Distance runners Lindsay Stull and Sophia Hoersten were preparing to lead the Hilliard Davidson girls track and field team this spring.
Stull, a junior, led the Wildcats in the Division I state meet last season by placing third in the 1,600 meters (program-record 4 minutes, 49.05 seconds) and 13th in the 3,200 (11:17.6). She also was part of the seventh-place 3,200 relay (9:05.88).
Hoersten, a senior, was hoping to return to state this season after missing last year's postseason with a stress fracture in her right leg. She and Stull were part of the 3,200 relay that placed fourth at state in 2018.
Both were geared up for the outdoor season after teaming with senior Riley Ries and freshman Caitlyn Jones to win the championship in the 3,200 relay (9:11.17) in the state indoor meet March 7 at SPIRE Institute in Geneva.
However, the spring sports season was canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
"I'm a bit disappointed, but I've had some time to try to (deal) with that and the team has been really supportive throughout this whole thing," said Hoersten, who transferred from Ready after her freshman year. "They've made the difficult time a lot easier."
Stull also holds the program record in the 800 (2:09.47) and helped the 1,600 (3:54.73) and 3,200 (9:01.79) relays set program records.
"This is really disappointing, especially with some of our seniors like Sophia and Riley, who worked so hard the last three years to try to finish off their senior track season (in the state meet) at Jesse Owens (Memorial Stadium)," Stull said. "It's hard. We have a really strong team, especially with some of the younger girls, so they're going to miss out on that experience, but I don't think it will affect them too negatively."
Led by Stull, the girls cross country team finished third (131 points) behind Beavercreek (51) and Liberty Township Lakota East (121) in the state meet in November at National Trail Raceway.
Stull placed seventh (18:05.6) of 183 runners and Hoersten rebounded from missing the track postseason last spring with a 10th-place finish (career-best 18:13.7). They both earned first-team all-state honors and were the area's top two finishers.
Hoersten, Stull and senior Sydney Petersen were named to ThisWeek's Super 12 team.
"We had a really great cross country season as a team and we just really did our best during that time," Hoersten said. "I feel very accepting leaving high school knowing that I was able to run with the girls for the time that I had."
Hoersten has committed to compete in track and cross country for Ohio University.
"Sophia had a great cross country season, which helped her get some (college) looks and some opportunities at the next level," said girls cross country coach Nate King, who also coaches the distance runners in track. "They were also able to have a lot of fun (during) indoor (track season)."
Stull, who finished 26th (19:00.8) of 40 runners in the Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals on Dec. 14 in San Diego, has yet to make a college decision, but is hoping to compete at the Division I level.
"Your heart breaks for your seniors, especially Sophia who had so much unfinished business because last year she was hurt and she didn't get to have an outdoor season," King said. "For kids in Lindsay's position, your spring track season is a giant college recruiting opportunity. Fortunately for Lindsay, she's posted really good marks. She doesn't have to worry very much."