Reynoldsburg High School junior Kacia Grant joked that it was a bad idea.

Reynoldsburg High School junior Kacia Grant joked that it was a bad idea.

In the midst of the New Balance Outdoor Nationals from June 17-19 at North Carolina A&T State University, Raiders coach Denny Hammond took Grant and the four other members of the school's girls track team who made the trip to Greensboro (N.C.) out to a local mall.

A couple hours later, she and teammates Donyelle Brown, Destinee Gause, Diamond Gause and Faith Washington finally were ready to leave.

"He said he'd give us an hour, but this was five girls in a mall," Grant joked. "It was a lot of fun."

The extra time spent shopping was all a part of what Hammond believes was a well-deserved extension to another memorable season.

Two weeks after Reynoldsburg captured a second consecutive Division I state championship, the group of five underclassmen combined to set two school records and earn three All-America finishes.

The 400-meter relay of the Gause sisters, Grant and Washington finished third in a season-best 46.49 seconds that set a school record.

Destinee Gause added a fourth-place finish in the 200 (24.13) and the 800 relay of the Gause sisters, Grant and Washington finished second in their heat and sixth overall (1:39.73).

The top six finishers in each event earned all-America status.

"We got in a slow heat (in the 800 relay) and that's what messed us up, but we were still sixth overall so that was good," Hammond said. "We set a school record in the (400 relay) by running 46.4, which is pretty fast."

Facing weather that Hammond described as hot and breezy, the Raiders had other strong individual performances as well.

Washington, a sophomore, ran a personal-best and school-record time of 14.26 in the 100 hurdles to finish 11th in the preliminaries.

Brown, a junior, placed 11th with a personal-best throw of 43 feet, 3 1/4 inches in the shot put. That throw would have been the second-best at the state meet, where she placed fourth (41-11 1/2) last month.

Destinee Gause, a sophomore, false-started in the 100 for the second consecutive meet after also doing so in the state preliminaries. She bounced back to finish second in her heat of the 200 (24.35) to qualify for the finals.

"There was some real tough competition, but it was fun," Destinee Gause said. "When you run against faster people, it makes you run faster. It gives us a lot of inspiration and over the summer we're going to work hard for next year."

Diamond Gause is coming off a freshman season in which she ran on the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays which all placed among the top four at state. The 1,600 relay, which also featured Destinee Gause, Grant and Washington, won the state title (3:48.87) but didn't compete at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.

"I thought it was a good trip, and the girls had fun," Hammond said. "We got a little bit of motivation for next year. It was pretty busy but it was also pretty enjoyable."

Both Destinee Gause and Grant agreed that the competition level at nationals helped fuel their faster times.

"The main thing was the competition," Grant said. "There were runners there from California and all over the nation. Hopefully we'll go back next year."