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Danny Hess will extend his running career, after signing his national letter of intent March 20 with Campbellsville University.
Hess transferred to Grant County High School after his freshman year from Williamstown High School. He ran two full seasons for the Braves, ran at the state meet both years.
“I have always wanted to run at the collegiate level, since I began running,” Hess said. “To fulfill that dream, it means a lot to me.”
Hess said he came to GCHS to run for coach Marlon Kinsey.
“That was the main reason I came to Grant County,” Hess said. “I knew that coach (Kinsey) would push me and get me ready for where I needed to be by this time. That a played an important part for me.”
Kinsey said he is excited to see Hess reach his goal.
“Anytime we get to see someone sign their letter, it is a success,” Kinsey said. “I have a special place in my heart for Danny. When he came over, he had to sit out a season and worked hard and trained on his own. He got involved with the team as a manager and learned how our system worked. When he ran his first race for Grant County, he set a personal record. He did face some up’s and down’s, but he overcame them and was one of our top runners.”
Not only did Hess sign, but his good friend Tyler Edmondson also signed his letter of intent with Spalding University on the same day.
“We have been best friends ever since I came to Grant County,” Hess said. “To share this day with him was awesome.”
Hess chose Campbellsville University because of the location.
“It’s in a small city and it just feels like home to me,” Hess said. “The campus is beautiful and the potential to be great is there.”
Campbellsville University cross country coach Hilary Cebulko is proud to add Hess to her program.
“I am glad to have Danny on our cross country team next fall,” Cebulko said on the Campbellsville University website. “He is going to bring both a good work ethic and dedication to the team as well as talent. I’m excited to see what he can bring to the team next fall.”
Hess wants to pursue a degree in sports medicine.
With the signing complete, Hess can focus on the remainder of his senior year with ease.
“My search is over,” Hess said. “Now I can relax and focus on the track season.”