Although the Lakewood boys lack numbers, it didn’t stop them from having a solid showing Saturday in the Division II/III indoor state meet at the University of Akron.
The Lancers’ 1,600 relay of Chandler McAlpine, Levi Mack, Wyatt Dixon and David Briggs ran a time of 3:31.32 to take the title.
“That was a huge win for us because we went into the race seeded fourth,” Lakewood coach Rex Carr said.
“We knew were dropping time, but at this point in the season, you never how things will turn out.
“The guys ran a great race, and it was even more impressive because a couple of the guys were nursing leg injuries all week. It was just neat to see the reaction on their faces after they won.”
Junior Levi Mack finished fourth in the 800 with a time of 1:59.06.
Lakewood finished 11th in the team standings. The 800 relay had a seventh-place finish, and the 3,200 relay was ninth.
“We fared better in every event than what we were seeded going in,” Carr said.
“The 3,200 relay team dropped 10 seconds off their best time, and I think Levi getting under two minutes gave us a lot of momentum.
“This is a huge confidence boost for us because when we look at other schools in our conference, they have more numbers than us. It’s just a great way for the kids to kick off the outdoor season.”
As was expected, the Granville boys and girls teams also had solid days. The boys finished sixth in Division I, and the girls were fourth in Division II/III. Both teams broke school records.
Junior Casey Lenfest — who broke his own school record — finished first in the 200 in 21.75, and he anchored the 1,600 relay, which also consisted of Cody Lenfest, Trey Zangmeister and Tyler Otterstedt, to a first-place finish in an indoor school-record time of 3:24.13.
“Casey had a super day, and it really isn’t surprising because he so dedicated and did a lot of work … in the offseason,” Granville coach Bob Hollen said.
“He has put a lot of time in and has worked on specific things, like his starts out of the blocks. He just keeps getting better and better.
“I really wasn’t surprised the relay team did well because we won the Arnold Classic, so going in, we thought if we ran well, we could win. Casey did a fantastic job in that race and made up a lot of distance. He ran a 48.7 split, which is outstanding.”
Kevin Huddle also broke his own indoor school record in the 3,200 in 9:44.99. The 3,200 relay also broke a school record in 8:13.18.
“We aren’t where we want to be, but it’s exciting to think where we will be in May,” Hollen said. “Our kids are excited for the outdoor season to start, especially because we went up against really good competition and did so well.”
For the girls, Granville’s 800 relay of Lizzie Gabel, Rachel Bluming, Erika McCort and Allison Brunn finished first in 1:46.80. Licking Valley senior Mackenzie Butler finished second in the 1,600 in 5:18.35.