Mark Stice felt Western Kentucky University offered everything he wanted.
The Sycamore senior was keeping his options open. He wanted to run track, but he also wanted to find the right academic fit.
Western Kentucky, located in Bowling Green, Ky,, offered both, and Stice committed there earlier this week.
“I didn’t know necessarily what level I would run at,” he said. “I just wanted to find a school that fit what I wanted to do, whether it be for academics or athletics too.”
Stice will run cross country, and compete for the Hilltoppers’ track and field program as a distance runner. Stice qualified for the IHSA State Cross Country Meet his junior and senior years, taking 86th place in 2013 and 54th in 2012. He also qualfied for the IHSA State Track Meet in the 3,200 meter run as a sophomore and junior, finishing in 20th place run this past spring.
Stice visited Western’s campus a few weeks ago, and also took visits to Belmont and Saint Louis. His father, Doug Stice, attended Western but Mark said that really didn’t factor in his decision.
“Really not very much. I visited quite a bit of schools just looking whether it was for running or not running,” he said. “I liked the campus (at Western) as well, they have the program I want to do for studying.”
Stice will major in business, and said the coaching staff fit what he wants.
“They bring the same intensity of the [coaches] I have now,” he said. “I like their mentality.”