Two unlikely recruits for the St. Catharine College track and field team walked in the office of Coach Blake Jones last week. But while the “veteran” athletes were a surprise to Jones, it was no shock that the two showed up together.
The friendship of Nicole Peterson and Ed Lucey began in their days of running at Iroquois High School in Louisville in the late nineties. Lucey was a senior and Peterson a freshman. They both ran the hurdles and struck up a friendship that, even with many twists and turns, endures still today. Peterson went to Murray State University on a track scholarship, Lucey spent time in the Marines. Both later continued their education at Jefferson County Technical College.
“I heard about St. Catharine while at Lifehouse maternity home,” said Peterson, 27, who has a three-year old daughter. “When I came to visit, Mr. Huston (SC President William D. Huston) said that I would still have eligibility left to run track if I was interested. Running is my passion so I was really excited to find out I could still compete.”
Lucey, 31, is equally excited about continuing his track career. “It may be unusual but age is not an issue,” he said.” It is about heart. You can do anything if your heart is into it. I really like it here at St. Catharine. Everybody is friendly and it seems family oriented.”
Because of her previous stint at Murray, Peterson will be a junior as far as college eligibility. Lucey, a sophomore academically, still has all four years of college eligibility remaining. Jones expects each to make an immediate impact on the Patriots’ program.
“While Nicole may not run times as good as she had at Murray, I imagine she will be very competitive in the Mid-South Conference,” said Jones. “She is very good at the 100 meter and 400 meter hurdles and she also may run on a relay team.”
“Lucey will also run the 400 meter hurdles and the 200 meter dash,” added Jones. “He will be extremely competitive in the hurdles and can do well in the 200. Ed is also going to run in the fall on the cross country team.”
For Peterson and Lucey, both planning on a major in Sports Leadership, there will be a host of new friends when they get to campus this fall. But nothing can exceed the friendship that they have established over the last decade.
“We have been best friends since high school and remain so,” said Lucey.
“After going to college I really didn’t think our friendship would continue,” added Peterson, “but it only got stronger.”