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Wesley Qualls will run cross country and track at Georgetown.
Wesley Qualls will run cross country and track at Georgetown.
M Cross Country & Track & Field - Tue, Feb. 7, 2017

Georgetown College outdoor track and field season is to start – first meet March 24-25 in Lexington, Ky. However, this has not slowed down the Tigers' coach Luke Garnett from working to sign his first commit on the men's team for 2017-18.

Wesley Qualls picked Georgetown over Lindsey Wilson College, Thomas More College, Transylvania University, Wittenburg University and Tennessee Wesleyan College. Along with track and field, he will run cross country.

"Wesley is a solid get for our program," said Garnett. "We are very excited to have him deciding to continue his educational and athletic endeavors at Georgetown.

"He's a great competitor and I know he will push our current guys to reach new heights in our chase for a Mid-South Conference title."

Qualls has qualified for four straight KHSAA state cross country meets for Burgin County High School. His best finish was 52nd as a senior and for three straight years he finished in the top 20 in the regional meet with a seventh place best finish his sophomore year.

The distance runner is in preparation for his own outdoor season, where he has qualified three straight years for the state meet. Signing early was one plus as Qualls can now focus on his senior season fully.

"I feel like the biggest part about signing now is if I have a bad race, I won't get as down on myself as I used to," Qualls said to his hometown paper The Advocate-Messenger. "I don't necessarily feel that it gives me the ability to relax because there isn't really a time to relax in track due to the fact there is always improvements to be made.

"I am excited to be able to really focus on this season and get things done."

He also sees the future in upping his strength training and mileage run this summer in the distance jump he will need to make as a collegiate runner.

Qualls plans to study economics at Georgetown and while the proximity to home was nice, it was not the deciding factor to sign with the Tigers.

"I really loved the campus at Georgetown. My favorite part being that there are so many things to do in the surrounding area," Qualls said. "I also felt that I had a connection with the coach. I feel it is an essential part of any sport to be close to your coach. Lastly, the team seems like it is full of a great group of kids."




 

 
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