Jordan Beight went all out in his final race for the Grandview Heights High School boys track and field team.
The senior used his final reserves of energy in the 300-meter hurdles, as his foot clipped the final obstacle and he stumbled across the finish line to place second (38.36 seconds) in the Division III state meet June 3 at Ohio State.
The effort gave Beight his third medal of the meet after also placing second in the long jump (21 feet, 2 1/2 inches) on June 2 and fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.12) on June 3.
Despite leading for much of his final race heading into the final hurdle, Beight was not one to make excuses and took pride in his runner-up finish.
"I had nothing left," he said. "It was my sixth event in two days and my body didn't have anything more.
"I was tired so my leg hit the final hurdle. I gave everything I had and finished second, so that doesn't bother me. If I had finished second and had something left, I wouldn't have been happy with that."
Beight also competed in the 100, but finished 12th (11.23) during the preliminary June 2.
Last season, he finished second in the long jump (22-3 3/4) and 300 hurdles (38.27), and was sixth in the 100 (11.11) and ninth in the 110 hurdles (15.31).
"It's kind of bittersweet being my last race," said Beight, who will run at Cornell. "I can't really believe that high school is over. I had great teammates and great coaches and it's been a lot of fun. It doesn't really feel like it should be over."
The Bobcats tied Bluffton for fourth (21 points) behind East Canton (49), Smithville (37) and Bainbridge Paint Valley (26) as 72 teams scored.
Also at state, the 3,200 relay of juniors Eli Evans and Eli Hall, freshman Chris Miller and junior Liam Kerr was ninth in 8:13.67.
Senior Jordan Butler was 15th in the 110 hurdles (15.96), Miller was 15th in the 1,600 (4:41.78) and Kerr was 16th in the 3,200 (11:00.44).
"We had an awesome season," coach Brian Schoch said. "Things didn't go the way we would have liked in some things (at state), but you have to be happy with the way we performed this season."
The Bobcats won their second regional title and their first since 1989, scoring 71 points to edge runner-up Mount Gilead (69) on May 26 at Fairfield Union as 39 teams scored. The two teams finished in the same order in the district 2 meet May 20 at Watkins Memorial, with the Bobcats totaling 186 points to the Indians' 171.
Grandview clinched the regional championship when the 1,600 relay of Butler, Evans and freshmen Luke Lachey and Jack Kessler finished sixth (3:31.97) in the final event of the meet.
Also competing at regional but not advancing to state were Butler in the high jump (sixth, 6-0) and 300 hurdles (sixth, 41.36), Evans in the 800 (10th, 2:03.09), Hall in the 1,600 (ninth, 4:47.98), junior James Lachey in the shot put (sixth, 46-5 1/4), junior Ben Murphy in the pole vault (ninth, 11-0), freshman Iain McCormick in the pole vault (seventh, 11-6), Luke Lachey in the 400 (eighth, 52.88), Miller in the 3,200 (10th, 10:38.6) and freshman Luke Wallace in the high jump (no height).
The 800 relay of Evans, Luke Lachey, sophomore Harrison Morosky and McCormick was seventh (1:34.28).
Grandview won its first league title since 2011, edging Worthington Christian 146-145 in the MSL-Ohio Division meet May 9 and 12. Host Whitehall (100.5) was third, followed by Bexley (96), Columbus Academy (92.5), London (46) and West Jefferson (19).
"Things will be a little different next year without (Beight and Butler), but we have a lot of great young kids coming back," Schoch said. "We had a really good freshman class and they are only going to get better."
Douglass reaches state
podium for girls team
Senior Dareth Douglass finished seventh in the discus (125-8) in the Division III girls state track meet.
"I was happy to make it to the podium," said Douglass, who holds the program record of 135-4. "The only thing that would have made it better would have been to have thrown 135-5. I really wanted to do that."
She scored both points for the Bobcats, who tied for 74th behind champion Anna (38) as 82 teams scored.
"Dareth had an awesome season and an awesome career," Schoch said. "For her to get on the podium was a great way to end her career."
Douglass also joined sophomore Whitney Schaefer, freshman Maddy Morosky and senior Molly Smith on the 10th-place 800 relay (1:48.89).
"We were pretty happy with our performance," Douglass said. "We wanted to (finish in the top eight and) make it to the podium, but we were seeded 12th and finished 10th. We were pretty happy just to be here."
Schaefer also competed in the 300 hurdles, finishing 16th in 50.16.
Grandview finished eighth (29) in the regional behind champion Marion Pleasant (45) as 43 teams scored.
Competing at regional but not advancing to state were Douglass in the shot put (seventh, personal-best 35-11 3/4), Smith in the 800 (fifth, program-record 2:18.59), freshman Emma Hall in the 1,600 (11th, 6:04.95) and sophomore Nina Amicon in the 800 (14th, 2:32.68).
Amicon, freshman Liza DeVere, junior Taylor Wilson and Smith were eighth in the 3,200 relay (10:07.67), and Morosky, Schaefer, DeVere and Smith were eighth in the 1,600 relay (4:18.19).
The Bobcats were second (94) of 15 teams in district 2 behind Mount Gilead (108) after earning their ninth league title in 10 seasons. They won the MSL-Ohio meet with 144 points, ahead of Academy (136.5), Bexley (134), Worthington Christian (80), London (66), Whitehall (46) and West Jefferson (37.5).
"We had some great seniors like Molly and Dareth who will be tough to replace, but we have some talented girls who continued to improve throughout the season," Schoch said. "They need to keep improving and take on some leadership roles next year."
Shifley leaves for
Meredith Shifley once again is a coach at Central Crossing after leading the Grandview girls volleyball program last season.
The 2009 graduate of Galion High School and 2013 graduate of Ohio Dominican teaches math at Central Crossing and was an assistant in volleyball and girls basketball before coaching the Bobcats for one season.
Last fall, Grandview finished 13-10 overall and 7-5 in the MSL-Ohio.
Shifley replaces Jordyn Rees, who led Central Crossing for one season. The Comets finished 3-18 overall and 2-8 in the OCC-Central.