Grove City Christian School sophomore Calista Manns now has experienced twice what many prep athletes don't get to experience once.
Manns participated in her second Division III girls state track and field meet June 2 and 3 at Ohio State. Competing in three events, she reached the podium in all three, finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles (14.7 seconds) and seventh in the 100 (12.72) and 300 hurdles (46.12).
She entered the 100 hurdles seeded first (14.76) ahead of Mansfield St. Peter's Alysse Wade (14.81), who won the final in 14.46. Manns said she trains with Wade and the two have become friends.
"Today didn't really necessarily go as expected, but I'm just really happy with the way I performed and all my improvements from last year," said Manns, who finished fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.37) last season. "My goal was really just to make it here in all my events."
She accounted for all of the Eagles' 12 points, as they finished 16th behind champion Anna (38) as 82 teams scored.
Manns competed with a sore quad throughout the postseason.
"I was kind of taped up because of an overworked quad," she said. "It started bothering me at district. Today it actually hurt, but when I'm in the block, I don't think about it."
Manns was joined at state by freshman pole vaulter Morgan Iverson, who was unsuccessful in three attempts at 9 feet, 6 inches.
"It's a little overwhelming," Iverson said of the atmosphere at state. "It's really cool, though. It's definitely not my last time here."
In the regional meet May 24 and 26 at Fairfield Union, Manns was second in the 100 hurdles (14.62), third in the 100 (12.51) and 300 hurdles (45.94) and 15th in the 200 (29.29), helping the Eagles tie Ready for ninth (25) behind champion Marion Pleasant (45) as 43 teams scored.
Iverson cleared a personal-best 10-0 in the pole vault to finish fourth.
"Morgan is such a fierce competitor and she pushes herself so hard in everything that she does, so in every event she wanted to be the best," coach Mindy Bankey said. "I'm looking forward to three more years of great things to come."
In the MSL-Ohio Division meet May 9 and 12 at Millersport, the Eagles finished third (89) behind Fairfield Christian (123) and Fisher Catholic (123) and ahead of Berne Union (84), Millersport (64) and Harvest Prep (15).
The boys team's season ended at regional. The 400 relay of seniors Matt Bailey, James Rieser and Alec Sliemers and sophomore Brandon Rex qualified but did not compete because of another school commitment.
In the league meet, junior Winston Linville was second in the pole vault (11-0) to lead the Eagles, who finished sixth (20.33) behind Fairfield Christian (135.33), Fisher Catholic and Berne Union (both 114), Millersport (70) and Harvest Prep (68.33).
Bankey named girls
Bankey, who also guides the cross country program and shares track head coaching duties with Bryan Cook, has been named girls basketball coach.
She replaces Bob Williams, who stepped down after two seasons. The Eagles were 19-29 overall and 10-10 in the MSL-Cardinal under Williams, including 9-15 overall and 4-6 in the league last season.
"I love the kids and basketball really is my No. 1 sport," Bankey said. "We have work to do, but I'm excited for the days ahead."
Bankey was the team's interim coach during the 2014-15 season. She began her career at the school as the middle school girls basketball coach from 2010-13 before moving to the high school level and has been the varsity assistant coach/junior varsity coach the past four seasons.
She played basketball and softball at Cedarville University, graduating in 1993.