Everything felt good to Emily Morris when the shot left her hand on her second attempt April 16 in the Hornet Invitational track and field meet at Licking Heights.

Everything felt good to Emily Morris when the shot left her hand on her second attempt April 16 in the Hornet Invitational track and field meet at Licking Heights.

The Ready High School senior then quickly changed her focus to her balance to keep from fouling.

Her reward was a toss of 42 feet, 4 inches and a new school record.

"It was awesome," Morris said. "I have been setting little goals for myself all season. I was really close to fouling so I had to work to keep my balance because I knew it was a good throw. I wasn't really surprised when they said it went 42-4."

With several regular-season meets remaining, Morris couldn't be happier with the progress she's making on the way to what she hopes is a fourth consecutive Division II state appearance.

Morris finished 13th at state as a freshman in the shot put with a throw of 36-0. She finished second (40-11) as a sophomore and third (40-3 1/2) as a junior.

According to coach Dean Tower, the only Division II shot-putter in the state who had thrown further than Morris heading into last weekend was defending state champion Mekayla Breland of St. Marys Memorial. Breland won state last year with a throw of 44-11.

Throwing 44 is a milestone that Morris is hoping to reach incrementally over the coming weeks.

Morris, a London resident who plans to attend the University of Notre Dame next year and try out for the Fighting Irish's track team, was second in the shot put in the area honor roll released April 18.

Ready competes Saturday, April 30, at the Anthony Wilson Invitational at Franklin Heights, which is where the Silver Knights practice.

"This was how I was hoping I'd start the season," Morris said. "I definitely wanted to (throw further than) 42. My coach told me the other day that the girl who won state last year has thrown 44 feet but that she hasn't been doing it consistently. I just try to set a goal each week, because if I just try to go out right now and get 44, I'll never get there. We have a meet (this) week at Franklin Heights, so I'm hoping to do well there because it's kind of like a home meet."

Morris' performance at Licking Heights helped the girls team win the title with 165 points.

According to Tower, other standouts for the Silver Knights have included junior Caitlin McAndrew and sophomore Carly Culbertson and the 400- and 800-meter relays.

Morris also finished second in the discus (105-3) at Licking Heights.

"Emily's just really coming on," Tower said. "She's having a phenomenal year."

The boys team had one athlete on the area honor roll last week in senior Nick Frye, who was second in the 110 hurdles (14.74 seconds) and third in the 300 hurdles (40.5).

Sophomore Taron Slone, who has gone 20-8 in the long jump and 11.2 in the 100, also has been a key contributor.

"Slone is really good in the 100," Tower said. "Every meet he's been in, he's either won it or been the runner-up. Nick Frye has been burning up the hurdles and hasn't lost a race in either the (110 hurdles or 300 hurdles before April 26). Our boys (400 relay) is really cooking."

•With a lineup featuring all juniors, the boys tennis team has been significantly more competitive than a year ago when it finished with a 3-15 record.

The Silver Knights are 3-5 overall heading into a home match on Monday, May 2, against Village Academy.

The regulars have been Jordan McVey at first singles, Joseph Seipel at second singles and Thomas Livingston at third singles, Joey Waldo and Zak Wiser at first doubles and Joseph Covietz and Joe Dado at second doubles.

"We've won three matches, and (in a 4-1 loss to Jonathan Alder on April 18) it was a really close one," coach Jen Donaldson said. "None of these boys played tennis before they were freshmen, but they've stuck with it and have improved. Some of them are even working on their game on the weekends and taking lessons. I do have a few seniors, but my lineup has been pretty much all juniors."