Cassidy Ball became the fourth member of the Harlan County cross country team to continue their running career at the collegiate level on Thursday, as she signed with Lindsey Wilson College.
“When I went and visited I fell in love with the school. They offered a great scholarship also,” Ball said.
Ball has helped to lead the Lady Bears to a pair of Region 7 championships and one runner-up finish in her three years on the team. As a senior, Ball earned all-region, all-area and all-conference honors. She placed fourth at the Region 7 meet.
“Cassidy has been part of a very successful group,” said Harlan County coach Ryan Vitatoe. “I feel like the light has come on for her. She is serious about what she does. She will have a lot to offer their program.”
While she is a decorated runner, that hasn’t been the most impressive accomplishment for the Harlan County senior. Ball currently ranks first in her class with a 4.0 grade-point average.
“She is a great kid. She is a very dedicated student, obviously. It shows the kind of discipline and dedication that she has,” Vitatoe said. “She really did a good job of translating that over to cross country. She shaved three minutes off of her personal record this year.”
Ball will join former Harlan County runners David Lee and Ben Graham at Lindsey Wilson.