Sitting on the sidelines never has been easy for Ready senior Jack Foley, but he's learned to take it in stride.

After running on all three of the boys track and field team's sprint relays last spring, Foley entered last fall with a goal of rushing for 2,000 yards for the football team.

However, an injury sidelined him for nearly half of the football team's season, which kept him from reaching that goal. And then this spring, the track team's season was canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

"It's definitely been tough," Foley said. "(This spring) I was going to slow everything down and be a senior, but then again there's a lot of people that are being affected by this in way worse ways than me missing out on my last couple months of my senior year, so I don't want to complain too much about it. The big thing, too, with what's going on right now is that you can't take anything in life for granted."

As a sophomore for the track team, Foley ran on the 400-meter relay that placed fourth at district and 10th in the Division III regional meet.

Last spring, he ran the anchor leg of the 800 relay that placed eighth (1 minute, 43.68 seconds) and the 400 relay that placed seventh (49.0) in the district 2 meet to help Ready finish 11th.

A running back for the football team, Foley rushed for 1,640 yards and 17 touchdowns on 265 carries as a junior in 2018 as the Silver Knights went 4-6. Then last fall under new coach Joel Cutler, he ran for 1,017 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing three full games and part of another because of a hamstring injury.

"It was so frustrating because I'd feel great and I'd go out and do too much and strain it again," Foley said. "I look back on it thinking that I should have chilled out and let it heal, but during that time, it's my senior year and I need to play. As long as I can go out there and go, I'm going to play."

Ready opened last season with a 24-7 win over Genoa Area behind 132 yards rushing by Foley, but went on to finish 5-5 and miss the Division IV, Region 19 playoffs. The Knights closed the season with a 27-14 win over Division VI playoff qualifier Grandview as Foley rushed for 242 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries.

"(His) positive energy (makes) those around him better," Cutler said. "Extremely impressed with his toughness and determination to get back with his teammates, which he cares about a great deal."

Foley, who helped Ready make the Division VI playoffs in 2017 and finished with more than 4,000 career rushing yards, spent extra time focusing on his future this spring. On April 11, he announced via Twitter that he has committed to play football for Baldwin Wallace.

Admitting that his listed height of 5-foot-8 could be generous, Foley could see time at slot receiver in addition to running back at the college level.

Baldwin Wallace went 7-3 last fall.

"As the years have gone by, I've gained weight, gotten a little bigger and track has helped me keep my speed and become a better player on the football field," Foley said.

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