By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 6, 2014) – Tuscarora High School senior Logan Carrington signed his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 5 to continue his track career at the University of Virginia beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“The excellent academic reputation, successful athletic programs, student body diversity and distance from home lured me to Charlottesville,” Carrington said. “I thought the new track and field stadium, Lannigan Field, was an added bonus to the long list of top-notch athletic facilities UVA had to offer.”
Lannigan Field was just one of the many reasons Carrington chose UVA over competing offers from Villanova and Virginia Tech.
“Although the recruiting process was stressful at times, I’m fortunate to have had so many schools interested in giving me the opportunity to run in college,” said the 6-foot Carrington. “I met some great people along the way, and wouldn’t change anything I experienced.”
Rebuilt UVA Track and Field Program
Bryan Fetzer, the of Director of Track and Field/Cross Country at UVA, has been rebuilding the Division I Cavaliers program for the past two years, and Carrington said Fetzer has compiled some of the top recruiting classes in the country.
“As a result, UVA’s track and field will be a team to be reckoned with in the near future,” said Carrington who will run mid- and long-distance events for the Cavaliers. “After spending time with Coach Fetzer, learning more about his vision for their program and adding the academic piece to the puzzle, I knew UVA was the place for me.”
Fetzer’s Cavaliers recently competed at the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Indoor Championships and will begin to prepare for their outdoor season which starts on March 22 with the Virginia Cup in Charlottesville.
“I’ll add some versatility to the team with my ability to run both the 400-meter, 800-meter, in addition to some relays,” Carrington said. “My strong work ethic will be clear to my teammates and coaches because I’m not afraid of hard work. I always practice the way I run, and I don’t believe in an offseason. Lastly, I’ll add the enthusiasm and energy only a freshmen athlete can bring to a team.”
The Cavaliers will be getting a tremendous recruit in Carrington who holds four track records at Tuscarora including the 400-meter (49.97), 800-meter (1:56.74) and as a member of the 4×400-meter relay (3:28.36) and 4×800-meter relay (8:05.59).
Hard work pays off for young runner
With all of the success at Tuscarora, Carrington – a 2013 VHSL AA All-State selection – Carrington is still searching for a gold at a state championship.
“I competed in the 800-meter run and 3,200-meter relay at states in 2012, but fell short of medaling in either race. I was very disappointed, but vowed to work harder and return the following year with the hope of a different outcome,” Carrington said. “My 2012 summer vacation consisted of training three to five times per week and competing in track meets along the east coast. My commitment and dedication paid off the following season because I made it back to states in 2013. The results were better this time since I earned All-State honors in both the 800-meter run and 3,200-meter relay.”
A member of the Cheers Sports and Viva Loudoun 2012 All-Loudoun Boys Track and Field Team, Carrington started running track his freshmen year of high school.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed running against anyone who challenged me to a race. I’m that kid in gym class whose goal was to finish first in any activity that involved running,” Carrington said. “I feel at home on the track. I can’t explain the feeling I get when I cross the finish line and run a personal best. There’s nothing better than receiving the baton as the relay anchor, passing other runners on the track and celebrating at the finish line with my teammates.”
After signing his NLI, Carrington became the first of his teammates and the first track and field athlete in Tuscarora High School history to earn a college scholarship.
“At that moment, I realized all of my hard work – in and out of the classroom – vacation-free summers and everything my family sacrificed for me paid off. Now that I know where I’m going to college, I can focus on the upcoming track season and obtain the goals I’ve set for myself.”
Search for Olympic gold
The Husky has set his goals pretty high, comparing himself to current US Olympian and 2013 800-meter US Champion, Duane Soloman who Carrington looks up to as a running role model.
“Like me, Duane Solomon played basketball through his sophomore year in high school, and then decided to make track his primary sport at the beginning of his junior year. He also ran the same races I currently run until he graduated from high school,” Carrington said. “When Solomon got to the University of Southern California, he dropped the 400-meter and specialized in the 800-meter, which he currently runs today. One of Solomon’s greatest accomplishments is making the USA Olympic team in 2012.
“Even though he didn’t place at the 2012 Olympics, he’s still competing determined to make the 2016 Olympic team and bring home a medal. Who knows? If I continue to work hard, Duane Solomon and I might also have that in common one day!”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!