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Trimble County High School standout runner Kyle Howdyshell has signed to run cross country at Campbellsville University next year. The signing came during a reception in the TCHS library Wednesday. Howdyshell and his mother, Lori Smith, were joined by coaches and members of the cross country and track teams for the event.
Head Coach Jeff Vincent gave a review of Howdyshell’s accomplishments for those assembled.
In 2007 as a freshman he finished 16th in the North Central Kentucky Conference, 23rd in the region and 105th at the state meet. That season Trimble was NCKC runner-up, third place in the region and finished 14th in the state.
In 2008 he was 10th in the NCKC, was named to the All-NCKC Team, placed 11th in the region and 54th in the state meet. Kyle was also named All State Honorable Mention during his sophomore year. Trimble’s boys’ team again took third in the region, second in the NCKC and finished fourth in the state.
“That’s the highest team finish of any TCHS boys’ cross country team with the exception of the 1954 state champions,” Vincent said.
As a junior Howdyshell finished sixth
As a junior, Howdyshell finished sixth in the NCKC and again was named to the All-NCKC Team, 11th in the region and 72nd in the state meet. The 2009 Raiders were NCKC and Region Champions, and took fifth place at state.
This past fall Howdyshell finished second in the NCKC and was named to the All-NCKC Team for the third time in his career, fifth in the region and named to the All Region Team, 27th at the state meet and again earned recognition as Honorable Mention All State. Kyle and his teammates again were NCKC and Region Champions and finished sixth in the state.
“Kyle has been part of a lot of success here at Trimble County and we will greatly miss him,” Vincent said. “He’s the toughest runner I’ve ever coached.”
Unlike a number of Trimble County runners who become involved in the program in the elementary and middle school levels Howdyshell began his running career as a freshman.
“The first day we were out there running in practice when I was a freshman that’s when I realized I wanted to run for the rest of my life,” he said. At Campbellsville he plans to “run all four years for sure and maybe get a degree in biology.”
Campbellsville University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Mid South Conference, according to Head Cross Country Coach Hilary Cebulko who attended the reception for Howdyshell. Cebulko said Kyle approached her about the possibility of attending Campbellsville next year.
“I haven’t seen him run but I’ve been able to keep up with his times,” she said. “We’ve been in touch since last fall. We’re really excited to have him at Campbellsville University next year.”
Howdyshell and classmate Jessica Cooley will become the latest of a number of Trimble alumni to compete in cross country on a collegiate level.
Cooley will be a walk-on at the University of Louisville this fall. Vincent, Trimble’s coach, and Donatta Taylor competed in cross country while students at the University of the Cumberlands. Ty Webb and Megan Gilley ran cross country at Spaulding University. Valerie Thomas competed on the Bellarmine University cross country team.