Shultz to run track for Lee
by By SARALYN NORKUS Sports Writer
Feb 21, 2013 | 925 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker Valley distance runner Patrick Shultz will be running for Lee University next year. Present for his signing were seated, from left: Jeannette Gimbert, signee Shultz and Karen Shultz. At back, from left, are Drew Nunnelly, Jasen Parks and Kevin Raper. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
Walker Valley distance runner Patrick Shultz will be running for Lee University next year. Present for his signing were seated, from left: Jeannette Gimbert, signee Shultz and Karen Shultz. At back, from left, are Drew Nunnelly, Jasen Parks and Kevin Raper. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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Walker Valley distance runner Patrick Shultz won’t have to venture very far to continue his collegiate level running career. On Friday, Shultz made his decision to become a part of Lee University’s track and cross country team official.

“It’s exciting to finally get signed and ready to go for college. I had been looking there and a couple other colleges for a while, and I finally decided on Lee and I’m happy to be settled,” Shultz commented.

Mustang head coach Jasen Parks believes Shultz has the skills and attributes that will help to make his running career at Lee a successful one.

“He is very intelligent academically, phenomenal grades. A very smart athlete, he knows his sport, and understands the training and how to push himself and what training he needs to get better,” Parks said. “He understands the hows and the whys of what we’re doing. He has been a contender for us every year and we’re going to miss him.”

Some of Shultz’s personal records include running the 800 meter in 2 minutes, 21 seconds, the 5,000 meter in 16:46.70, the 3,200 meter in 9:45.77, and the 1,600 meter in 4:33.70.

The future Flame has little to no pressure put on himself as he prepares for his freshmen year at Lee.

“(I have) no real goals, just getting into the program and having a good freshman year,” he said.

Shultz will be training and running for the Flames’ new head coach, Caleb Morgan, who is no stranger to the Walker Valley senior.

“I met him (Morgan) last year and actually ran with him a few times before he became coach. We get along pretty well and I like the way he coaches,” Shultz explained.

According to Parks, one of his favorite things about this signing is that his current runner will be running for his former runner.

“I think he’ll do phenomenal (at Lee), I really do. He’s going to excel academically. I know the coach at Lee personally, he ran here for me as well. They are very similar in their running styles, so training is going to be very natural for them.”