BRYANT – There was little doubt in the minds of a duo of Bryant Lady Hornets of where they were going to college. Senior distance runners Marley Adams and Mikayla Douglas signed letters of intent to run for Henderson State University on Tuesday morning at Bryant High School, and the pair have known for several years they were to become Lady Reddies.
“I’ve wanted to go there since the seventh grade,” Adams said. “I just know they’ve had a really good team. I know upperclassmen that have gone there. It’s always been Henderson.”
The Bryant duo will join former Lady Hornets Stacy Emmerling and Ashlyn Lessenberry at Henderson.
“My brother went there,” Douglas added. “I basically decided to go to Henderson my whole life.”
Henderson State, located in Arkadelphia, is an NCAA Division II school and is a member of the Great American Conference.
Adams and Douglas were both members of the 2010 Central Conference Championship Lady Hornets as Adams is a four-year letterman and named All-Conference in 2010, and Douglas is a three-year letterman.
“Marley and Mikayla join a long line of outstanding distance runners that have gained college scholarships through our program,” Bryant Cross Country Coach Danny Westbrook said. “Their dedication, hard work and commitment have made them very successful high school athletes. Those attributes have also provided them this opportunity to continue competing, along with pursuing a college degree.”
Douglas, who plans on pursuing a degree in special education teaching, said she’s been running since she was 10-years-old.
“The Little Walkers 1-mile when I was 10,” Douglas said of her start in running. “I’ve always loved running just for the fun of it.”
Adams, who will major in nursing, was about the same age when she began her path.
“Summer before sixth grade,” Adams said. “My [uncle] has always ran marathons and he asked me if I wanted to run a 5K one Saturday. I said I would never do one again, but obviously that didn’t stop me.”