Jordan Beight accepts a seemingly daunting challenge every time he competes for the Grandview Heights High School boys track and field team.
The senior participates in four individual events, starting with the 110-meter hurdles and 100 in races separated only by the girls 100.
Beight not only runs both races, he excels in them. Last season, he won both of the events as well as the long jump and 300 hurdles in the Division III district and regional meets en route to competing in all four at state.
Despite having less than five minutes to rebound from the 110 hurdles and run in the 100, Beight said it's not really that big of a deal. It comes down to science.
"I'm really only running three steps between hurdles, so you don't really exert yourself as much," Beight said of competing in the 110 hurdles. "In the 100, it's faster, you're not breathing well and you have a lot of lactic acid building up in your muscles. It would be tough to do that if the races were reversed.
"It's a good rule of thumb that you need about one minute of rest for every 10 meters you run, so after running the 100 you need about 10 minutes for your legs to get back to a rested state. It doesn't take as long after the (110) hurdles, (although) you never are going to get the time you want in the 100 after running the hurdles. Nothing is perfect that way, but it's not that bad."
No, it's not bad at all for Beight, who holds the program record in all four of his events. His 100 record is 10.76 seconds, and his long-jump mark is 22 feet, 3 3/4 inches. He holds the records in the 110 hurdles (14.84) and 300 hurdles (38.27) despite never running in those events before his sophomore year.
Beight was a state-qualifying hurdler the past two seasons. As a sophomore, he competed in the 300 hurdles but did not finish after falling during the preliminary race. Last season, he finished second in the 300 hurdles (38.27) and ninth in the 110 hurdles (15.31).
"There were a bunch of people trying the hurdles so I just got in line and thought I would try it," Beight said. "I wasn't very good because I was leaping over the hurdles instead of striding over them. My first race I was in the mid-18s, but I was down to the mid-16s after a couple of races."
Coach Brian Schoch said Beight is a natural in all of his events.
"Jordan is fast, and he's a track guy," Schoch said. "He likes being on the track, he likes being at meets and he likes being at practice. Sometimes I have to remember that he never ran in the hurdles before his sophomore year.
"He has speed, but he also has great -- really great -- body awareness. You could see as a long-jumper early in his career that he picks things up quickly. The way he has picked up the technique in the hurdles in such a short time shows that some of it has to be innate."
Also at state last season, Beight was second in the long jump in his program-record effort and sixth in the 100 (11.11).
The road to state started in the MSL-Ohio Division meet at London, where Beight won the 100 (22.62), 200 (22.62), 110 hurdles (15.24) and long jump (21-0) as the Bobcats placed fourth (91 points) behind champion Worthington Christian (141.5).
The girls team had a nine-year title streak snapped when it finished second (120) behind Bexley (122).
The league meet started May 9 and concludes Friday, May 12, at Whitehall.
Beight said one reason for his postseason success was the warmer weather. He described why in a way befitting of an Ivy League recruit.
"It's easier to run in warmer weather because it takes less energy," said Beight, who will compete at Cornell. "It not only takes less time for your muscles to loosen up, but when it's hotter the air expands and you're running into fewer molecules. You are traveling through less stuff, much in the same way a baseball flies farther when it's hot outside."
After the league meet, the boys and girls teams will compete in the Division III, district 2 meet Tuesday, May 16, May 18 and May 20 at Watkins Memorial. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional May 24 and 26 at Fairfield Union.
"Jordan has a lot of natural gifts, but he also has focus, a great work ethic and he loves the sport," Schoch said. "You put that together and you have a great track athlete."
The 19th-seeded softball team opened the Division III district tournament at 18th-seeded Madison Plains on May 9 in a first-round game.
The winner plays at second-seeded Cardington on Thursday, May 11, in the second round. The Bobcats did not play the Pirates this season, but their season ended last year by losing to them 17-2 in five innings in the second round.
The second-round winner advances to a district semifinal Tuesday, May 16, at a neutral site to be determined against fourth-seeded Worthington Christian, 13th-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek or 17th-seeded Pleasant. Grandview did not play Amanda-Clearcreek or Pleasant this season, but lost to the Warriors twice in MSL-Ohio play.
On April 24, Worthington Christian won 6-5 in nine innings in the completion of a suspended game from April 5 and then won the regularly scheduled game 5-1.
The district final is May 19 or 20 at Pickerington Central.
The Bobcats finished the regular season 5-15 overall after defeating Centerburg 7-4 on May 8 and 1-11 in the MSL-Ohio after losing to Bexley 8-6 on May 3 and London 5-2 on May 6.
Makenzie Bush had a two-run home run against Bexley.
Tennis team heads
to Academy sectional
The boys tennis team plays in a Division II sectional tournament Thursday, May 11, and Saturday, May 13, at Academy.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district May 18 at Academy and May 20 at Upper Arlington.
Brett Holcomb, Calvin Horning and Sam Speaks will play singles. The doubles teams will be Caleb Akers and Ben Hecker and Nate Pommering and Patrick Rowland.
The Bobcats were 4-11 overall after defeating Canal Winchester 4-1 on May 8 and before playing Fisher Catholic on May 9. They lost to Logan Elm 5-0 on May 2 and Whetstone 4-1 on May 3.
Baseball team loses
The baseball team finished 10-14 overall after losing to third-seeded Centerburg 9-4 on May 8 in the second round of the Division III district tournament.
The 11th-seeded seeded Bobcats had a first-round bye.
Grandview lost its final two MSL-Ohio games, falling to Bexley 11-5 on May 3 and London 4-1 on May 6. The Bobcats finished 3-9 in the league, behind champion Bexley (10-1).
Sophomore Jake Hollar led the team in batting average (.493) and runs (30), and freshman Joey Bertani led in RBI (27).