LUCASVILLE — At a signing ceremony on Thursday afternoon, Valley High School senior Alex Morris signed his letter-of-intent to continue his education as well as his track and cross country careers by attending Shawnee State University.
For Morris, one of the biggest reasons he chose to become a Bear was to begin competing right out of high school as part of coach Eric Putnam’s highly-successful programs.
“I had a lot of options to go through, was really looking for the best college. Shawnee ended up giving me the biggest scholarship, and I loved coach (Eric) Putnam,” Morris said, of why he chose Shawnee State. “He gave me the opportunity to be able to further my running for four more years. It’s a huge deal for me.”
During his high school running career, Morris is a four-year track and field runner and a two-year cross country runner.
Although he is technically more new to the cross country scene than he is as a track runner, Morris’ quick strides in long-distance running paid off as last fall he qualified for the 2019 Division III regional cross country meet held at Pickerington North High School, as well as the 2019 Division III regional track meet in which he competed in the 3,200m run among qualifying individuals.
“They have a lot of really good mid-distance guys and a couple long-distance, I like doing the 10K and 5K,” Morris said. “So I’m hoping to be able to add that dimension of being able to get points at championship meets in the longer distance races.”
Upon enrolling at Shawnee State, Morris plans to major in business administration.
“It’s awesome to have everyone here,” Morris said of having his friends and family at his signing ceremony supporting him. “My friends have been with me at every step, my family has always been so supportive, and my girlfriend Rylie (Smith) came out to watch; it’s fantastic having them here.”
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