COLUMBUS – In sports, injuries – and their unpredictability – can often mean the difference between success and failure. Often, however, how an athlete perseveres through injury becomes the bigger story.
That story line describes Butler sophomore Emma Bryant’s tournament run this spring.
After a stellar regular season, Bryant developed a case of tendinitis just after the Greater Western Ohio Conference meet which she dominated.
Her talent, grit, and determination combined to help her overcome the painful condition to advance to her second straight OHSAA State Track and Field Meet on Saturday where she placed eighth overall in the 1600 meter run in a time of 5:04 flat.
“Emma dug down and fought today,” said coach Andy White. “Getting on the podium and being All-State was a huge accomplishment. Her performance was bitter sweet. She took what her body gave her. She put herself in a position to be in the top four or five with 200 meters to go but she just couldn’t kick due to a hip injury. If this race was two weeks ago when healthy she would have been running for the top three.”
Bryant’s state run was the sixth straight time – out of six opportunities – that she has qualified for state, twice each in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track.
“Emma’s dedicated training efforts continue to pay off for her,” said Butler girls track coach Kathy Schoenherr. “Earning a repeat trip to State is a huge accomplishment, let alone making it onto the podium both times. It’s an impressive feat, and she should be very proud. As a team, these girls have had a strong season, and to cap it off by sending an athlete to the state meet is really exciting.”
“Even hurt and not running at 100 percent Emma was still able to get on the podium so I am very proud of her,” said White. “It just shows you how talented Emma is. To get a podium finish when not at her best just shows her determination to be great.”