Kaitlyn Logan was not exactly laying back and kicking her feet up.
The Granville senior, however, was relaxing early Saturday as her competition was racing on the track. When it was Logan’s time to shine in the 800 later in the day, nobody could touch her during the Hank Smith Invitational at Heath.
Logan won the event (2:23.44) and teammate Cassidy Carey finished second (2:27.32). Granville’s ridiculous depth in the distance events allow the Blue Aces a bevy of fresh runners.
“We can have more of a drive in the event that we are in,” Logan said. “The other teams are really good, but they kind of wear out from doing so many events. We like it because it helps us feel strong.”
The Blue Aces won each of the distance events, and it carried them to the team title. Granville scored 137 points, well ahead of Canal Winchester’s 108.
Logan watched teammates Destiny Braden, Taylor Bruck, Claire Lamb and Elle Dickerman win the 3,200 relay (10:02) and Alyssa Atkinson do the same in the 1,600 (5:32.43) before she had her chance. Logan led from the start, and Carey was the only person to have a shot at catching her.
“I was in a bit of shock. I haven’t run an 800 in a while, and it is a different kind of race,” Carey said. “You get the lactic acid in your arms, and it just hits you — the pain — sooner.”
Micaela DeGenero ran away with the 3,200 (11:28.95) to complete the clean sweep. The Blue Aces also were dominant in the sprints with Rachel Blumling winning the 100 (12.75) and 200 (26.39) and Granville taking the three relays.
Ainsley Harmon, Natalie Price, Erika McCort and Allison Brunn won the 800 relay (1:48.37); Harmon, Price, Blythe Saxinger and Amanda Frey won the 400 relay (51.41) and Brunn, Bruck, Carey and Blumling won the 1,600 relay (4:11.19). Saxinger added a runner-up finish in the 400 (1:04.82).
“We definitely have a lot of potential,” Harmon said. “The freshmen have been doing an amazing job, so I am really exciting. I guess you could call it we have a deep bench.”
In the boys meet, Casey Lenfest blew away the competition in the winning the 100 (10.79) and 200 (21.93). He pulled off the same sweep two days earlier in John Glenn’s STS-96 Invitational at Muskingum University.
“I love coming to all of the local meets because it gives you a chance to run some races through your training,” Lenfest said. “Even through tough practices, we are just trying to come out and do our best.”
Tyler Otterstedt also was a double winner in the 800 (1:56.96) and 1,600 (4:23.07). Otterstedt held off Sheridan’s Matt Bromley on the final lap of the 1,600 after Bromley did the same thing to him in winning the 3,200 on Thursday.
“Especially in the 800, my coach told me to go after times effort-wise and not just go through the motions,” Otterstedt said. “It is hard after running your first race to come back and compete. It is a lot easier to just run an OK time and still win. It keeps things interesting.”
Byron Spruill cleared 15-feet-0 to give the Blue Aces their other champion, and the 3,200 relay placed second (8:28.53). Granville was fourth with 71 points.