Lauren Whitt likely will end up drawing from her experiences on the Ready High School girls track and field team when she begins attending Miami University later this year.
Although she’s a three-time Division III state qualifier in the 400 meters, Whitt isn’t planning to compete at the collegiate level.
After enduring a left calf strain last season and originally being diagnosed with compartment syndrome, she went through cryotherapy to help with the injury.
She is considering majoring in physical therapy.
“I really like working with athletes that are injured, just being around athletes after being injured myself last year,” Whitt said.
She also is hoping to make a push to reach state in her final prep season, with the 400 as well as the 1,600 relay representing her best opportunities to do so.
After placing sixth as a freshman and fourth as a sophomore in the 400, Whitt was 10th in 59.23 seconds at last year’s state meet.
She also joined seniors Brigitte Bowman and Tenny Maker and junior Lindsey Bair on the 1,600 relay that was fifth (4:10.1) at regional to miss advancing to state by one spot, and all four runners are having strong seasons.
“Our girls have been outstanding so far this year,” coach Rachel Wayne said. “Our (1,600 relay) is really good. (Whitt) has been coming along well. Lindsey is just so talented overall. If I put her in the 800 or if I put her in the 1,600, she kills it. Tenny has been outstanding in the long jump.”
Ready competed in the CCL meet May 6 and 8 at Columbus School for Girls, followed by the district meet Wednesday, May 14, 16 and 18 at Watkins Memorial. At district, the top four finishers in each event advance to regional May 22 and 24 at Fairfield Union.
In last week’s area honor roll, Bair’s time of 1:01.3 and Whitt’s time of 1:01.39 were listed in the 400. Also listed were senior Derricka Bramwell in the shot put (38 feet, 8 1/2 inches), Maker in the long jump (16-5 3/4) and Bair in the long jump (16-3/4).
In addition to competing in the 400 and on the 1,600 relay, Whitt has resumed participating in the high jump and has cleared 4-8.
She last competed in that event during seventh grade.
“I feel like I’m not conditioned as much as I was last year because I’m not doing the (3,200 relay) or 100-meter dash before it,” Whitt said. “I’ve been trying to run more long distance before practices because I feel like I need more long endurance to keep up. I really like (the high jump). It’s different. I almost made it to 4-10 but fell at the last minute.
“(In the 1,600 relay), we kind of click. I feel like each of us can drop down at least a second or two and if we really dig deep and come together we can push it. I will literally never forget the three appearances I made at (the state meet). It’s been an honor to represent Bishop Ready.”
Softball team defends CCL championship
After winning its first CCL championship since 2009 last spring, the softball team made it two in a row.
Ready wrapped up the outright league title with a 3-0 win over DeSales on April 24 and completed CCL action with an 11-9 win over Hartley in eight innings April 29.
The Knights are 16-5 overall and finished 6-0 in the CCL. They were leading Bellaire 10-0 after three innings May 4 when the game was postponed because of bad weather.
“Words can’t describe going back-to-back as CCL champs,” coach Jen Goff said. “(I’m) so proud of our kids, especially our seniors, Skylar (Lafferty) and Cece (Phillips). They have worked so hard to obtain this goal. We entered this season focusing on repeating as champs and they fought so hard to do it.”
Emma Sweetman had the game-winning RBI against Hartley, driving in Hannah Bryan, and Catey Wolfe had an RBI infield single to drive in Phillips.
Hartley got two runners on in the bottom of the eighth but Lauren Barclay flew out to right fielder Sarah Ranke, who then threw out a runner at the plate to end the threat.
On May 1, Ready beat Bexley 10-0 as Katie Gallagher went 2-for-4 with three RBI, Kiley Gallagher had three RBI and Lafferty struck out five while allowing three hits and no walks over five innings.
Ready is the fifth seed for the Division III district tournament and opens the postseason Thursday, May 9, at home against 15th-seeded Fredericktown in the second round. The winner plays fourth-seeded Marion Pleasant, eighth-seeded Heath or 13th-seeded East Knox in a district semifinal Tuesday, May 14, at a neutral site. The district final is May 17 or 18 at Pickerington Central.
Tennis team set for postseason
The boys tennis team will compete in a Division II sectional Thursday, May 9, and Saturday, May 11, at CSG.
In singles, freshman Adam Bennett opens against Shekinah Christian’s Josh Showalter and senior Connor Nagy opens against Jonathan Alder’s Dominic Gantz in the first round, and senior Sandon Skuce opens against Jonathan Alder’s Jacob Zang in a play-in match.
In doubles, seniors Daniel Hamilton and Jarek Kolinski open against Beechcroft’s Henry Bright and Ali Mojtabaei.
Senior Dom Tokar and sophomore Dario Scott have a first-round bye and will face Bexley’s Christian Roddy and Leo Schottenstein in the second round. Roddy and Schottenstein lost in a state-qualifying match at district last season.
Ready beat West Jefferson 3-2 on April 30 to improve to 4-8 overall. It closed the regular season May 6 against Whetstone and May 7 against DeSales. The Knights are 1-2 in the CCL.
Below is the coming schedule for the Ready baseball team:
May 10 – Home vs. Hamilton Township
May 11 – At Grove City Christian
May 14 – At 16th-seeded Utica in first round of Division III district tournament. Winner plays at second-seeded East Knox in second round May 16. Ready is seeded 20th.