program's past success in the event. The girls finished sixth (11:10.09) that day and the boys prevailed (8:27.01).

"Distance running is big in Granville," Rocha, a junior, said. "We feel like we need to live up to that. We just hope to be running our best at the end of the year."

It appears both relays are doing just that. The regionals concluded last Friday and Saturday, but the biggest challenges still await.

"We can't fall asleep and let the leaders go. We can't tie up on the exchanges, either," Hollen said of the 3,200 relays. "They're both in and that's the big thing. Now we hope they're still hungry."

At a glance

0Below is the schedule for the state track meet in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State:

FRIDAY -- 9 a.m., Division II boys pole vault; 9:30 a.m., Division III track preliminaries and 3,200 relay finals; 10 a.m., Division II field events (girls discus and high jump, boys long jump and shot); 1 p.m., Division III field events (girls discus, long jump and pole vault, boys high jump and shot put); 1:30 p.m., Division II track preliminaries and 3,200 relay finals; 3:30 p.m., Division III field events (girls high jump and shot put, boys discus and long jump); 4 p.m., Division III boys pole vault; 4:30 p.m., Division I track preliminaries and 3,200 relay finals

SATURDAY -- 9 a.m., Division II field events (girls long jump, shot put and pole vault, boys discus and high jump); 9:30 a.m., Division III track finals; noon, Division I field events (girls discus and high jump, boys long jump, shot put and pole vault); 1 p.m., Division II track finals; 2:30 p.m., Division I field events (girls long jump and shot put, boys discus and high jump); 3 p.m., Division I girls pole vault; 4:30 p.m., Division I track finals