OTTAWA – There is no “I” in team for Lima Central Catholic junior Sydney Mohler.
This past fall, the four-sport athlete displayed her team loyalty as she opted to play volleyball for the Thunderbirds in their postseason tournament, instead of competing at the district cross country meet, which were both held on the same day.
The year before, as a sophomore, Mohler competed at the district cross country meet and qualified for the state meet.
During the fall, Mohler balances her time between volleyball and cross country.
In the winter, she is an all-Northwest Conference performer in basketball. Then, in the spring, Mohler takes to the track where she is one of the best distance runners in the area.
Mohler continues to do what her coaches ask of her as she competes in not only her distance events – the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 – but in the 3,200 relay.
At Monday’s Ottawa-Glandorf Gold Medal Meet, Mohler showed her versatility by competing in all four events.
The results for the O-G Gold Medal Meet were not made available to The Lima News by deadline and will be in Wednesday’s edition.
Mohler’s favorite event, however, is the open 3,200. So far this season, her best time in the 3,200 is 12 minutes, 22 seconds. Her seasonal-best in the 1,600 is 5:36.
Mohler clocked both of these seasonal-best times at Monday’s Gold Medal Meet. She finished second in both events.
“I’m really big on the 2-mile.” Mohler said. “I like the difficulty of it. It’s just really fun for me.”
Mohler said the decision to play in the volleyball tournament, instead of competing at the district cross country meet this past fall, was not that difficult of a decision.
“My sophomore year, I qualified for state (in cross country) and I really wanted to redeem myself and do better at state. But, I couldn’t leave my (volleyball) team. It was a big decision and I had to do the right thing.”
Mohler said that doing several events actually helps prepare her to compete in the 3,200.
“It takes a lot of endurance to get through all of that. I just have to prepare myself after the mile – rest up, drink a lot of water and be ready for the 2-mile. That’s what I’m looking forward to,” she said.
Mohler has picked up were she left off last season. She has consistently scored points for the Thunderbirds in several events.
“She’s pretty versatile. …She’s our No.1 distance runner,” LCC coach Nathan Garlock said. “She’s a real solid 800 (-meter) runner. She’s a solid miler as well. …She’ll be a regional qualifier in that (1,600); we’re anticipating. Her main one is the 2-mile (3,200) though. She uses everything to gear up for that 2-mile.
“This year she is running stronger than ever. Her times right now are where they were at the end of the year, last year. She’s running stronger this year with a lot more confidence and it’s good to see.”
Mohler is a leader on the LCC girls track team, but not necessarily a vocal leader.
“She leads with her running style that she has,” Garlock said. “She just goes about her business and works hard. The other girls see that and they follow right along with her.”