Archive for Wednesday, May 11, 2005

McLouth runner on track with long family tradition

May 11, 2005

Scott Smelser is carrying on a family tradition.

Smelser's father, Allen, has participated in several marathons, while his older brother, Mark, was a standout runner while at McLouth.

And one of Scott's aunts also ran in college.

She competed for Fort Hays State, which also happens to be Scott's college of choice.

Smelser, who is graduating from McLouth High this spring, recently signed a national letter of intent to run track and cross country at FHSU.

For the youngest Smelser, he didn't deliberate much as he chose a college.

"I pretty much decided on Fort Hays a while ago," Smelser said. "They've got a technology department that's pretty good."

Smelser said he plans to major in industrial technology at Fort Hays.

"That's kind of what made up my mind," Smelser said.

While in high school, Smelser advanced to the state cross country meet in Wamego. As a junior, he finished 27th and last fall, he finished 39th.

Later this month, Smelser hopes he can qualify for his first state track meet as a senior for the Bulldogs.

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