ELKINS - Elkins High School senior Austin Hamrick signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to continue his running career at Marshall University.
The standout cross country competitor says he is excited to begin competing in Division I athletics.
"All in all, I think it's a great opportunity to be one of the runners selected in West Virginia to run for a Division I school," Hamrick said. "It is a big decision, but I'm ready for it. I'm excited to see what it brings me this year. I hope I can go in and be competitive. My goal is to be one of the top freshmen runners. I'm definitely capable, if I set my mind to it."
During his tenure at EHS, Hamrick earned several honors, including 2nd Team All NCAC Conference in 2010, 1st Team All Big 10 Conference from 2011-2013, and 1st Team All Region in 2012 and 2013. He also led the Elkins High Boys Bross country teams to Big 10 Conference runner-up team finishes in 2011 and 2013, while finishing second as an individual this season.
"Austin is an incredible competitor," coach Matt Lewis said. "He's that athlete who sets his mind on achieving a goal and is absolutely relentless in his efforts to achieve it. I have been so highly impressed with his work ethic over his career and I'm quite confident that his best running is still ahead of him.
"It was truly an honor to have coached such a great athlete over the past four years and watch him grow as a runner and a great young man," Lewis said. "Marshall will be a great fit for him and I can't wait to see what headlines he still has yet to make. He's going to be a hard athlete to replace, but he's undoubtedly set a standard for all future distance runners at Elkins High School and I applaud him for that."
In his senior campaign, Hamrick finished inside the top 10 in every race, including picking up a win at the Canaan Valley Invitational. In addition to qualifying for the West Virginia State Meet all four years at Elkins, Hamrick capped it off with an 11th place finish at the state Cross Country Championships in November.
Hamrick was also an integral part of the EHS boys track teams Big 10 championship runner-up finish in 2011. He is looking to continue his success on the track this season and advance to the state Track and Field Championships in both the 3,200 meter and the 4x800 meter relays.
Austin is the son of Randy and Kim Hamrick and has one brother, Dalton, a freshman at Elkins High School. Austin plans to major in engineering.