Casey Lenfest sped away as anchor in the 1,600 relay, much as he had pulled away from everyone in the 100, 200 and 400.
It was a fitting end to another dominating performance by both Granville teams in the final Mid-State League-Ohio Division meet Friday at Heath.
The boys scored 166 points to 117 by runner-up Columbus Academy, and the girls scored 172.5 to second-place Academy’s 119. It was the sixth consecutive title for the boys and third in a row for the girls.
The 1,600 relay of Cody Lenfest, Trey Zangmeister, Tyler Otterstedt and Casey Lenfest clocked a 3:21.88, almost four seconds faster than second-place Academy. Casey Lenfest — who has the fastest times in the state this spring in the 100 and 200 — won the 100 in 10.84, the 200 in 21.49 (his second-fastest time) and the 400 in 48.42. Otterstedt took the 1,600 in 4:25.82 and the 800 in 1:54.32.
“I like to stay humble, don’t come in assuming I’m going to win,” said Casey Lenfest, a junior. “I come out and try to do my best. I come out in practice every day and give 110 percent, try to run better than the day before. By the end of the year, hopefully it pays off.”
Senior Kevin Huddle shrugged off an early challenge by Whitehall’s Nahom Hailu to win the 3,200 in 9:56.40, but wasn’t entirely pleased.
“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t mentally prepared for the race. I couldn’t get amped up,” Huddle said. “My best is 9:42 and that’s what I was shooting for, going for 70s (seconds) each lap. I was smooth towards the beginning, but was breaking up towards the end. Every race is a learning experience, and I can still work for that.”
Huddle hasn’t actually run the 3,200 much this spring but has been getting ready for it.
“I’ve been running 400s, 800s, 1,600s, working on a quicker stride, trying to run fast,” he said.
When the Blue Aces didn’t win, they came close. In a near photo finish in the 300 hurdles, Cody Lenfest was second by four-hundreths of a second (37.93 to 37.89) to the Vikings’ Tyler Gittins. In the 110 hurdles, Academy’s John Lint held off Hunter Rogerson, running 14.63 to Rogerson’s 14.88. Ajay Alderman was second to Casey Lenfest in the 200.
Granville got its girls races off to a great start with a win by Amanda Frey in the 100 hurdles (15.97), and a 1-2 finish in the 100 by Ainsley Harmon (12.83) and Lizzie Gabel (12.87). That reversed the finish from 2012’s meet.
“She usually always beats me,” Harmon said. “I’ve been working on my starts a lot. And her right beside me, pushing me, really helps. I’m really happy. It shows all the hard work I’ve put in all season is paying off.”
Harmon called it a “friendly competition. We’re both really good friends, and we’re just trying to get as many points as we can.”
Gabel also won the 200 in 26.39 and anchored a pair of winning relays: the 400 (50.36) with Erika McCort, Harmon and Frey; and the 800 (1:44.50) with McCort, Rachel Blumling and Allison Brunn.
Blumling was overjoyed with her winning 400 time of 58.21, with Brunn taking second.
“I haven’t run an open 400 in a long time,” Blumling said. “I ran it freshman year then was hurt last year, so I re-visited it this year. I’m pretty tired after the (800 relay) and I hurt, but you have to push through the pain and be strong.”
Alyssa Atkinson breezed to victory by 14 seconds in the 3,200, running an 11:55.68. Frey was second in the 300 hurdles (47.94) and the 1,600 relay of Brunn, Taylor Beitzel, Micaela DeGenero and Blumling was second in 4:08.02.