By David Fong
TROY — Lauryn Rutan figured her path was set.
The Troy High School senior was going to attend Ohio Christian University, study psychology and play softball.
A chance meeting with the school’s cross country coach on her campus visit changed all of that.
“I was initially just going to play softball, but I ran into the cross country coach and he told me they really wanted me to join the cross country team,” Rutan said. “I new I was going to miss running, but after running into him, I don’t have to worry about that anymore.”
And that’s how Rutan — who signed her national letter of intent last fall — became a future two-sport athlete for the Trailblazers.
Last season on the softball diamond, Rutan was named to the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division first team as an infielder after hitting .340 with four home runs, seven doubles, 20 runs batted in and 28 runs scored. She helped lead the Trojans to a GWOC North title last spring.
For her select travel team, Rutan his .410 with six home runs, two triples, 10 doubles, 31 RBI and 20 runs scored. A select softball player for nine years, Rutan also played for the Queen of Diamonds college exposure team, where she was named team MVP in 2015 and invited to play in The Cup in Amsterdam.
In cross country, she was an alternate on a Troy team that won four GWOC North titles in a row, a GWOC overall title, a district championship and were regional and state runner-ups last fall.
She also excelled in the classroom, as she was a four-year scholar athlete and academic award winner in both sports. She’s also a member of the National Honor Society, graduated from Teen Leadership Troy and is an Ambassador Girl Scout, working on being a Gold Star Recipient.
Once she graduates from Ohio Christian, Rutan hopes to be a licensed social worker.
“I like how small it is — you can get to know everyone,” Rutan said of why she selected Ohio Christian. “Plus it’s a Christian campus, which was rally important to me. I think I’ll definitely be busy there playing two sports, but I play two sports now, so it shouldn’t be too bad.”
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