By Kris Freeman, Sports Information Director, WHHS
WHITE HOUSE – Blue Devils senior Jim Headrick will continue his cross country career at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY, signing with the Blue Raiders on Monday.
Headrick, who just finished his cross country career at White House this fall, was a state qualifier as a junior and three-sport athlete. He also played basketball and gave up hoops to focus on running his senior season. He will be running in his second year for the track and field team this spring at White House, where he competes in the 400, 800 and also at times the 1600 and 3200 meter races. His 4×800 team holds the school record set his junior season, and he was beaten by 0.25 seconds by Skylar Holcomb on the school record in the individual 800.
“I just want to thank everyone for coming out today,” a very soft-spoken Headrick said. “You all are part of the reason I am where I am right now and I just want to say thank you. That’s all I can say. You are all good people.”
The was joined by family, school administration, church friends and the community and students on Monday in the White House library for the celebration and signing at 11:15 a.m. Lindsey Wilson coach Nick Wilson joined WHHS for the ceremony.
“He has worked really hard and their family has worked really hard as a unit to get to where they are today,” said White House cross country coach Cindy Towers. “The summer before his sophomore year, I get a phone call. He has the biggest competitive spirit of any person in this building.
“His work ethic was compared to no one. His first year, he was really successful and his second year he was even better and qualified for state. I want to commend this young man. Basketball was his passion, cross country and track and running but I know that basketball was his passion. And he was willing to make a tough decision for his future and for this school. He’s going to be successful whatever he does for the rest of his life no matter what he decides to do.”
Jim played basketball until his senior year for the Blue Devils, and had a sister Kristen who graduated White House High School and played basketball for the Lady Devils.
Both his parents, Daniel and Jane, were college athletes and work in physical therapy. His dad is the physical therapist that works most closely with Blue Devils athletes at Star Physical Therapy in White House. The family are members at White House First United Methodist Church. Kristen is a senior at Lee University and graduates in December.
“We just want to thank everyone here who made this day possible, because he has always overcome so many challenges in his life and so many of you have been a part of that,” Daniel Headrick said. “This is really an exciting day for all of us.”
Lindsey Wilson competes in the Mid South Conference of the NAIA and finished fifth at the Mid South Conference Championships in 2017. The Blue Raiders have 23 sports for men and women combined, with coed cheer and cycling included. The men’s cross country team has one conference championship in 2007.
Columbia, KY, is located in East/Central Kentucky, just west of Somerset. On a map, it’s directly north on a line of Livingston, TN. The campus is about one hour and 45 minutes from White House.
“Jim leads by example in his class work and his athletic endeavors,” said White House principal Scott Langford. “He loves his school and supports all we do. He represents the best of BDP and WHHS.”
Pictured are (front row, L-R): Daniel Headrick, father; Jim Headrick, Jane Headrick, mother; (back row, L-R): principal Scott Langford, assistant principals Debbie Richardson and Ann Miller, cross country coach Cindy Towers, track and field coach Christie Serrero, Lindsey Wilson coach Nick Wilson, and track and field coach Dan Williams.