Georgia College softball player steals her way to 5th place in NCAA Division II record books

Georgia College softball player steals her way to 5th place in NCAA Division II record books

Whitney Okvist, a senior from Kennesaw, has 160 career steals.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Whitney Okvist is happiest when she's threatening to steal.

"I love, love, love to hit, and I love to steal bases all the time," Okvist says with a smile.  "Being on the bases is my world."

With 160 career steals, you'd think she's been stealing bases at a record pace since she got to college.

"I only stole like 25 bases my freshman year," Okvist says.  "And then my sophomore year was my best year.  I was 52 for 52; I didn't get thrown out at all my sophomore year, so that's when it started."

Now, Whitney is one of just three seniors on the team.

A natural leader, she's usually the first one out of the dugout to congratulate her teammates after they make a big play.

"She just knows," Jamie Grodecki, the Bobcats' fourth year head coach says.  "She knows what it takes, and every year we've been here, we've gotten a little bit better.  The expectations have gotten higher every year."

After college, Whitney's leadership will carry over into the classroom.  Her major is Special Education.

"I'm hoping to find a job either working with kids with autism or being in an elementary school," she says.

As her softball career at Georgia College winds down, this base runner can rest easy knowing her name will forever be in the NCAA record books.  She also holds the steals record for her school and the Peach Belt Conference.

Whitney and the Bobcats are having a tremendous season.  They split with Columbus State Wednesday, bringing their overall record to 32-12.

If you want to see Whitney steal some bases for yourself, she and the Bobcats will close out the regular season at home on Tuesday.


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