Lauryn Mick is no stranger to distance running.
She is a member of Notre Dame Academy's track and field team, but she played soccer in the fall for the Eagles with her older sister. When Lauryn's sister graduated in the spring, Lauryn made the change to cross country with the start of her junior year.
"I've played soccer for like the past twelve years," Mick said. "So I like was pretty attached to it."
Mick finished fifth in the 1600-meter run at the regional meet during her sophomore track season as she crossed the finish line in 5 minutes 8 seconds.
"We knew the potential that she had and we knew from when she ran some (five kilometer races) over the summer kind of what her times looked like and compared it to the girls who ran last year at state," Notre Dame Academy head coach Brannon Wurster.
Mick won every race she ran this season except for two. That includes the state meet where she finished seventh.
Mick was the Three Rivers Athletic Conference, district and regional champion with a season personal record of 18:08. In short, the fastest girl this fall from Northwest Ohio.
"When you're running alone at all these meets and winning them it's not like saying that you're going to do well at states because there's not that much competition at these meets," Mick said. "So I think it was like kind of surprising almost to myself that I was still able to do well at states even though I haven't been running against any like great competition all year.
Even though Lauryn is a few days removed from the state meet in Central Ohio, she is already thinking about two thousand nineteen.
"I definitely want to break eighteen (minutes) next year - that was my goal this year and I never got to do it," Mick said. "So I really want to do that - and hopefully place higher at states."