RUSSIA — Russia High School senior track/cross country standout Lauren Heaton announced this week that she would accept an appointment to the Naval Academy and continue her track career.
“They showed a lot of interest,” Heaton said. “And when I visited there I fell in love with the place immediately.”
In a cross country program that has produced numerous D-I college runners and one All-American (Katie Borchers, Ohio State), Heaton has the fourth fastest time ever run (18:58). She was All-Ohio as a freshman and helped Russia to four straight appearances in the state meet.
In basketball, she was a three-year starter before not playing this year.
But it’s in track where Heaton has had some of her biggest moments. She currently holds the school record in the 200 at 25.86, the 400 at 56.75, and is part of the 800 relay’s 1:46.25, and the 3200 relay’s 9:32.62.
And she won a state title as a freshman in the 3200 relay (with Lauren Francis, Claire Sherman, Emily Borchers).
Her sophomore year, she had her sights set on a state title in the 400. Coming to the finish line, Heaton was in a battle to hold off Eleanor Smith of Columbus School for Girls and she dove across the finish line, sacrificing a little blood for a state title. She won in 57.29, while Smith was clocked in 57.33.