It’s been nearly 25 years since an intercollegiate competition has been held in Clark County.
With the move of Kentucky Wesleyan to Owensboro and the closing of Southeastern Christian College in 1979, it appeared the book on college sports in the county had been written. A new chapter will be written today when Asbury University, University of Pikeville and Morehead State University arrive in town to compete in the 9th Annual Run for the Water Barrel Cross Country Invitational at Lykins Park.
“We are pleased that we are able to add a college race to our meet,” Clark coach Dodd Dixon said. “Out of the hundreds of meets held in Kentucky each year, there are only three other races in Kentucky that combine a high school event with a college event. We are pleased that we are able to elevate our event to the next level. I am pleased that all of these kids will have an opportunity to showcase their hard work and talent in Winchester.”
The college race will be a reunion for several area runners. Clay Dixon, a 2012 George Rogers Clark graduate, will be returning with Morehead State.
“Clay has worked really hard this year, increasing his mileage, and I know that he is looking forward to running on his high school home course again,” Morehead State cross country coach Brent Ericksen said.
“It is pretty cool that I get to run in all nine of the Water Barrel meets,” Clay Dixon said.
Joining Dixon will be teammate Alex White, also a freshman at Morehead State. White is recovering from an injury and will not be competing in the event. Former Lady Card runner Kate Evans, a sophomore at Centre College, also plans to attend.
Stacy O'Hair a sophomore at Pikeville also will be competing in the college race. O'Hair a 2011 graduate of Wolfe County High School, competed at Lykins as a middle school student and as a high school runner.
Competing for Asbury will be Kim Miller and Eric Sanders. Miller, a freshman, and Sanders, a junior, both completed their high school careers at Lykins Park in regional cross country events.