Dubon to run at OCU

From Herald Staff Reports

HUNTINGBURG — Before his junior year at Southridge, Louis Dubon never even thought of running cross country in college.

But as he got more familiar with the sport and his times started dropping each time out, the notion of continuing his career became more and more real.


Now, the recent Southridge graduate will take the next step, as he recently firmed up plans to continue his cross country career at Oakland City University this fall.

As simple as his ascension has been, so too was the rationale for his choice.

“I felt like it was the perfect opportunity for me to run there,” said Dubon, who plans to study journalism and communications. “When I thought about it, it was, ‘Well, why not?’”

It was only two years ago Dubon even decided to try cross country. The first year had its struggles. Dubon plugged times in the 23-minute range to start, but by the end of the season, his time had dipped to 19:25. As a senior, the strides continued as Dubon scooted to a personal-best of 18:49 at the Pocket Athletic Conference meet.

By December, Dubon began communicating with Oakland City cross country coach Cassidy Nalley, and maintained the relationship through the winter and spring. He even met the team and got to talk running with the guys as they all chowed on some doughnuts and eggs in the school’s dining hall.

“They’re a really fun group of guys and I really felt like I could get along with them,” said Louis, the son of Maria Dubon and Gabriel Rios of Huntingburg. “I felt really welcomed and like I was part of the team already.”

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