New Philadelphia star athlete Josie Pry waited a long time to add track and field All-Ohioan to her laundry list of state honors.
The junior had already accumulated All-Ohio honors in volleyball and basketball this season, so making it a set of three would complete a very impressive collection for her.
When Pry crossed the finish line after the Div. I finals in the 100-meter hurdles, the look on her face told the story. She scowled, walking outside of the runway that leads to the podium thinking she had not made the top eight in the nine-finalist race.
Instead, she was redirected into the tent area where All-Ohioans await their turn on the podium. Pry had finished eighth, not ninth, and her trifecta of All-Ohio honors for 2019 was complete.
“I honestly thought I finished ninth,” said Pry, who was in lane nine, clear across the track from lane one, where one other runner came in ninth. “This feels so amazing because it is something I have wanted all season long. The level of competition down here is crazy good, and I loved the challenge of coming here to compete against the best. I was so nervous all weekend. I think I threw up all day Thursday because I was so nervous.”
She fought past that and made her mark as an All-Ohioan without running her best time.
Pry said this is only going to make her push harder to do even better next spring.
In a world where three-sport high school athletes are dwindling as more and more are focusing on one sport, Pry is an anomaly. That she can excel in all three of those sports makes her even more intriguing.
“I think I like whichever sport I’m in at the time,” Pry said. “I am deciding between volleyball and track in college, and I don’t know which one I’m going to choose yet.”
Pry said people ask her why she plays basketball when she could concentrate on her two best sports, but she said basketball season is her favorite because of the camaraderie of the girls, and she said it also helps her develop even more friendships.
Being athletic enough and dedicated enough to bounce from one season to the next definitely makes her a unique student-athlete. That the Quakers were really good at all three sports only adds to the joy for Pry.
“I just love to compete, no matter what I am doing,” Pry said.
— OhioSportsTicket.com (@OhioTicket) June 1, 2019