Scarlett signs to run at Emporia State
Matt Scarlett has logged plenty of miles with the McLouth cross country and track teams.
He now plans to do the same at Emporia State.
With family and coaches looking on, Scarlett signed a letter of intent last Wednesday in the MHS library to run at ESU.
The Bulldog senior will compete in cross country and indoor and outdoor track for the Hornets.
"That's kind of always been my goal to go to Emporia," Scarlett said. "I like the atmosphere and how it feels there."
Scarlett also was impressed with the secondary education program, which he plans to enroll in this fall.
Benedictine and Pittsburg State also recruited him, but Scarlett decided on the black and gold of ESU.
At McLouth, Scarlett has put together a respectable resume. The senior qualified for state cross country three times and had his best performance in Wamego last fall when he finished 10th.
A state qualifier in track as well, Scarlett placed third in the 3,200 meters as a junior and helped the 4x800 relay place fifth when he was a sophomore.
This season, Scarlett won both the 1,600 and the 800 at the Oskaloosa meet. He also placed first in the 1,600 and second in the 3,200 at the McLouth Invitational while helping the 4x800 take third at home also.
Scarlett has fared well with high school distances, but will have to adjust to longer races at Emporia State.
Boys high school cross country courses are three miles long -- college courses are five miles, unless the race is regionals or nationals. Those events are bumped up to six-mile courses.
And on the track, Scarlett likely will train for the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, along with the steeplechase.