A midseason setback ultimately didn’t get in the way of an extended postseason for Ready High School junior Lindsey Bair.
In the Division III regional girls track and field meet held May 22 and 24 at Fairfield Union, Bair competed in the long jump and the 400 meters less than a month after she was diagnosed with bronchitis and was forced to miss about two weeks of action.
“This season started out well,” Bair said. “I lost about two and a half weeks, but I’ve been trying to make up for the time I lost. I’m back now and doing better, so I’ve been really excited about that.”
In the district 2 meet that concluded May 18 at Watkins Memorial, Bair was third in the 400 (1 minute, 0.2 seconds) and fourth in the long jump (15 feet, 4 1/2 inches). She competed in the final of both events May 24.
On May 22, senior Derricka Bramwell finished ninth in the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 7 1/4 inches after placing second (33-8) at district.
The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to the state meet Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, at Ohio State.
The other regional competitor for the girls team was senior Tenny Maker, who battled in the long jump final May 24 after finishing first (16-8) at district.
Bair was a regional qualifier last season in the 800, placing sixth (2:27.69), as well as on the 1,600 relay that was fifth (4:10.11).
She had hopes of making it back to regional in the 1,600 relay, which also was to have included Maker and seniors Abbey Wasto and Lauren Whitt, but Maker was unable to compete during the district final because of a health issue. Senior Brigitte Bowman replaced Maker during the final, and the relay ended up fifth (4:24.48), one spot from advancing.
“It’s been rewarding to run with (Maker, Bair and Whitt),” Wasto said. “It makes me push harder because I want to do well for them. I decided to focus on the (1,600 relay this season) and ended up dropping two seconds at the CCL meet. (Whitt’s) always so comforting, always encouraging, and it’s been fun running with her.”
For the boys team, junior Oumar Dia did not make the final of the 300 hurdles at the regional after placing fourth (43.84) at district.
Softball team expects to return strong group
The softball team loses only two seniors after a second consecutive Division III district runner-up finish.
The season ended for the fifth-seeded Silver Knights with a 6-1 loss to seventh-seeded West Jefferson on May 17 at Pickerington Central.
Ready finished 18-7 overall and went 6-0 in the CCL to win its second consecutive league title.
“This was our third straight time back (in a district final), so that’s positive,” coach Jen Goff said. “We’re fortunately only losing two seniors, but they are two big spots.”
The Knights will have a big hole to fill in the circle after senior Skylar Lafferty went 17-4 with a 2.10 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 143 2/3 innings. She will play for Muskingum.
Freshman Joely Ciborek, who pitched 24 1/3 innings, could be among the candidates to take over next season.
The other senior was shortstop Cece Phillips, who had 14 RBI and scored 14 runs.
The top returnee should be junior catcher Hannah Bryan, an Ohio State commit who had seven home runs, 32 RBI, 19 runs scored and batted .459.
Freshman second baseman Emma Sweetman batted .375 and scored 22 runs, junior first baseman Kiley Gallagher hit .375 and scored 16 runs and sophomore center fielder Katie Gallagher hit .370 with 15 RBI.
Sophomores Sarah Ranke (LF), Megan Wohrle (3B) and Catey Wolfe (RF) are other starters expected to return. Freshman Reagan Wheatley scored 15 runs and sophomore Alyssa Sanders scored eight while serving as courtesy runners.
Others eligible to return include sophomore Carissa Perez and freshmen Lilly Kapala and Mattie Wiethe.