Kaylee Lane was bitten by the running bug early, and the sport has continually fed her competitive nature throughout her athletic career.
As largely individual sports, cross country and track and field have been the perfect formats for Lane to compete. She hates to see a competitor in front of her and will move heaven and earth to move toward the front.
For the most part during her four-year career at Elwood, she did not have to pass many runners to get to the front.
She was usually already there.
The owner of multiple school and conference records as well as a superior postseason career, capped by a second straight trip to the state girls track finals, Lane is the girls winner of the 2019 Johnny Wilson Award, honoring athletes who compete in at least three sports.
“That (is) awesome, that (is) up there on the (career) highlights of course,” Lane said. “(That) means a lot because I’ve worked so long and so hard for all of this. For it to pay off for something … That is a good way to finish high school.”
Lane wasted little time making an impact on the area.
As a freshman, she was All-CIC, All-Madison County and qualified for both regional and semistate in cross country. All were feats she repeated every year at Elwood as well as becoming the school’s record holder.
A softball player as a child, a coach convinced her in sixth grade to give cross country a try. It was a move that has paid off.
“I ended up doing well at it, and then went ahead and ran track,” Lane said. “I really liked it ,and I started out in distance (events) and no sprints. Over the years, I’ve come into the sprinting.”
Her resume of achievements for the Elwood track and field team is just as impressive.
She is the CIC and school record holder in the 200 meters as well as the 400-meter relay and also holds the Elwood mark in the 400 meters. She was a sectional champion in the 400 meters in 2016, 2018 and 2019 and in the 400 relay in 2017. Lane is a four-time Madison County champion in the 400 meters, obviously her signature event. She capped her athletic career by setting school records in both the 200 and 400 meters at the 2019 state meet, including an eighth-place finish in the 400.
She also swam for Elwood for four years, an effective method of staying in condition during the offseason for running.
But Lane’s legacy at Elwood will be all about the running.
“A lot of people know me because of running, they’ll stop me because of my running,” Lane said.
Lane plans to study nursing and run track at Southern Indiana University in Evansville.