Simply put, Stewart Behm simply said it best.
"We had a very good day today," he said.
Two days after qualifying for state in the boys 4x800, the Senecas captured the 4x200 and advanced in the 4x100 and 4x400 on top of several personal-bests and two school records, including one by Olivia Smith in the girls meet.
"That's phenomenal," Behm said of all four relays advancing. "I'll have to look at the results when I get done here, but I don't think there's another team here that did that, boys or girls.
"That's the first time we've ever done it," he said. "That's the first time Calvert's ever had a 4x1 and a 4x2 down at state meet, on the boys side at least."
The effort led to the Senecas ending third in the boys meet by a 41-40 margin over rival Old Fort. Liberty-Benton beat Columbus Grove 72-54 1/2 for the team title.
Division IV at Columbian
Liberty-Benton 72, Columbus Grove 54 1/2, Calvert 41, Old Fort 40, Tinora 39, Lima Central Catholic 36, Toledo Christian 34, Bluffton 31, Fairview 28, Van Buren 27, Elmwood 25, Patrick Henry 21, Margaretta 19 1/2, Montpelier 19, Evergreen 19, Ayersville 12, Liberty Center 11, Hopewell-Loudon 11, Vanlue 10, Antwerp 8, New Riegel 8, Hilltop 8, Leipsic 6 1/2, Edon 6 1/2, Pettisville 5, Carey 5, McComb 4, Edgerton 4, Hicksville 4, Maumee Valley Country Day 4, Gibsonburg 4, Hardin Northern 4, Allen East 4, Ada 3, Fremont St. Joseph 3, Lima Perry 2, Continental 1, Stryker 1
Shot - 1. Nick Demaline (LC) 51-2
High jump - 1. Ian Hoyt (L-B) 6-4; 7. Cody Garn (OF) 6-0
110 hurdles - 1. Rowan Shaw (TC) 14.54; 7. Timothy Reinhart (NR) 15.6
100 - 1. Andrew Shrewsbury (Wood) 10.96; 5. Shane Boehler (Cal) 11.33
4x200 - 1. Calvert (Steve Smith, Ren Boehler, Nate Ritzler, Shane Boehler) 1:30.96
1,600 - 1. Zach Alexander (OF) 4:27.52; 3. Joe Brodman (Cal) 4:29.32
4x100 - 1. Lima Central Catholic (Jon Washington, Lee Stewart, Jamir Coleman, MyKale Rogers) 43.13; 3. Calvert (Austin Kontak, Ren Boehler, Nate Ritzler, S. Boehler) 43.76
400 - 1. Matt Tobin (Fair) 48.81; 8. Avery Gatchell (H-L) 53.02
300 hurdles - 1. Shaw (TC) 38.87; 3. Reinhart (NR) 40.01
800 - 1. Dean Rodabaugh (VB) 1:55.8; 4. Z. Alexander (OF) 1:57.5
200 - 1. Tobin (Fair) 22.0; 6. Nathan Alexander (OF) 22.81; 7. Ritzler (Cal) 22.92
3,200 - 1. Jake Graham (CG) 10:13.01; 2. Aaron Lucius (H-L) 10:13.73; 5. Marcus Meyers (OF) 10:26.35
4x400 - 1. Liberty-Benton (Chase Conkle, Jacob Clagg, Dakota Conkle, Joseph Sherrieb) 3:25.38; 4. Calvert (Smith, Dan Reineke, R. Boehler, S. Boehler) 3:27.86; 7. Hopewell-Loudon (Ben Bodart, Travis Ardner, Gatchell, James Roush) 3:33.59; 8. Old Fort (Z. Alexander, Meyers, N. Alexander, Brad Bannister) 3:37.32
Division IV at Columbian
Toledo Christian 57, Bluffton 52, Waynesfield-Goshen 49, Fremont St. Joe 44, Arlington 38, Van Buren 32, Sandusky St. Mary 28, Archbold 22 1/2, Crestline 21, McComb 20, Wynford 20, Colonel Crawford 18, Gibsonburg 17, Carey 17, Liberty Center 17, Norwalk St. Paul 16, Tinora 15, Edon 13, Pettisville 13, Pandora-Gilboa 12, Calvert 11, Patrick Henry 10, Columbus Grove 10, Mansfield St. Peter's 10, Allen East 9, Mohawk 8, Fairview 8, Northwood 7, St. Wendelin 6, North Baltimore 6, Lima Central Catholic 6, Woodmore 6, Maumee Valley Country Day 6, Lakota 6, Stryker 5, Upper Scioto Valley 5, Seneca East 5, Ashland Crestview 4, Cory-Rawson 4, Ayersville 3, Riverdale 2, Mansfield Christian 2, Edgerton 1, Monroeville 1/2
Pole vault - 1. Ellie Braidic (P-G) 12-0; 7. Cariss Reese (Lak) 9-6
Discus - 1. Rebecca Leppelmeir (McC) 130-2; 7. Taylor Decker (Car) 115-10
Long jump - 1. Sarah Benson (VB) 17-8 3/4
100 hurdles - 1. Corri Ruffener (Wyn) 15.28
100 - 1. Ivy Horn (W-G) 12.45
4x200 - 1. Norwalk St. Paul (Olivia Livengood, Maddie Meyer, Bella Stoll, Lydia Ott) 1:44.99; 3. Carey (Oriana Billock, Lauren Wenner, Gwen Wentling, Amber Spurlock) 1:46.26
1,600 - 1. Delainey Phelps (TC) 5:10.98
4x100 - 1. Colonel Crawford (Bailey Schott, Chelsey Webster, Taylor Clayton, Taylor Kelso) 50.27
400 - 1. Amber Schreck (Crest) 58.58
300 hurdles - 1. Sydney Stoll (Edon) 45.39; 5. Reese (Lak) 46.79
800 - 1. Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluff) 2:12.13; 2. Olivia Smith (Cal) 2:16.07; 7. Kayla Kirk (SW) 2:24.75
200 - 1. Benson (VB) 25.5
3,200 - 1. Krista Wood (TC) 11:32.16; 5. Julia Daniel (Moh) 12:22.48
4x400 - 1. Bluffton (Jill Steinmetz, Julie Althaus, Lydia Guagenti, Chappell-Dick) 4:01.35; 6. Carey (Wentling, Jesko, Worst, Spurlock) 4:12.76
Calvert will send five entries to state, and nearly had a sixth, with Shane Boehler finishing one spot - fifth - and five-hundredths of a second away in the 100 (11.33).
After coming so close, the sophomore said he used that as motivation for the rest of the day.
"I knew I had to step it up a little bit," he said.
He anchored all three remaining relays to state berths, helping the 4x200 cruise to a victory in 1:30.96, while helping set season-best marks as the 4x100 took third (43.76) and the 4x400 came in fourth (3:27.86).
"I thought it was a good day for everyone. We got a lot of people [to state] in different events," said Boehler, a first-time state qualifier. "It's exciting."
Steve Smith, Ren Boehler and Nate Ritzler joined him on the 4x200. Austin Kontak, Ren Boehler and Ritzler filled out the 4x100. Smith, Dan Reineke and Ren Boehler also ran the 4x400.
Behm thinks two of those quartets can go even faster at state.
"Both the 4x2 and 4x100 relay teams, we had OK handoffs today," he said. "They weren't great, they were OK, and in a relay, good handoffs make tenths-of-a-second differences, and tenths-of-a-second differences make the difference between standing on the sidelines and watching the finals down at Columbus and being on the podium in Columbus."
Meanwhile, senior Joe Brodman earned a return to the state track meet and his fifth state contest in a row over the past two years (twice in track, twice in wrestling and once in cross country) by claiming third in the 1,600 in a school-record time of 4:29.32.
That came two days after helping the 4x800 also reach state, and his individual race went practically as planned, though a tad faster than he anticipated at the start.
"I even went out a little faster than I wanted to, 'cause last year I went out at a 1:04 [for the first lap] and ended up dying, so I knew I had to take it slow 'cause people go out too fast," Brodman said. "I knew they'd come to me in the third and fourth lap."
And that's what happened.
Brodman ran in the middle of the pack for the first two laps before picking off others and moving up, and moving on to state.
Wednesday's qualifiers joined the 4x800 team of Jared Thompson, Ren Boehler, Brodman and Smith, who gained a state berth Wednesday by taking second (8:14.3).
Ritzler added a seventh in the 200 (22.92) to round out Calvert's scorers.
Smith became Calvert's other state-qualifier on Friday, capturing second in the girls 800 in a school-record time of 2:16.07.
Despite finishing only four seconds behind the winner, the sophomore said she wasn't upset about about not taking first.
"I tried keeping up with [Bluffton's] Hannah Chappell-Dick the first lap; she kind of blew me out of the water there the last 200," Smith said. "I ran a PR, so that was good."
Behm agreed with her assessment.
"Olivia gave the girl from Bluffton everything she could do and ran a personal best by four seconds in the half mile, and I still think she's ready to do better," he said.