Calvert poised for a big weekend

One athlete is looking for a three-peat.

A foursome is looking for a state record.

It’s going to be a big meet for Calvert.

Coach Stewart Behm and the Senecas are set to be quite busy this weekend in Columbus. Senior Olivia Smith has a chance to win her third-straight title in the 800. The school’s 4×100 and 4×200 boys relay teams – which consist of Austin Ball, Tyler Long and Ren and Shane Boehler – are coming off two regional records at last week’s meet, and are among the favorites there.

Oh, and then there are three other races involving Senecas. Olivia Smith, Danielle Kontak, Katie Tiell and Morgan Smith will run in the girls 4×800, while each of the Boehler brothers have individual races: Shane in the 100 and 200, Ren in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Long will join Shane in the 100.

Certainly, a busy couple of days.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Olivia Smith said of going to state with so many teammates. “As a team, we’re so close, we have a lot of fun together. We’ve taken this journey all season together, we’ve put in the hard work every day at practice. I feel when we get there and kind of share together in that team and in that really awesome environment, it’s going to be an awesome reward for our team.”

For Olivia Smith, she will attempt to win a state title in the 800 a week after falling short of a regional championship. She was second at Frost-Kalnow Stadium last week.

Concerning? Behm said no.

“No, it changes absolutely nothing,” Behm said. “Going into state, meet she’s fifth or sixth, that’s where she’s been the last two years.”

Coming into the event, Meg Westerheide has the top-seeded at time 2:14.94.

“I know she can run that,” Behm said. “She was tired Friday [at regionals], it was her sixth race of the weekend … I have a lot of confidence Olivia will get it done.”

She also will be part of the 4×800, a team which had to claw to get a third-place finish and a spot at state.

“It was really nerve-racking. I didn’t know if we were going to make it or not, but it was great when we found out we did,” Morgan Smith said.

On the boys side, expectations are especially for the 4×1 and 4×2. And those expectations began even before the season started.

“We came into the season with the goal to set the state record,” Shane Boehler said.

“Our other goal,” Ren Boehler added, “was to set the record at every single meet we go to, and we’ve done that. When the four of us have run those two sprint relays, we’ve set every record at every meet we’ve gone to so far.”

The 4×200 squad has the best seed time in its heat, and the second-best time in the event. Calvert’s 4×100 team has the best seed time.

“They’re excited, excited about possibilities,” Behm said of this weekend. “I’ve told them it’s their race to lose right now.”

Behm said Ball, who suffered an injury at regionals, is recovering well, and despite a “scare” should be ready come Friday

As for the relay runners’ individual events, the goal is simple.

“Obviously, they’re looking to be on the podium on end of the day, and there’s no reason they can’t,” he said.

Shane Boehler made the podium in the 100 a year ago, placing eighth.

“No reason he shouldn’t be higher,” Behm said.