Cabell Midland’s Blake to run at Wesleyan College
By TIM STEPHENS
ONA — Laura Blake might one day be the quickest nurse in her hospital.
Blake, a standout sprinter at Cabell Midland High School, signed to run track at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she plans to major in nursing.
“I heard about Wesleyan’s program my junior year and I knew it was associated with the United Methodist Church,” Blake said. “I know that they’ve recruited some kids from Cabell Midland to go there and all that interested me.”
Blake was offered an opportunity to walk on at Marshall University, but said she was more comfortable at Wesleyan, located in Buckhannon, West Virginia. She also considered the University of Rio Grande.
Blake has run relays and hurdles this season and is a part of Cabell Midland’s 4 x 400 team that turned in a time of 4:10.54 earlier this season. She said she figures to specialize in the 400-meter run in college.
“The 400 is my favorite race,” Blake said. “It’s a longer race. Not many people like to run it. It’s a full sprint for a whole lap and that’s not easy. It’s the one race that people always dread, but I love it.”
Wesleyan features a dominant track and field program. The Bobcats women and men won Mountain East Conference championships this season. The Wesleyan women scored 290 points in the MEC Championships. Runner-up Concord totaled 96 points.
“I liked my visit there,” said Blake, who gave up volleyball to concentrate on track. “It’s gorgeous. The town is a lot like Barboursville.”
Blake said she is impressed wtih Wesleyan’s nursing program. her interest in nursing was sparked two years ago by a visit with her Steele Memorial United Methodist Church youth group to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where the teens delivered toys and games to ill children.
“That was my ‘ah ha’ moment,” Blake said. “I wanted a job that will allow me to help others. I want to specialize in pediatrics.”
Blake is the daughter of Rob and Teresa Blake of Barboursville.