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MOUNT WASHINGTON – Being the first to take notice of his running skills paid off handsomely for Kentucky Wesleyan University recently when Bullitt East senior Scotty McIntyre signed to run both cross-country and track.
Wesleyan head coach John Blackwell got in early on McIntyre and it paid off. Blackwell has been the cross-country coach for six years at the school in Owensboro and just started as the coach for the indoor and outdoor track program at the school.
“I’ve known it was them pretty much since day one,” McIntyre said after signing all the paperwork in the Bullitt East Media Room recently. “Coach started contacting me. He got in on me at the start. He said I could be a good fit for his school.”
It was McIntyre who made the first move as he started filling out college questionnaires on-line. Blackwell answered back and wanted more information.
The 17-year old son of Lorie and Scott McIntyre, who is an only child, didn’t immediate jump to running when he was in middle school. He competed for four years with the Bullitt East baseball program and then three years with the Charger basketball program while also competing in cross-country. Because of baseball, this is McIntyre’s first full season of track.
McIntyre did have some talks with Cumberlands, Campbellsville and Georgtown, but Wesleyan was the only school that he visited before making his decision. The plan at this point is to become a civil engineer. He can get the start at Kentucky Wesleyan, but will then have to transfer to another school, perhaps the University of Kentucky or Auburn University.
The fact that track is a new sport at Kentucky Wesleyan this spring also was a plus for McIntyre.
“That is a start-up program,” the senior said. “I feel I won’t have as much pressure.”
Blackwell was present at McIntyre’s signing and feels that the Charger standout can fill a number of roles with both of his programs.
“I think he’ll fill the role at either the 800 or the 1,500,” the coach said. “We also run the 3,000, the steeplechase as well as a 5K and 10K.”
Bullitt East track and cross-country coach Lenny Raley believes that McIntyre can improve a great deal when he concentrates on running with the distraction of the other sports.
“It just takes time, but he ended up with the running,” Raley noted. “He’ll be remembered here for stepping up when it meant the most (at the state cross-country meet).
“He got hurt in the middle of the season with an ankle,” the coach added. “I challenged him to stick t out. He was huge getting us to that second spot. Every place counted.”