However it is technically not 1 of the four that she competed in as a senior, juggling might be Taylor Ward’s finest sport.
The current Macon County Superior graduate hopes to have a lot less on her plate when the slide arrives.
In its place of 4 athletics, Ward plans to be a part of two athletics plans as she will carry on her training and enjoying career at Tennessee Tech University following signing a letter-of-intent with its cross state and keep track of and field courses.
“I’m so energized … just for the reason that I am going to Tech,” Ward reported. “Both of my grandparents (Howard and Sheila Cochran) are alumni there. I grew up going to football and basketball online games there.”
Ward was a four-activity athlete as a senior, also competing for the school’s basketball and soccer systems.
“It was most likely the most difficult factor I experienced to do in superior faculty,” Ward reported of balancing the sports. “In late summer and early drop, it’s these kinds of an overlap. It is three different sports going on. We’re conditioning for cross region. We’re practising for soccer, and we’re carrying out preseason exercise routines for basketball. I had to make a schedule out.
“This 12 months was a very little easier. It was not as difficult to make selections of no matter if to go to cross country (with the races getting non-qualifying races last slide because of to the COVID-19 pandemic) or soccer. I usually felt responsible. I did not want to put myself very first and go away my team behind. In some cases, you just have to say that this is an significant race that I just can’t overlook. But it normally felt like I was on the run. As quickly as I was finished with soccer, I would have to go away 10 minutes early to go to cross nation. That was frustrating … but I just bought utilised to it.”
The one sport that she under no circumstances participated in was the just one she strongly thought of delving into to cap her superior-university vocation.
“I desired to engage in softball,” Ward mentioned. “I really don’t know why I hardly ever did. I needed to so lousy.
“I imagined about actively playing this yr. With basketball and profitable (the point out championship in March), I just never ever did.”
Nevertheless, basketball was her focus at a youthful age.
“When I was more youthful, I was like, ‘I am going to play basketball in faculty for Pat Summitt (at the College of Tennessee),’ ” Ward reported. “Then, she retired. As I received older, I just thought I was likely to go to university.
“My sophomore year, I was float making … the Tech coach (head cross region and keep track of and field mentor Peter Dalton) called. He arrived at out to me. I was tremendous shocked when he identified as. I did not even know who the mentor was. I had often been so focused on basketball and soccer. Soon after that, I just opened up all my choices. I’ve often wished to go to Tech. That was like a dream occur true.”
The recruitment persisted, and Ward last but not least produced her decision halfway by way of her senior marketing campaign.
“Toward the finish of my junior yr, even by means of we didn’t get to have monitor due to the fact of COVID, we have been in call a large amount,” Ward explained. “He claimed that we’re preserving you a spot if you want it.
“I produced my choice around Christmas time of my senior calendar year.”
Ward will be a perferred stroll-on and programs to major in horticulture. She had a scholarship offer from Cumberland College, and she also obtained fascination from Austin Peay State University, Campbellsville (Kentucky) College and Western Kentucky College.
Ward was a 3-time qualifier for the condition satisfy in cross nation, putting 62nd as a sophomore, 97th as a junior and 126th as a senior.
“I was a minimal disappointed with my senior yr in cross region and observe,” Ward — who expects to target on the 800-meter operate and 1,600-meter operate in observe and area — stated. “It’s a further possibility to concentration on it as a substitute of having to fear about basketball and soccer as nicely.”
She’s coaching this summer months with a morning managing regimen.
Having said that, she admits that she may well not be fully completed competing in basketball and soccer.
“I will miss out on them both of those so much,” Ward mentioned. “I’ll primarily skip basketball. I expended so a great deal time with it. I’m surely likely to check out to engage in intramural basketball.”