With 154 athletes out for track and field this spring, Granville High School coach Bob Hollen has run out of uniforms.

With 154 athletes out for track and field this spring, Granville High School coach Bob Hollen has run out of uniforms.

"We only have 100," he said. "I'm going to have to do something; maybe we'll use some cross country uniforms or something."

That total includes 78 boys and 76 girls, both of which represent program records. The boys team, which captured last year's MSL-Ohio Division title for the fourth consecutive season, has moved up to Division I while the girls team, which won last year's league title for the second time in three seasons, remains in Division II.

"We were two boys over the limit," said Hollen, whose teams open Tuesday, April 2, at Newark with a tri-meet also featuring Liberty Union. "Our boys might have been the team to beat if we had stayed Division II, so that makes things a little more interesting."

The girls team returns senior Natalie Jardell, junior Lizzie Gabel and sophomore Ainsley Harmon from the 400-meter relay that advanced to the state meet a year ago, placing 15th in 50.7 seconds. Senior Ali Larsen was part of the state-qualifying 3,200 relay (11th, 9:42.99), and it placed third (10:04.48) in the Division II-III state indoor meet March 17 at the University of Akron even without 2011 graduate Anna Lamb, who now is competing at Miami University. Also graduating was Megan Gaysunas, another distance runner who is competing at Toledo.

Also in Akron, the girls 1,600 relay finished second (4:08.88) while the 800 relay was third (1:46.85) to help the Blue Aces to a third-place finish (28 points) behind champion Dayton Chaminade Julienne (64). Larsen was sixth in the 800 (2:25.09).

Other key girls include sophomore Rachel Blumling, who ran the first leg on the 800 and 1,600 relays after being hindered by injuries last spring, senior Amy Greenwood (long jump) and sophomore Amanda Frey (hurdles).

"Our girls team will be deep, but we may not have the individual strength we've had in past years," Hollen said. "Our (800 relay) was faster at the state indoor meet than all of last year, and we have some other things to build on."

The boys team, which was the Division II, district 2 runner-up (106) behind Eastmoor Academy (131) last spring, has a Division I state-meet hopeful in junior Cody Lenfest. In the state indoor meet, he placed fourth in the long jump (21 feet, 5 inches) and was sixth in the triple jump (42-4 1/2). The 3,200 relay was ninth (8:19.88).

Sophomore Tyler Otterstedt (distance events) and sophomore Casey Lenfest (sprints) also are expected to be among the key contributors as the Blue Aces adjust to a higher level of competition.

"We've got a nice group of boys sprinters," Hollen said. "We'll just have to see where things fall in a new division."

Hollen, who has been the school's track coach for 35 years and cross country coach for 27, is retiring as a teacher in May. He said he's not sure if he'll be coaching next school year. Hollen also was an assistant football coach for eight years.

"I'm starting my 105th season (overall)," he said. "It sure seems longer when you put it that way."

•ELSEWHERE - The only returning state track qualifiers in an individual event from Licking County are Heath's Katie White and Newark's Anthony Johnson.

Johnson made it onto the podium after placing fifth in the Division I boys 300 hurdles (personal-best 39.33) as Berea's Donovan Robertson captured the title (36.9). Johnson, now a junior, had been a distance runner earlier in his career.

"The defending state champ is back, but Anthony's looking to move up," coach Tom Wortman said. "He's looking real good, no injuries or anything, and he's in great shape. He's a strong, wiry kid. He loves to compete, too.

"We're bringing him along slowly, though. He's running a lot of 60 and 80 meters in practice with the hurdles, and he runs a lot of 400s and 800s to build up his speed, too. He's one of our better 400 kids, really."

Johnson might opt for the 110 hurdles more frequently this spring to hone his form and take advantage of his quick feet, Wortman said. Johnson also could run with the 1,600 relay.

White placed ninth in the Division II girls discus (119-3) at state after capturing a regional title a year ago. The senior was fifth in the shot put (38-2 1/4) in the state indoor meet.