Grandview Heights High School cross country runner Hannah Stefanoff represented the Bobcats at the Division III regional meet last year. The senior returns to the regional meet Oct. 30 at Pickerington North, but this time with her teammates.
Grandview Heights High School cross country runner Hannah Stefanoff represented the Bobcats at the Division III regional meet last year. The senior returns to the regional meet Saturday at Pickerington North, but this time with her teammates.
The girls team qualified for the regional meet after finishing second at the district 2 race last Saturday at Watkins Memorial.
The Bobcats scored 62 points to finish behind Fredericktown (60).
"We weren't seeded particularly high, but looking at the times and looking at what we were capable of, I told the girls that we had set a goal to be in the top two and we knew we had a shot at No. 1 depending on what a couple other teams did," coach Brian Schoch said. "We're definitely pleased to come in second and just miss first."
Stefanoff won the race with a personal-best time of 18 minutes, 8.78 seconds.
"That was the fastest time of her career and the fastest anybody ran all day in any division," Schoch said. "She was just flying. She's really getting fast at the right time."
Last season, Stefanoff won the district and regional meets and finished fifth (19:21.84) at state.
Stefanoff will be joined at regional by teammates Halli Bair (sixth at district, 20:14.83), Selby Gage (10th, 20:36.60), Gwen Downey (22nd, 22:03.42), Gretchen Giltner (25th, 22:10.20), Ashley Hofmaster (38th, 23:43.36) and Hanley Baird (58th, 27:54.71).
The top four teams and individuals not on a qualifying team who finish in the top 16 advance to state Nov. 6 at Scioto Downs.
"There's going to be six, seven teams that have a real strong chance (to qualify for state)," Schoch said. "On any given day anything can happen, but I certainly have told the girls and will continue to tell them that we definitely have a chance."
Senior Joseph Pineiro also returns to regional. He's the lone representative for the boys team.
Pineiro ran a personal-best 17:14.86 to finish 15th at district.
"He had a real strong day and I was very happy with that," Schoch said.
Last season at regional, Pineiro finished 25th (18:26.16).
Grandview finished ninth (238) at district behind first-place Liberty Union (67).
•The football team looks to close out the season on a positive note when it plays host to Harvest Preparatory on Friday. Grandview and Licking Heights are tied for second in the MSL-Cardinal Division at 4-2, behind first-place West Jefferson (6-0). Harvest Prep is 5-3 overall and 3-3 in the division.
Last season, Harvest Prep defeated Grandview 21-17.
"Harvest Prep is big and athletic," Grandview coach Jason Peters said. "They've had an up-and-down season. They've had games they've played really well and they've had games where they didn't play up to their ability. They beat up on Liberty Union last week (19-14) and we know Liberty Union is a good football team. We're going to have our hands full."
Grandview, which is 6-3 overall, hopes to the end the regular season with a three-game winning streak.
Though they weren't mathematically eliminated from the Division III, Region 20 playoffs, the Bobcats need help if they hope to qualify. Grandview was 12th in the computer rankings prior to last Friday's game against Fisher Catholic, but Peters expected his team to drop to 15th this week.
Grandview defeated Fisher Catholic 35-7 behind 116 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Jason Franks.
Quarterback Oliver Rouch completed four of seven passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on four carries.
Grandview had 292 yards rushing on 29 carries.
At a glance
Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Grandview Heights boys soccer, girls soccer and girls volleyball teams:
Last Saturday - Defeated East Knox 6-1 in second round of Division III district tournament. Connor Phillips and Riley Rees each scored two goals.
Last Wednesday - Played Columbus Academy in district semifinal. Winner plays Bloom-Carroll or Ready in district final on Saturday at DeSales. District champion plays in a regional semifinal against Horizon Science, Tree of Life, Wellington or Worthington Christian on Tuesday at a site to be determined.
Of note: The Bobcats were 15-0-2 overall before last Wednesday and finished 5-0 in the MSL-Cardinal.
Oct. 20 - Lost to Fairbanks 2-1 in double overtime in a Division II district II tournament opener. Sarah Meier scored.
Of note: The Bobcats finished 7-7-3 overall and 4-3-1 in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio.
Oct. 19 - Def. Mount Gilead 25-12, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20 in first round of Division III district tournament
Last Saturday - Lost to top-seeded Heath 25-12, 25-14, 25-11 in second round of district tournament
Of note: The Bobcats finished 6-17 overall and 3-11 in the MSL-Cardinal.