Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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January 16, 2014

Barren runner Mowery inks with Campbellsville

GLASGOW — Barren County High School’s Billy Mowery signed Thursday to run at Campbellsville University, where he will join his cousin, Mason Dunbar, on the Tigers’ cross country team.

The Trojan senior was joined by his coaches, family and friends in the BCHS library to publicly announce his college choice.

Mowery wrapped up his high school career at Barren County in the fall with his first trip to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 3A State Meet, where he posted a time of 18:24. He said after a down junior year, he worked with Dunbar in the offseason to improve for his final high school campaign.

“I didn’t have a good junior year,” Mowery said. “I tried to come back and do better my senior year. I ran harder (in the offseason) and I tried to run with Mason and I just tried to practice every day.”

“Mason and my uncle Steve and my teammates” have been an inspiration, he added.

“This summer we worked really hard, put in the miles, and I think that contributed a lot to how he performed during his high school season,” Dunbar said.

Mowery’s cousin also was influential in drawing him to Campbellsville.

“I had him schedule a couple of visits and told him it’s a good school if you want to come up there and run,” Dunbar said.

Campbellsville coach Hilary Lakes said Thursday that Dunbar first told her about Mowery and introduced him to her.

“He brought Billy to me and brought him on a visit and ate lunch with him,” Lakes said. “They’ve been running together forever, it seems like, and that helped bring Billy to Campbellsville.

“With my athletes, I look for academics, their talent and their character that they bring. I think he is going to do a lot for us. I am really excited.”

The coach said her runners compete in the 8K distance, three kilometers more than typical high school competition.

“It’s hard to say what (time) he is actually going to run (in college) ... but I think (Mowery) is going to do really well,” Lakes added.

Mowery said his uncle, Steve Brown, was also an influence on his running career.

Brown is a BCHS graduate who competed on the school’s 1990 boys’ cross country state title team and was an all-state runner during his four-year prep career.

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