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MOUNT WASHINGTON – Knowing that a former teammate was finding success in the track program at Centre College was enough for Bullitt East senior Hannah Link to decide that the school in Danville was good enough for her.
Seeing that Jacob Duvall was doing well for the Praying Colonels after signing with the school a year ago, Link said she felt comfortable with the track program at the school.
(Former Bullitt East standout Michael Bozarth was a senior on this year’s Centre track team also).
“I researched them last May and I had made up my mind pretty much then,” Link said after a ceremony recently in the Bullitt East Media Center. “Actually, I had a visit there and he (Duvall) set up a meeting with the coaches.”
Link also looked into the program at Campbellsville University, but felt Centre fit her better.
“I just liked the academic level,” she said. “After I found out they had the program that I wanted, I knew it was where I wanted to be.”
The 18-year old daughter of Lysa and Sean Link grew up in Mount Washington and after three years of running track for Eastside Middle School, she competed at Bullitt East for four years. Link also ran cross-country for two seasons and also played soccer as a sophomore, but track was always her first love.
Link has two younger siblings. Sister Sarah is a freshman soccer player at Bullitt East while her brother’s name is Isaac.
That love grew this spring when she reached the state meet in both the 400-meter dash as well as being a big part of the 1,600-meter relay team that also made it to the Kentucky Class AA State Championships. Link finished eighth in the 400-meter dash, earning a team point and the relay squad finished fourth.
“In middle school I did a lot of different thing,” Link recalled. “In high school I thought I was a sprinter. Then during my sophomore year I figured out I was a 400-runner.”
Coming out of middle school, Link could run no faster than 1:16.0 in the 400. This spring she was consistently running in the 1:01 range.
Centre coaches see Link staying with the 400 and the relay.
“Jessica (BE assistant coach Jessica Delauney) has told me I’ll be an 800 runner, but I don’t know about that,” Link said with a smile.
At Centre, Link would like to work toward a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience.
“I was just looking through the majors and I liked it,” Link said. “It’s the understanding of the reason behind our behavior.”
Link gives a lot of reason for her success to her teammates.
“I would just say that my teammates have helped me a lot,” she said. “They know me on a personal level. They know when to tell me to step it up.”
“She was a leader,” Bullitt East track coach Lenny Raley said. “She did a great job getting ready for the outdoor season. She didn’t miss a workout over the winter.
“She has made a nice progression each year she has been in our program,” the veteran coach said. “That is what you hope for. I think Centre is a good fit for her.”