By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Union College has found themselves some ‘Cash.’
Nick Cash, a senior at Pulaski County High School, signed a scholarship to run cross country at Union College last week.
Cash is pleased with the opportunity to run cross country at the collegiate level.
“It’s a pretty good feeling,” told Cash, who will major in international business. “I didn’t expect this opportunity, but it’s going to be a fun ride.”
The Pulaski County senior really liked the small-class size of Union College, which is located in Barbourville, Kentucky.
“It’s a small college, which allows you to be close with your professors,” Cash explained.
Cash will get the chance to run for the Bulldogs cross country team right away, as they are expected to field their first full squad in a few years.
“It’s going to be a young team,” told the former Maroon harrier. “They haven’t had a full team in a few years.”
In cross country, Cash’s fastest 5,000-meter, or 3.1-mile, time was an 18:53, which he ran against some of the state’s best competition at the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville.
Cash, who ran three seasons of cross country, had one win and six top-ten finishes in 25 total races.
On the track circuit, the future Union College runner posted these personal records: a 5:09 mile, an 11:57 two-mile, and a 2:22 half-mile. Cash will run his fourth year of track this spring.
Looking back on his running career at Pulaski County, Cash wishes he would have started running cross country sooner than they he did.
“I wish I would have ran long than I did, but I started sophomore year,” stated the Union College signee.
Dave Evans, the track and cross country coach at Pulaski County, is thrilled to see one of his runners get the chance to continue their education and running career at the collegiate level.
“We are very proud of Nick and hope he continues to work as hard for the Coaches at Union as he has as a Maroon - they are getting a great kid,” stated Evans. “Nick is only going to get stronger and better as he progresses the next couple of years. Nick began running for something to do, but the last couple of seasons he has committed to his training and even though he was not one of our top five runners, he has earned a chance to complete for a college team.”
“Nick is a good student and a great kid, so they have added a lot to their team when they signed him. We go to some meets were Union has completed in college meets, so I am hoping the team and I will get to see Nick in action.”