For senior Katie Perry, the accomplishments of the Ready High School girls track and field team's 3,200-meter relay have been "a dream."
At 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 2, the relay -- which also includes sophomore Lauren Whitt and freshmen Lindsey Bair and Sophia Hoersten -- will be among the representatives for the program in the Division III state meet at Ohio State.
Whitt also advanced to state in the 400 for the Silver Knights, who scored 25 points in the regional meet May 24 and 26 at Fairfield Union to tie for ninth behind champion Marion Pleasant (45) as 43 teams scored.
"I'm really excited about the (3,200 relay)," Perry said. "I can't wait to run at OSU. I've been (there) to watch a couple times, but getting to be on the track will be such a new atmosphere.
"At states, we want to break the school record again. We already broke it at the regionals and we want to see how much further we can bring it down. And along with that, we want to place on the podium."
The 3,200 relay broke the program record by running 9 minutes, 40.45 seconds May 24 to finish second behind Columbus Academy (9:37.0).
"I'm super pumped about the (3,200 relay)," Whitt said. "All of us had to run our personal bests, and I'm just happy we're going (to state)."
Whitt, who ran a then-program-record 58.55 to finish sixth in the 400 at least year's state meet and since then has gone as fast as 58.53, is hoping she'll do better at state than she did at regional.
On May 26, she placed third (58.91) to earn one of four state-qualifying berths.
Whitt will compete in a 400 semifinal at about 11 a.m. Friday, June 2. The top two finishers from each of the two semifinal heats and the next five fastest times move on to the final at 10:35 a.m. Saturday, June 3.
"I was kind of disappointed in my time because my time wasn't as good as I was hoping, but I'm happy I made it back to state," Whitt said.
Also scoring at regional but coming up short of state were Bair in the 400 (fifth, 1:00.28), the 1,600 relay of Bair, Perry, Whitt and sophomore Brigitte Bowman (fifth, 4:07.35), Bowman in the 300 hurdles (seventh, 49.86) and Bair in the long jump (eighth, 15 feet, 5 3/4 inches).
Hoersten added an 11th-place finish in the 800 (2:26.08).
"We were hoping our (1,600 relay) would get out as well, but we had a lot of big performances (at regional)," coach Rich Green said.
Boys track season
ends at regional
The boys track team's 1,600 relay of seniors Alex Burns and Erik Manning, junior John Riewe and freshman Jack Foley placed seventh (3:35.07) in the Division III regional.
Foley also was 14th in the 400 (54.67), and the 800 relay of Burns, Manning, Riewe and senior Patrick Jansen was 12th (1:39.4).
Ready tied for 36th (2) behind champion Grandview (71) as 39 teams scored.
Softball team ends up
one step from state
For several minutes after their 10-6 loss to Springfield Northwestern in a Division III regional final May 27 at Wright State, the members of the softball program took turns hugging outfielders Erica Ogden and Mara Stults.
Those were the only seniors for a program that is planning to make going deep into the postseason a habit in years to come.
The Knights made it to the regional for the first time since 2013.
"We expect this to be the new normal," coach Jen Goff said. "This is our expectation, to be here."
Ogden helped complete a double play and added a two-run double in the regional final for Ready, which finished 13-11 overall.
After rallying to within 6-5 in the top of the sixth inning on Ogden's double, Ready gave up four runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Knights scored once in the seventh but left two runners on as their final rally attempt fell short.
"From the beginning of the game we were super disciplined, but we had to be disciplined because (Northwestern pitcher Jenna Robbins) moves the ball around a lot," Goff said.
Ready was seeded 11th for the district tournament but beat eighth-seeded Sparta Highland 12-5 on May 11, fifth-seeded Utica 4-3 in 10 innings May 16 at Pickerington North and top-seeded North Union 3-2 in a district final May 20 at Pickerington Central.
Then on May 24, the Knights defeated West Liberty-Salem 4-2 in a regional semifinal at Wright State.
Ogden hit .419 with team-leading totals of five home runs and 38 RBI.
Juniors Dani Hall (SS), Nikki Hawkins (2B), Shelby Tracy (C) and Jessie Winslow (RF), sophomores Skylar Lafferty (P) and CeCe Phillips (1B/P) and freshmen Hannah Bryan (3B) and Kiley Gallagher (LF) all were key players.
Hall hit .512 with 19 RBI, Hawkins batted .463 with 21 RBI, Bryan hit .452 with three home runs and 18 RBI and Tracy added three home runs and 17 RBI.
Lafferty went 11-10 with a 3.56 ERA and 84 strikeouts, and Phillips was 2-1 with a 3.92 ERA and one save.
Ready went 3-3 in the CCL to finish behind Watterson (5-1) and DeSales (4-2) and ahead of Hartley (0-6).