Grove City Christian School track and field coach Mindy Bankey is hoping a busy schedule will help prepare her athletes for the postseason.
The Eagles are gearing up for the MSL-Cardinal Division meet Tuesday, May 8, and May 11 at Berne Union followed by the Division III district meet beginning May 15 at Watkins Memorial.
"I think we're going to look really good in the Mid-State League and as the weather improves, we're going to see improved times and a lot of good confidence going into district," Bankey said.
For the girls team, junior Callista Manns is preparing for what she hopes is a third state meet appearance.
Manns was the lone member of the program to compete in the Huber Heights Wayne Invitational on April 26 and 27. She finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (14.9 seconds), 12th in the 300 hurdles (48.69) and 22nd in the 100 (13.14).
Manns scored eight points, giving the Eagles a 29th-place finish behind champion Gahanna (60.5) in a 44-team field.
"Callista is running well," Bankey said. "It was good for her to experience the competition and get her form back as well. She looked real good."
Last season at state, Manns finished second in the 100 hurdles (14.7) and seventh in the 100 (12.72) and 300 hurdles (46.12).
The remaining Eagles competed in the nine-team Millersport Invitational on April 27.
For the girls, who finished sixth (43) behind champion Bloom-Carroll (133), Morgan Iverson won the pole vault (9 feet, 9 inches) and Dalina Phomphengchane won the 100 (13.41). Brooke O'Dell, Iverson, Olivia Ellis and Phomphengchane were third in the 800 relay (1:59).
For the boys, Brett Baker, Zion Jackson, Seth Ortega and Brandon Rex were fourth in the 400 relay (49.45) as the Eagles finished ninth (12) behind champion Liberty Union (147).
Baseball team seeks MSL-Cardinal title
The baseball team entered the week in position to win its first MSL-Cardinal title since 2014, when it shared the championship with Berne Union and Fisher Catholic.
"We hoped to be in this position," coach A.J. McCampbell said. "The first goal is always to be basically where we are right now, to be in the hunt. I like controlling our own destiny and not having to worry about someone else needing to lose. We put ourselves in that position at this point."
The Eagles were 12-4 overall and 9-2 in the league before playing Millersport on May 1.
Fisher Catholic took over first place in the league with a 6-1 win at Grove City Christian on April 30. The Irish were 10-2 and Berne Union was 9-3.
Grove City Christian faces Millersport again Thursday, May 3, before closing league play against Fairfield Christian on May 10.
The Eagles defeated Berne Union 8-4 on April 28 to avenge a 7-3 loss to the Rockets on April 9. Luke Spegal had two hits and two RBI, and Gavin Robbins was the winning pitcher.
Grove City Christian also defeated Grandview 6-5 on April 28 on Kendrick Beard's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.
Two athletes announce college decisions
A pair of Grove City Christian athletes announced their college decisions April 25. Quenton Blount will play football at Bluffton and Zach Lantzy will play men's soccer at Otterbein.
Below are the coming schedules for the Grove City Christian baseball, softball and track & field teams:
*May 3 -- At Millersport
May 7 -- Home vs. 13th-seeded Delaware Christian in first round of Division IV district tournament. Winner plays third-seeded Morral Ridgedale or 12th-seeded Wellington in second round May 9 at home of better seed. The Eagles are seeded fifth of 15 teams.
*May 3 -- At Millersport
May 7 -- At third-seeded Fairfield Christian in first round of Division IV district tournament. Winner plays fifth-seeded Granville Christian or ninth-seeded Grandview in second round May 9 at home of better seed. The Eagles are seeded 13th of 15 teams.
TRACK & FIELD
May 5 -- Teays Valley Kiwanis Invitational
May 8, 11 -- MSL-Cardinal meet at Berne Union