Mohawk Distance Runner Signs With WBC

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Mohawk distance runner Lee Austin signs his letter of intent to attend WBC. Those on hand for the occasion included, from left: Front-his father, Davis Austin, Lee and his mother, Lori Austin. Back-Mohawk track coach Michael Harrell, WBC cross country coach Andrew Watson and Mohawk cross country coach Frank Staples.

Mohawk distance runner Lee Austin will be taking his talents to the next level this fall, as he has signed to attend William's Baptist University at Walnut Ridge as a member of their new cross-country team.

Under the guidance of cross country team coach Frank Staples, and track coach Michael Harrell, Austin has developed into a strong distance runner and is the ninth member signed by Coach Andrew Watson to the Eagle program.

Thursday morning Austin was joined by his parents, Davis and Lori Austin, along with Watson, Staples and Harrell as he signed his letter of intent in the PHS library.

"We're so glad to have Lee, and look forward to him being a part of the team," Watson said of his newest signee. "We at William's have always had such strong ties to Piggott."

"Lee can run all day, but he needs to work on some of the finer points," Staples said of his young protégé. "This will give him the perfect chance and I just see him getting better."

"They're getting a great young man," Harrell surmised of the WBC acquisition, which is also his alma mater. "They're not only getting a great athlete, but they're getting a great young man."

Watson also reports the Eagle cross country program has signed runners from Greenbrier and the St. Louis area, and he is looking forward to the inaugural season.

As for Austin, with his plans for next year set he has turned his attention to training and competing with the Mohawk track team. The squad is scheduled to take part in a meet this Thursday, April 10 at Pocahontas and will return to Randolph County for yet another meet next Thursday, April 17. They're also slated to take part in the Pocahontas Redskin Relays on Thursday, April 24 and will compete in the Paragould Senior Arnold Relays on Monday, April 28 at Paragould High School.

The senior 3A-3 district track meet will be held Thursday, May 1 at Earle High School.

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