Known for his long strides, Nation Ford senior Will Manning will be taking the longest stride of his life this summer when he heads to Wingate University.
The 6-foot-7-inch Manning, 18, will be running track at Wingate, and, eventually, possibly cross-country. For his freshman year, however, he plans to stick to track and running middle distance, anywhere from the 400 meters to 1,600 meters.
Manning looked at other schools, including High Point University, Wofford College, Liberty University and Eastern Kentucky University; however, he was looking at more than just the track program, Manning said.
Wingate “came together as the total package,” he said. “They had the major I wanted and the graduate school I wanted.”
Manning, who has been running both cross-country and track for the past four years at Nation Ford, will major in athletic training. He has only a handful of track meets left and has goals in mind on how he would like to finish his senior season.
“I would like to lay down some good times and make it to state and place there,” he said.
Manning is an All-State runner in the 800 meters and is a National Junior Merit Scholar.