Track & Field: Ready's Lindsey Bair was seeking return to state
The mixture of emotions that she felt a little more than three years ago is still tangible to Lindsey Bair.
The 2020 Ready graduate was the lone freshman on the Silver Knights' 2017 state-qualifying 3,200-meter relay that included then-senior Katie Perry and then-sophomores Lauren Whitt and Sophia Hoersten.
Bair embraced the new experience, helping the relay finish 10th in 9 minutes, 45.47 seconds at the Division III state girls track and field meet.
"It was a good welcome to Ready when I was a freshman and had three years of high school with (the 2020 class)," Bair said. "Going to state was super fun. It was scary at the time, but now I watch it and it was the best thing ever."
Bair was aiming to return to the state meet as a senior, but spring sports were canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
It would have given Bair one final sports season with her sister, Allison. The siblings competed together in soccer and track during the 2018-19 school year and in cross country last fall.
"I really enjoyed running with Lindsey the past couple years," Allison said. "She was a strong leader on the team and was always willing to help others. She led warmups and cooldowns and was a good example at practice because she always worked hard. For me personally, she helped me learn how to come out of the blocks for track and was good competition for cross country. I beat her a couple times and she beat me a couple times. She also helped me with my running form and I enjoyed training with her in the offseason.
"She was really committed to running at states this year. ... I was sad to see her disappointed when the season was canceled."
Lindsey and Allison have two older siblings who also were multi-sport athletes at Ready.
Jordan, a 2014 graduate, competed in soccer and track and Courtney, a 2015 graduate, competed in cross country and track. Both graduated from Vanderbilt.
Lindsey was the girls soccer team's leading scorer each of the past two seasons, posting nine goals and six assists as a junior when Ready went 8-6-2 and seven goals and four assists last fall while earning first-team all-CCL honors as the Knights finished 7-9-1.
In track, Bair placed fifth in the 400 (1:00.28) and eighth in the long jump (15 feet, 5 3/4 inches) and was on the fifth-place 1,600 relay (4:07.35) at regional in 2017 and finished sixth in the 800 (2:27.69) and was on the fifth-place 1,600 relay (4:10.11) at regional in 2018.
Last year, Bair placed sixth in the 400 (1:00.79) and 16th in the long jump (14-11) at regional.
"I also enjoyed watching her play soccer and seeing her be the leading scorer for the team, so I could see her score in almost every game I went to," Allison said. "I really hoped I could have seen her run at states this year because I think she would have made it in a couple events and been a strong competitor."
Lindsey will be attending South Carolina, where she plans to play intramural soccer and possibly compete in track.
She plans to study civil engineering.
"I'm kind of focusing on water and accessibility to water," Bair said. "I was a team volunteer at the Columbus Zoo for four years and did 250 hours of service and I was also in 4-H for 10 years, so I've (studied) a lot of environmental science.
"Running on the (1,600 relay) was always my favorite thing. (Competing with Allison) was fun. It made it a little more competitive. Besides track, I always liked going to the basketball games. It was so fun."