While the journey may have begun differently for Wellsville-Middletown product Emily Andrews and North Callaway's Erinn Bush, when it as all said and done they both ended up running for the William Woods University women's track and field team.
"Erinn was on the basketball team and approached me about coming out for track," said Owls head coach James Marshall. "Emily was an established upper class senior on the team when I took over."
Even though Bush is just beginning her collegiate athletic career While Andrews' is quickly coming to a close, one accomplishment this duo reached together in 2017 was helping the Lady Owls win the American Midwest Conference title. The area harriers also helped William Woods place 20th at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Ala.
"Emily and Erinn are both the same in that they are extremely hard workers who take every day seriously," Marshall said. "They are both great for the rest of the team. (They have) character (and) work ethic (and both are) tough minded performers. They both played a big role in our conference title. Without either one we would not have won."
At that AMC meet, Bush finished second in the javelin with a throw 102-0. Andrews, on the other hand, placed sixth in the 400 run with a time of 1:02.83. The former Lady Tiger also ran with the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams on April 23 at the Dewey Allgood Invitational and came in fifth and sixth with times of 50.45 and 5:04.04, respectively.
"I think athletics teach kids many values that will help them be successful in life. Commitment to excellence through intelligent, consistent preparation," said Marshall. "Dedication to a cause bigger than themselves. Learning to deal with failure, setting goals, learning to perform your best under pressure, problem solving, developing self esteem and confidence are just a few."
During her time at Wellsville-Middletown, Andrews was a two-time letter winner who led the Lady Tigers through the district and sectional meets to compete for a state title. She also won All Eastern Missouri Conference honors as a sprinter, broke the school record in the 200 dash four times and lettered four times in basketball and twice in softball.
"Both (Emily and Erinn) had contributor roles early on. As they (get to the end of their time here we tend to see athletes taking) more of a leadership role," Marshall said. "These two are the perfect definition of dedicated student athletes."